Our directors and associate members are all highly experienced, respected and appropriately qualified businessmen and woman from around the globe, who fully understand the under pinning economic principles of a rewilding project and operating strategy required to ensure the sustainability of a rewilding project we support, crucially involving the local wilderness communities
Our dedicated leadership team
James’ early career revolved around FMCG marketing management, working with corporates such as Unilever and Robertson’s Spices, based in Durban. He moved into property full time in 2003 and has subsequently been involved with a number of reputable development and construction businesses in ownership and various roles and has completed a number of successful property developments in South Africa.
Grant is a passionate conservationist, a connector and communicator with a unique ability to bring people together. His fluency in both Zulu and Xhosa are a critical tool in bringing this project to fruition. He is a bestselling author, and his 2 books Saving the Last Rhinos, and more recently Rewilding Africa, are opening doors and connecting people from all over the planet with this project and programme for rangeland expansion. Grant has an empathy for communities and the conservation sector he serves that is evident in tireless campaigning.
Michael Jeremy Peter Miller BSocSci MIoD (Mike) was born in Hillingdon in outer London on 8th November 1946. At age nine he emigrated to Durban in South Africa with his engineer father, mother and three siblings.
Mike matriculated at New Forest High School in Durban, graduated from UND/UKZN (BSocSci in Psychology, Mathematical Statistics and Economics) and joined Unilever (Lever Bros) as a Marketing Graduate Trainee in 1969. Mike progressed up the corporate ladder at Lever Bros, Beecham SA, Beecham Products International in London (now GSK), Revlon South Africa, Alberto Culver SA, Helene Curtis UK and Colgate Palmolive SA, a corporate career that spanned several decades and had much marketing and management success.
Mike returned to the UK in 1998 and set up SA Wholesale and The South African Shop in Maidenhead and online (www.southafricanshop.co.uk) Throughout his career Mike has been involved with education for several decades on a part time basis ranging from Course Director at Damelin SA to part time Head of Business & Economics at Claires Court Schools in Maidenhead until 2020. Mike was Area Board Chair for Young Enterprise UK in Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead managing YE’s Company Programme. Mike is currently a Director of the South East Berkshire Multi Academy Trust (SEBMAT).
Mike joined the Maidenhead & District Chamber of Commerce in the early noughties and went on to be President in 2010/11 and more recently from 2019 to date hosting an Audience with Theresa May MP every three months.
In 2004 Mike promoted the idea of launching The South African Chamber of Commerce UK (SACC) and motivated the idea to the powerful organisation that it is today including taking over The South African Business Club in London in 2011. The SACC was launched at South Africa House in London in February 2009. Mike was a Director until 2019 when he retired and is now a member of The prestigious SACC Advisory Board.
Mike is delighted to be a founding member of Rewilding Africa CIC given his interest in wildlife generally and rewilding in particular.
Areas of Interest: People Performance and Reward, Leadership, Small Business Development, Education
Strengths: Interpersonal Skills, Broad Business exposure across a diversity of Sectors, local and international, Business Process Facilitation
Leadership Positions: Functional Director/ Senior Executive. Chair – School Governing Bodies, Pension Fund Trustee, Trustee/ Chair of diverse NGOs. Commissioned Officer – military.
Work Experience: HR positions from Graduate Trainee to Senior Executive in a diversity of companies, mainly multinational. Practice Leader Employee Performance and Reward – Deloitte. Director/ Service Line Leader: Employee Investment – DRG Outsourcing
Qualifications: BA (Psychology), Dip Labour Relations, Advanced Executive Programme. Finance, Marketing and Business Management courses at international business schools
Expertise: Human Capital Strategy development, Employee Reward Strategy and best-practice, Leadership Strategies and practical implementation. Human Capital Function evaluation and optimisation. Customer Perception assessments
Clients served: Diverse across the range of Sectors – Manufacturing, Logistics, Agriculture, Mining, Financial Services, Retail, Government/ Public entities, Not for Profit entities.
Born in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, Donna has always loved the wild side. She discovered the wonder of nature early on in life and was never happier than when exploring a windswept sand dune or in a mokoro (canoe) in the silence of the Okavango.
A BA (Psych/Soc.Anth) and an MBA led to a career in international management consulting. She specialised in corporate culture analysis and large scale mobilisation programmes. Since 1997, her livelihood has been renovating properties and restoring gardens.
She is also a councillor and member of Cabinet in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Her role is to lead on biodiversity, climate action and sustainability. She is responsible for a biodiversity plan to set aside 30% of the borough for nature by 2030
With a deep passion for conservation and preservation of natural areas, and a life time of experience in helping business leaders build productive, engaged, compliant and sustainable organisations, David White is a natural fit for Rewilding Africa initiatives. David’s contribution is not only in supporting the Rewilding Team in developing natural wilderness areas where conservation can thrive, but also in guiding community engagement, and helping communities located near wildlife reserves access sustainable income generating opportunities.
David is a well know business leader in the KwaZulu-Natal business community, and his networks and influence are a welcome inclusion into Rewilding Africa.