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Staff

Eibleis Fanning Managing Director

Eibleis Fanning - Managing Director

Eibleis founded Frontier in 1989. She is a prime mover in the gap year sector, having extensive knowledge and experience of the provision of well structured project placements. Eibleis has a particular interest and expertise in running conservation projects, where she sees the manager's role as one of uniting local community groups with donor agencies. For over twenty years she has been developing and managing natural resource conservation projects in response to locally identified concerns throughout the world, from Borneo's rainforest to Madagascar's coral reefs.


Bobby Johal General Manager, USA

Bobby Johal - General Manager, USA

Bobby Johal graduated in Accounting from Loughborough University and joined Frontier in 1998.  Having managed the accounts, development, sales and operations departments, Bobby now works as UK general manager for the company.

With Frontier's operations being so varied, Bobby thrives on the new challenges and developments that each day brings.


David Fairley Head of Marketing

David Fairley - Head of Marketing

David’s background is in project management, web development and e-commerce.  With a lifelong passion for environmental and wildlife issues, he was delighted to join Frontier in March 2012 as Online Marketing Manager.

With the backing of a dedicated and talented team of marketing and journalism staff, David works to promote Frontier and to improve the company's international presence.


Paul Whittle Head of Field Operations

Paul Whittle - Head of Field Operations

A serious travel addict, Paul managed to turn his lifestyle into a career and has been involved in adventure travel for the last 15 years across the globe, from initially an expedition leader through to senior management positions.

Over the years he developed a desire to not only offer travel experiences but to do so in a way that provides opportunities and benefits to the communities being visited. Having run a social business and NGO in India he returned to the UK to take up his position as our Head of Field Operations at Frontier and continue in this regard.

Paul is passionate about the opportunities we offer for personal and professional development to our staff and participants, whilst at the same time engaging in truly impactful environmental research, conservation and community development projects.

In his role at Frontier he is mainly responsible for overseeing the operations and administration of all our directly operated overseas conservation, teaching & community group projects globally.


Daniel  Davies Overseas Operations Manager

Daniel Davies - Overseas Operations Manager

After completing my MSc in International Development in 2010, I joined Frontier as an Overseas Ops Intern in their London Headquarters. Follwoing a successful 6 months in the role, I was offered the amazing opportunity to head out to the Costa Rica programme as Project Coordinator. Managing the Costa Rica project for a year was one of the most amazing experiences I have had to date and I have remained forever grateful to Frontier for the opportunity.

After a few years working within renewable energy and heading to run another conservation project out in the Seychelles, I returned to London to look for a higher managerial role that would focus on remote project management of conservation and sustainable development projects. Returning to work with Frontier again was an easy decision and the role of Overseas Operations Manager was a excellent opportunity.

In my role I am responsible for managing the operations and administration of Frontier’s overseas conservation, teaching & community projects for Costa Rica, Belize, Cambodia and the Ethical Adventure Trails. My tasks includes the day to day support for the field projects including budgets, equipment, communications, procurement, staff and transportation and also comprises a large element of human resources for both the overseas projects and London HQ.


Sarah Jessop UK Operations Manager

Sarah Jessop - UK Operations Manager

Sarah developed a love of travelling from a young age and loves being able to experience new countries and cultures. Before studying for her degree in Zoology and Masters in Animal behaviour she volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa where she developed her interest in wildlife conservation. She is passionate about making positive change and has always wanted to work for an N.G.O, so the opportunity to work at Frontier seemed like a no brainer!

In this role, Sarah is excited to be able to help provide others with a great and unique experience and to help them discover their passion for conservation be it with nature or communities.


Sylvie Le Group Projects Coordinator

Sylvie Le - Group Projects Coordinator

I have been addicted to travelling since I was young. I have grown up in France, and I got the chance to frequently go to Asian countries. I have also improved my English while living in America, Australia and New Zealand for a few months. Last year I volunteered in a remote Filipino village and conducted several environmental and community development projects. It was such a great humanitarian experience and I have made friends for life in such a beautiful country.

Going abroad developed my passion for discovering new cultures, meeting new people and also for the environment and wildlife.

Once back in Europe, I decided to move to London where I have found the Project Coordinator position with Frontier. Joining an NGO focusing on conservation issues and wildlife, but also on community development is very rewarding. Furthermore, I now understand how the projects are managed and coordinated, which is very interesting for me, as I would like to pursue my career in environmental projects management.


Guy Bezant Online Content Editor

Guy Bezant - Online Content Editor

Guy joined Frontier as an Online Journalism Intern after graduating with a degree in Journalism and Politics. Fascinated by culture, landscape, wildlife and everything else the world has to offer, Guy’s had the opportunity to travel extensively in Asia, Europe and southern Africa where his family originate, writing and taking pictures along the way.

Before becoming the Online Content Editor, Guy was Frontier’s Project Coordinator in Tenerife and also has worked as a survival instructor in various corners of the world and on numerous publications and digital platforms. He’s ideally placed to provide volunteers with great online content for them to enjoy and excite them about their travels abroad.


Lucia Ruggiero Partner Projects Volunter Coordinator

Lucia Ruggiero - Partner Projects Volunter Coordinator

What is your passion? I was asked this question so many times during my all life and for so long I did not how to answer it. The problem was that I focused on finding one while I always had many! Travelling, wildlife & environmental conservation, community development are my main passions.

My constant desire to travel the world and to live in a sustainable way discovering new cultures has grown within me in these last years. After graduating in Political Science & International Relations it was time for me to leave my nest. The destination? Frontier, in London.

My time at Frontier as Partner Project Volunteer Coordinator has given me a great inspiration on what I would like to achieve in the future. Working for a non-profit conservation and development NGO it is rewarding and satisfying. I really enjoy helping the others to get the best outcome from their experience and also having the chance to create new partnerships with organisations from all around the world is very stimulating.


Fernanda Baraybar Volunteer Advisor

Fernanda Baraybar - Volunteer Advisor

Coming from Peru and Venezuela I have spent my life aware of the struggles in the world. Since I was very young I enjoyed doing volunteer work with various orphanages and environmental initiatives throughout South America. I was also very lucky to complete my university studies in Switzerland in a school that promotes travel and worldwide knowledge. Visiting various countries such as South Korea, Malawi, Greece, Malaysia and more, I decided to make my passion for travelling and volunteering my career. I searched to implement my studies of marketing and events with an organization that works to help improve the world. Frontier is a great place to do both and I am extremely excited to be a part of the team!


Steven Bratten Overseas Operations Officer

Steven Bratten - Overseas Operations Officer

While studying Marine & Freshwater Biology at University, I originally planned to move into research but grew increasingly concerned and shocked with the scale and impact of the damage that humans are causing to the environment. Slowly but surely I realised that I would not be comfortable sitting in a lab and analysing data, I knew that I had to go down the NGO path and work for an organisation which I knew was doing good work on the ground as well as conducting solid scientific research in remote and often threatened areas in the natural world. After volunteering and working for environmental NGO’s in several developing countries I felt that I was ready to join the operations team of a well-established, international NGO. Frontier was my natural first choice. Working for Frontier is never boring, always exciting and endlessly rewarding.


Interns

Jade Hall Project Development Intern

Jade Hall - Project Development Intern

Throughout my life, I have always had an interest in animals (not always the cute and fluffy ones) and the environments they live in. With my very first pay cheque, I started to save the few pennies I earnt so I could travel and discover the fantastic animals that I only saw on TV. My first trip abroad to Thailand (which was a volunteering placement in an elephant nature reserve) led me to get a Masters in ecology, evolution and conservation. As a trained scientist, I have been taught to be logical and technical but there is nothing better than observing the world around you. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to work and travel with several inspirational conservation NGOs as a biologist and a volunteer. My time working on these incredible projects and seeing all the good they could do is what led me apply for a PhD in animal welfare science (and I only have 1 year to go). Currently I am working for Frontier as a project development intern. I am excited about this opportunity with Frontier as I get to see first-hand the impact that their projects have on not only the communities they are helping but also the volunteers that participate.


Yemaya Lee-Hewitt Overseas Operations Intern

Yemaya Lee-Hewitt - Overseas Operations Intern

Having only just started my Overseas Operations internship, I still have a promising 6 months ahead. All the teams; Interns and full timers alike are really friendly, giving the nicest vibe to the Frontier London HQ. Becoming part of the Overseas Operations team gives me hands on experience in the logistics, planning and problem solving that comes with the group projects. Day to day I have a large involvement in the recruitment of Field staff, and considering I’ve been here less than a week I can tell each day will be different. Already I have personally screened and summarised all reports from the projects for this time of the year, I love that it allows me to have a direct line and deep insight into the scientific research and the general day to day life.


My experiences from past expeditions I've been involved with in Southern East Asia; volunteering in an English teaching school in Kep Cambodia and the short period of time I studied in a college in Beijing, apart from being a great experience, I feel has given me a solid foundation of knowledge that can be applied to the type of procedures that occur in running the Frontier N.G.O projects.


Being fully committed to a future in wildlife biology and conservation, I continue to expand my awareness of the industry, and wanting to do so was one of my sole reasons for pursuing an internship with Frontier. For me, being placed in an organisation that is at the heart of Conservation and Research projects globally is an invaluable opportunity; I'm really excited to see where this placement will take me!
 


Cecile Farber Science and Outreach Intern

Cecile Farber - Science and Outreach Intern

The first time I crossed an ocean, I was one. My mother likes to tell how the only thing that put me to sleep was the voice of the pilot who came to see what terrible baby had been crying for 5 hours. I guess since that day I never stopped being curious about what was around me, about the world and its infinite multiplicities. I grew up fortunate enough to mostly go where I wanted when I wanted, to volunteer around the world and travel extensively, to witness the beauty of nature and people. It then breaks my heart to see our world degrading the way it does. I felt like I needed to give a bit back of what I received and how else could I do than through an organisation such as Frontier?


I feel very fortunate to be able to part of it and to learn how it functions. I have already volunteered with an NGO that did development and education in Belgium (where I’m originally from) and Benin as well as interned at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation. However, I felt very much frustrated by the extent of bureaucracy and inefficiency due to very large official bodies. I’m much happier to be a smaller structure!
 


Pippa Howarth Research and Development Intern

Pippa Howarth - Research and Development Intern

As a recent Marine Biology and Oceanography BSc Hons graduate of Newcastle University and qualified PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer the privileged access to the underwater ecosystem I have gained has allowed me to apply the theory, taught throughout my education, to personal experience. This has increased my awareness of marine exploitation and the resulting environmental issues and fuelled my desire to contribute to the worldwide effort of conservation by pursuing it as a career.

My previous experience encompasses active involvement in marine projects and employment in countries of varying climate, affluence, ethnicity and remoteness. I have been involved in BioRock coral reef restoration projects in the Gili Islands and through involvement with the sustainable sea cucumber and seaweed aquaculture project in Madagascar, I provided communities with the resources and support for a robust aquaculture program with the capacity to provide guaranteed market access, food security and economic growth for fishing communities across the Bay of Ranboe. For numerous summer seasons I’ve held a ‘Marine Science Instructor’ position with ActionQuest in the British Virgin Islands, an international sailing, scuba, marine science and leadership-training program for teenagers. My responsibilities encompassed leading dissections of the Spiny Dogfish, Common Starfish and Lionfish. I delivered lectures in Introductory Oceanography, Tropical Ecosystems as well as being a supervisor to students undertaking their own marine-based research project.
I aim to apply my practical experiences to get the most out of the Research and Development role at Frontier whilst gaining a behind the scenes view of a Non-Governmental Organisation, acting as a springboard to my career in conservation.
 


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