The Jane Goodall Institute UK seeks a passionate and enthusiastic Chief Executive Officer.

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Claire Quarendon, Office Administrator
Claire Quarendon

Having worked in the financial sector for many years, Claire decided that there must be more to life than pensions and mortgages.  Being a huge animal lover, she was thrilled when she was offered a job at the Jane Goodall Institute in 2001.  Little did she know she would still be working for Dr Jane Goodall nearly 19 years later. 

Claire runs the JGI UK office, which is in Lymington, Hampshire. She deals with memberships/guardianships and produces the Jane Goodall Institute UK newsletter two times a year, liaising closely with JGI staff working in the field. When Dr Goodall is in the UK Claire helps organise her schedule and attends events selling Jane’s books and other merchandise.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Tara Golshan, Executive Director of Education
Tara Golshan

Tara has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute for 14 years as Executive Director, Education and is responsible for developing and managing the education division, in the UK, Czech Republic and the Middle East primarily, as well as a member of the global committee, under Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a global humanitarian and education programme. She is responsible for overseeing the education sector of the Institute through the development of national and international projects.

Roots & Shoots is dedicated towards inspiring the next generation to become responsible global citizens by taking mindful action in protecting our planet.

A Business (Hons) graduate with a Masters in Marketing, she has judged both the Observer Ethical Awards and the Women’s Innovation Awards and is a current fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle; a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors.

Jasmina Georgovska, Assistant to Executive Director of Education
Jasmina Marcheva

Jasmina has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute for over 10 years as the Assistant to Tara Golshan (Executive Director, Education) and is responsible for the day-to-day support of the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Programme. Her duties include Direct Mail, School Visits, Communication with Schools and Partners, Events Planning and Organising, Diary Maintaining, Research and other Secretarial Duties.

Before joining JGI, Jasmina was part of the team at the Belgian Tourist Office and was responsible for the photo gallery on the company’s website and was assisting the Press Manager.

Jasmina has years of experience in Hospitality and Catering and has been a team Leader/ Floor Manager at ASCOT and the following catering companies: Vanilla Bean and Complete Catering.

Her interests include reading, pilates, going to the cinema and spending time with her friends. Her passion is animals and their wellbeing, so in her spare time she fundraises for an animal rescue in Bulgaria and tries to raise awareness.


Jane Goodall PhD, DBE, Founder

Jane portrait credit Stuart Clarke

Every individual counts. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

Jane continues her work today by travelling an average of 300 days per year speaking in venues around the world about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that we will ultimately solve the problems that we have imposed on the earth. Read more about Jane.

Mary Lewis, also Vice President/Outreach, Assistant to Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Office of the Founder - Global

Mary Lewis

Following 25 years in the oil and gas business with Conoco Inc, and having volunteered for JGI UK for several years, Mary began working and travelling with Jane Goodall in 1995. 

Now vice president - office of the founder - Global, Mary works closely with Jane Goodall on all aspects of her complicated working life and serves as a board member for the Jane Goodall Institute Global and on the board of the Jane Goodall Institute UK.

Vincent Forestier

Vincent Forestier

Vincent has worked in marketing and technologies for the last 15 years. He is the Head of Digital Marketing of a large financial corporation, in charge of the brand digital expansion, digital media and technologic initiatives. Vincent started his marketing career at L’Oréal in France, before becoming Global Vice President of an online company based in the US, specialized in insight and data collection. He has been actively working on business strategies, technology and digital marketing along his career. Vincent met Jane Goodall and JGI through the Wild Immersion start-up, a company producing ecologically conscious Virtual Reality entertainment.

Nicky Whitehead

Nicky Whitehead with jacket July 16 resized

Nicky is an Audit Director in the Not for Profit division at PKF Littlejohn, leading the provision of audit and assurance services to charities, membership organisations and independent schools. He is an FCA Chartered Accountant.

Nicky has over 15 years' experience of working with not for profit clients and extensive knowledge of the sector. He delivers seminars on upcoming financial, governance and legal issues, provides training to trustees, and has been published in sector magazines such as Charity Finance and Governance & Leadership. Nicky is a member of the Charity Finance Group, Charity Law Association and Honorary Treasurer's Association.

Nicky read Zoology at Cambridge University, where he developed a strong interest in environmental and conservation issues. He has undertaken various voluntary roles (including for Biosphere Expeditions, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, World Conservation Monitoring Centre and British Trust for Ornithology).