Trustees and Adviser


Julien De Groote – Chairman
Robert Douthwaite – Hon Secretary (acting) and Treasurer
Anthony Pope
Ben Tyser
Charles Dewhurst
Ifor Jones

Julien De Groote


Julien worked for a major part of his career at director’s level for multi-national companies worldwide. It was his experience in Africa and Asia, observing the social, ecological and business cost of projects, which were managed with benefit to either the local population or the environment in mind that led him to specialise in the area of sustainable development.

Due to his international business experience and his training at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, he has the insight to translate environmental performance and social awareness into commercial advantage.

Specialised in harvesting and commercialisation of non-timber forest products, sustainable tourism development, and community economic empowerment projects, his contribution to the Trust will be of great importance in improving the quality of life for people living in the Kafue River Basin.

Anthony Pope

Tony PopeTony grew up in Kenya, and has over 35 years’ experience in practical agriculture and consultancy work in many different countries within Africa, as well as Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.  His connection with the Kafue river system began in 1978 when he was seconded from Tate and Lyle to work on Nakambala Estate for three years. He followed this with four years farm managing for Galaunia Farms outside Lusaka.  Over this period, he and his wife regularly visited Lochinvar and Kafue National Parks.

He continues to carry out agricultural consultancy assignments, and is very pleased to have been asked to join the Kafue River Trust and its team of experienced Trustees which is playing its part to encourage the conservation and restoration of the ecosystem of this superb river basin for Zambia and the World.

Ben Tyser


Ben is from Zimbabwe but educated in the United Kingdom graduating in 2010 with an M.Sc. in Applied Ecology from the University of East Anglia. His Masters dissertation took him to the Kafue Flats where he studied the invasive red claw crayfish that is spreading steadily upstream. During this time he gained a great appreciation and understanding of the Kafue and its ecology.

Ben has worked for a number of conservation organizations, including the Forth Fisheries Trust, Global Witness and currently, the Wild Trout Trust. This has given him wide experience in a number of roles including project management, fund raising, fisheries research and GIS mapping.  He has attained his F1 and F3 ACCA accountancy qualifications and recently took the F2 examinations.

Charles Dewhurst

Charles Dewhurst resizedCharles has had a lifelong interest in entomology and wildlife, and has worked for more than 40 years in  many countries within Africa, central Asia and latterly in Papua New Guinea. His work has included operational and training-based projects, providing him with great opportunities to interact with people, wildlife and of course, entomology.

Having recently retired, he is delighted to be involved with the Kafue River Trust and its team of experienced Trustees to encourage the conservation of this wonderful resource.

Robert Douthwaite


Bob’s interest in the wildlife and ecology of the Kafue river basin began in 1970 when, as an UnZa Kafue Basin Research Fellow, he studied the ecology of ducks and cranes at Lochinvar before the ecology of the floodplain was affected by hydropower dams.  This led to a career in environmental biology, initially on field-based projects aimed at developing safer methods of tsetse fly control, particularly for the Okavango Delta and Zambezi Valley, and then as an environmental consultant involved mainly in wetland and water resource management and hydropower development.  Now retired, he is keen for the Trust to play its part in conserving and restoring the wonderful wildlife heritage of the river basin.

Ifor Jones

IJJ Photo with PNG masks Ifor has spent over 40 years as a teacher, latterly in senior management roles in the UK and abroad. From  1981 to 1983 he taught at Mungwi Secondary School, near Kasama and over the following 32 years in schools in Wales and Papua New Guinea. He retired in December 2015, after nine years as Principal of Kimbe International School in Papua New Guinea.

Ifor has previously been involved with charity work mainly through the Rotary organisation. He is thrilled to have been accepted as a Trustee and hopes to use his experience of the world of education to make a positive contribution to the work of the Trust. He is particularly interested in educating people to appreciate the need for sustainable development that restores and maintains the diverse wildlife and ecology of the Kafue river basin but allows the local inhabitants a quality of life in keeping with international expectations.



Geoffrey Howard

Geoffrey-HOWARDGeoffrey grew up in South Australia and trained in forestry, domestic animal diseases and general ecology and conservation. He joined the teaching staff of Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Zambia in 1973, becoming involved with the Kafue Basin Research Programme and taking a particular interest in the parasites, diet and population size of the Kafue lechwe and more generally, conservation of the Kafue Flats. He registered the arrival of Mimosa pigra on the Flats as a possible problem in 1982.  In 1990 he moved to join IUCN in Nairobi, where he ran wetland management programmes in several countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. More recently he coordinated IUCN’s Invasive Species Programme which brought him back to work on projects on the Kafue Flats, notably the pilot Mimosa control project at Lochinvar in 2007-2009. He retired in 2015 and now lives in Australia.

Contacting the Trustees

You can contact the trustees using the contact form here.

Hon. Secretary,
Kafue River Trust,
‘Holly Oast’,
Hode Lane,
CT4 5DH.