We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Colin Pringle as the new Director of CERCOPAN. He will take over the top position from current Director Nicolien Schoneveld, who will leave at the end of next month. As the new Director of CERCOPAN, Colin will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the organisation in Nigeria, including programmes in environmental education, community-based conservation, ecotourism, forest conservation, research and primate rehabilitation. “I have proven ability in a diverse role such as this, and am looking for a long-term commitment with an organisation whose objectives match with my own”, says Colin.
Whilst there was considerable interest in the Director position, Colin’s incredibly diverse conservation career, spanning three decades, made him the perfect candidate for this varied and challenging role. Colin, aged 53, has a degree in Zoology from Southampton University and a masters degrees is Zoology from Oxford. He first worked in Nigeria in the mid 1980’s, and has since worked extensively across Sub Saharan Africa & South Asia in various roles in international development; and in field research, expeditions, and technical advisory positions. As an international development consultant, Colin advised on numerous programmes ranging from Wildlife conflict and refugees in Sub Saharan Africa with UNICEF to Sustainable low-input agriculture for HIV-impacted communities in Zimbabwe through DFID. “My wide experience means I was particularly in demand to address cross-sectoral and complex issues with a common theme of community engagement and management of natural resources & Human health” says Colin.
Colin has also worked as a Senior Project manager for WWF, Senior CITES Wildlife Trade Investigator and is a qualified science teacher. Based at Cornwall College, Newquay and Plymouth University, he lectured on a wide range of Degree level courses including Conservation Science, Animal Welfare, Wildlife and Media degree courses. At Newquay, Colin developed practical links with the zoo, particularly on primate management. He also recently designed and delivered the degree level module in Captive Breeding & Rehabilitation of Wild Animals for Plymouth University. This reflects Colin’s extensive practical and academic background in this area. As Curator of Nepal National Zoo, where primates were central, he collaborated with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to improve the welfare standards of the 3,500 animals, implementing best practice in captive breeding.
One of Colin’s first roles with CERCOPAN will be to represent the organisation at the annual Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) manager’s workshop in September. ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Colin will be joining our team” says Claire Coulson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and former Director of CERCOPAN. “He brings a wealth of expertise and experience that will undoubtedly prove of immense benefit in our mission to protect Nigeria’s rainforests for primates and people. We look forward to what the future will bring”.