flower valley trustees
Our Trustees

From left: Janice Albertyn, David Waddilove, Lesley Richardson (Executive Director), Sean Privett, Monique Weits and Tom Gelderblom. Absent from photo: Mark Rose (represented by Rob Brett) and Rhoda Malgas.



Having started his professional career as a lawyer working in community development, David spent the next 20 years as a commercial attorney, during which time he became director of one of the largest law firms in South Africa He left private practice in 2000 to concentrate on natural resources law and his primary interest of ecosystem and species conservation. Within the conservation sector he has, and continues, to consult to international, national and provincial government departments, agencies and non-governmental organisations. He initiated the Freedom Challenge, a sustainable tourism project focused on natural and cultural heritage areas and sites. More recently he has started farming in the Wellington District. David describes himself as a strategist and fixer. My abiding objective is to see the Flower Valley Conservation Trust establish commercially viable revenue streams that can help finance the catalytic role that it plays in the development of sustainable wildflower harvesting on the Agulhas Plain.”



Sean Privett has an MSc in Botany from UCT and has been involved in various conservation initiatives in the Walker Bay region for the last fifteen years. He is a Director of the non-profit Grootbos Foundation and runs a consulting business specialising in botanical assessments and fynbos rehabilitation. Sean lives with his family on Witkrans farm bordering on Flower valley and is also involved in various fynbos-based ecotourism initiatives in the region.



Janice has been involved in conservation on the Agulhas Plain since she moved to a farm in the area some 40 years ago. She currently serves on the Heuningberg Nature Reserve Advisory committee, the Agulhas Park Forum, the Overberg Review Committee and the Bredasdorp Red Cross. Her previous work included serving on the the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative’s Overseeing Committee during phase one of ABI, and as chair and community member of the Southern Overberg Botanical Society (she is an expert on fynbos on the Plain). In between this, Janice spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren.



Mark Rose is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Fauna & Flora International, and has been there since 1993. He is a trained zoologist, and has specialised in the sustainable conservation management of wildlife. Previously he worked as Conservation Manager of the Suffolk Trust for Nature Conservation, and also as the Director of the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust. He is regularly represented FFI’s Regional Director, Africa, Rob Brett at Flower Valley’s Trustee meetings. Rob has been with FFI since 2004, and oversees about 40 projects in 14 countries.



Martin is an environmental consultant, currently working for Conservation Policy and Practice in Suffolk in the United Kingdom. He previously worked for WWF, as the Laos Programme Manager. He has also served as Director for the Cambridge Centre for Conservation Policy and as Deputy Director for Fauna and Flora International for 12 years until 2005.