The Trust

Team

Team

The Board of Trustees is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds including the media, anthropology and academia headed up by Jean-Paul Mertinez.

Alan Ereira

Alan Ereira

Founder

Alan Ereira is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David.  He is the producer/director of two documentary films with the Kogi, the author of a book about the making of the first film and the founder of the Trust.

 

 

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Jean-PaulMertinez

Jean-Paul Mertinez

Chair

Jean-Paul is a London based film producer who worked with Alan on ALUNA.  Having been inspired by the message of the Kogi he looks to incorporate environmental,  indigenous and socially aware values in the films he is making today as well as working as Chair of the Trust.

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WadeDavis

Wade Davis

Board Member

Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him from East Africa to the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.

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ColetteThomson

Colette Thomson

Board Member

Colette joined the board in 2017. She is the founder of Footstep Productions, a company specialising in education programmes.  Colette is a Spanish speaker and has a keen interest in Colombia and Latin America.

 

 

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GrahamTownsley

Graham Townsley

Board Member

With a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, he started his career working as an anthropologist on ethnographic films for the BBC. Films: “The Shaman and his Apprentice” based on his own fieldwork with a tribe of the Peruvian Amazon. He was also involved with the making of “From the Heart of the World”.

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FelicityNock

Felicity Nock

Board Member

Felicity Nock accompanied Alan Ereira on his exploratory visit to the Sierra Nevada and assisted in the production of ‘From the Heart of the World’. Inspired by the Kogi message, she joined the Trust at its foundation. Felicity has travelled extensively in Latin America and recently visited the Kogi in Colombia with the Trust. 

 

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JanetWilson

Janet Wilson

Administrator

Janet Wilson is a volunteer administrator for the Trust. She deals with correspondence, meeting arrangements and keeps records of income and expenditure.  She also helps organise screenings and other events. Previously she worked as an HR Manager in the media.

 

 

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