Borneo Nature Trust

Borneo Nature Trust is our UK-registered charity wing, set up to support our conservation and research activities on Borneo. We’re delighted to introduce the five trustees who support, advise and lead the direction of the charity.


Dr Susan Page

Susan is the Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester. Her research addresses land use and management in the tropics, with a focus on tropical peatland ecosystems, and she was instrumental, along with other UK and Indonesian partners, in establishing the Natural Laboratory for the Study of Peat-swamp Forest in Central Kalimantan. She led the EU-funded CARBOPEAT project which addressed carbon-climate-human interactions in tropical peatlands: vulnerabilities, risks and mitigation measures, as well as being involved in a DEFRA-funded consortium project on greenhouse gas emissions from lowland peatlands in England and Wales. She has written numerous papers and book contributions, mainly on tropical peatlands, including a key Nature paper that first drew attention to the scale of carbon emissions arising from tropical peatland fires.


Dr David Chivers

David went to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, to read veterinary medicine in 1963. Reading Physical Anthropology in his third year, showed him that he could combine his interest in natural history with a growing interest in our closest relatives, so he registered for a Ph.D. and went to the Malay Peninsula for two years to study the ecology and behaviour of the siamang. He completed his Ph.D. in 1972. From the early 1980s, he has had a succession of research students from all over the world. He was President of the Primate Society of Great Britain and Vice-President for Conservation of the International Primatological Society. In 2000, David was appointed a Reader in Primate Biology and Conservation and approved for a degree of Doctor of Science in 2001. He has made 55 visits overseas, to nine countries, for fieldwork, totalling nearly 7 years. David has supervised 49 PhD students (including 3 of the BNF directors) and published over 100 papers.


Claire McLardy

Claire came to the Sabangau Forest in 1999 to carry out research on orangutan distribution for her Masters degree at the University of Nottingham, UK. Claire was instrumental in setting up the OuTrop Volunteer Programme in 2001, and worked with us until 2003 carrying out research on a wide range of research projects. Claire has stayed in the conservation fold, currently working for UNEP-WCMC.



Victoria Smith

In 2002 Victoria spent time in the Sebangau Forest completing a research study for her Masters degree in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, UK. The project focused on investigating the human communities around the Sebangau Forest, their demography, attitudes and impacts. After the MSc Victoria worked as a member of the Primate Care team at Monkey World, Ape Rescue Centre and also as Project Co-ordinator for the Orangutan Foundation UK, she then spent 12 years employed at The Linnean Society of London. She now works for a responsible travel company, Pioneer Expeditions, who specialise in unique activity and wildlife holidays.


Ellie Monks

Ellie volunteered with OuTrop in 2004, undertaking behavioural and phenology studies in the Sabangau Forest. After graduating from Cambridge University, Ellie returned to Indonesia in 2005 where she volunteered in the Education Department of the University of Palangka Raya. She went on to work as a Research Assistant for Dr Mark Harrison (BNF Co-Director), conducting research on orangutan feeding behaviour in Sabangau. Ellie then worked on the EDGE programme (Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered) at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and then moved to Mongolia to manage the Steppe Forward Programme, ZSL’s conservation programme. Ellie is currently based at the University of Southampton where she plays an integral part in the commissioning of medical research on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research.


Borneo Nature Trust is registered as a charity in the UK (UK Registered Charity No. 1142870). Borneo Nature Trust, 4B Marston Street, Oxford, UK, OX4 1JU. Tel +44 (0)1865 455540. Further details about the Borneo Nature Trust can be found on the official Charity Commission Website