About Us

The Board

The CEE Board of Trustees is responsible for proper governance of the CEE, probity, adherence to regulations for ‘not for profit’ organisations and charity law.


Current Board members are:


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Simon Gardner, Trustee

Simon Gardner has more than 15 years experience in environmental regulation, and has worked extensively with a wide variety of government ministries, arms-length delivery bodies, and research councils both within the United Kingdom and across the European Union. In his current role, as Manager of the Environment Agency’s Evidence Partnerships, his goal is to bring together the best available knowledge and expertise to develop robust, evidence-based approaches, to meeting environmental challenges. He has previously worked on, and coordinated, a number of European projects involved in the improved coordination of research activities. One of these, the SKEP-Network (www.skep-network.eu) is focused on the production of a trans-national evidence –base for environmental regulators. He has worked closely with the BiodivERsA network (www.biodiversa.org), and has chaired its Policy Evaluation Committee for a number of joint research calls. For further details, see:uk.linkedin.com/pub/dr-simon-gardner-frsa/3/aa9/232/


Kathryn Monk, Trustee

Kathryn works for Natural Resources Wales as Principal Adviser for Science. Kathryn is an experienced international research and strategic leader driving evidence-based policy and operational decision making. Interdisciplinary approach through strategic and business management, and management-driven research. Extensive experience with diverse stakeholders from local communities to top government (UK and overseas), navigating strategic long-term advice with responsive marshalling of evidence for immediate questions. Proven cultural and socio-political sensitivity, and diplomatic skills. 18 years based in the Middle East, Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia, plus 13 years in UK government environmental agencies. Core ways of working include forging engaged, resilient teams, creating effective networks and innovative knowledge transfer systems, and ensuring early buy-in from diverse stakeholders. Significant expert review work targeted at UK universities, including RAE2008, Impact Pilot, and REF2014 panels for Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, and as external reviewer for European universities and funders. Extensive experience as non-executive director, trustee, member, and chair of boards and committees. Currently trustee for three diverse charities, and member of committees for research councils, government and universities.



Gerald Post, Trustee

Gerald Post, principal of The Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, Connecticut and founder of the Animal Cancer Foundation, is one of only two hundred board-certified veterinary oncologists in the United States. He has more than 20 years experience as a veterinary oncologist and has participated in clinical oncology research on the national and international levels. He champions the field of comparative oncology every chance he gets. He truly believes that the knowledge gained through comparative oncology can be used to cure many cancers not only in animals but humans as well. He is currently evaluating effectiveness in the field of endangered species conservation with a particular interest in using interdisciplinary research– utilizing what we know about evidence and effectiveness in the medical field, amongst others–and applying it to conservation. Evaluating the evidence of what contributes to success and failure is key in all domains of study.


Nerilee Rockman, Trustee

Nerilee established the Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust, a charitable trust, in 2012, and is a member of its governing Management Panel. She is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years of experience working with mining and energy companies.


New Trustees are sought to join with the Board of Trustees to help guide CEE towards achieving its mission and strategic objectives. Trustees need to be able to make a commitment to CEE and devote the necessary time, have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to take an active role in fund-raising. Further details are given in the advert and role description.

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