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Eibleis Fanning Managing Director

Eibleis Fanning - Managing Director

Eibleis founded Frontier in 1989. She is a prime mover in the gap year sector, having extensive knowledge and experience of the provision of well structured project placements. Eibleis has a particular interest and expertise in running conservation projects, where she sees the manager's role as one of uniting local community groups with donor agencies. For over twenty years she has been developing and managing natural resource conservation projects in response to locally identified concerns throughout the world, from Borneo's rainforest to Madagascar's coral reefs.

David Fairley Head of Marketing

David Fairley - Head of Marketing

David’s background is in project management, web development and e-commerce.  With a lifelong passion for environmental and wildlife issues, he was delighted to join Frontier in March 2012 as Online Marketing Manager.

With the backing of a dedicated and talented team of marketing and journalism staff, David works to promote Frontier and to improve the company's international presence.

Olivia Hill Ethical Travel Consultant

Olivia Hill - Ethical Travel Consultant

Olivia graduated from the University of Exeter with a Masters in Conservation and Biodiversity. She has travelled extensively in South America including volunteering with children in the largest slum in the world and as a conservation research intern in the Peruvian Amazon, where she developed her passion for conservation. With experience of both community and conservation projects, she is keen to help others embark on their own volunteering adventures. As an Ethical Travel Consultant that is exactly what she does, advising prospective volunteers and taking them through the application process.

Joshua Fairclough UK Operations Manager

Joshua Fairclough - UK Operations Manager

Like the majority of people that graduate from University with a Philosophy degree I wasn’t too sure of my career path. Having taken an interest in the volunteer sector throughout my life, I started volunteering and then working for a small Kenyan developmental and conservation NGO. From that point I knew the route I wanted my career to take.

After my time in Kenya I worked all over the Middle East and Africa for a large humanitarian INGO, working mainly in logistics and project management. My time at Frontier has allowed me to get to know the conservation side of the volunteer sector better and witness some amazing work.

Guy Bezant Online & Digital Content Editor

Guy Bezant - Online & Digital Content Editor

Joining Frontier as an Online Journalism Intern after graduating with a degree in Journalism and Politics, Guy loves all things exploring and travel. Born and raised in South Africa, Guy is fascinated by culture, exploring, wildlife and everything else the world has to offer and has had the opportunity to travel extensively in Asia, Europe and southern Africa, writing and taking pictures along the way.

Before becoming the Online Content Editor, Guy was Frontier’s Project Manager on the Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Conservation project and also worked as a survival instructor all over the world as well as working for many travel journalism publications and outlets.

Guy's job is about updating, informing and entertaining the Frontier community with the latest Frontier news and goings on from all our operations across the globe.

Chiara Silvestrini Partner Projects Co-ordinator

Chiara Silvestrini - Partner Projects Co-ordinator

I always have been interested in environmental sustainability and nature conservation. During my Masters Degree in International Relations I focused my attention on sustainable development and marine conservation, pursuing the path of managing marine litter and plastic pollution in marine ecosystems.

I have been travelling alone all around the world since I was younger, having the possibility to get in contact with different cultural backgrounds and traditions. I had several volunteering experiences in Eastern Europe and South America and protecting sea turtles in Turkey and travelling experiences all around the world. After volunteering with NGO’s in several developing countries I joined Frontier’s team  at first as a Project Development Intern.

Working as a  Partner project  Volunteer coordinator I hope to have the possibility to help volunteers all over the world,  raising awareness on environmental conservation and human rights

Steven Bratten Overseas Operations Officer

Steven Bratten - Overseas Operations Officer

While studying Marine & Freshwater Biology at University, I originally planned to move into research but grew increasingly concerned and shocked with the scale and impact of the damage that humans are causing to the environment. Slowly but surely I realised that I would not be comfortable sitting in a lab and analysing data, I knew that I had to go down the NGO path and work for an organisation which I knew was doing good work on the ground as well as conducting solid scientific research in remote and often threatened areas in the natural world. After volunteering and working for environmental NGO’s in several developing countries I felt that I was ready to join the operations team of a well-established, international NGO. Frontier was my natural first choice. Working for Frontier is never boring, always exciting and endlessly rewarding.


Hanna Dokal Online Journalism Intern

Hanna Dokal - Online Journalism Intern

Hanna joined Frontier as an Online Journalism Intern just over a month ago. Having completed a degree in English Literature, journalism has always been her ideal career path. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Global Governance and Ethics which covers a broad range of political topics including Environmental Law. She runs her own blog and has written for other publications about the environment, ethics and community progression which is why she chose to apply for the internship with Frontier. The role combines her interests and skills honed by both the degrees. Writing about environmental issues enables her to do what she is passionate about, allowing her to gain new knowledge and skills such as social media management and formatting.

Maddie Pinkess Project Development Intern

Maddie Pinkess - Project Development Intern

I have always wanted to pursue a career in conservation; at the age of 18, I went on my first conservation expedition, volunteering in Honduras in order to help collect data on the Biodiversity of the region. I spent one week in the cloud forest and one unforgettable week on a small island, collecting marine biodiversity data in waters that were off-limits to commercial divers and fishermen.

After this volunteering experience, I was certain I wanted to study Zoology at university and completed my degree at The University of Leeds. This included a study year abroad, living in Melbourne, Australia, for 13 Months during which I studied, worked and travelled extensively. From my new base south of the equator I took the opportunity to travel frequently around the continental mainland, taking trips to neighbouring states of New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. I also spent time in Fiji, New Zealand and Bali during this year, and witnessed the extraordinary biodiversity on this side of the world. My most recent trip was to Hawaii, where I tried my hand at travelling alone. I stopped for 10 days and explored the Central Pacific State, as I flew the long way around the world on the way home from Melbourne to London.

On returning to Leeds for my final year of study, I chose modules that concentrated on sustainability issues and the not for profit sector, to further my understanding of environmental problems and the global projects that tackle them. I thoroughly enjoyed this module and have obtained an eagerness to expand my knowledge of development issues. This has been made possible by working with Frontier. As a project development intern, I have gained experience at an extremely well-known conservation and development NGO. Despite only recently starting my internship I have already been given a lot of responsibilities and have thoroughly enjoyed being able to contact conservation organisations around the world and set up partnerships with them. By the end of my internship, I will have gained valuable experience for pursuing a career in conservation and sustainable development.

Piera Spinelli Barrile Project Development Intern

Piera Spinelli Barrile - Project Development Intern

Since a very young age, I remember travelling in several countries and meeting people from the most different background and experiences. The most relevant experience that has shaped my attitude towards life was being born and living in Haiti for over 10 years. Growing up in a developing country and having to move abroad for studies has represented an important step in my life showing how much work needs to be done and how my contribution could help to improve the lives of those more in need.

This has pushed me to deepen my knowledge in international development. First, travelling in several countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean; and then, completing my Masters degree in Development Studies at SOAS University of London where I learned more about the politics and economies of developing countries and their relations with development organizations. These combined experiences have paved the way for my future career plans in the field of community development.

With this internship, I am sure I will gain valuable experience on how the process of developing a project works. From deciding where and with whom to start a new project, to its monitoring and evaluation and all the other aspects that are in-between. This will represent an important step for becoming later a Project Manager.

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