We are passionate about supporting those on the frontline of conservation.

Meet The Board

We think Rangers are heroes, we work tirelessly to to provide them with the support they need to continue to protect threatened species around the world.
Find out more about us below.


Abi Gatty Irving

Executive Officer

Having worked with small international wildlife charities over the past 15 years, Abi is now focussed on increasing support and awareness in the UK and Continental Europe to strengthen the impact of Thin Green Line Foundation’s programmes enabling rangers on the frontline of conservation to protect wildlife and habitat effectively and safely. At a time when our natural environment is coming under increasing pressure she believes it is crucial for organisations with related objectives to collaborate to find the best solutions. Abi is a trustee of Environment Trust, a London based charity which engages people in the protection and improvement of their local urban green spaces for the benefit of wildlife. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.   


Sean Wilmore


Sean is a former Australian Park Ranger, Founder and Managing Director of the The Thin Green Line Foundation Australia and the current President of the International Ranger Federation. While undertaking his work Sean has travelled to and worked with rangers in over 50 countries on 6 continents where he has been ambushed, held at gunpoint, charged by elephants and avoided militias. His efforts to bring attention to the dangerous work undertaken by these heroes of conservation has won him international acclaim.


Ian Redmond, OBE


Ian Redmond is a wildlife biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants over 40 years.   Since studying and protecting the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Zaire (now DRC), working for the late Dr Dian Fossey, and then making the first study of the underground elephants of Mt Elgon, Kenya, Ian has devoted his life to putting conservation principles into practice through investigation, education and advocacy.

He is a widely published writer and has worked on or appeared in more than 100 documentary films. Ian has led anti-poacher patrols, carried out undercover investigations into the illegal wildlife trade and worked to support local conservationists during Rwanda’s and DRC’s civil wars.  As Senior Consultant to the Born Free Foundation, Ian advises the charity on such issues as the bushmeat and ivory trade, the reintroduction of animals into the wild, sustainable use of forests, climate change and field conservation. Since 2010 he has served as an Ambassador for the UN Convention on Migratory Species.  He chairs the Ape Alliance and is helping develop new educational technologies and virtual ecotourism. He describes himself as a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training and a conservationist by necessity.


Martin Coyle


Martin has been in financial services since 1991. His career began with MLC which later became the wealth management arm of National Australia Bank. He sought pastures new arriving in the UK in 2005 where has held consultancy and leadership positions and was recently appointed Director- New Business for Aegon UK a global pension and investments business.

 Following completion of a Diploma of Financial Markets and a Diploma of Financial Planning Martin qualified for Certified Financial Planner status. Outside of work Martin is also currently Chair of The Thin Green Line Foundation UK Ltd which supports park rangers and their families around the world.  Martin’s interest in the Australian charity was triggered by his long time connection to the founder of The Thin Green Line foundation in Australia.


Chris Lockyer


Having been involved with conservation since an early age Chris has worked in this field after finishing his studies in 2014, he is currently a Ranger in the Peak District National Park.

As a regional representative of the Countryside Management Association (CMA) Chris has attended a number of national and international Ranger conferences where, learning of the threats and challenges his colleagues face around the world he was inspired to raise awareness of their work and sacrifices in the UK.  “Being a Ranger you are part of an international family, I am proud to share a passion and career with this family, many of whom face significant danger without the levels of support they deserve to receive. “