Dervla’s role in the Development Team is to support the Centre’s development and fund-raising efforts, primarily by coordinating development efforts across the Centre and acting as a focal point for information related to the Centre’s partners and donors. Additionally, Dervla provides advice, support and assistance to other programmes to prepare funding proposals.
After completing a BSc in Zoology from Cardiff University and an MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University, Dervla worked for nine years with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation in West Africa. She led projects which supported the creation and management of protected areas that covered critical habitat of West Africa’s threatened wildlife, most notably the Taï-Grebo-Sapo Forest complex. Prior to joining UNEP-WCMC in 2018, she contributed to the creation of Liberia’s newest protected area, the Grebo-Krahn National Park.