Trustees, members, and people who partner and work with and for CCT got together to celebrate 30 years of the Trust with an evening of events held at the Zoological Society of London on 11 May 2023.
The day started with a private members’ tour of the coral reef area of London Zoo, by the aquarists who carry out important conservation work there. Followed by the AGM, which saw three Trustees step down and three new Trustees elected in their place after annual reports from the Chair and Treasurer.
James Clarke becomes the new Treasurer, after Alistair Gammell stepped down as Secretary, with current Treasurer Rachel McGoff replacing him. Jodey Peyton joins the Board to work on the Chagos Information Portal (ChIP), and Amy Wilson as the digital lead.
The Board, staff and members were then joined by other guests for a speaker event presented by the CCT Director, Sarah Puntan-Galea, who introduced talks on different areas of the Trust’s current work.
This included an update of the Trust’s key rewilding project, Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs, by Dr Pete Carr; an introduction to a new CCT-published book, The sad story of the Conceicao, by author Nigel Wenban-Smith; a sneak peek at the Trust’s new website design by developer Filip Hnizdo; a walk through of the new Chagossian community website supported by CCT, by its content lead Pascalina Nellan; a detailed report on the latest Chagos brain coral (which is endemic to the Chagos Archipelago) research, by Dr Bryan Wilson; and 30 years of photos and images of the islands presented by Jon Slayer.
Questions were then taken from the floor, and from guests attending virtually, as well as after the AGM, before the evening finished with a reception.
Find out more by watching the speaker event on CCT’s YouTube channel here: