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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


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.

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