African Impact Service Learning’s Advisory Board is made up of specialists in various fields who provide expert advice for programs and valuable strategic input. Our Advisors share our commitment to making service learning an accessible and valuable experience for all involved. African Impact work with our advisers to make sure we deliver the highest standards in the areas we work in. They are:
Dr Jackie Abell (MA Hons. MSc. MSc. PhD. C.Psychol)
Dr Jackie Abell has served as the Director of Research for the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) since 2013, and is a Reader in Social Psychology & Conservation with Coventry University UK.
She holds a degree in psychology from the University of Dundee, an MSc in social psychology from Lancaster University, a PhD in Psychology from Loughborough University, and a further MSc in Animal Behavior (specializing in lions) from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Dr Abell has worked in academia for 20 years as a lecturer, researcher and dissertation supervisor (undergraduate and postgraduate), and publishes widely on human and animal behavior, wildlife conservation, and community in academic journals and for the non-academic press. She serves on the editorial board for the British Journal of Social Psychology, and is a peer-reviewer for several academic journals and academic research funding councils, spanning the human, biological and animal sciences.
Dr Abell was elected onto the IUCN Specialist Cat Breeding Group in 2014, and the African Lion Working Group in 2016. She is a Chartered Psychologist and graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the American Psychological Association (APA).
She has created recognized undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in Conservation Psychology (which focuses on the relationships between people and wildlife to ensure effective conservation practice), as well as Animal Behavior (including comparative psychology) and supervised several PhD theses to successful completion.
Much of her work focuses on integrating the natural, human and social sciences to tackle complex conservation issues effectively, recognizing the ‘human’ as well as the wildlife elements of current problems. Much of her current work concerns training local and international students in relevant skills, theory, and knowledge, to optimize competency in the field and scientific rigor.
Dr Norman Monks (MA. MSc. PhD)
Dr Monks serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT). He holds an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent in Canterbury, a Certificate in Industrial Environmental Management from Rhodes University, as well as a Doctorate in Wildlife Management from the University of the Free State in South Africa.
Dr Monks has 36 years’ experience working for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority, with a focus on the management of the Authority’s Game Ranching Research Unit, Gonarezhou National Park, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Mana Pools National Park and Matopos National Park. He has extensive experience in all aspects of management including tourism, law enforcement, conservation, research and administration, and is a member of the African Lion Working Group and IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.
Dr Monks’ MSc research study was entitled “The Population Status, Diurnal Activity Patterns, Range and Territory Size, and Habitat Use by the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Kyle Recreational Park, Zimbabwe”. His PhD study on lions was entitled “The Demography and Population Status of Lions (Panthera leo) in the Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.”
In 2003 Norman was presented with the “Researcher of the Year” award by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and in 2005 he was named “Conservationist of the Year” by the Conservation division of Safari Club International for his conservation and management contribution during his long career in the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe.
Pete Lambert (BSc Hons. MSc)
Pete is the Director of Program Management at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He holds a BSc (Hons) from Liverpool School of Pharmacy and an MSc in HIV/AIDS Management from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In his current position, he manages a research team developing a novel oxytocin inhaler to prevent women experiencing postpartum hemorrhage at childbirth, currently the leading cause of maternal death in low and middle income countries.
He started his industrial career with Ciba Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis) as an inhalation scientist working on the formulation and process development of the Foradil® (formoterol) Dry Powder Inhaler. Continuing his work in respiratory delivery, Pete moved to Astra AB (now AstraZeneca) as part of the development team reformulating metered dose inhalers with non-CFC propellants. Subsequently, Pete joined Britannia Pharmaceuticals, initially as a project manager developing a novel dry powder platform technology for nasal delivery, progressing to the role of Director of Development, responsible for a broad development portfolio.
He then traveled to South Africa to work as a Volunteer Coordinator at the African Impact project in St Lucia in 2009 and realized his passion for global health and assisting the world’s least-served communities. He then completed his Masters in HIV/AIDS Management before moving to Australia in 2010 where he worked as the Director of Development at Medicines Development for Global Health before joining the oxytocin project team in June 2012.
Dan Hudson (BSc Hons. PGCE)
Dan is a Head of Year at St. Peter’s High School in Gloucester, England. He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Reading and a PGCE from the University of Gloucestershire. He has been teaching in secondary schools since 2009.
Dan has significant pastoral experience and a great understanding of how to build successful links between schools and charities. This has been achieved through his school projects raising money for a range of educational projects in the Philippines. To achieve this he has worked closely alongside both CAFOD and the Filipino Women’s Association UK to set up links between his school and those in the Philippines. In November 2013, his school and charity collaborative work was mentioned in the Houses of Parliament. Dan has traveled to the Philippines to visit the educational projects that his school ventures have supported.
Dan is also experienced at running school trips in the UK and has knowledge of the health and safety regulations that must be met to make trips both viable and successful. He is fully trained in Child Protection. He has a passion for providing children with the opportunity to develop themselves as people and learn from