OUR PEOPLE

Our trustees are a diverse group of people, each of whom bring a wealth of experience, contacts and passion to ensure that ALERT is managed in the most effective manner to meet its mission.


Andrew Craig Aldridge (ALERT USA - Chairman)

Craig grew up in Saudi Arabia and has a passion for travel and wildlife.  He worked for ALERT for two years in Zambia before relocating to the UK.  Craig continues to follow his passion by supporting our work as a trustee for the charity he assisted in establishing in the US.


Sandra Berrey (ALERT USA)

Sandra attended Dominica College studying Liberal Arts with a concentration on art history.  Since 1996 she has visited, and grown to love, Africa many times, having travelled in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.  Sandra was fortunate to witness the reintroduction of black rhino in Botswana, the elimination of most of the fencing along the elephant migration path and the continuing education and engagement of the African youth in the preservation of their wildlife.  Sandra now works as an African travel specialist in San Francisco.


Robert Burton (ALERT UK)

Robert has over 26 years of finance experience, of which the last 16 have been spent in a Fiduciary Services environment.  He was educated in the Isle of Man and following the completion of a BA (Econ) at the University of Manchester, commenced accountancy training with Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. His role at PKF was predominantly audit and corporate finance based. In 1997 he joined LJ Skye and is currently CFO and Head of Compliance across the LJ Skye group of companies.


Andrew Conolly (ALERT Zambia, ALERT Zimbabwe)

Andrew was born in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe on the 2nd of October 1951. Having read for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Natal he became a successful cattle and game farmer in the Matobo Hills before purchasing Antelope Park in 1987 near the city of Gweru in the Zimbabwe Midlands to begin game ranching.

In 1998 he branched out into tourism and founded African Encounter, now comprising a range of award winning tourism programs, many based around conservation and community development initiatives.  In 1999 Andrew developed the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program.  In 2005 Andrew founded the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust and in 2007 also developed the Happy Africa Foundation.

Andrew has been nominated to the Indianapolis Prize 2014, the world's leaving award for conservation, that recognizes people who have made "extraordinary contributions to conservation".   

*  Andrew Conolly is also a director of ALERT UK


Tamara Matthews (ALERT USA)

Tamara hails from Stockton, California where, between stints as a loan processor and real estate agent has undertaken voluntary work for a variety of organizations, including on ALERT's projects in Zambia.  A mother of six Tamara brings a great passion for wildlife in support of ALERT.


Stephen McCormick (ALERT Zambia)

Steve was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is the founder member of the companies Consolidated Tourism Investments (CTI) Limited and Safari Par Excellence Limited and is a shareholder and director of Virgin Adventures Limited.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1984 with majors in marketing and accounting.

Steve chose to get involved in the tourism industry in 1988 when he started Safari Par Excellence in Zimbabwe before moving his focus in adventure tourism to Zambia in 1991.

His passion for wildlife and conservation led to his partnership with Andrew and Wendy Conolly in 2002.


Dr. Charles Msipa (ALERT Zimbabwe)

After training as a lawyer at the University of Zimbabwe, Charles began practicing law with a Harare bases law firm in 1998.  His career has led him to the UK banking industry and to the USA with Coca-Cola.  Back in Harare he is now Managing Director of Schweppes Zimbabwe and was recently elected President of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries.  He holds BL and LLB degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, Master of (International) Laws from University of Edinburgh and Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.


Timothy Mushibwe (ALERT Zambia)

Timothy attended school at Masala Secondary School in Ndola before transferring to Cornwall Technical College and then completing a BSc at Leeds University.  In 1999 he qualified as a member and in 2004 as a fellow of both the Association of Chartered Accountants in the UK, and with the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

In his career Timothy has held various senior executive roles in the Zambian corporate world  including Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche Zambia.  He is a founding member of the Zambia Revenue Authority’s Revenue Appeals Tribunal on which he served for 8 years as a tax judge until 31 December 2007. 

Timothy retired from Deloitte in May 2008 and established Baker Tilly Meralis in Zambia, which is a member firm of Baker Tilly International (the 8th largest accounting firm in the World).  Timothy currently serves as Senior Partner of Baker Tilly Meralis, in addition to serving on a variety of corporate boards.  He is currently Chairman of Real Estate Investments Zambia Plc, the Zambia Tourism Board and Professional Life Assurance Company.  He also serves as an Independent Director in the role of Chairman of the Audit Committee, representing the public, on the board of the Lusaka Stock Exchange. 

Timothy’s interests in the field of conservation are broad and extensive.  They include being a founding member of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (Zambia), Game Rangers International and Conservation Lower Zambezi, as well as being a non-Executive Director for African Parks, Liuwa National Park (Zambia).  He was the Leading Consultant and Interim Manager during the transformation of National Parks & Wildlife to the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA).  Timothy has also previously served as a member of the Financial Advisory Committee of ZAWA to improve governance.


Clive Needham (ALERT UK - Chairman)

Clive has had 20 years’ experience in the offshore industry. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Wilkins Kennedy in 1992 before returning to the Isle of Man and obtaining his practising certificate with a local firm. In 1996 he moved to LJ Skye, a firm of company trust and administration practitioners, and is currently the Managing Director. Clive also acts as a non-executive Director on a number of Funds and has acted as a non executive director on an AIM listed Company. He studied accountancy at Liverpool University.


Samuel Ralph Pecker (ALERT Zambia)

Ralph is a partner and founder of Zambian Investment Projects (ZIP) and his roles range from promoting Zambia, directing on several Zambian boards to Executive Advisory Services and Project Management. In the last 15 years Ralph has lived in the USA and UK working for large international corporations driving their European, Middle East and African (EMEA) business development strategies. Southern Africa and in particular Zambia for the last 10 years has been his main focus. Companies like Cognos Inc., the largest Business Intelligence corporation globally, and Logsys UK, a security intelligence systems for UK Police and Military.  


David Scott (ALERT Zambia - Chairman, ALERT Zimbabwe - Chairman)

Dave Scott did his articles with a small accountancy firm; Geo. McKenzie & Co., from 1969-1975. He then sought exposure at the then biggest professional firm in Bulawayo, Scot-Russell Murray & Pugh from 1975-78. He joined Price Waterhouse in Bulawayo in August 1978.

He worked with PW in the Boston (USA), Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana) offices before returning to Zimbabwe in 1996. He was admitted to the PW partnership in 1985 and became senior partner in 2001.

Dave was the Territory Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Central Africa responsible for the overall management and strategic direction and profitability of the firm. He was directly responsible for international relations with other territories in the PwC worldwide network and for co-ordination of their services to all major clients across all their service lines. He was also directly responsible for their Liquidations and Judicial Management unit in Harare and served as the client relationship partner on their major clients.

He has a broad range of professional experience and has been involved in audit, taxation, financial and business advisory services to many clients; he is experienced in managing projects and reporting assignments involving multinational groups and reporting requirements for multi-office projects.

Dave chose early retirement in June 2007 to pursue personal interests including wildlife conservation project fund raising and project management along with freelance business services consulting; he remains part-time employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers as a freelance consultant.

Dave has served as a professional advisor and in his own personal interests on a number of committees of schools and business associations over many years. He has been involved in organizing/directing a number of public business forums and professional conventions.

Dave is past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (”ICAZ”) and has served on the following ICAZ committees:

Council of ICAZ (currently still a member) since 1996.
Chairman of the Auditing Standards and Procedures Committee.
Working Party at ICAZ covering Fraud and Corruption in Zimbabwe.
Working Party at ICAZ covering the new Banking Act promulgated in 1997/8 including presentations to Parliamentary workshop presiding over this new legislation.
Represents ICAZ on the Eastern Central and Southern African Federation of Accountants.
Represents ICAZ on the National Task Force on Corporate Governance.

*  David Scott is also a director of ALERT UK

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