Mr. Lawrence Anthony, Founder of the Earth Organization was a well-known conservationist, explorer, and author, probably best known for his work in salvaging the animals in the Bagdad zoo during the coalition invasion of Baghdad in 2003, for which he was honored with the United Nations Earth Day medal and Earth Trustee award. Lawrence’s area of particular interest was the rehabilitation of traumatized African Elephant. He was also a member of the esteemed Explorers Club of New York.
Lawrence sadly passed away in March 2012, but his legacy lives on in the work that is being done by the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization.
Yvette Taylor trained and qualified as a Town and Regional Planner after leaving school and worked for both the municipal and private sector for several years within her field .Yvette then spent a year training in the USA acquiring skills and knowledge of sales, marketing and administration. She returned to South Africa and worked in personnel training for 8 years at a Supervisor and later an Executive Director level. During this time she studied additional courses, including Management Training and worked on several projects aimed at the Youth; including anti-drugs campaigns and Human Rights education. Before joining The Earth Organization, Yvette worked in the private sector, dealing with local and international companies regarding the distribution and exportation of products. She has gained many years experience as an Executive Director in the business development industry, working in all areas of operation to expand business.
Yvette joined The Earth Organization several years ago following her passion for the conservation of our environment and our natural resources and believes that working together we can make a difference.
Clive E. Poultney
Clive taught Biology and Science for 3 years before moving into a career in Nature Conservation, more specifically in conservation education and training. He has been in the Conservation field since 1991 and was involved in establishing Mpumalanga Parks Board (1994/5); and led the start-up team of the Southern African Wildlife College (1996 – 1999). Clive was also contracted to develop the business plans for the Southern African Wildlife College in 2010 and again in 2014 that have had a major impact on the growth trajectory of the institution. He is still closely associated with the College as a business development partner, and continues to secure funding for and manage some of their key government-funded projects.
Yolande started her career at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria as a Laboratory Technologist and Research Assistant engaging with some of the most brilliant minds in the scientific community. The diverse nature of the research projects provided exposure to a broad base of mammals, both wild and domestic, coupled with extensive hands-on experience in the laboratory and during field trips.
She advanced into the private sector as a technical business development consultant for a leading medical equipment provider. In the late 90’s Yolande attained a PR and marketing management qualification and has since been practicing as Marketing and Training Manager on a senior level both locally and overseas.
With over 14 years experience in strategic marketing and training management as well as execution of strategies, Yolande is accustomed to operating in a dynamic environment and loves the challenge of dealing with diverse clients to help them find “marketing” direction.
Extremely passionate about the environment with lots of creative drive, she actively supports conservation projects and applies her skills set to branding, marketing and graphic design providing tangible benefits to help organizations reach their full potential.