Rachael Barber
Rachael Barber

Governance

 

How is the WCA governed?

WCA 'circular governance structure' showing how Partners from all regions and stakeholder groups form Working Groups. Each Working Group Chair sits on the Global Council alongside at least one representative from each region and stakeholder group

Figure 1. WCA Governing Structure (2013). A ‘Circular’ governing structure was agreed by the Partners at the 2013 World Whale Conference.  All regions and Working Groups are represented on the Global Council.

Global Council, Working Groups, and the Secretariat

 

To provide overall leadership and guidance for the WCA and its Partners, a Global Council (GC) is elected. The GC consists of the Chair of each of the Working Groups, as well as the three Partner Constituencies (non-profit organisations, whale and dolphin watching tour operators, and individuals). The GC also includes at least one representative from each of its constituent regions: North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. GC members communicate through googlegroups and conference calls every six weeks.

 

The Working Groups perform the day-to-day tasks of the WCA. These Groups focus on specific areas requiring specialist knowledge and benefiting from a coordinated approach at local, regional, or global scales. Working Groups work within the vision, mission, and objectives of the WCA.

 

The GC and Working Groups are supported by the WCA Secretariat. The Secretariat has no voting powers and is responsible for coordinating and supporting the Partnership. The Secretariat manages the WCA budget and controls membership recruitment within the WCA.

Officers of the World Cetacean Alliance

 

HONORARY PRESIDENT

Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society, USA

 

GLOBAL COUNCIL

Co-Chairs

 

Malcolm Barradell, Individual Partner, UK  malcolm7momo@gmail.com

Cynde McInnis, Cape Ann Whale Watch, USA    cyndebierman@gmail.com

 

SCIENCE WORKING GROUP
Co-Chairs

 

Andre Cid, AIMM, Portugal    andre.cid@aimm-portugal.org
Luena Fernandes, Humpback Whale Institute, Brazil    luena.fernandes@baleiajubarte.org.br

 

WORKING GROUP ON RESPONSIBLE WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING

 

Chair
Cynde McInnis, Cape Ann Whale Watch, USA    cyndebierman@gmail.com

 

CAPTIVITY WORKING GROUP

 

Co-Chairs
Daniel Turner, Born Free Foundation, UK    daniel@bornfree.org.uk
Suz Rogers, Change for Animals Foundation, UK    suzanne@learningaboutanimals.co.uk

 

POLICY, ADVOCACY AND CAMPAIGNING GENERAL WORKING GROUP

 

Co-Chairs
Malcolm Barradell, Individual Partner, UK     malcolm7momo@gmail.com

Patti Sullivan, Cetacean Society International, USA    kauaipatty@yahoo.com

 

AWARENESS AND COMMUNICATIONS WORKING GROUP

 

Chair
Sam Lipman, Individual Partner, UK    samantha.orca@gmail.com

 

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

 

AFRICA   Lloyd Edwards, Raggy Charters, South Africa    info@raggycharters.co.za

 

OCEANIA   Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust    ingrid@orca.org.nz

 

ASIA   Shambhu Paudel, Indiviual Partner, Nepal    oasis.excurrent@gmail.com

 

EUROPE   Wendy van Gool, Individual Partner, Belgium    wendy@van-gool.info

 

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN   Luena Fernandes, Humpback Whale Institute, Brazil    luena.fernandes@baleiajubarte.org.br

Support and Advice

 

Trustees

 

Clive Martin, Individual Partner, UK    clivemartin77@hotmail.co.uk

Roger Mann, Be As One Foundation, UK    roger@worldcetaceanalliance.org

Roy Mulder, Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society, Canada    rsmulder@shaw.ca

 

BirdLife International Advisory Partner

John Fanshawe, BirdLife International, UK    john.fanshawe@birdlife.org

 

WCA Secretariat

For help and enquiries contact:

Dylan Walker, CEO, Secretariat

Email: dylan@worldcetaceanalliance.org

Tel: +44 (0)1273 355011

Cell: +44 (0)7900 471490

 

WCA Membership

Gina Gow, Membership Secretary

Email: membershipsec@worldcetaceanalliance.org