The Reef-World Foundation is overseen by a board of Trustees who govern the overall strategic direction of the charity. They ensure it fulfils the charitable objectives and all legal obligations of a UK registered charity under the Charity Commission. A face to face Annual General Meeting takes place once a year between the Trustees and Senior Management and further intermediate meetings over Skype, in order to reduce the carbon footprint of our international team. All annual activity and financial reports are prepared and circulated in electronic form to minimise printing and paper use.
The Reef-World trustees are:
- Mrs Anne Paranjoti
- Mrs Andrea Leeman
- Dr Vivienne Stein -Rostaing
- Dr Paul Younge
Founder and Trustee
Anne Paranjoti (Miller) is a coral reef naturalist and educator. She is a scuba diving instructor and in 2001, she returned to live in North Wales after 9 years in Thailand.
Anne enjoys quietly observing wildlife and the reef environment. She says “There are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between one of our own communities and a coral reef – that’s where the idea for Reef-World originated. I wanted to find a way to quickly illuminate for a snorkeller or diver what was going on in the reef system” and to give people an opportunity to do something to help protect them.
Anne began diving in the Maldives in 1988. She has dived and taught throughout the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.
In 1988, she graduated from Loughborough University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Upper Second degree in Management Science. After two years work with a software consultancy firm, Anne began looking for ways to apply management skills to save tropical coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass beds and to educate the public about them. She has led workshops and presented papers at a number of international seminars.
In 1992, she became a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor and spent one year diving and teaching in the Dominican Republic. In 1993, she moved to Phuket, Thailand. Since then, she has taught and dived extensively in both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Siam. In 1995, she founded Reef-World to educate tourists and community members about how to be active in the conservation of tropical coastlines.
The Reef-World Foundation was established as a Charitable Trust in the UK in 1999. Anne has designed and written Reef-World courses ranging from a one hour slide show presentation, all the way to a full three day Coral Reef Ecology Course, with courses for local fishing communities which focus on English language training and reef monitoring and courses for visiting tourists which are a light-hearted look at life on a reef. She is a Reef-World Instructor who has taught and led field trips for local primary and secondary schools in Thailand. She has developed strong links with the United Nations Environment Programme East Asia Seas Regional Coordinating Unit (now COBSEA) to provide Reef-World training to tropical communities actively working to conserve reefs and tropical coastlines in their area.
Anne can be contacted directly at email@example.com