Olson was born in the district of North Side. His family immigrated to the USA in the mid-1970s, where he attended university and became an airline pilot with United Airlines. He returned to the island in 2004, joining Cayman Airways as a captain. He became active in the community, volunteering as the president of the Cayman AIDS Foundation, the President of the Cayman Airline Pilot Association, a former member of the Business Staffing Plan Board; he currently sits on the North Sound Estates Neighborhood Community Committee and is the Chairperson of the Newlands District Council. Olson has served as Trust Council since 2018 and currently sits on the Environmental Advisory Committee.
Peter is a founding member of the National Trust. He has served on the Trust Council since 2013 and in the capacity of Vice Chairman since 2016. He also serves on the Trust’s Environmental Advisory Committee. He is a founding member of the Cayman Islands Bird Club and the Cayman Motorsports Association.
Neil is the Chief Financial Officer at a leading offshore law firm. His career in finance spans the Cayman Islands, Dublin and London. He was admitted as an associate to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland in 1997 and as a fellow in 2008. Respect for nature, and a desire to preserve it, form part of his DNA.
John qualified as a litigation attorney in the UK in 1996 and, today, is a partner at Higgs & Johnson. He moved to the Cayman Islands in 2010 and joined the Trust as legal advisor in 2015.
Zoe has over 20 years’ experience in the legal and financial services industries and was previously the eServices Compliance Audit Manager for a leading offshore law firm before she retired. She is passionate about gardening and online peace activism and hopes to use these as a foundation to help preserve and enhance the natural beauty, flora and fauna of the Cayman Islands.
Joannah Bodden Small
Joannah is a former partner of a leading offshore law firm, where she was employed for over 10 years. She retired in 2013 to care for her three young children on a full-time basis. In addition to her personal business and community ventures, Joannah enjoys doing charity and volunteer work, reading and travelling. Her time is primarily spent with her family and one of her favourite pastimes is hearing stories of Cayman’s ‘yesteryears’ from older relatives and friends.
Patricia is a founding member of the National Trust, having served on the Council in various capacities since the early days. She has been a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee for many years and chaired the committee for five years; she also serves on the National Conservation Council. She has always been keenly involved in environmental issues and played a vital role in developing nature tourism in the Sister Islands. Her special interest is birds.
Melanie’s involvement in community projects began with the “Shade Brigade” initiative, where she learned how to propagate local shrubs and trees to create her wildly natural home garden, which has become a haven for various species of Cayman’s flora and fauna. Recently, Melanie has dedicated herself to the protection of the George Town Harbour marine life by becoming a driving force within the community group Cruise Port Referendum Cayman, which is advocating for a democratic approach to the proposed Cruise Berthing Facility project. She has participated in the Plan Cayman, National Conservation Law and George Town Revitalisation public consultations.
Cora Grant- James is a lifelong resident of West Bay. She is the recipient of a Certificate & Badge of Honor for Services to the Community of the Cayman Islands, as well as the Cayman Islands Lifetime Achievement Award in Banking Services. Cora believes that the earth is one thing that we all have in common with each other, and that we have a personal responsibility to be good stewards and take care of it for present and future generations. She is a former member/director of a number of government boards and plays an active role in the community. She has been a Co-Opted Member of the National Trust Council for the past two years and is a member of the National Trust West Bay District Committee. Having a keen interest and love for preserving Caymanian heritage, she was a member of the West Bay Heritage Committee for over ten years.
Lisa is an environmental professional whose career in sustainable development, climate change and environmental assessment spans over two decades. Since the mid-1990s she has helped with Trust events and the Heritage Register, sat on the Environmental Advisory Committee and worked to redesign and relaunch the Island Offsets Programme. A former Human Rights Commissioner and past judge for both the Governor’s Conservation Awards and Governor’s Award for Design and Construction Excellence, Lisa continues to serve on the National Conservation Council and chairs its Climate Change Subcommittee.
Dan is a Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager at CIBC First Caribbean International and began his involvement with the National Trust by helping to secure corporate donations from several institutions in Grand Cayman. He continues to be instrumental in supporting the Council and Executive Director by providing financial advice on various Trust matters. Dan has also volunteered as the Treasurer for the National Trust Bodden Town District Committee. In addition to his career in finance, Dan enjoys spending his time volunteering with a number of associations both on and off the island. He is the current chairman of CIBA’s Membership Committee and remains a committed supporter of education. He has been a National Trust Co-Opted Council Member since 2018.
Gina was born and raised in the Cayman Islands. After attending university in Toronto to acquire her Environmental Design degree, she returned home to pursue her career in Interior Design. She has 12 years’ experience working in different aspects of design and is currently working as an Interior Designer for Decco Ltd where her role is exciting and highly creative. In the past she has been a member of the Cayman Islands National Volleyball team for many years and has a true passion for the sport. She was a National Trust member during her teenage years and always hoped to be involved with the organisation again. She has a deep connection to all things Caymanian and is passionate about preserving our culture.
Hannah holds a joint Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Journalism from Emory University and a Master’s of Science in Environment, Science & Society from the University College London.She has volunteered at the Trust’s Blue Iguana Conservation programme and as a Historic Walking Tour of George Town guide. She is also a Board member of the Protection of Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the Head of Community for the Cayman Islands Marketing Professionals Association (CIMPA) and a volunteer with the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.
Chris joined the National Trust through the Cayman Brac District Committee in 1993 and has been deeply involved ever since, serving on the Executive Committee, Secretary, and Chairman from 2015 to date. Recently, Chris has relinquished his post having instigated a succession plan from last year. During his time as Secretary and Chairman he twice spent a year serving double duty as Treasurer and as Secretary. He began attending Council as alternate for the District Committee Chairman who was unable to do so. He was one of a 4-member committee which rewrote the NTCI Byelaws in 2013. In 2008, Chris spearheaded the rebuilding of their headquarters after Hurricane Paloma, keeping the Brac Committee’s concept of not only having a meeting hall, but being able to offer accomodations for visiting scientists to encourage research of Brac flora and fauna.