Management Team

The Management Team combines mature experience of conservation all over Southern Africa, with new management and conservation skills. Above all the Management Team are dedicated to the long term viability of Kasanka and Lavushi Manda National Parks, and their contribution to conservation and bio-diversity.

The Management Team are the following persons:

Ian Thomson General Manager 

With a life-time of experience in Wildlife Management, developing and managing national and private reserves, lecturing to Master’s degree students on all matters concerning wildlife and environment, Ian has joined Kasanka Trust to help preserve this pristine and unique Park. A keen birder, and having travelled and worked widely in Africa, Ian’s expertise covers a wide range of interests.


Lesley Thomson – Tourism Manager 

Lesley has been involved in all aspects of tourism for many years, establishing and promoting lodges, conservancies and safari operations.  She has been awarded internationally for her contribution towards tourism and has worked alongside her husband in a variety of southern Africa countries, including previously in Zambia.  Lesley is particularly interested in outreach programmes and the importance of wildlife education.






Richard Peel – Ecologist 

Originally from Zimbabwe, Richard has lived in Zambia for over 12 years.He has a PhD in Ichthyology from Rhodes University, South Africa, having carried out his postgraduate research on the floodplain rivers and lakes in northeastern Namibia. Richard volunteered for the Kasanka Trust in Lavushi Manda National Park between February and July before joining the team in Kasanka in August 2017.




Geraldine Taylor – Volunteer Ecologist 

Geraldine volunteered as an ecologist at Lavushi Manda National Park between February and August 2017. She then moved to Kasanka to help with tourism and research. Geraldine has a PhD in Fisheries Science from Rhodes University, and involves herself in all aspects of the Park’s ecology.