Charles Mayhew

Charles Mayhew is the co-founder and CEO of Tusk. Educated at Wellington Colllege, Charles Mayhew spent two years travelling and working in South Africa, Switzerland and Australia. After returning home, he began his career in the City of London as a Lloyds Broker with Willis Faber & Dumas Ltd. In 1985 he set up and led the Young Europe Africa Expedition as an initiative of the United Nations Year of Youth. The 33 strong team of young Europeans crossed the Sahara and travelled through the Congo before arriving in Kenya, where it undertook a series of conservation and community projects filmed for a Channel 4 TV documentary. The 7-month expedition concluded in Cape Town. On his return Mayhew was elected a Fellow of The Royal Geographical concluded in Cape Town. On his return Mayhew was elected a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society. After working for a small boutique financial services firm, Mayhew formed his own financial service business, which he later sold to the St James’s Place Group. In 1990 he co-founded the African conservation charity Tusk Trust and, as part of the stimulus for doing so, he co-produced the feature film ‘Lost in Africa’– a drama that sought to highlight the ivory trade. Under Mayhew’s stewardship, Tusk has since grown into becoming a highly reputable and efficient UK conservation NGO investing over $50m into conservation programmes across the continent. HRH The Duke of Cambridge became Royal Patron of Tusk in 2005. Since 2010, Mayhew has accompanied The Duke on a number of overseas trips, including more recently his visits to China, Vietnam, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya. Mayhew also sits on the Boards of the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and The Community Conservation Fund Africa. In 2005, he was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of his services to conservation in Africa.