Experience
Paul Milton
Tom Palmer
Paul Milton
Biography

Paul D. Milton is a thought leader and a high level strategist, dedicated to developing innovative sustainable development models within areas of important global natural resource. Working with the private sector, governments, and science communities, he utilizes the economic platform of quadruple bottom line thinking to help unlock land asset values, protect environments at risk, integrate community upliftment and deliver investor returns through true long-term and transparent partnerships.

Paul has over 30 years of advisory, development management, design and project implementation experience and is currently engaged in some of the world’s most ambitious environmental conservation and eco-tourism projects.

Throughout his career, Paul’s passion to make a difference has been instrumental in launching various new models of private/public partnerships which are helping protect large scale land holdings around the world. He has worked in over 25 countries – currently active on projects in the US, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, the Seychelles, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Libya and Panama – bringing together sustainable development initiatives, eco-tourism driven economics and long term conservation principles to create ground breaking new development. Paul acts as a catalyst and partner, attracting like-minded people to collaborate through these diverse programs. His experience includes negotiating complex development agreements with national governments and local communities, through project delivery strategies to the highest international standards of excellence. His experience across various cultures and his well-respected reputation in sustainable development distinguish him in this emerging market sector.

Paul is an avid conservationist, wildlife photographer, landscape watercolorist, and global traveler, and has lived on and worked in three continents — Europe, Africa and the US — working toward protecting the lands, wildlife and communities that he cares deeply about.

Past Work

From 1999 to 2009, Paul was a partner and CEO of Hart Howerton San Francisco and London. The firm is recognized as one of the world’s leading development advisory, planning and design practices. Whilst Paul was the CEO of Hart Howerton in San Francisco and London, between 1999 and 2009, he completed a number of projects as Principal-In-Charge: Hacienda, Cabo San Lucas; Four Seasons Residences; Costa Smerelda; The Inn at Palmetto Bluff; Christophe Harbor; Gleneagles; Kauri Cliffs; Parker Ranch; Taghazout; Kuki‘o; Palmetto Golf Club; Santa Lucia Preserve Golf Cub; and Mirabel Golf Clubhouse. Paul remains a member of the board.

From 1989 to 1999, Paul built and managed a highly successful international development advisory, planning and architecture design practice in Johannesburg, South Africa, which he subsequently sold to Broadway Malyan, UK.

During the 1980’s Paul worked for the leading UK design practice Fitch and Co., London.

Paul was educated in the United Kingdom at St. Bartholomew’s School, Oxford, Southend on Sea Polytechnic and Manchester Polytechnic.

Philanthropy

Help for Threatened Wildlife (HFTW):

Paul has been integral to the formation and management of this entity, coordinating with the Frankfurt Zoological Society. The mission of the organization is to help threatened wildlife species around the world through research, monitoring and protection programs.

Lamu Conservation Society, Kenya:

Critical habitat surrounding this World Heritage Site is under the threat of poor land management practice and human impact. Paul is assisting the leadership plan for long term sustainable management strategies incorporating the community’s needs and studying ways to create economic lift from tourism, micro financing and community-based projects.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe:

This natural World Heritage Site is under threat due to the political instability in Zimbabwe and a collapse in tourism. Paul is working with community leaders, the Victoria Falls Municipality, regional commissioners office, and local and regional wildlife and forestry agencies to develop a zoning and land use plan for the future, repositioning Victoria Falls as a major southern African tourist hub.

Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI):

TAWIRI coordinates wildlife research in the United Republic of Tanzania with an overall objective of providing scientific information and advice to the government and wildlife management authorities on the sustainable conservation of wildlife. Paul provides support to promote awareness both politically and for fund raising purposes.

Boards

Frankfurt Zoological Society/Help for Threatened Wildlife (HFTW):

Paul is an advisor to this newly formed entity, helping think through the launch, positioning and marketing strategies for this new US 501c.
www.zgf.de

Singita Partnership I:

Paul is a general partner and board member of this initiative to raise capital for Singita driven ecotourism programs.
www.singita.com

Hart Howerton:

As a member of the board, Paul has continued to help shape the firm’s future and remains involved in helping the firm lead the industry in conservation-based resort and residential development practices.
www.harthowerton.com

Sherwood Design Engineers:

As an early investor into this innovative sustainable design engineering business, Paul continues to help guide the business’s growth and development.
www.sherwoodengineers.com

Environmental Development International:

Paul is a founding member of this conservation-focused advisory business working with governments on conservation and environmental matters.

Tom Palmer
Biography

Profession

Land Planner & Landscape Architect

Date of Birth

9 August 1979

Nationality

Australian/ British

Education

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons), University of New South Wales

Tom Palmer is a land planner specializing in large scale conservation and tourism initiatives. The first half of his 12 year career was spent in Australia as a landscape architect, while the second half was based in the UK working for a leading development advisory, planning and design firm. By combining real estate and development understanding with planning and landscape sensitivity, Tom is able to help realise projects that are both environmentally sustainable, economically sound and socially aware.

Tom’s career has seen him work in over 15 different countries, providing strategic planning, master planning and landscape design services to internationally renowned investors, developers and hospitality operators such as Singita, Colony Capital, Brookfield, Immohold & Itacare Capital. 

His passion however lies in conservation, an area where Tom has worked closely with Milton Group developing sustainable conservation and tourism strategies in partnership with the government and National Park authorities of countries such as Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe & Libya.

Tom is currently active on projects in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Panama, and is exploring conservation based opportunities in the Australasian region.

Past Work

Isla Secas Archipelago, Panama: 2012 to present

An audit of the existing tourism operations and future business plan is currently being developed on behalf of the owner. The plan aims to re-brand reposition the property as well as act as a catalyst for marine conservation in the region. Tom has been involved in all aspects of this exciting project providing land planning and master planning expertise.

Singita Grumeti Reserves: 2011 to present

Working for Singita Game Reserves, Tom is currently leading a sustainability audit on the existing and future operations of Singita’s core property. Tom is also providing site planning and landscape architetcure services for the property’s strategic expansion; The Singita Grumeti Hillside Lodges.

Victoria Fall Municipality, Zimbabwe: 2009 to present

Working with the Government of Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls Municipality, a Regional Development and Conservation Plan is currently being created for the Victoria Falls Municipality and National Park; a World Heritage Site.

Libya National Parks, Libya: 2010

The project aimed to create Libya’s first national parks. A desert project and a coastal project would reintroduce native wildlife species and define a strategic tourism circuit.

Al Sinniyah Island, Eco-Resort & Marine Preserve, Umm al-Quwain, UAE: 2009

The protection and preservation of a 2,830Ha natural barrier island in the Persian Gulf. The vision was to create a combined land and sea preserve of 8,100 hectares, funded by a low density eco-resort development.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: 2007

A tourism vision and strategic development model was developed in partnership with the Frankfurt Zoological Society on behalf of the Tanzania Wildlife Authority