Lord Cromwell

As an avid childhood watcher of Daktari, the fictional adventures of a vet and his family at an animal behaviour study centre in East Africa, Godfrey Cromwell can claim WVI-style enthusiasm from an early age. When WVI was established in 2004, he became one of our first patrons.

Widely travelled in Asia, Latin America and Africa - including a two-year solo motorbike trip from London to Botswana in the 1980s - he has worked for, set up and run businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and elsewhere. For the last 20 years he has predominantly worked in Russia and across Central Asia and the Caucasus.

In 2007 he retrained and worked until 2016 for a private bank, managing the finances, investments and assets of successful entrepreneurs and charities. He was elected to the House of Lords in 2014 and also runs the family organic farm in the UK - where he hopes not to see vets too often!