Hadley John Lyners is a University of Cape Town graduate. He completed a teaching degree and taught at a number of schools on the Cape Flats, where conditions can be challenging, and made it his priority to recognise and nurture the individual strengths of the youngsters in his care. His role in teaching enabled Hadley to play a part in developing school gardens, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge of the environment and sustainability with the youth and uses his skills to inspire the next generation who will be future custodians of the earth.
Hadley then went on to complete a short course in Environmental Education at Stellenbosch University and attained the Goldfield's Environmental Education Certificate and the Advanced Environmental Education Certificate at Rhodes University. He was appointed Environmental Education Officer for the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) where he worked with a group of teachers and learners from different schools to encourage the use of the natural environment as a practical tool to learn about science.
Hadley has a lifelong love of big cats, and is excited to be part of The Cape Leopard Trust as the Environmental Education Coordinator. He now has the opportunity to learn more about the elusive Cape mountain leopard, whilst having the privilege of developing programmes to inspire young people around the importance of protecting the pristine biodiversity in the Cederberg and Western Cape region, using the backdrop of what must be one of the most spectacular classrooms in the world. Hadley manages the EE team and is also involved in fundraising and marketing for the environmental education component of our work.