Wes Thomson is the Founder and current CEO of Veterans for Wildlife and Veterans for Wildlife South Africa. Wes founded the charity as a direct result of the increase in rhino and elephant poaching in Africa. Wes, himself a veteran having served as a British Royal Marine, recognised that the unique skills, experience and knowledge that veterans possess can be put to good use in the prevention of wildlife crime. 

Wes is responsible for the overall management and growth of both charity's. As well as implementing strategic direction from the Board of Trustees.