ADDRESS:       49 Baglan Heights                                            Mob: +44 (0)7951 035241

Baglan                                                              Work: +44 (0)1639 767660

Port Talbot                                                      Home: +44 (0)1639 822398

UK                                                       Email: mikeball.eco@ntlworld.com

SA12 8UF


Marital Status: Co-habiting                                           Nationality: British

Full Clean Current Drivers Licence                               Born: 4/4/63 (Surabaya, Indonesia)


Mike Ball (left) & Paul Batuna (right): Tomahon, Nth. Sulawesi (copyright: Murex Dive, Manado)


Work Experience


Tourism Consultant                                                                        April 01 – present


Mike Ball, summit Gunung Batur, Bali (copyright: Mike Ball)


Wildlife & Ecotourism Consultant                                                            Nov 97 – April 2001

Symbiosis Expedition Planning

Tel: +44 (0)845 123 2844

Fax: +44 (0)845 123 2845

Website: http://www.symbiosis-travel.com                              


Planning, sales and execution of sustainable tourism outbound special interest itineraries in: Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Brunei and Singapore. Business research and liaison.


Freelance Consultant / Volunteer & Temp Work                       Sept 96 - Nov 97



Project Officer                                                                                  Jan - Sept 96

The Living Earth Foundation

4 Gt. St. James St.

London WC1N 3DA


Project management of a UK schools green textbook for key stages (educational age groups) 2 & 3; budgeting; liaison with project sponsors and other resources (e.g. authors); research; sub-editing; writing text and designing tasks and questions.


Research Assistant                                                                           Aug - Dec 95

Field research. The predatory strategies of the European Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Luneburg, Germany.


Volunteer RSPB Warden                                                                Jun - Sept 93

Tudely Woods, Tunbridge, Kent. Temperate deciduous broadleaf woodland management for conservation purposes, visitor access and financial return. Acid heathland regeneration. Field surveys of birds & other fauna.


Volunteer / Temp Work + Freelance Writer                                Jan 92 - May 93

Clerical and financial (e.g. Thomas Cook Forex dept) temping work. Writing travel articles (e.g. Bulletin Of Tanzanian Affairs, Traveler). Volunteer Speaker, fundraising and recruitment for Voluntary Services Overseas.


District Extension Officer (VSO)                                                  Sept 89 - Dec 91

Nzega District, Tabora Region, Tanzania

Voluntary Services Overseas

317 Putney Bridge Rd.

London SW15 2PN


Rural extension of post harvest crops protection techniques, controlling infestations of an introduced pest species. Locating and working in remote subsistence farming villages over an administrative district of more than 10,000 km2, without maps.


Membership Of Organisations


The Tourism Society – Member (No. M6327)







MSc Conservation Biology       Durrell Institute Of Conservation & Ecology (DICE) at The University Of Kent 1993-94

                                                Thesis: An Analysis & Contextual Case Study Of Ecotourism In Tanzania

BSc (Hons) Ecology                 The University Of Westminster 1984-87

2 x A levels                              (English Literature, Geology)

6 x O levels                              (Maths – A, English Lit – B, Film Studies – B, English Lang – C, Additional Maths – C, Geometrical Drawing – C)

8 x CSE’s                                 (5 x Grade I, 2 x Grade II, 1 x Grade IV)