About Nick Milne
Conservation and Law Enforcement Professional, Business Development, Hospitality Management
Nick is qualified in International Hospitality Management with an advanced Diploma through the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) attained in Harare in 2002. Due to the economic situation in Zimbabwe at the time he spent the next 8 years in an entrepreneurial role running his own manufacturing and logistics business and only re-entered the hospitality industry in 2009 when he joined Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa.
Within the first year of joining the property Nick was promoted to the role of General Manager and later took up roles in marketing and corporate management within the business. His passion for wildlife conservation and natural resource protection was very evident during his time at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge starting off with him co-founding the Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit in 2009. Nick maintained a strong conservation focus through his various roles which eventually culminated in his departure from the corporate entity in 2015 to form the Bumi Hills Foundation, a registered non-profit trust dedicated to community conservation initiatives in the Kariba area.
The Bumi Hills Foundation has grown since its inception and now provides vital functions of law enforcement and human wildlife conflict mitigation in the Kariba area which has seen the poaching rate fall drastically. The Foundation, under direction from Nick, will be embarking on various long term community initiatives from 2018 aimed at empowering the local community economically through sustainable development projects.
Nick is a firm believer in genuine and ethical conservation practices – there is no place in conservation for greenwashing! He will be the main driver behind establishing the accreditation process with which ACT will determine which conservation organisations to partner with, feature in itineraries and provide fiscal sponsorship to.