Contact us and meet the UK team

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General contact information

Administration Office
New Forest Estate Offices, Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7RL
T: +44 (0) 1590 623443

Registered Address
Charbury, Orestan Lane, Effingham, Surrey, KT24 5SN

Charity information

Registered Charity 1138538
Prior to 25th October 2010 1092640 


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Or call the Administration Office on +44 (0)1590 623443 anytime from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Christmas 2015 opening hours: our office will be closed from the afternoon of 24th December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 4th January 2016.  We're afraid that any orders or emails received during this time will not processed.  Thank you for your understanding.

Meet the UK Team

Sue Sheward MBE, Founder and Chairlady of OAUK

Sue started the charity in 2000 after volunteering at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and has since dedicated her life to helping these endangered apes. Sue is always on the go, thinking of new ideas and ways to help the orangutans.  She enjoys taking her beloved boxer dog Basil for long walks, playing golf and socialising with friends in her local pub.



From right to left:
Donna Parkin (BSc Hons)
Kirstie Angell
Sue Sheward MBE
Allison Seidlar

Dr Rosalie Dench MRCVS

Patron - Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady became Patron of Orangutan Appeal UK following a visit to Sepilok with Sue in September 2015.  Speaking about his role Paul said; “I am delighted to be a patron of Orangutan Appeal UK to help raise awareness of the plight of this beautiful endangered ape and promote the work the charity are doing to conserve them. Seeing their work first-hand and meeting the baby orangutans was heart-wrenching, I immediately fell in love with baby Archie which has inspired me to get involved."  


The Office Team

Adrienne Powell, Manager

Adrienne lives in Lymington with her partner and Old English Sheepdog Boo.  She has worked as a business analyst and auditor and she enjoys cooking, walking, reading, gardening, and motorbiking. She has a PADI dive certificate, enjoys travelling and speaks a little German.

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Katie Mabbutt, Supervisor & Grant Writer

Katie has recently relocated from London to Bournemouth to work for the Appeal. Katie has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London.  Prior to her studies Katie worked as a project manager in the health and social care field.  Katie was inspired to pursue a career change after a life-changing trip to Borneo where she saw orangutans in the wild and at Sepilok. Katie's next life-goal is to get a cocker spaniel.

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Robyn Whitear, Fundraising & Adoptions

Robyn is an Animal Behaviour and Welfare graduate who has worked for a pet store and for a life raft manufacturer in the past but has always wanted to find a job that gives her more of a purpose. She spent some time volunteering with sea turtles in Greece and is passionate about conservation. She also enjoys walking, baking and gardening and volunteers every week at a local dog training class, which means she gets lots of puppy cuddles!

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Sarah Colls, Legacy, Gold Supporters & Adoptions

Sarah lives in Ringwood with her partner. She has a degree in Anthropology and loves vegetarian cooking, walking in the New Forest, kayaking and rock climbing. She has travelled and volunteered in India and hopes to get a cat one day! 

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Fiona Jackson - Sue's Assistant

Fiona lives in Surrey and volunteers her time once a week to assist Sue with various clerical tasks

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Cede Prudente Jacha Potgieter Nicholas Daines Stanley Johnson

Cede has been a friend of the Appeal for many years and often assists Sue when she is visting Sabah.  Cede is a conservationist and esteemed wildlife photographer based in Sabah Malaysia. 

Cede provides many of the images for the Appeal's merchandise.



Jacha was welcomed as an ambassador in 2014 during a visit to Sepilok.  He has been an avid and generous supporter of the Appeal since 2013 and he is also one of our business partners.  Jacha runs the Alpine Coffee Shop and Gallery in Wales with his lovely wife Gywn.  He is an artist, photographer and environmentalist. 
A selection of Jacha's work is available to purchase through our website shop


Nicholas is a Hollywood stuntmant, actor, presenter and microbiologist.  He's worked on many blockbusters such as Harry Potter, Die Another Day, and Game of Thrones.  Nicholas presented a series of videos from Sabah depicting the plight of the orangutan and the work of the Appeal.  In August 2015 he took on Europe's longest zipwire and reached speeds of 119mph to raise funds and awareness for Appeal.


Stanley is a journalist, former MP, author and environmentalist.  He was a founder member of the Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP) and is a UN Ambassador for Migratory Species.  He has had ten books published dealing with environmental issues, including the Politics of the Environment, the Earth Summit and the Environmental Policy of the European Communities.