Contact us and meet the UK team

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General contact information

Administration Office
11 Forest Hall, Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QQ
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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Meet the UK team.......

Sue Sheward MBE Founder and Chairlady of OAUK

Sue ShewardSue is a workaholic and is always on the go, thinking of new ideas and ways to help the orangutans.  She has quite a reputation for being a slave-driver and ensures no one runs out of things to do! She enjoys taking office mascot Basil for long walks, playing golf, frequenting her local pub, and nagging the Appeal staff.

Basil team mascot........everyone say Ahhhhhhhhhh

  Basil is 6 years old and is the Orangutan Appeal UK unofficial mascot.  He likes long walks and rolling in muddy puddles.  He is very fond of biscuits and the occasional cheesy chip.  Basil is always very happy and cheers up the office staff when they are having a busy day.

Emily Griffiths BSc (Hons) Manager of OAUK

 Emily has worked as Merchandise Executive with Cadbury's and Customer Marketing Manager with Haagen-Dazs she gave it all up to pursue her dreams of working with orangutans. She spent 6 months working at Sepilok, firstly as a volunteer and then as Orangutan Appeal UK's Liaison Officer. Emily has climbed Mount Kinabalu and Mount Kilamanjaro and speaks conversational Malay. She likes dancing, cooking, has a pilots license and one day wants to climb Mount Everest base camp. Tilly dog is her very best friend and office companion, she was rescued by Emily several years ago and now comes to work everyday.  

Adrienne Powell BSc (Hons) Senior Administrator and general whizz kid

 Adrienne (Adie) 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.

Nick Johnson Fundraising Co-ordinator and stamp expert.....

 Nick has an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He likes dark chocolate and has been known to make the richest brownies which occasionally find their way into the office. He likes reading and music. Nick shaved off  his beard to raise funds for the Appeal a few years ago, and remains beardless to this day!

Kirsty Beckett Grants master and charity administrator...

Kirsty comes from Winchester and joined us straight out of a degree in Wildlife Conservation with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. She spent some time in Peru and Belize studying primates in the rainforest and while in Peru she trekked the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu. She likes Disney, city breaks, walks with her chocolate labrador puppy Koda and also speaks a little German.

Jess Irwin PR Guru and charity administrator...

Originally from Northumberland, Jess moved to Southampton in 2012 after graduating with a first class honours degree in Journalism. Since graduating, Jess has worked in various marketing and PR roles and began working for OAUK in 2014 following a four month stint in Borneo as the Appeal's Liaison Officer. Jess lives in the New Forest with her boyfriend and cat called Pudding. She enjoys smoothies, walking, music, festivals, travel. She has swam with sharks and done a 14,000 foot skydive in Australia.

Grace Dibden zoologist and charity administrator...

Grace started working for OAUK in September 2014 after graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Zoology and a short season in Indonesia where she worked for Operation Wallacea. During her degree, Grace lived in Sabah for a year and had the opportunity to see wild orangutans almost every day! Grace enjoys travelling, horse riding, wakeboarding, cooking and can't go a day without a bowl of noodles!