Meet the Team

Sue Sheward

Susan Sheward MBE, Founder

Sue started the charity in 2000 after volunteering at Sepilok Orangutan 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 long walks in the countryside with her dog, socialising with friends in her local pub and is an active member of the local community.


Donna Parkin (BSc Hons)

Jacha Potgieter

Hugh Holman

Saph Gordon

Patron - Paul O'Grady

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 - Manager

Adrienne Powell

Adrienne lives in Lymington with her partner and old English sheepdog Boo. She has worked as a business analyst and auditor. She enjoys vegetarian cookery, walking, reading, and creating a haven for wildlife in her garden. She has a PADI dive certificate, enjoys travelling and speaks a little German.

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John, Finance Manager & Communications

John O'Malley

John lives just around the corner from the office with his wife and daughter. He has a background in finance and has a strong interest in wildlife conservation. He often spends his weekends running a wildlife watch group for children and families. John has travelled extensively throughout South East Asia. He is a keen cyclist and can often be seen cycling through the New Forest.

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Hannah, Administration

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Hannah lives in New Milton with her husband, mum and dachshund, Honey. With a foundation degree in Animal Management & Applied Science and a BSc in Zoo Biology she is currently studying for her Masters. In her free time, Hannah enjoys dog walks in the New Forest where she was raised, sailing on the Solent and travelling.

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Cede Prudente

Cede Prudente

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, you can see more of his work here

Jacha Potgieter

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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, or you can learn more about his work here.

Emma Bowring

Emma Bowring

Emma is a professional wildlife artist based in Devon, specialising in detailed, wildlife oil paintings.

Emma painted a stunning portrait of orphaned orangutan Beryl, and generously donated the sale price of £1900 to the Appeal. Emma continues to support the charity with sales of a limited edition print of ‘Beryl’ in her gallery in Lyme Regis and helps to raise awareness of the orangutans’ plight with customers & through the local press.

You can view some of Emma's art work and current projects here