Meet the 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.
Donna Parkin (BSc Hons)
Sue Sheward MBE
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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John O'Malley, Senior Administrator, Grants & Communications
John lives just around the corner from the office in Brockenhurst. 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 and has also volunteered at a marine turtle conservation project in Costa Rica and as an English teacher in Cambodia. John is a keen cyclist and can often be seen cycling through the New Forest.
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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 enjoys walking, baking and gardening, and also runs a local dog training class. She has a gorgeous pug called Norma
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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 has a beautiful ginger tom cat called Albert!
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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 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.
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.