Patrons & Trustees

FOUNDING PATRONS

HRH Duke of Gloucester

The Duke of Gloucester is the Queen’s cousin and a full-time working member of the Royal Family. He attends national and international events in support of The Queen and her duties as Head of State, as well as undertaking extensive public duties and engagements every year reflecting his own interests and charities.  The Duke visited Malawi in 2008 and became a founding patron of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust shortly afterwards.

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HRH Duke of Gloucester

HRH Duke of Gloucester

Virginia McKenna OBE

Following a successful career as an actress, Virginia founded the Born Free Foundation in 1984. Working to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild, it is now one of the world’s most respected wildlife welfare charities and they were instrumental in the establishment of LWT’s Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s first (and still the only) sanctuary for orphaned and injured animals.  Virginia continues to and we are honoured that she is one of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s founding patrons.

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Virginia McKenna OBE

Virginia McKenna OBE

AMBASSADORS

Joss Stone

Joss Stone is a BRIT and Grammy award-winning soul singer and songwriter from Devon in the UK. Securing a record deal at 15, and recording her star-making debut album, The Soul Sessions soon after, Joss has performed with some of the industry greats including James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight. She has also collaborated with the likes of Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger, and has sold over 12 million albums to date.</em>

<em>2014 saw her complete work on her seventh studio album and start out on her most ambitious project to date – the Total World Tour. Her mission is to attempt to play a concert in every country on the planet, and Malawi made the cut in November 2016.  As part of that visit, Joss visited the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and has since become an ambassador.

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Joss Stone

Joss Stone

Lawi

Lawi is best described as an Afro-soul, gospel, and country musician and one of Malawi’s most popular musicians as well as one of the country’s most famous musical exports.  He has been an active Ambassador for the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust since our paths crossed in 2015, and performing at fundraisers, and helping to produce and starring in films and written music for the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign.  He uses his fame to reach out to the local audience and regularly speaks out in the media on contentious issues.

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Lawi

Lawi

TRUSTEES

Brighton Kumchedwa

Brighton is Director of National Parks and Wildlife. As a well respected individual with 27 years experience in conservation, he offers invaluable advice and has ensured that LWT has support at the most influential levels of government.

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Brighton Kumchedwa

Brighton Kumchedwa

Mark Sprong

Mark and Angela were the founders of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and Mark is still the Chairman of the Trust. Angela was the chair of the fundraising committee which was instrumental in raising much needed funds and awareness in the early years. They made significant financial contributions through their company, Land & Lake Safaris and assigned the land on which the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is based, over to the Trust. What initially started as a local wild animal rescue facility has now matured into an influential and principled conservation organisation that influences the country.

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Mark Sprong

Mark Sprong

Bev Trataris

Bev is a local businesswoman with a deep rooted passion for wildlife. She worked to improve conditions for the animals in Lilongwe Zoo for 3 years before LLWC came into existence and has worked tirelessly for the Centre from the very beginning, raising funds and on many occasions acting as a surrogate mother for orphaned baboons, vervets and duikers.

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Bev Trataris

Bev Trataris

Julie Saunders

Julie is 3rd generation Malawian as a member of a family famous for their tea and coffee estates in the Southern Region. She has long been a conservation activist, working with the Nyika-Vwaza Trust for many years amongst others, and accepted the invitation to join the board in 2015.

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Julie Saunders

Julie Saunders

Ton de Rooy

Ton is Managing Director of Robin Pope Safaris. His financial, marketing and operations advice is invaluable

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Ton de Rooy

Ton de Rooy

Laurie Webb

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Laurie Webb

Laurie Webb