OUR TEAM

Staff

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust employs over 90 incredible staff who are stationed in various projects across the country – too many to show here!

If you’d like to learn about the team who appeared in the Malawi Wildlife Rescue documentary, you can find out more on our LWT on TV page.

If you have any questions about a specific team or individual please email trust@lilongwewildlife.org.

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.

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. They were instrumental in the establishment of LWT’s Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s first and only sanctuary. Virginia continues to be and we are honoured that she is one of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s founding patrons.

Ambassadors

Ian Redmond OBE

Ian Redmond OBE

Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. He has served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla in 2009 and for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species since 2010. He worked closely with the late Dr Dian Fossey, and is an advisor for several leading conservation NGO’s. Amongst his many accolades, Ian was appointed OBE in 2006 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2011.
He is an advisor on LWT’s primate and elephant projects.

Joss Stone

Joss Stone

Joss Stone is a BRIT and Grammy award-winning soul singer and songwriter from Devon, UK. 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. After completing work on her seventh studio album in 2014, Joss started out on her most ambitious project – the Total World Tour. In her attempt to play a concert in every country on the planet, Joss came to Malawi in November 2016. While here she visited our wildlife centre and became an ambassador.

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 he performed at fundraisers, helped to produce and star in films and write music for the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign. Lawi uses his fame to reach out to local audiences and regularly speaks out in the media on contentious issues.

Trustees

Mark Sprong

Mark Sprong

Mark and his wife Angela were the founders of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. 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 our early years. They made significant financial contributions through their own 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.

Laurie Webb

Laurie Webb

Laurie has been a Trustee since 2011. He is a keen and active conservationist and environmentalist and was an honorary ranger in Zambia for The Department of Parks and Wildlife in the late 1990’s. Laurie holds a business management and marketing diploma he has been involved in the corporate/commercial arena as well as his own businesses for 35 years. Laurie has over 25 years’ experience in the smallholder farmer sector. In addition to the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Laurie serves as a trustee for the Kuti Community Wildlife Reserve and as a board member of 5 other organisations.

Rod Hagger

Rod Hagger

Rod was, until his retirement in 2016, the Managing Director of Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company in Malawi. In 2012 he facilitated work between the Malawi Government and Tobacco Industry to implement the Integrated Production System (IPS) in tobacco and other crops. Prior to this, in 2003, he was appointed MD of Mozambique Leaf Tobacco Company (MLT). It is here that the direct contract farming system, or IPS, was developed into a successful and sustainable model with 100,000 smallholder growers.

Julie Saunders

Julie Saunders

Julie is 3rd generation Malawian and 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 among others. Julie joined our board in 2015.

Brighton

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.

Bev Trataris

Bev Trataris

Bev is a local businesswoman. She worked to improve conditions at Lilongwe Zoo for 3 years before LWC came into existence. She's worked tirelessly for our wildlife centre from the very beginning - raising funds and acting as surrogate mother for orphaned primates and duikers.

Ton de Rooy

Ton de Rooy

Ton is Managing Director of Robin Pope Safaris. His financial, marketing and operations experience is invaluable to the LWT Board of Trustees.

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Simon Cousins

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Ron Ngwira