DSWF Celebrity Ambassadors
Our Celebrity Ambassadors support our vision and share our passion by promoting our work, engaging with our ground-based conservation partners and helping to raise awareness and funds to protect and conserve wild animals, their habitats and local communities.
Dame Judi Dench CH DBE FRSA
Our Legacy Ambassador.
Dame Judi, and her partner, David Mills, were dear friends of David Shepherd’s and have been wonderful supporters of DSWF for many years.
An Oscar-winning actress, Dame Judi is known for a variety of roles throughout her highly successful career, including roles such as Hamlet in Shakespeare productions on stage, playing the character M in James Bond, and, more recently, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Dame Judi has attended DSWF events throughout the years including our Wildlife Ball held at The Dorchester each year.
Alex Gregory MBE
Our Painted Dog Ambassador.
Alex Gregory MBE, (born in Cheltenham) is five-time World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist in rowing. He has supported DSWF for a number of years and has appeared at many events.
“Wildlife has always been the constant interest and passion in my life that has never wavered. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to get involved with DSWF where real differences to wildlife and communities are made.
It’s devastating to think that my children may never encounter some species we see today, so I feel a duty to help where I can.”
Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS
Our Pangolin Ambassador.
Born in Kashmir, India, Joanna Lumley is an award-winning and well-loved actress famous for a variety of roles including Patsy Stone in ‘Absolutely Fabulous.’
Alongside her very successful acting career, Joanna is also known for her very generous charity work, supporting a variety of causes alongside DSWF, most of which support animal welfare and wildlife.
Our Community Ambassador
Harry Rowland is a fitness instructor and former London Irish rugby player.
He has supported us at a variety of events throughout the years and helps us to share the message about conservation.
“I am incredibly proud to be supporting DSWF. David moved mountains in terms of raising awareness of the horrific practices carried out in Africa and Asia on endangered species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers.
The greatest battle is building the trust and an understanding with the local people of the importance of preserving these endangered species and teaching them how to survive without undertaking such cruel practices.
But there is still a long way to go, and many more mountains to climb.”
Our Wildlife Ranger Ambassador
Jacques Rudolph is a former South African cricketer playing for Glamorgan and Titans.
Jacques has been a keen supporter of DSWF and participated in Wild Ride in 2018, which helped to raise funds for our conservation partners.
“With the ongoing battle of poaching in Africa and Asia, I am excited and thrilled to pledge my full support to the projects and efforts of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
I believe that anti-poaching starts with education from grassroots level. We need to educate the younger generations in communities to find sustainable methods to manage our wildlife and support those rangers on the front line.”
Our Community Ambassador
Laura Wright is an incredibly talented mezzo-soprano, who also holds sporting records and is a familiar face at Rugby Football Union worldwide sporting events as an official anthem singer.
A close friend of the Foundation, Laura is married to our other Community Ambassador, Harry Rowland. She has supported us in a variety of ways including fundraising for us through running the London Marathon more than once.
“I am honoured to be helping to continue David’s legacy and helping to protect wildlife. There are no short-term solutions, and so we need as many people to get behind us so we can ensure the long-term protection of endangered species.”