Melanie Shepherd

Melanie is David Shepherd’s daughter and was the Chief Executive of the Foundation for over 25 years, developing and leading the organisation from its infancy to its highly-regarded position as a leading conservation organisation today.

Melanie Shepherd with her daughter Peanut

Now, in her role of Chairman of the DSWF Board of Trustees, Melanie drives the strategic growth and direction of the organisation, working closely with the team. Having an intimate knowledge of DSWF’s work, based upon decades of building trust and relationships with the projects DSWF supports, Melanie continues to be fully committed to all the projects across Africa and Asia and is at the forefront of all DSWF major activities.

“Having been bought up with a father who was driven by an energetic passion for wildlife and the environment it was hard not to get involved.  It has been a true privilege to work with wonderful teams, and especially the utterly dedicated unsung heroes fighting wildlife crime on the front line of conservation.  My father was a Man Who Loved Giants, with a huge personality and commitment through his paintings.  I am immensely proud to be able to continue his legacy for future generations.”

Georgina ‘Peanut’ Lamb

Peanut is David Shepherd’s granddaughter and Head of Programmes and Policy at DSWF. Peanut has worked at the Foundation since 2014 but has been an ‘unofficial’ ambassador for over 20 years after she first spoke at a DSWF fundraising dinner in London at the age of ten, calling on audience members to dig deep into their pockets to support our vital work.

Peanut in South Africa

Peanut now heads up the DSWF conservation portfolio and leads on our policy-related work around the trade in illegal wildlife products.


“I have lived and breathed conservation since the day I was born. Whilst Grandad invoked in us all a passion and enthusiasm to wholeheartedly and unashamedly embrace our love for wildlife, it was during my mother Melanie’s time as CEO, when I was growing up, that I first realised the severity of the situation plaguing the planet. I feel deeply honoured to be continuing the family legacy and to be representing the brave men and women on the front line of conservation in our joint fight to end wildlife crime.”

Mandy Shepherd

Mandy is David Shepherd’s daughter and a highly-regarded wildlife, portrait and military artist. Having been inspired by David’s love of both Africa and the military, Mandy has forged her own career with her paintings gracing high-profile walls across the world.

David and Mandy

Mandy is committed to helping support the Foundation both by donating artwork regularly to raise funds, and by speaking at events on our behalf to raise vital awareness about our core conservation mission and artists’ heritage.

Emily Lamb

Emily is David Shepherd’s eldest granddaughter and a world-renowned wildlife and environmental artist. Having enjoyed multiple sell out shows across the world, Emily’s passion and commitment for wildlife and the planet is reflected in both her style and by the speed at which she creates.

Emily, David and Peanut

She believes the world does not have time for us to idly sit by and as a result produces bodies of work to both reflect and support the work of DSWF and other environmental and welfare issues.