Our Trustees

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has an expert Board of Trustees who guide the Foundation in our endeavours to save endangered wildlife across Africa and Asia.

Rodney Birrell

Rodney Birrell was appointed as a Trustee on 8 November 2018.

He is Chairman of Troubadour Theatres Limited, the Managing Director and President at Bristol Limited and also serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Wine Investment Fund. He practiced corporate law as a Corporate Attorney with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions at Appleby Spurling & Kempe from 1988 to 1993 in Bermuda.

He was also the Senior Lawyer on the establishment of Inter-Ocean Re-Insurance Limited and was involved in the relocation of DHL World Courier’s head office from Hong Kong to Bermuda as Counsel to DHL and was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown was appointed as a Trustee on 8 November 2018.

He spent 22 years with major London law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, advising companies on employment law. After many trips to Africa on safari and a long-standing desire to help save endangered species, in 2016 he made the move into the conservation sector, supporting a number of NGOs in their campaigns for tougher legislation on the ivory trade in the UK and internationally.

He is also a Trustee of the Premier Foundation, which seeks to use sport to help disadvantaged children.

Nigel Colne CBE

Nigel Colne was appointed as a Trustee in 1999.

He has spent his working career in General Management, previously as an Executive Director of Marks and Spencer plc, a Non-Executive Director of Halifax plc and Chairman of Pizza Express plc and a Non-Executive Director of Woolworths Holdings in South Africa. He has worked and travelled in South Africa for over 30 years. 

Christopher Cowdray

Christopher Cowdray was appointed as a Trustee in 2007.

Chris was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Dorchester Collection in 2007, having been the General Manager of The Dorchester since 2004 and Managing Director of Claridge’s for the previous 6 years.

He started his hotel career in his native Zimbabwe and has extensive international experience in managing luxury hotels.

Fiona Luck

Fiona Luck was appointed as a Trustee in September 2014.

She is a Director of the Lloyds of London Franchise Board and has held various senior Executive positions within the global insurance and reinsurance business, most recently as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the CEO at XL Group, a NYSE listed company.

She is a Scottish chartered accountant.

Andre Pienaar

Andre Pienaar was appointed as a Trustee in 2011.

He is the Founder and Managing Partner of C5 and a member of the US Government’s Institute of Peace International Advisory Council and a Director of PeaceTech Lab in Washington DC.

He supports a number of charitable organisations and is a member of the National Council on White House History and a Director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

Andre is a lawyer and an expert on cyber law and cybercrime.

Melanie Shepherd – Chairman

Melanie Shepherd is the daughter of David Shepherd and became a Trustee on 1 December 2012 and Chairman on 23 September 2014 following 25 years as Chief Executive of DSWF.

She continues her father’s legacy and brings her considerable conservation expertise and a clear insight into fundraising challenges faced by charities to the Board. Read more about the Shepherd family.

Zoë Woods

Zoë Woods was appointed as a Trustee on 3 April 2019.

She has spent the majority of her career working within the voluntary sector predominantly within fundraising and has worked for causes including overseas development, ex-services, children’s mobility and medical research.