We are proud to have a number of Ambassadors who out in the world spreading the word about Helping Rhinos and the rhino cause in gerneral. We are delighted to introduce some of them to you here.
Fiona is the Director of Heritage at Clifton College, in Bristol, UK. Helping Rhinos enjoys a close working relationship with Clifton College, and this is no small part thanks to Fiona.
Fiona accompanied 3 Clifton College students to the World Youth Rhino Summit in Hluhluwe -iMfolozi Park in September 2013, and since then Fiona has taken on responsibility of leading the newly formed Clifton Rhino Crash Club, which consists of students that have share a passion to save the rhino from extinction.
Fiona can only often be seen wearing her Helping Rhinos t-shirt and ranger cap and is only too keen to help spread the word about the desperate plight of the rhino.
Scott Williams, known as LB, is the Director of our partner in South Africa, Reserve Protection Agency.
LB has been an amazing supporter of Helping Rhinos, introducing us to key personnel in the field and helping us spread the word within his network of the work Helping Rhinos is carrying out.
In addition, LB has given up much of his personal time to host our visits to field projects in the Eastern Cape, often spending days at a time to make sure we maximise the benefit of our visits to the field.
Lizzie is an adventurer with a lifelong love of the outdoors. Growing up in the foothills of Mount Teide, Tenerife her unconventional childhood was spent mostly outside. Moving back to the UK her love for adventure continued and after studying English literature at University she represented some of the world’s leading explorers as they embarked on global expeditions, fuelling her passion to explore more.
In 2012, Lizzie spent several months eco-adventuring in remote locations all over the world. She hiked through the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of south western China before travelling to Mongolia in search for the elusive Snow Leopard. She also spent time in Sub Saharan Africa where she was able to see wild animals in their natural habitats – and her fascination with rhinos first started.
Back in the UK, Lizzie works closely with conservation charities Ibex Earth and Helping Rhinos. Lizzie also spends a lot of time exploring the UK and campaigning for more people to explore the beauty on their doorstep. She is an ambassador for outdoor brand Craghoppers and was selected as a 2016 champion for Ordnance Survey to help support their ‘Get Outside’ campaign to encourage people to explore the world around them, something Lizzie is passionate about.
Read more about Lizzie at her website: Lizzie Outside
Jess moved to London in 2003 and has strong ties with South Africa where she grew up and first learnt to appreciate the importance of wildlife conservation and sustainable development, despite having built a career in corporate communications in the City!
Jess was introduced to Helping Rhinos in 2015 and helped to coordinate an event in the City hosted by the late Sir Gavyn Arthur, also spending time with the ladies from the Black Mambas anti-poaching unit on their first visit to the UK in early 2016 and has since visited the rhino orphanage at Thula Thula in KwaZulu Natal. Jess will continue to support Helping Rhinos as an Ambassador having being impressed by the personal commitment of Simon Jones, the patrons and trustees and individuals at each of the projects to protect their rhino and wildlife habitats and raise awareness of the scale of the issues that they are faced with.
Jess has been involved with a number of community projects and fundraising initiatives, having served as a Trustee on the Board of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation in the UK for several years.
Abagail is from South Africa and currently living in London with her husband Paul and daughter Rosy.
Abagail has a honours degree in Anthropology from Rhodes University. After university she work at Shamwari Game Reserve where she ran the Day Visitors Centre before moving on to becoming a Lodge Manager at Bayethe Tented Camp for 2 years. Abagail spent two years in London working for a gap year company that sent students to volunteer on the reserve.
Thereafter, she returned to Shamwari as Manager of the Born Free Foundations big cat rescue and education centre. In this time she helped the foundation rescue and relocate 5 leopards and 3 lions an unsuitable environment in Europe. In 2011 she took on more of a marketing role for the Born Free Foundation and helped with several projects in the UK and South Africa.
Now working for leading South African NGO Wilderness Foundation, Abagail has forged a strong relationship witht he Helping Rhinos Managament team and is a perfect example of people and organisations working together for the good of the rhinos.
Rachel is from Wiltshire in the South West, moving back from Birmingham two years ago after completing a BA Hons Degree in Textile Design with sub modules of Retail and Business Management. Now working for Payroll Provider RACS Group in Warminster as Marketing Co-ordinator, Rachel is heavily involved with promotional marketing strategies, client communications, event management and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaigns and initiatives.
Rachel was introduced to Helping Rhinos in early 2015 and alongside many other charities that her company CSR team help, Rachel agreed to support and raise awareness for the charity with marketing collateral, event equipment and sponsorship with conservation and fundraising projects. Rachel was involved with an champagne reception event in London in February 2016; hosted by the late Sir Gavyn Arthur, as well as funding for two ladies from the Black Mambas anti-poaching unit to visit the UK and present to local zoos and events about the tragic reality of why people should get involved with Helping Rhinos. Rachel is impressed at the personal commitment of people linked to Helping Rhinos and is extremely passionate about helping to raise awareness of the heart felt charity. Rachel understands and appreciates the importance of protecting wildlife and rhinos that are in danger across the globe and believes that any charity that has a drive and a story will have a strong emotional impact on organisations and individuals.