Orangutan Foundation Board of Trustees
Our committed Board of Trustees provide expert advice and guidance that has enabled the Foundation to grow and develop into a highly respected and successful charity. Recognition of this success was highlighted in 2006 when Ashley Leiman, the Foundation’s founder and director, received an OBE for her services to orangutan conservation.
Ms Ashley Leiman OBE (Chairperson)
is the Director of the Orangutan Foundation, which she founded in 1990. Ashley has been actively involved in Asian conservation for over 30 years. Her initial involvement was with the Natural History Society and Conservation Society in Hong Kong. In 1985 she was on the organising committee of the New York Rainforest Alliance. After a visit to Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesian Borneo, as an Earthwatch Institute volunteer, Ashley set about establishing the Orangutan Foundation in the UK. In 2006 Ashley was appointed OBE for her services to Orangutan Conservation.
Dr. John MacKinnon
is a pioneer of wild orangutan research, embarked upon his orangutan studies in 1968, for which he earned his doctorate. He has been working in ecology and conservation in Asia for over 40 years. In 1992, he led the Vietnam Ministry of Forestry/WWF team that discovered the Vu Quang Ox in Vietnam. He was Co-Director of the Asean Regional Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation. He spent eight years living in China and Hong Kong working on a number of conservation projects. He has written and co-authored many books (In Search of the Red Ape (1974), A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali and A Field Guide to the Birds of China) and scientific papers.
Mr Andrew Mitchell
is a leading international expert on tropical rainforests and climate change. He is Executive Director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), which he founded in 2001. He is a Special Adviser to The Prince’s Rainforests Project and a Research Associate of the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. He was a Rufford Fellow in Environmental Understanding at Green College Oxford. In 1989 he co-founded Earthwatch Europe and served as its Deputy Director for six years. He later became Vice President of Programme Development and International Relations at the Earthwatch Institute, Boston, USA until 2001. He has authored seven natural history books, including The Enchanted Canopy and A Fragile Paradise.
Sir Terry Pratchett
is one of the most popular authors writing today. He is best known for his hugely popular Discworld novels, a fantasy series, which feature the Discworld character The Librarian, who was transformed into an orangutan. This prompted Terry Pratchett’s curiosity about orangutans and his long-term support of the Orangutan Foundation. In 1995 Terry visited Indonesian Borneo with Orangutan Foundation to see orangutans in the wild and film Terry Pratchett’s Jungle Quest for a Channel 4 television documentary. Terry has won numerous literary awards, has received four honorary doctorates, was appointed OBE for services to literature in 1998 and he was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours.
Mr Ian Redmond OBE
is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. He established and chairs the Ape Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 organisations supporting great ape conservation and welfare. He is Chief Consultant for the UNEP/UNESCO Great Apes Survival Project. His career began at the Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda, assisting the late Dr. Dian Fossey in her research and conservation work among mountain gorillas. He is the author of several books (Primates of the World, The Elephant Book), articles and scientific papers and has been a consultant on many TV and film productions including the film Gorillas in the Mist. In 2006 Ian was appointed OBE for his services to conservation.
Professor Jack Rieley
is a world expert on tropical peatlands and their conservation. He is a special professor in geography at Nottingham University. For the last 20 years he has focussed his research on lowland tropical peatlands of Southeast Asia where he established the Kalimantan Tropical Peat Swamp Forest Research Programme, of which he is the Director. He has been a lead partner in a Darwin Initiative Project and three EU INCO Projects investigating the biodiversity, natural resource functions, sustainable management and restoration of tropical peatlands. In 1997 Jack Rieley and Suwido Limin (University of Palangkaraya) established CIMTROP, the Center for International Cooperation in Tropical Peatland. He is vice-president of the International Peat Society and a member of Ramsar's Coordinating Committee for Global Action on Peatlands.
Mr Marcus Phipps
is Director of Operations for the UK registered charity TRAFFIC International, a wildlife trade monitoring network. Mr Phipps has full responsibility for the financial accountability of the TRAFFIC network as well as developing and maintaining the financial procedures that support TRAFFIC’s programmes. Prior to this role Mr Phipps was employed by TRAFFIC East Asia as Head of the East Asia -Taipei office providing policy advice on wildlife trade issues to governments in the region. From July 1990 to June 1993 Mr Phipps acted as the Asian Regional Director for Orangutan Foundation International and Executive Director of the Orangutan Foundation Taiwan overseeing the foundation’s programmes in Taiwan and co-ordinating activities with the Governments of Indonesia and Taiwan.
John D Ollard
is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a qualified Chartered Accountant. His broad career has been spent almost entirely in the commercial sector and since 1999 he has been successfully running his own management consultancy business. The flexibility of self employment has enable John to spend time in the not-for-profit and charity sectors. For 10 years, he held the part-time position of Head of Finance of the Sport & Recreation Alliance (the umbrella organisation for all sport) of which he remains an honorary member. For the last eight years he has been a Director and Trustee of the British Sports Trust, a charity employing 65 staff with an annual turnover of £3m. John encountered the work of the Orangutan Foundation on a trip to Borneo in 2010.
Jamie Ritchie is an associate based at Wilsons Solicitors LPP. Jamie acts for commercial clients from various sectors, including technology and telecoms. Alongside these clients, Jamie often acts for charities in respect of their corporate and commercial interests. Prior to starting his legal career in 2005, Jamie studied economics at McGill University in Montreal and an MA in history at The University of St Andrews. Away from the office, Jamie enjoys the great outdoors: skiing, riding, climbing, fishing and farming.