Becky is Wildlife For All's director, having been part of our team since the beginning of 2000. She is responsible for interviews and training. Becky has extensive overseas experience. She is also our brilliant head gardener of The Oasis Gardens.
When I first got involved with this work, I realised that I'd found what I was looking for.
I am especially enthusiastic about training team members to be the best they can be. I lead by example and have a clear vision of what we need to achieve.
Visitors to The Oasis and Komsberg often comment that what we are doing is incredible and outstanding. I'm proud to be a part of this.
If you're reading this website and getting excited, imagining yourself being a part of this work, please contact me for an interview. I'm looking to expand our team with sincere people who really want to learn and do what is needed.
Vicky has also been involved for a long time, since 1997. She has had years of managing our work overseas and her dedication demonstrates "service before self". Since the latter part of 2016, Vicky is now focusing on our education and research objectives.
I've been working for the charity for over 20 years and in that time I have witnessed great achievements from my colleagues, working together towards a common goal. I've seen us get Oasis Woods and Komsberg Wilderness Nature Reserve, making ideas or dreams become reality. This has involved a lot of sacrifice, hard work, and re-thinking of priorities in life. It is true that attitude determines results and our charity is an excellent example of what can be achieved with the correct psychology.
I've pushed myself to be more capable in a wide range of areas, and my colleagues have additionally helped me through their good influence. The benefits of learning to be the best you can be are still massively underestimated.
Despite the world having seemingly become a "smaller" place due to improved technology and globalisation, there is a danger people will become even more small-minded and psychologically isolated. Learning to meaningfully contribute to a greater purpose than yourself is a solution to this problem.
Jonathan has been involved for over 20 years. He is responsible for all logistical support, including liaising with businesses who kindly support us in the UK and internationally.
The word "unique" is used a lot, often without really meaning very much. In the case of Wildlife For All, however, it is very appropriate. Not just because we are "different", but because we are different in ways which are exceptional. I have seen a number of people get involved over the years, most of whom (including myself) were pretty average. Within a relatively short time, many of these very ordinary individuals were achieving far more than they would have thought they were capable of. I was someone who was riddled with apathy and yet, because of Wildlife For All's unique way of working, soon found myself genuinely making a difference.
If you are thinking of getting involved, this is - in the best sense of the word - a unique opportunity.
Cassie joined our team in early 2013. She initially did secretarial work in corporate banking, then retrained, gaining a 1st class BSc Honours Degree, dreaming of a future in conservation. We immediately saw her potential, and Cassie is now assistant manager of The Oasis and in charge of fundraising.
Working with Wildlife For All has possibly been the most eye-opening, empowering and purposeful time in my life, and that is no small statement!
My life before was certainly not lacking in exciting and diverse experiences, but I am fairly typical in the way I have often felt unfulfilled by the rat-race, thinking there must be more to life than money and escapism. I had long felt a need to use my life meaningfully, but was left searching for a way to be really effective. I am relieved to say that Wildlife For All is everything I have been looking for. I feel privileged to work with truly outstanding people led by ethics and integrity.
I underestimated this as my “dream job” in conservation - it is so much more than that. Although this is a vocation which demands seriously hard work, it is deeply meaningful and so doesn’t feel like “work” in the conventional sense. I am flourishing, being true to myself and always feel motivated to do what is needed. I am full of excitement about the future.
Niki joined us in 2015.
I first came across Wildlife For All as I travelled across London on my daily commute. I was immediately excited by the ethos of the team, but I couldn’t anticipate then the full impact it would have on my life. I didn’t dare dream that in less than 2 years I’d be standing in the back of a 4x4 with the wind in my hair and the South African sun on my face, spotting endangered mountain zebra and elusive eland.
Komsberg is a remarkable place. Here there is nothing between you and the awesomeness of nature. It’s a true wilderness. At times tough and challenging, it has no qualms about taking you to your perceived limits and then asking for more. But one gemsbok silhouette poised on a mountain ridge at sunrise, or a glimpse of a black-backed jackal roaming free, and it’s all worth it. This work is my opportunity to make a real contribution to protecting and restoring the natural world - a world that desperately needs our help after generations of damaging human interference.
Our team really believe in giving something back. My colleagues are genuine and inspiring and really want me to be the best I can be. Their practical, no-nonsense approach makes sense and I’ve learnt more from them in two years than in ten as part of the rat-race! If you’re looking for something more and the chance to make a difference, this is the team to do it with.
Callum got involved with our work in the spring of 2018. After training, he's currently spending a year at Komsberg.
Over time, I have come to appreciate how remarkable the team are and how with continued effort I can become a highly capable person that can really make a difference. Letting go of who I thought I was has allowed me to begin defining myself by my actions, purpose and values rather than on superficial external factors. As I remove my barriers to life, I see ever more that the world as a whole is suffering horrifically at the hands of our selfish desires. I must do more.
If you are starting to see the fundamental flaws in our society, and actually want to change it, then Wildlife For All is your best option. You must change yourself before there will be any successful change on a grand scale.
Kathy joined us in 2014.
I feel so many people live their lives rushing after the latest distraction, becoming defined by their work, their partner or children without ever knowing who they really are, and what they want to achieve.
Since joining Wildlife For All, I have thrived on gradually becoming the person who I knew was always there, but got shut out by conditioning. I feel freer, more alive and in control of where I am and what I am doing with my life rather than going along with the crowd, without stopping to use my brain and really think.
To anyone thinking of joining us I would say, jump at the opportunity! You don't get many chances in life to do something so real and as Jonathan has said, we are genuinely unique.
Any regrets? "None except that I didn't find it sooner."
Wendy is a retired teacher, joining us later in life. She was previously a deputy head teacher at a special needs school. Originally from up north, Wendy demonstrates "true Yorkshire grit" and no-nonsense values - essential for helping to train younger team members at The Oasis.
It took a long time for me to find this pioneering charity which is committed to preserving wildlife, giving whatever is needed.
I am the 'oldie' in the group and when I retired from teaching I was determined to fulfil my dream of finding like-minded people who truly wanted to make a difference. I would like my grandchildren to live in a more genuine and caring society.
The Oasis certainly lives up to its name and the diversity found here provides endless opportunities for learning and training.
I feel humble, proud and very lucky to be a part of this special team.
Deanne was our people director for ten years but is no longer part of our day-to-day team, although she continues to be highly supportive and offers advice whenever appropriate. She has been battling with a very rare and incurable blood cancer for over a decade, receiving treatment after treatment in various combinations.
Recently, with the options now almost exhausted, she has had an autologous stem cell transplant to allow her to have very high doses of chemotherapy that might otherwise prove fatal. Deanne has been under the excellent care of University College Hospital (London) for many years.
In the past two years, it seems that Deanne has caught every serious infection including pneumonia (twice); her poor immune system makes her extremely vulnerable. We all wish Deanne the very best and a speedy return to reasonable health after this latest treatment.
Paula, Beki, Jo, Sally, Sandra, Bryan, Andy, Ella, Juliet, and Christina are our mini-team of volunteers who feed the meerkats and other animals at The Oasis.
Beki has been doing this for the past 18 years, as well as fundraising for us at her family-run pet shop.
Paula is the co-ordinator for our mini-team of animal feeders.
(Sandra, Sally, and Paula are featured in the photo.)
Iain is founder - and former director of Wildlife For All. He is author of several books including Actions Speak Louder Than Words and Wonders of Nature. He automatically donates all proceeds from his books and wildlife photography to our work. We are very fortunate to have these skills which considerably add to our educational efforts, as well as bringing in much needed finance.
The key to our success is attitude.The "me, me, me" psychology is problematic and severely limiting in many areas of life, including nature conservation. We know this and we train our team accordingly. A willingness to give and give and give is crucial, together with self-honesty. We are straightforward in our approach with everyone. Integrity matters.
I had a 15-year-old Ethiopian girl die in my arms during the famine in 1985. A few pence worth of medicine could have almost certainly saved her life. I've never forgotten her. We don't waste money.
The Oasis and Oasis Woods, and Komsberg Wilderness Nature Reserve clearly demonstrate the reality of our words.
If you're disillusioned by the "me, me, me" mentality and want to help pioneer a genuine alternative, see our Interviews section and contact us.