Rhino Revolution Team Members
Phillip has worked in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue at various facilities with all sort of animals; from baby birds, to antelope and big cats. He feels privileged to have cared for so many different species; more than most people see in their lifetime. He originally wanted to study nature guiding but part of his studies was wildlife rehabilitation. He fell completely in love with this; making it his mission in life to save as many animals as possible, creating a balanced environment.
Phillip is particularly interested in large cat species.
Sr Jacky Spiby
Jacky is a qualified Vet Nurse from South Africa, receiving a BSc (hons) in Zoology in 2012 and then a diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Onderstepoort in 2016. She has had plenty of hands on experience in rhino capture and monitoring, mass TB testing in buffalo as well as wild dog and lion collaring. Working at SANCCOB rehabilitating sea birds (mainly penguins) is where Jacky developed her passion for saving and helping wildlife, especially endangered species. With both her parents being part of the veterinary field she had a very practical upbringing. We are excited to welcome her to the Rhino Revolution team, as she will be an asset to the organisation going forward.
Fundraising,Marketing & Communication
In her previous life in the UK, Harriet was CEO of the international conservation communications NGO, Wildscreen, and was responsible for founding ARKive.org, the digital global databank of films and photos of endangered species.
Her expertise includes marketing & communications, fundraising and strategic partnership building - and she has an extensive network of conservation, fundraising and media contacts. Harriet has been vital in assisting Rhino Revolution with their strategic development, fundraising and marcomms.
EVENTS, MERCHANDISE & FUNDRAISING
Kathie Bell became passionate about Conservation following her first safari experience. She has since spent long periods of time volunteering with ethical Conservation projects in the Greater Kruger Area. She also volunteered with a UK charity caring for orphaned or injured wildlife with the aim being to rehabilitate them back into the wild. Kathie was actively involved in raising funds for anti-poaching initiatives primarily through the selling of merchandise. Joining Rhino Revolution SA as a volunteer Manager of Merchandise, she generates an income through sourcing quality merchandise (preferably made in South Africa) and selling to tourists, local businesses, lodges - generally anyone who crosses her path! She also attends events for fundraising, and for promoting our work.
Originally from the UK, Anna arrived in South Africa to work with African Dream Horse Safaris combining her love for horses with the bush. Then followed 4 years working with Dr Peter Rogers at his practice, ProVet Wildlife Services gaining invaluable knowledge and experience of surgical procedures, emergency and routine healthcare and laboratory testing for various small animals as well as wildlife. With a background in Horse Racing, she followed Rhino Revolution’s Mounted Anti-Poaching Unit and jumped at the chance to join the team.
Environmental Monitors and staff
Rhino Revolution also has two Environmental Monitors as well as full-time members of staff and 24 hour armed security guards working at the facility.
The EMs are part of a Kruger2Canyon Biosphere programme, providing opportunities for community members to participate in conservation as part of their daily jobs.
Our staff are a huge part of the day to day running of Rhino Revolution’s orphanage, and crucial members of the team. We are very lucky to have such loyal and hardworking people to work alongside.
For theirs and their family's safety, the security staff have are not mentioned by name or their photographs included.
Sarah Dawn Berg
Sarah Dawn Berg is the founder and CEO of Nourish.
Through Nourish, Sarah runs the Green Kidz programme, supported by Rhino Revolution. Green Kidz is focused on bringing environmental education to children in rural communities and schools. Many children have no concept or understanding of their wildlife heritage, and through a holistic framework of eco schools, conservation field trips and weekly environmental education classes we bring these children an introduction and understanding of their wildlife heritage.
DIRECTOR & Financial manager
Formerly the Sales and Marketing Director at an IT company in the UK, Terry moved to Hoedspruit when he retired in 2006. He joined the Rhino Revolution team in 2013, and is responsible for managing Rhino Revolution’s finances and other programmes.
Living on Khaya Ndlovu, Terry stays close by to the RR orphanage and has accommodation available for our veterinary nurse and veterinarian consultants. He also shares Rhino Revolutions work and successes with a wide range of people.
Terry is dedicated and enthusiastic; supporting all Rhino Revolution staff on tours and at events. Giving up much of his own time to Terry works on a pro-bono basis.
Rhino Revolution Board of Trustees
Chairman & Trustee
Phil Ovens spent 40 years in the corporate world, with his career culminating as Managing Director of Pepperdew. He has considerable business, management and financial skills.
On retiring he moved to Hoedspruit, and has now taken over as Chairman of Rhino Revolution, in the hopes that he can make a small contribution towards the survival of the iconic African species of Rhino and Pangolin. Phil has offered invaluable advice to the members of Rhino Revolution enabling the organization to grow from strength to strength. Phil gives his time and expertise on a pro-bono basis.
International Development Mgr. & Trustee
Patsy has lived all over the world, but her passionate love of wild Africa, has remained a steady theme. She is a firm believer in the importance of education in conservation and that the future of Africa’s wildlife lies in the hands of the people on our planet. Whilst living in Dubai, Patsy founded RR Dubai – raising valuable funds and support and catalysing a major corporate sponsor. She has also founded networks of supporters in Australia and the USA, and now that she has relocated to the UK, she is building support for RR UK.
Patsy very kindly works on a pro-bono basis.
Virginia is an award-winning wildlife and factual filmmaker, who has directed documentaries for the world’s leading broadcasters. She brings a wealth of experience to Rhino Revolution, having worked with conservationists, biologists, veterinarians, ecologists and scientists throughout Africa, Asia and the U.S.A, often tackling sensitive issues in some of the planet’s most challenging locations. Virginia has maintained close ties with Rhino Revolution since its conception and is extremely well placed to support the organisation.
Iain is Divisional Senior Vice President of dnata Travel. Dnata is one of the largest suppliers of combined air services in the world, head quartered in Dubai. Iain is responsible for all aspects of dnata's travel business across 7 countries in the Middle East. Before joining dnata he was employed by Unipart, Thomas Cook, American Express and Air 2000 in a number of IT, finance and management roles. He has been a supporter of Rhino Revolution since its inception and has raised significant funding for its activities.
Rhino Revolution Founders
Co-founder and Former Trustee
Prompted by a spate of rhino poaching incidents in the Hoedspruit area, Trevor with his son Patrick, formed Rhino Revolution in 2011, calling on members of the community to assist in protecting and monitoring the rhino remaining in the Hoedspruit area. Trevor retired from the board in April 2017.
As RR gained momentum, Trevor was approached by wildlife rehabilitation expert Karen Trendler to establish an orphanage and rehabilitation centre for orphaned calves in the region. With a team of dedicated supporters, Trevor embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise enough money to build the state of the art facility that has become known as ‘the benchmark of rehabilitation centres’. Trevor also donated the land on which the facility has been built.
Co-founder & former Trustee
Growing up surrounded by the African Bushveld, he and his father founded Rhino Revolution. Frustrated by the lack of efforts on the ground they started with a drive to show action, solidarity and a concerted drive to turn things around within the Hoedspruit community and, by setting an example, the rest of Southern Africa. His love for these animals has only grown stronger since and with that, his commitment to ensure that they are protected for future generations. Patrick is still fully supportive of RR, but has resigned as a trustee.