Chairman of Rhino Revolution and 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 Chair of Rhino Revolution, in the hopes that he can make a small contribution towards the survival of this iconic African species. Phil gives his time and expertise on a pro-bono basis.
Financial and Programme 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. Terry works on a pro-bono basis.
Fundraising and Marketing & Communications
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 assisting Rhino Revolution with their strategic development, fundraising and marcomms since she relocated to Hoedspruit in 2015.
Sarah Dawn Berg
Sarah Dawn Berg is the founder and CEO of Nourish, a non-profit organisation dedicated to uplifting local communities through holistic and sustainable community development projects. 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 which are marginalised, outside the borders of the Kruger Park and private game reserves.
Many of these children have no understanding or concept 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.
Co-founder and Former Trustee
Frustrated by the lack of help and funding for the private rhino owners, Trevor Jordan founded Rhino Revolution in August 2011. Prompted by a spate of rhino poaching incidents in the Hoedspruit area, Trevor with his son Patrick, formed the action group, 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 Rhino Revolution gained momentum, Trevor was approached by world renowned 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.
Veterinary Nurse & Co-manager of the Rehabilitation Centre
Natalie Rogers has been a qualified RCVS Veterinary Nurse since 2004 and in 2007 she made her first trip to South Africa where she was lucky enough to meet and fall in love with her first baby rhino. She spent 5 years utilising all her veterinary skills, with further training in emergency and critical care, dealing with many African species, of all sizes - rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing them.
Over the years she has worked with both black and white rhino, and as the poaching crisis escalated, she has now dedicated her life to caring for and rehabilitating orphaned rhino calves. In October 2015, 10 days after the first calf, Ubuntu arrived at Rhino Revolution, she joined the Revolution team full time.
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 the bushveld and these animals has only grown stronger since and with that, his commitment to ensure that they are protected for future generations.
Veterinary Nurse & Co-manager of the Rehabilitation Centre
Jade Aldridge started veterinary nursing in 2000, working for a variety of practices and organisations including charities. Her work covered mixed species but predominantly small animal and preference in emergency and critical care.
In 2014 she ventured to South Africa to work in wildlife rehabilitation, which is where she developed a passion for rhino and their conservation. She joined the Rhino Revolution team in August 2015 in preparation for the opening of the Rehabilitation Centre and Orphanage. Since then she has co-managed and run the facility full-time, and cares for all rhino that come to Rhino Revolution.
International Development Manager, and Trustee
Patsy has lived all over the world, but her home in Kruger National Park and her passionate love of wild Africa, has remained a steady theme. She is a firm believer in the importance of education and awareness in conservation and that the future of Africa’s wildlife lies in the hands of all of the people on our planet.
Whilst living in Dubai Patsy founded Rhino Revolution 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 Rhino Revolution UK. Patsy very kindly works on a pro-bono basis.
Environmental Monitors and 24 hour armed Security Staff
Rhino Revolution’s Orphanage and Rehabilitation centre also has two Environmental Monitors and 24 hour armed security. They are a huge part of the day to day running, and crucial members of the orphanage team, but for their safety and their family's safety, they have asked not to be mentioned by name or for their photographs to be included.