Our Patrons & Trustees

President Emeritus


  • Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
  • Gordon Buchanan
  • Michael Backes
  • Prof Richard Dawkins
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Daryl Hannah
  • James Lewis
  • Dr Nathan Myhrvold
  • Stanley Johnson


  • Ian Redmond OBE (chairman)
  • Bishu Chakraborty
  • Steve Crossman
  • Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
  • Giles Clarke
  • Spencer J Phillips
  • Professor Stuart Semple
  • Belinda Wakeling

Our Staff

Jillian Miller

Executive Director London, UK

Jillian Miller has been leading The Gorilla Organization since 1992 and is the founder of its award-winning community-led conservation programmme.

Dr Samson Werikhe

Rwanda and Uganda Programmes Manager Kisoro, Uganda

Samson is a regional expert in the links between great ape conservation and poverty alleviation and contributes his experience and knowledge to our field projects.

Henry Cirhuza

Congolese Programme Manager Goma, DR Congo

Henry has steered the Congolese programme through some of the most unstable times of the country’s history. As a respected expert in the link between the survival of gorillas and the development of the nearby communities, he oversees a number of our projects, including our ambitious tree-planting work.

Jovia Basenga

Jovia is the coordinator of the Beekeeping Project. Based at the Kisoro Queen Bee Raising Center, she trains beekeepers that are living close to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Thanks to Jovia, beekeeping has now become the best alternative livelihood for communities who previously relied on the resources of the protected forests.

Frances Tugumisirize

Frances is a conservation educationist. He is a coordinator of Children for Sustainable Conservation Program and a champion of conservation education in schools. Frances works with communities to inspire and train mountain gorilla stewards of the future.

Regina Sanyu

Uganda Field Officer Kisoro, Uganda

Regina is our very own Key Farmer Trainer, helping communities become less reliant on the gorilla habitat. So far, she has trained around 11,000 farmers in sustainable and organic gorilla-friendly agriculture.

David Hewitt

UK Communications Manager London, UK

David looks after the Gorilla Organization’s publications – including the Digit News newsletter – he also works with the media to make sure the plight of the gorillas is always in the news.

Tuver Wundi

Communications Manager Goma, DR Congo

Tuver is an experienced journalist and conservationist. He has been working with The Gorilla Organization since 1999, spreading the message of gorilla conservation through local and global media.

Matt Smithers

Marketing Consultant London

Matt has delivered  global award-winning marketing campaigns to challenge animal welfare issues, raising vital funds, and working to build a more compassionate future for wildlife.