IPPL Board of Directors
|Shirley McGreal OBE, President Emeritus & Archivist, Founder of IPPL|
|Rebecca Watkins, Co-Treasurer||Craig Abresch, Co-Treasurer|
Rebecca is one of our longest serving board members and joined IPPL in 2001. She has since visited sanctuaries and animal protection groups in the U.S. and a number of sanctuaries and IPPL grant recipient organizations overseas. She has represented IPPL at many conferences, and she was fortunate to have helped raise sanctuary resident, Courtney Gibbon. A chemist by profession, Rebecca lives with her husband and two cats in Lake Wylie, SC.
Craig first visited IPPL in 2016 and joined our board in 2018. He retired to Summerville, with his wife, Linda, after a career as administrator and IT manager for a state Regional Resource Center serving the eight county public library systems in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In addition to bringing us expertise in management, financial oversight, and IT development, he will help build support for IPPL among our neighbors as he is active in Summerville community events.
|Ian Redmond OBE|
Renowned for his 40-year career studying and striving to protect gorillas and elephants, Ian describes himself as a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training, and a conservationist by necessity. HIs work has ranged from undercover investigation of wildlife traffickers to helping local conservationists during Africa’s civil wars to consulting on more than 100 documentaries for BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and others. He studied gorillas with Dian Fossey, later assisting Sigourney Weaver when she portrayed Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist.” Ian works from his office in Stroud, England, consulting to the UN Great Apes Survival Partnership (which he co-founded) and Born Free Foundation, which supports his work as chair of Ape Alliance, chair of the Species Survival Network Primate Working Group, and ambassador for the UN Convention on Migratory Species. He consults to field projects such as Limbe (Cameroon) Wildlife Center, an IPPL partner, and he chairs The Gorilla Organization. His ninth book is The Primate Family Tree: The Amazing Diversity of Our Closest Relatives. Ian is currently using virtual reality and other technologies to make conservation education more widely available.
|Sue Bury, Interim Board Chair||Helen Thirlway, Co-Secretary|
Sue met Shirley McGreal in the late 1970s, when Sue lived in Washington DC, and she’s been involved ever since, joining the board in 2016. Sue and her husband are retired writers, now living in Red Lodge, Montana. She served as president of Washington (DC) Humane Society and helped found the first humane organization in her Montana county. Sue is very active with IPPL, lending her writing and editing skills among her many other talents. When Sue visits the sanctuary, the first thing she has to do is go see the gibbons!
Helen became involved with IPPL in 2008 and served as United Kingdom Director (2008-2011), board chairman (2010-2015), and representative to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Qatar, 2010; Thailand, 2013; South Africa, 2016). Helen is development / comms manager at the Chawton House Center for Women’s Writing in Hampshire, England. She lives with her partner and their two children in Petersfield, England.
|Brian Giovannini||Georgia Hancock, Esq., Co-Secretary|
Brian became involved with IPPL in 2008 after a lifelong interest in primates, joined the board in 2012, and served a year as board chairman (2016-2017). Brian is an employee benefits attorney with the international law firm Haynes and Boone LLP. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and daughter and their three cats and a rescue dog.
Georgia joined the IPPL board in 2016. An attorney with a background in environmental, administrative, and animal welfare law, she worked in Washington DC for several years. Georgia now lives near Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She contributes her legal skills to IPPL’s efforts to obtain the release of wildlife data from the federal government.
All board members are independent voting members.
IPPL Field Representatives
Wherever primates can be found, our Field Representatives work to create and preserve national parks and sanctuaries, promote bans on primate hunting and trapping, and help combat local and international primate trade. IPPL currently has 25 Field Representatives in 19 countries.
- S. Theodore Baskaran (South India)
- Vijay Bhatia (North India)
- Katriona Bradley, DVM (Hong Kong)
- Bernadette Bresard, MD, DVM (France)
- Dr. Roland Corluy (Belgium)
- Olga Feliu, DVM (Spain)
- Dr. Ranjen Fernando (Sri Lanka)
- Evelyn Gallardo (Costa Rica)
- Dr. Gustavo Gandini (Italy)
- Martha Gutierrez (Argentina)
- Bettina Hickman (Zambia)
- Milka Knezevic-Ivaskovic (Serbia)
- Dr. S.M. Mohnot (Central and West India)
- Elba Muñoz Lopez (Chile)
- Louis Ng (Singapore)
- David Root (Costa Rica)
- Valerie Sackey (Ghana)
- Josef Schmuck (Austria)
- Jean Senogles (South Africa)
- Lynette Shanley (Australia)
- Dr. Akira Suzuki (Japan)
- Andrzej Szwagrzak (Bolivia)
- David van Gennep (Netherlands)
- Hilko Wiersema (Netherlands)
IPPL Advisory Board
Our advisors include experts from the fields of zoology, anthropology, medicine, biology, veterinary medicine, and psychology. IPPL’s Advisory Board currently consists of 14 members.
- Dr. James Alcock
- Dr. Frances Burton
- Dr. Jane Goodall
- Dr. Colin Groves
- Rosalind Hanson-Alp
- J. Mangalraj Johnson
- Ann Koros
- Dr. Iqbal Malik
- Heather McGiffin
- Dr. William McGrew
- Dr. Vernon Reynolds