Our trustees are responsible for making sure we spend every pound given to us as wisely as possible and ensure we provide the best possible animal care.
As a charity the work of the Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees, who volunteer their time and expertise to guide the development of the charity, and to support the work of the Chief Executive and staff.
Our current trustees are:
Laura Magee BEng (Hons) (Chairman)
Laura joined the trustees in 2005. Laura is a consultant project manager within the construction industry and a qualified Civil & Structural Engineer. Work positions have ranged from building site supervision, detailed analytical modeling to survey work on offshore gas platforms. Previous experience has also included the project management of a new build for a national charity based in Milton Keynes. The building included many issues surrounding disability access and environmental sustainability; subjects that have remained of personal interest.
Animals have always played a role in Laura’s life and she is owned by energetic rescue dogs, Alfie and Skye, from NAWT Hertfordshire. To relax and unwind she chooses life underwater and is a qualified sub-aqua diver.
Di has been a trustee since 2001 and a supporter of NAWT since adopting a dog in July 1990. Naturally, there have been many others that she has been involved with re-homing since then, both to herself and friends. After taking voluntary retirement from the London Ambulance Service, after a career of almost thirty years, she was fortunate in moving on to a part time receptionist position at the veterinary surgery that she attended. Di has always had pets and an interest in animals, birds and nature and the transition from dealing with people to animals and their owners, was a perfect move.
Susan Francombe BSc (Hons), C.Eng, MICE, LLDip
Susan joined the board in November 2009. Susan is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Barrister with over 22 years experience of the construction industry. Over that time she has worked for consultants, contractors, employers and insurers, and experienced both private practice and employed status as a Barrister. Susan has always had a love of nature and animals. She currently has two bouncy Labradors (one from NAWT Hertfordshire) and a rescue cat with no tail. For relaxation she plays golf badly and is a keen computer gamer.
James Moore MCIM
James joined the trustees in autumn 2011. Before retiring he was a marketing consultant working in financial services, wealth management and the public sector. Specialising in direct marketing he managed product launches, branding, market research and customer retention projects. He also led IT and call-centre projects that involved significant business change.
James and his wife Margaret are cat lovers, whose lives are ruled by the various felines they have adopted over the years, the grand total currently stands at eight. Coco and Sugar are the current incumbents, having been adopted in September 2020 at the age of 13.
Among James' other interests are providing the technical support for speakers at his local branch of The Arts Society (TAS) and volunteering at a local arts centre. He also spends his time learning foreign languages, keeping an allotment in order, and maintaining two elderly vehicles.
Claire James BSc (Hons), ACA (Honorary Treasurer)
Claire joined the trustees in 2013. Claire is a chartered accountant whose most recent role was as Director of Finance and Resources at the Royal Institute of British Architects. She has twenty years’ experience as finance director of many businesses from manufacturing to NHS hospitals and a membership organisation before joining the charity sector. Her responsibilities included finance, human resources, IT and running a busy conference and restaurant business.
Claire adores all animals especially her two little cavalier crosses who take her round an agility course every week. She loves to travel especially to the Arctic and has driven her own dog sled across the tundra as well as helping with a sea otter survey. She is also studying geology with the Open University.
Lynley has been NAWT’s Health and Safety Consultant for nearly 10 years. Lynley ensures the Trust meets its legal obligations and reports annually to the Board, attends quarterly H&S Steering Committee Meetings and advises on an ad hoc basis when issues occur.
She has also advised a couple of other animal welfare charities as well as several other clients from hospitals to art galleries to community sports clubs. She gained her initial experience in healthcare in New Zealand.
Debbie Matthews (Vice-Chair)
Debbie set up the website Vets Get Scanning www.vetsgetscanning.co.uk after her two pet dogs Widget and Gizmo were stolen. They were eventually returned thanks to a high profile media campaign, but during her search Debbie discovered that vets do not routinely scan any new dog that arrives at their surgery to see if it has been stolen and there is no legal obligation for any agency to scan dogs that come into their care.
Debbie has campaigned hard for compulsory microchipping, a law which is due to come into force in 2016 and is an influential member of the Microchip Alliance. She recently helped form the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance.
Since leaving academia John has spent over 20 years working in technology roles for companies such as Cable & Wireless, Cisco, BG Group, Thomson Reuters, VocaLink and Actual Experience. He specialises in aligning business and IT strategy, and innovation through the adoption of new technologies. He spent the last 10 years as a trustee of ELATT (a London-based educational charity); the last year as deputy chair during which Ofsted awarded them an outstanding in all areas. He is an advisor to the board of the British Safety Council. He has two rescue dogs - a Spanish galgo called Poppy and a retired greyhound called Wellington.