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Four new trustees join National Animal Welfare Trust

Rescue and rehoming charity National Animal Welfare Trust has appointed four new trustees to its board.

The trustees bring an important range of skills – from campaigning to veterinary experience - to complement the existing board.

Speaking of the appointment Chief Executive Clare Williams said: “The National Animal Welfare Trust has spent the past year promoting responsible pet ownership as well as continuing its primary duties of rescue and rehoming. Our new trustees bring valuable skills in order to help us further develop our future plans.”

The four are:

Simon Burrows

A Fellow of the Market Research Society, Simon’s most recent commercial role was Group Director at TNS UK, the world’s largest market, social and political research business.   He has more than 25 years' commercial experience in the areas of research and customer insight, operational and process management, business development and financial management.

In addition to operating his own management consultancy, Simon has focused on developing his contribution to the voluntary and public sector over the past two years. A fervent supporter of animal welfare, the environment and health & social care, Simon is a Trustee of several charities and a non-executive director of an NHS Foundation Trust.

Harvey Carruthers

Harvey is a senior veterinary surgeon and managing partner of Perthshire's largest small animal and equine veterinary practice.  He’s worked in several large organisations as a senior clinician including the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Ministry of Defence and the Blue Cross.

Harvey was founding patron of the rehoming and welfare charity, Staffordshire Rescue Scotland. After consultation with the chairman of the Companion Animal Welfare Council, Lord Soulsby of Swaffam Prior, and supported by the Animal Health Trust and the Dogs Trust, Harvey founded a national support and education project for owners of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Lynley Griffiths

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

Debbie set up the website Vets Get Scanning 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.


For further information please call Wendy Richmond on 07866 263242.

19th February, 2015