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Our Team

Our Fantastic Shelter Team

Meet our team who make it all happen

Jenny

Jenny

Branch Manager

Jenny has spent more than 10 years working for the RSPCA at branches across the country. She was previously branch manager of RSPCA Central & North London, before joining our shelter team as Branch Manager in 2021. She has a rescue Staffie, two cats, two rabbits and a hamster.

Paul

Paul

Head of Cats

Paul is Cattery Manager. He is responsible for all the homeless, stray and abandoned cats that come through our doors, which obviously keeps him busy! Paul has taken a number of cats with health issues over the years.

Gina

Gina

Head of Dogs

Gina has worked at the shelter since 1992 and is Head of Dogs. She is also responsible for designing, editing and writing our very own newsletter Newshound. Gina has one dog, a Staffie, who was adopted from the shelter.
Hazel

Hazel

Head of Small Animals

Hazel has been with us since 2001 and is head of small animals. She also fosters cats and kittens that need extra looking after. Hazel has two dogs, three rabbits, a cat and a tortoise of her own, many of which were adopted from the shelter.
Lauren

Lauren

Deputy Head of Dogs

Lauren joined us in 2014 and is now working full-time as Deputy Head of Dogs. She spends a lot of her time with dogs that have more complex behaviour and care needs. Lauren has three dogs of her own, including a Staffie who was adopted from the shelter.
Wendy

Wendy

Kennels

Wendy started working for us in 2003. She looks after the dogs who need extra special care. Wendy has a cat of her own who was adopted from the shelter and hopes to have a dog in the near future.

Ruth

Ruth

Reception / Office

Ruth is a full time member of staff, who works in the reception/office. Her dog Rafiki was rescued from a Spanish killing station. Ruth has a love of wildlife and birds.
Jesse

Jesse

Reception / Cats / Small Animals

Jesse started with us as a volunteer and joined the team in 2017. She is a full-time member of staff who works in the reception and office and also with cats and small animals. Jesse has one cat and one dog, both of which were adopted from the shelter.

John

John

Kennels

John is a part time member of staff who joined the team in 2016 after being a volunteer for over 20 years. He mainly works with the dogs and has one dog of his own, a Staffie, who was adopted from the shelter.
Andrew

Andrew

Cats / Small Animals

Andrew is a part time member of staff who joined us in 2022. He works mainly with the cats and small animals.

Grace

Grace

Kennels

Grace started volunteering with us as part of her course at Plumpton College and became a member of staff in 2021. She helps wherever she is needed but prefers working with the dogs. Grace has two dogs of her own, one of which was adopted from the shelter. She loves chihuahuas.
Marijke

Marijke

Kennels

Marijke joined the team in 2021 after previously volunteering with us. She helps wherever she is needed but mainly works with the dogs. She also occasionally covers reception.

Colin

Colin

Kennels

Colin joined the team in 2022 after previously being a volunteer. He especially loves long walks with some of our bigger, longer stay dogs.
Michelle

Michelle

Deputy Head of Cats

Michelle is the Deputy Head of Cats and joined the team in 2021. Michelle has one cat of her own.

Nicky

Nicky

Kennels

Nicky joined us in 2023 as part of the dog team.
Robyn

Robyn

Cattery / Small Animals

Robyn joined the team in 2023 after previously being a volunteer. She works with our small animals and cats.
Zoe

Zoe

Kennels

Zoe joined us in 2023 as part of the dog team after previously being a volunteer.
Jo

Jo

Kennels

Jo joined us in 2023 as part of the dog team after previously being a volunteer.
Heather

Heather

Animal Welfare Officer

Heather joined us in 2023 as an Animal Welfare Officer.

Jade

Jade

Behaviour and Welfare Advisor

Jade joined us in 2021 in a new role as our Behaviour and Welfare Advisor. Jade is fully qualified, having gained her BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare with further qualifications from PACT. She has years of experience, running her own private training and behaviour business and working in rescues all over the world.
Fred

Fred

Head of the Reptile Unit

Fred joined us in 2012 and is now Head of the Reptile Unit. Fred has many reptiles at home but his passion is for monitor lizards.
Andy

Andy

Reptiles

Andy started as a volunteer in 2016 and now works here at weekends. He has a collection of his own reptiles at home -including an adopted Tegu, called Gladys.
Joe

Joe

Reptiles

Joe works part time in the reptile unit and joined us in 2021. He has a collection of tarantulas and invertebrates at home as well as some rescue reptiles.

Ben

Ben

Reptiles

Ben joined us in 2022 as part of the reptile team after previously being a volunteer.
Laurie

Laurie

Animal Welfare Officer

Laurie joined the reptile unit in 2020 full time for a couple of years before switching over to the position of Animal Welfare Officer in 2022. She has a rescue snake and iguana from us and loves working with all animals around the centre and out in the community.
Isaac

Isaac

Reptiles

Isaac joined us in 2022 as part of the reptile team after previously being a volunteer.
Megan

Megan

Fundraising Manager

Megan is our new Fundraising & Events Manager after having spent years at our Worthing Charity Shop. She has one dog of her own at home. 

Linda

Linda

Manager of the Haywards Heath shop

Linda joined the kennel team in 2019 but is now Manager of the Haywards Heath shop. Linda has one dog of her own who was adopted from the shelter.
Tori

Tori

Branch Bookkeeper

Tori is the Branch Book Keeper who is crucial to making every penny count! She has her own dog at home.