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Meet the Team at Raystede

Morgan Williams


Forty years ago I met Miss Raymonde-Hawkins.  She invited me to become a Director at Raystede and after a few years in that role I became Chairman.  After Miss Raymonde-Hawkins death I was invited to take over the reins as CEO. It was a challenging period for the charity but my tenure culminated in the development of the extensive aviaries we have now and the new welfare block. Upon my retirement I was honoured and very proud to become President to continue my long association with Raystede.

Jonathan Vine-Hall

Chair of Trustees

I’m passionate about animals, having ten of my own including 5 horses, 2 cats and 3 dogs. I believe we need to educate the wider community about how to care and look after animals. Animals enrich our lives and I’d like to help Raystede continue to grow and succeed. I have over 40 years experience in owning and managing sophisticated businesses and the desire to ensure that our charity is governed to a high level, ensuring we continue to deliver the best outcome for our animals and our supporters.

Maggie Roberts


I qualified as a vet at the University of Edinburgh and spent most of my career in private practice. I am currently the Director of Veterinary Services at Cats Protection. My professional interests are shelter medicine and feline population control and I am a founder member of the Association of Charity Vets. I was the recipient of the J A Wight (aka James Herriot) Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals in 2013. Personally I have two great rescue cats named Frankie and Ronnie.

John Amies


When I started my career I was a Unilever Management Trainee. I quickly moved into international sales and marketing within blue chip companies. Later I moved into business consultancy, working with many small to medium size businesses. Finally I ended my career in Senior General Management with particular focus on business development, finance and HR. I care deeply about animal welfare and bring my business experience to the table to support our cause. I live at the foot of the downs with my wife and our two cats.

Marcus Brown


After over 30 years of working in the city my life changed direction and I re-trained to become a parish priest with the Church of England. It was during this time that I also became a Trustee at Raystede. Protecting animals from harm and hardship is a primary responsibility - I am proud to be part of an organisation that does just that. Together we can make a difference, protecting animals from cruelty and abuse and educating people about how to care for animals as part of our society.

Jean O'Neill


I am now in my 40th year as a close supporter of Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. This includes 11 years serving on the Board of Trustees. Over this time I have seen the charity grow and evolve. I have a lifelong passion for natural history and animal welfare. My career is in Education and I bring an extensive knowledge of the best practices for education to the charity, along with my commitment and care. I am looking forward to continuing to support Raystede's success into the future.

Alan Zeal


Im a trustee of two charities – Including Raystede. The other is an educational charity making grants to individuals. I am also a lawyer specialising in buying and selling businesses and companies. I am passionate about animals and have one Lurcher who we rescued 7 years ago. He is an energetic soul who tends to run into things a lot in hot pursuit of anything he can chase. We also have a hen and three rescue goats Alfie, George and Spike, who are real characters and provide endless amusement.

Nigel Mason

Chief Executive Officer

I am a passionate animal advocate having worked for various welfare organisations over the past 35 years, including Wood Green Animal Shelter. I have developed a strong network of contacts within the animal welfare sector and  am proud to have helped develop Raystede over the last 10 years. I am looking forward to an exciting future here, and to seeing Raystede develop further to help even more animals in need during the years to come. My family and I have two little dogs, real characters and both rescues themselves.

Adel Burnett

Head of Animal Welfare

I have worked at Raystede for 17 years, spending time within all the animal care departments, later managing the Fostering and Rehoming teams. During this time I gained experience in animal welfare, animal behaviour and shelter medicine, before moving to my current post as Head of Animal Welfare. I am responsible for the strategic development and operational management of animal welfare throughout Raystede. It’s my job to ensure we have the highest standards of animal welfare across the site and also promote animal welfare within the wider community.

Kathryn Frost

Head of HR & Volunteers

I am responsible for the strategic development of human resources that enable Raystede to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. I am member of the CIPD and I’ve worked across many sectors so I have diverse experience in youth employment, learning and development, performance management, volunteer management, and marketing. I am also the District Commissioner for Lewes District of Scouting UK. I have a soppy black dog named Finn who we love to bits. He is often found lounging underneath my desk in the office.

Gemma Price

Head of Education & Learning

I graduated with a degree in Zoology and a post graduate certificate in Education. I embarked on a career in education and my interest in animals led me to the Institute of Marine Science, Honduras where I became a lecturer. I travelled to the Ecuadorean Amazon to work on a conservation project involving rescuing animals from the illegal pet trade. 

Eventually, I took up the post as Head of Education at Raystede where I have been able to fully satisfy my passion and desire to protect and serve animals.

Carl Cawthorne

Head of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications

I am passionate about animal welfare and proud to be part of Raystede. 

Having gained 15 years of experience within commercial marketing agencies, I moved to the third sector, working with charities such as The Wildlife Trusts,  RSPCA, Save the Children, Barnardo’s and EIA.

In 2002 I joined Compassion in World Farming as Fundraising Director. We were awarded a third sector excellence award for our Annual Review and achieved an EU wide ban on keeping egg laying hens in battery cages.

Dr Saskia Krawczynski

Veterinary Surgeon

I studied Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany and qualified in 1992 as Veterinary Surgeon. I completed a PhD at the same university. My expertise covers all areas of small animal practice: treatment of dogs, cats, exotics and birds. 

I have worked predominantly in the UK, but also in Australia and Germany. I now practice “Shelter Medicine” dealing with specific issues relating to a Charity. My work entails managing all aspects of the surgery inclusive running of the pharmacy on site.

Peter Necchi

Head of Finance

I was born and raised in London.  Originally I qualified as a Chartered Account in 1977, moving from accounting  to commercial/business accounting soon thereafter.   I bring age and experience to the team. My interests include sports and music.

Kerry Darwin

Senior Retail Manager

I am very proud to be Raystede’s newest member to the management team responsible for the charity shop, café, customer services and sales in the pet goods store. I bring with me 9 years’ experience of managing both high street and cruise ship retail. Since returning to dry-land in 2001, I worked for the regional press as sales manager focusing on sales and customer service; promotional activity and events and I am excited to now use my skills and experience to really help make a difference. I'm madly in love with my two cats, Crash and Bang who are not entirely convinced mummy is not spending all day playing with other cats here at Raystede. 

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