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Meet the Team at Raystede

Morgan Williams


More than 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 more than 42 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.

John Amies

Vice Chair

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, bringing my business experience to the table to support our cause. I live at the foot of the downs with my wife and two cats.

Janet Kelly


I have been an animal lover all my life and currently have a rescued German Shepherd, three cats and five chickens. As a journalist I have been involved with telling the stories of many animal charities in the past, while volunteering as a magistrate gave me an insight into how animal welfare has been under-represented in our legal systems. Since moving to Sussex three years ago I have been involved with Raystede as a fundraiser, winning the Community Fundraiser Award in 2018 and nominated for 2019.

I look forward to being part of the team to make the organisation as successful as possible in all areas.

Sue Walton


Having been brought up on a Sussex farm I have a passion for the environment and animal welfare. I’m committed to the charitable sector, having been CEO of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust since 2011. Prior to that I had a 25-year career in investment banking. I hope that I'll bring the best of my corporate governance experience to my role as Trustee for Raystede.

I share my life with four rescue cats (Lady Phenelope, Toby, Bert and Ernie), three chickens and my husband Bob.

Ian Kerr


I co-founded the international charity ActionAid in the early 1970s. I've been a Fellow of the British Institute of Management and the Administrative Accounts Institute. I've since worked extensively in the charity sector and chair an African health charity. I was a founding member of the Institute of Fundraising. Then I returned to my passion for animals, serving on the boards of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust & international equine charity, The Brooke. I've always had Collies; rescuing animals is one of my most satisfying achievements.

Steve Derrick


I have always had a passion for the environment that we live in and the animals we share our spaces with. I have worked in commercial businesses my entire career of which the last 7 years has been with the National Trust driving commercial best practice and developing new opportunities. I will bring my extensive commercial knowledge to Raystede to bring in additional income and to support the charities great work whilst at the same time enhancing the visitors experience. I am really looking forward to working with people with similar values.

Sarah Elliot


I’ve never wanted to be anything other than a vet, helping to improve the lives of animals big or small. I graduated as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2007. As a passionate advocate of animal welfare, I found myself drawn to working within the charity sector. I have worked for the PDSA and Cats Protection, and I hold a post-graduate qualification in feline medicine. I understand first-hand how emotionally demanding animal rescue work can be. But being able to make a positive impact on an animal’s welfare is a wonderful reward.

Stephanie Smith

Chief Executive

I joined Raystede in February 2020 just before lockdown. I look forward to leading the charity through this very challenging time, working with staff and volunteers to ensure Raystede can continue helping animals now and into the future. I am proud that my first CEO role is at Raystede as I grew up in East Sussex with great admiration and affection for the charity. I live with my family in Worthing which includes brothers Sparky and Fuji, two ginger cats.

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.

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.

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.

Kerry Darwin

Head of Commercial

I am very proud to be a member of 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.

Helen Tracey


I am currently Group Financial Controller with the RSPCA and have worked in animal welfare since 2013. With over 25 years experience as a qualified accountant, I am a fellow of the chartered institute of management accountants and a fellow of the chartered management institute.

My experience spans major corporations as well as education and now the charity sector. Originally from Sussex, I spent several years working overseas before returning to Sussex. I now live on the coast where I enjoy walking my two rescue terriers. I am delighted to be appointed as Trustee for Raystede and look forward to working with the team to give animals a better life

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