I joined Raystede in early 2020, just weeks before the start of the COVID pandemic. It has certainly been a very challenging time but I have really enjoyed working with our wonderful staff, volunteers and Trustees to ensure Raystede continues to help animals now and in 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 West Sussex which includes brothers Sparky and Fuji, two ginger cats.
Head of Commercial and Visitor Operations
My background is sales and promotions in several different worlds including off-shore, events, retail and regional press. Specialising in people management and income generation, I left the corporate environment for Raystede in 2017. I am responsible for the Commercial operations that help support Raystede. Every penny of profit goes directly into helping the animals in our care and I am passionate about delivering products to suit our diverse market to maximise that injection of much-needed funds. I am also responsible for the visitor experience at our animal welfare site near Ringmer. We welcome visitors to enjoy our beautiful surroundings, experience an insight into a working welfare centre and learn about how to give animals their best lives. I live in West Sussex with my family and our gorgeous cat Bang.
Head of Marketing
My background was originally in travel and tourism. I worked for a French tour operator and in the Brighton & Hove Visitor and Convention Bureau. I switched to the charity sector in 2004 and worked for my local hospices, St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House, as their Head of Communications and Donor Marketing before joining Raystede in March 2021. I am proud and privileged to work for such an amazing charity doing incredible work for animal welfare. I have two boisterous black Labradors, Gypsy and Iris, and a very timid but loving rescue cat called Lenny.
Head of HR & Operations
I am responsible for the strategic development of Human Resources, Health and Safety, IT and Facilities Management across the charity. An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development and a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Learning and Performance Institute, I’ve worked across all sectors as well as in schools and have a diverse background with experience in specialist IT recruitment, project management, youth employment & apprenticeships, learning and development, volunteer management, Health & Safety and Safeguarding. I am also the Scouting UK District Commissioner for Lewes District supporting over 500 adult volunteers to deliver skills for life to young people in East Sussex. A local girl, born and bred in Lewes and in love with the Sussex countryside, I can often be found with my two rescue dogs hiking across the fields and downs or paddling in the sea and rivers.
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.
Head of Finance
I’m a proud Yorkshireman, although now in exile in Sussex. I’m a Chartered Accountant, responsible for the accounting function at Raystede. I’ve worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, as accountant at one of the Colleges in Cambridge and more recently at a university with links to Canada, based in a 15th century castle. It’s a privilege to work at Raystede, seeing and supporting the amazing work that goes on here with animals in need. I have two rescue dogs of my own, Parson Terriers called Timothy and Stanley.
Head of Animal Welfare
My background was originally in law and the private sector, however, I moved into animal welfare a number of years ago, having always had the utmost respect for animals and their welfare. I worked in frontline animal welfare and rescue for a national charity for a number of years where I would investigate complaints of neglect and cruelty on a daily basis, sometimes leading to prosecutions. I moved from the frontline into operational management, recruitment, and latterly training, before joining Raystede in 2019. I was attracted to Raystede by its level of care, excellent facilities, and its desire to do the absolute best by every animal it comes across. I hope that I can evolve Raystede’s work to do even more for animals in the years to come. I live in West Sussex with my rescue dog, Moira, two rescue cats, Bernard and Penelope, and two rescue ponies, Happy and Jolly.
Head of Fundraising
I joined Raystede in October 2020 right in the middle of the pandemic. My background sits across fundraising, events and business to business sales, specialising in growing income streams, strategic planning and people management. Most of my career has been spent in the charity sector, where I spent almost 14 years at my local hospices, St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. I started as a Community Fundraiser then developed a programme of events delivered by an Events Team, working my way up to becoming Head of Events, Community Fundraising and Volunteers. Animals are my passion and I am proud and privileged to be able to use my knowledge and skills for such a worthy charity. I have always counted myself as a cat person, having had rescue cats all my life. But, having adopted Wolfie from Raystede just a few months into the job, I am now very much a dog person, my favourite breed is rescue!
Dr Saskia Krawczynski
I studied Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany and qualified in 1992 as a 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 including running the on site pharmacy.
Peaceways Pet Crematorium Manager
I was born in London and moved to Hailsham, East Sussex in the early 2,000s. I worked in the New Covent Garden flower market as a porter for 21 years. I have been managing Peaceways since 2011 and am dedicated to helping and supporting families through the hardest of times of losing a beloved family pet. I have a 13 year old Border terrier called Tom, aka the Ginger Whinger, who I adore.
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