AWF appoints seven new trustees


The Animal Welfare Foundation has welcomed seven new trustees to its Board. The newly appointed trustees bring a range of expertise from many different specialisms including human behaviour change, veterinary nursing and research. The appointments come as AWF continues work to achieve its strategic priorities including funding thousands of pounds of research on its current theme ‘breeding for better welfare’.  The trustees will play an essential role in helping to expand the charity’s reach and network, as well as raising vital funds to help continue its important work.

The new trustees:

  • Caroline Allen: Caroline is Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA. She has over 20 years of small animal veterinary experience across the sector – charity, independent and corporate practice. Caroline holds the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and has been on RCVS Council.
  • Jane Clements RVN: Jane is the Head of Neutering at Cats Protection where she is responsible for the charity’s neutering programme and community engagement team. She has co-authored a number of studies about attitudes and behaviours and holds a Master’s in Human Behaviour Change.
  • Sandra Corr: Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Surgery in the School of Biodiversity, One Health and Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Glasgow.
  • Nicola Gladden: Nicola is the Farm Animal Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Vet School.
  • Karlien Heyrman: As Head of Pets for Pets at Home, Karlien’s role is dedicated to safeguarding animal welfare.
  • Richard Hooker: Director of Vet Services, PDSA. Richard oversees the effective delivery or the charity’s public-facing veterinary work and shaping the strategy and delivery of treatment, prevention and educational services that PDSA provides.
  • Gwen Rees: Gwen Rees is a Lecturer in Veterinary Science at Aberystwyth University, previously Senior Research Associate at Bristol Vet School.
Commenting on the appointment of the new trustees, AWF Chair Julian Kupfer said:
"There is always a bit of yin and yang when trustees come to the end of their terms as, without exception, their contribution to help achieving our charitable aims has been outstanding.  The upside is bringing in new trustees armed with an immense range of expertise, skills and backgrounds.  The rest of the board and I welcome these new appointments and, along with the AWF team, we are really excited to be working with them as we all strive to continue our mission of improving animal welfare".

Trustees on the AWF Board are appointed a three-year renewable term. They work with the charity’s small office team to deliver agree the overall strategic direction, ensure research grants are allocated to pressing animal welfare issues, and help shape the yearly Discussion Forum animal welfare conference.