Meet the team

Wherever there are animals in need, you will find a bunch of enthusiastic, passionate and eager people not far away. The animals are like magnets and their pull is beyond our ability to explain. At Freshfields we have passion in abundance and our enthusiasm knows no bounds.

Please meet our team, these are the folks who in the first instance are responsible for tempering the enthusiasm and moulding the passion into the tools needed to achieve our joint goal, that of ... Making a difference together for ALL animals!

It’s important to note that the people shown here are only the beginning…

To make any animal rescue charity function a host of people must join together and whilst their roles may differ, each one of them (staff member or volunteer) is as important as the next.

Our Trustees

Jane Young

Jane Young

Trustee/Finances and Shops

After a long career in banking Jane went on to run her own dog grooming business, which she sold before moving back to the west coast in 2005. As a trustee Jane's responsibilities lay within the area of Finances & Data Management, which in the every day world means overseeing our shops in Wales along with day-to-day management of our fundraising database and not forgetting her instrumental role in the long term financial strategy of the Charity.
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Doug Martin

Doug Martin

Trustee

Doug Martin has recently joined the team as a voluntary trustee, he is currently supporting various projects including re-homing animals and bull breeds education. Previously Doug attended Chesterfield High School and went on to higher education studying Art, taking up full time employment with a number of banks and building societies before taking up the trustee post at Freshfields. Doug has supported Freshfields since 2003, dog walking, with open days and adopting a number of dogs from the shelter. His other hobbies and passions also include mountain hiking and wildlife and bird watching.
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Annette Armstrong

Annette Armstrong

Trustee/Income Generation and Awareness Raising

Annette, who is a retired legal secretary, has one daughter, two granddaughters and one great-grandson.  She has always had a passion for animals and has had many rescue cats over the years. Her latest addition was Alice who came from the Welsh rescue to join her existing family of Sonnie and Milly. Once the winter is over she will be welcoming back Harriet the hedgehog, together with Harriet's new partner, to her garden.  Her other main hobby is gardening and she is always ready with advice and cuttings from her numerous plants and shrubs.  Annette has been involved with Freshfields for over 7 years, helping out at fundraising events, baking, sending out newsletters and of course knitting cat blankets!
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Dina Cuthbertson

Dina Cuthbertson

Trustee/Outreach & Education

Dina who has a husband John and daughter Jenny, also shares her life with three rescue dogs, one cat, a special needs hedgehog and a flock of Freshfield's released birds.  A freelance, published artist she was formerly a Social Worker and Marketing Manager for Sefton.

Dina has a passion for all animals, particularly native wildlife, she is also interested in gardening for wildlife and maintaining/improving natural habitat and feels strongly that each of us has a duty to lighten our carbon footprint and live as environmentally friendly as possible.

Dina also enjoys travelling, especially to more remote areas of natural beauty, and all things outdoors.

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Management Team

Helen Stanbury

Helen Stanbury

Trustee/Director

As Director of Freshfields, Helen leads on strategic direction and has an overvue of all our activities. Heading a team of dedicated managers, each enthusiastic and proficient in their own areas, is a huge responsibility, especially within such a unique organisation as Freshfields which remains rooted deep in its founding ethos. Helen's goal is for Freshfields to achieve solid footing moving forward and to achieve and maintain a credible reputation as the animal charity that through excellent standards of care for animals makes a notable improvement to the lives and futures of people.
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Colette Coghill

Colette Coghill

Finance & Administration Manager

Colette has always been passionate about animals especially cats, which explains why she has 6, most of them from Freshfields.  According to Colette, 'It’s a dream come true' to be working for Freshfields, a charity whose ethos so accurately reflects her own.  Before joining our management team, Colette was one of a small team of people organising a famous North West horticultural event, and it was there she cultivated her other passion... growing vegetables.
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Dawn Hurst

Dawn Hurst

Operations Manager Liverpool

Dawn’s involvement with Freshfields began in the mid 90’s when she first began volunteering. Over time this progressed from yet more voluntary hours to part-time work in the kennels, to unit head, before beginning her current role. From a young age, Dawn has always cared deeply about animals. She has previously spent many years working abroad with animals, for example providing emergency support in a disaster zone, carrying out investigative work, and setting up a neutering project. Dawn feels strongly that all animals deserve respect, and should be treated equally, she has committed to Freshfields in the belief that her views are mirrored here.
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Jacqueline Leggatt

Jacqueline Leggatt

Operations Manager Wales

Jacqueline (or Jac as she prefers to be known) is our Operations Manager at the Wales centre.

Originally employed as a Cattery assistant, Jac then progressed to the role of Head of Unit for the Cattery, Kennels and Small Animals.

Jac describes working at Freshfields as her ‘dream job’, and is passionate about being able to help make a positive impact and life-changing difference to the hundreds of neglected, abused and abandoned animals of North Wales.

Jac has a B.A. Hons in Fine Art, and her interests include playing darts, walking and spending time with her two grown children.

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Our Fundraising Team

Emma Jensen

Emma Jensen

Fundraising Manager: Community & Outreach

Emma is Freshfield’s Fundraising Manager dealing with Community, Outreach Education and Grants. Emma came to us after working for 10 years as a Development Manager for an educational charity. She led on the development of their buildings to create a number of new service areas, regeneration projects, community engagement and organisational development. In her previous life, she was a camera operator and worked on music festivals throughout the country. Her personal passions are animals, the great outdoors, art and heritage.   
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Debbie Hughes

Debbie Hughes

Grants & PR Coordinator

Key Freshfields Liverpool Staff

Jayne Stanton

Jayne Stanton

Head of Cattery

Collette Piert

Collette Piert

Head of Kennels

Lyn Gawith

Lyn Gawith

Head of Small Animals & Wildlife

Steven Marsh

Steven Marsh

Maintenance Manager

Paul MacDonald

Paul MacDonald

The Fox Man

Fiona

Fiona

Communications Support

James Parker

James Parker

Communications Support

Key Freshfields Wales Staff

Meirwen Hughes

Meirwen Hughes

Head of Equine

Bill Cottom

Bill Cottom

Maintenance

Deborah Cottom

Deborah Cottom

Adminstration Support