Meet The Team
Trustee and Treasurer
When my elderly horse was put to sleep 5 years ago I became a Remus volunteer. I am passionate in maintaining a life free from cruelty, neglect, pain and fear for all the animals lucky enough to have a permanent home with Remus. I have attended workshops for Reiki, Shiatsu and Equine Behaviour.
I am the Administrator for the 100 and 50 Lottery Club and involved with various fundraising activities. I’m specifically tasked with finding Air/Army Cadets to assist with our Open Days. I take my Trustee role very seriously and I’m privileged to be part of a supportive team and will strive to ensure a sustainable future for the Sanctuary.
Trustee and Animal Care & Enrichment Specialist
One of my roles at Remus is Enrichment, which includes offering self-selection herbs, toys, balls and various other forms of enrichment as well as holistic therapies for all the animals. I am a Rahanni and Reiki Master Practitioner. I have taken a course in Animal Behaviour and various workshops at Remus including Shiatsu, Crystal Healing and Bach Flower Remedies.
I love all the animals at Remus – each and every one is very special and I am privileged to work closely with them all.
Trustee & Company Secretary
I have been involved with the Sanctuary now for about 13 years, originally meeting Sue on the internet when we were separately trying to help animals caught up in the FMD crisis. Having had horses myself it was a natural progression having met Sue to take a great interest in Remus and I love and admire the work that is done here.
My background is in animal behaviour and training, specialising in equine and canine practice, and aggressive animals. I am qualified for and do work with multi domestic/farm species and have a degree in animal behaviour modification and psychology. My role in this work with the Sanctuary is to offer advice and behaviour modification training programmes to help any of the traumatised animals that come to us.
Trustee and Fundraising Co-ordinator
Sadly Fran passed away on Saturday 5 November 2016 – she died from a major arterial bleed. We will miss both her presence and her work here. In her memory, we have set up a Fran Smith Shelter Fund that will be ongoing and help to provide the shelters that she so wanted for all the animals that she loved so much.
Fran was passionate about animals and loved spending time with them – she used to say that they ask for nothing but tender loving care, and she couldn’t understand how anyone could be cruel to them.
I am the office administrator and have been working at Remus for just over three years. I am usually your first point of contact at the Sanctuary. I will do my best to answer any questions and deal with any queries you may have. I love working at Remus, all the staff and volunteers work tirelessly looking after the 200 plus animals. Its sad when a horse/pony arrives that has been mistreated or starved, but it is great to see them finally getting some much needed love and fuss and seeing them in the fields making new friends.
I have always had a love of animals since being given my own kitten when I was 7 years old. Over the years many pets have come my way and the latest is a rescue greyhound called Alfie. Career wise I have been involved in teaching and training so on retirement from that field a position at Remus seemed ideal. I can use my experience of working with children and my concerns for animal welfare to help support the work of the sanctuary.
My role is to involve children and young people with fund raising and develop their knowledge and understanding of the work of Remus.
I first heard about Remus in 1987. I became a member and joined the fundraising team. Since then I have watched the Sanctuary grow and it now plays a very large part in my life. In the past I tried joining other voluntary groups that I wanted to help in some way after my children had grown up. When I became a member of Remus I knew that this was the organisation I had been looking for. Animals have always been important to me and helping to care for the animals who have been abused, neglected and cruelly treated gives me huge satisfaction.
I first became involved with Remus when they had the yard and fields opposite to me in East Hanningfield. My family was lucky enough to home a pony from Remus and we had many happy years with him. I kept in touch when Remus moved to Ingatestone and as my children grew up, I was able to work part time in the Remus yard, until I broke my leg, after which time I began to work in the office and now I am pleased to be able to run the Sponsorship programme, which I thoroughly enjoy. It’s nice to be able to keep sponsors up to date with what’s happening with their sponsored animal. I also help out at the various events, which means meeting people who sometimes don’t know about Remus and getting them interested in the Sanctuary.
Training & Events Coordinator
I have been a supporter of Remus for over 20 years but have only been a member of the team since July 2015. I have been a foster carer for one of their Shetland ponies for 18 years! My role at Remus is quite a varied one: I am responsible for Health and Safety at the Sanctuary, for the ongoing training of staff and volunteers and also to organise a variety of events, such as workshops which help raise awareness of the Sanctuary. I am passionate about animal welfare and get very upset when seeing or hearing about an animal that has been cruelly treated or just simply neglected. Animals have no voice and I feel that by working here at Remus I am making a small contribution towards being their voice. I know I am fortunate to have such a great job, everyone at Remus works tirelessly to ensure that when an animal comes through those gates they will never want for anything again.