Meet The Team
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 am the Bookkeeper for the Sanctuary and work closely with the Sanctuary Accountant. I am responsible for maintaining the day to day finances. I joined in 2015 and work part time. I enjoy my role and love being part of an amazing team that works tirelessly to look after and care for so many animals.
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 & Health and Safety
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.
I am the Welfare Officer here at Remus and I started in June 2018, I have worked in the animal welfare field for more than 12 years both locally and internationally. We get many calls of concern from the general public about horses and ponies all across Essex – its my job to go and assess these situations and where necessary and possible to intervene to provide these animals with better care. This can be hard at times, as due to legislation often our hands are tied, however we will always do what we can, monitoring the situation and the animals involved.
I’m also responsible for keeping in touch with our horses and ponies that are in foster homes, making annual visits and where needed providing advice and assistance to our foster carers. Its lovely to see these horses and ponies getting the life they deserve with people that really love them.
I’m so pleased to be working for an animal charity that is so devoted to the care and welfare of its animals. Remus is so practical and forward thinking in its approach to horse welfare and is able to provide help to many animals outside its gates.
I have been working at Remus since November 2010 and have never looked back. I studied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Bristol which primarily focused on companion animals like cats and dogs. I didn’t have much experience with horses and I felt this role would allow me to broaden my knowledge.
I’m responsible for the day to day running of the yard and the needs of the animals and for overseeing and organising the workload for the yard staff for the day. I make up the yard feeds and put out hay to all the field horses during the day. I assist with the vet and farrier’s work and look after any sick animals that come into our care and oversee the annual husbandry plan.
I thoroughly enjoy my work, very few jobs give you the satisfaction that this one provides. It is very fulfilling to see neglected and abandoned horses that come into our care slowly change overtime to become more trusting and friendly as a result of the tender love and kindness that all our staff provide.
This picture tells the story of why I volunteer at Remus. Every little thing we do here and all the money we raise through events goes straight towards feeding and caring for all the wonderful animals at the Sanctuary.
I am a senior volunteer at Remus and oversee – with my group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers – the fundraising events, merchandise and bric-a-brac and ensure that the Sanctuary is kept clean, tidy and organised.
I joined Remus as the part-time HR Officer in February 2018. I have worked in HR for the last 35 years, mainly in the public sector but, more recently in the private sector. My role is to support the Sanctuary Manager when dealing with any staffing matters as well as to review and monitor all policies, procedures and practices to ensure that they are up to date and compliant with employment legislation. The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations on 25 May 2018 meant that all paperwork used by Remus had to be reviewed to ensure that it was compliant with the regulations, in the use of personal data. The regulations apply to job applicants, employees, volunteers, workers, contractors and other supporters as well as former employees. I am enjoying the variety and flexibility of the role.
I’ve been working at Remus since 2018. I attend to the building/maintenance side which can involve anything which needs repair. I also help at the many fundraising and horse welfare events Remus attend – I try to ensure they have all they need on the day such as gazebos, tables and chairs etc. My goal is to try to ensure things run as smoothly as possible for the staff either at the Sanctuary or the Volunteers out on the events. Remus is an outstanding place to work.
I started volunteering for Remus early 2019 helping Esme with fundraising events and open days. I watched as the volunteers worked tirelessly to raise funds for this wonderful charity and began to wonder if there was any more I could do to help. I had a meeting with Sue with some ideas and found out about trusts and how they could be approached to make donations and grants to the charity. Now, in my retirement, it seems I am learning a new skill and get the biggest buzz when I make a successful application and the money rolls in.
It’s a great feeling being part of a team that supplies such a worthwhile service