Born in Wandsworth in 1945, John was educated at Emanuel School and the Royal Veterinary College, London, qualifying as a vet in 1969. Apart from 3 years in pharmaceutical research with Eli Lilly, he spent the majority of his career in general practice in South Wales, Essex and 25 years running a large veterinary hospital and mixed practice in East Grinstead.
John has worked for the BBC on undercover investigations involving animals on the Inside Out programme and for 10 years was a trustee of Animal Care in Egypt, an equine charity working in Luxor. Since 2010, John has been head livestock vet for the South of England Show Society. He is married to Joanna and has 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren and lives in Chiddingstone, Kent. They have a small herd of Sussex cattle.
The welfare of animals is one of Frances’s main interests in life. Frances is a vegetarian and supports several animal charities, including the RSPCA. For many years she was the chair of one of their branches that included a large animal rescue centre.
Professionally, Frances was the founder and Managing Director of a company that organised international conferences. Her responsibilities included chairing the Sussex Branch of the Institute of Directors and the Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the Board of the University of Brighton, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brighton International Arts Festival. As a trustee of IWCT Frances brings a wealth of business experience combined with a love of animals and a deep concern for their welfare.
For thirty years David was a successful dairy farmer with an award-winning herd of pedigree Jersey cows. With the milk industry undergoing huge changes along with the demise of the Milk Marketing Board, it was time to re-think his farming policy so reluctantly the herd was sold in 1994.
Long before it became fashionable David had always been interested in conservation and British wildlife in particular. He was greatly inspired by the work those pioneering champions of conservation, Sir Peter Scott and Gerald Durrell, were doing at Slimbridge and Jersey respectively and by what the controversial casino owner John Aspinal was achieving with his zoos in Kent. Having sold the cows the realisation of his second childhood dream was possible, to have his own zoo and do something for conservation! The farm was slowly converted into a wildlife centre and nature reserve and opened as a visitor attraction in 2000 to raise awareness to the plight of our native wildlife.
Today the British Wildlife Centre is home to the finest collection of native wildlife in Britain with over 40 different species from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer, all living in large enclosures landscaped to reflect their natural habitat.
A Centre of excellence where the message is Conservation through Education.
John was born in the late 1940’s and educated at grammar school in Tunbridge Wells and the university of “Life.” He studied a postal course for Chartered Surveyors and qualified in 1970. Most of John’s career was spent surveying all types of property and project managing substantial health care developments.
John has actively participated in in animal rights demonstrations throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. Campaigns such as anti Fox Hunt, Canadian Seal hunt and live animal exports from Shoreham. He is still an active lobbyist in retirement and continues to do fundraising for animal rescue organisations, through Silent auctions, Sponsored walks, stalls etc. John has set up and managed 3 animal welfare charity shops.
As a dog lover, John has four rescued collie type dogs who enjoy Flyball competitions.
Harriet has worked in marketing roles since graduating from the University of Brighton in 2009. Whilst working for a leading sports horse stud and veterinary facility, Harriet provided the secretariat at a BEVA/FVE conference in Brussels regarding regulating the live transport of horses for slaughter across Europe.
Harriet oversees the digital communications for IWCT, including the social media platforms, educational material, email marketing and the website.
She also has a horse called Marley, on whom she enjoys low level competitions across the South East.
“I am delighted to be a patron of the International Wildlife Coalition Trust. I am passionate about wildlife and the work that charities like IWCT are doing across the world to help the plight of animals suffering cruelty.”
“I am delighted to be a Patron of the International Wildlife Coalition Trust. I have been involved in Animal Welfare for over twenty years and it never ceases to amaze me how cruel humans can be when it comes to the pain inflicted on those, our voiceless companions, with whom we share our wonderful planet. None more so, I am sad to say, than when it comes to the appalling Dog Meat Trade. It is a trade which is frowned upon, in many cases, by the majority in those countries across Asia where it is practised. It is thanks to the great work done by many charities in the region that attention is being brought to this vile trade, and moves are being made to try and stop it altogether. One such charity is IWCT. I’m glad to support it by being a patron.”
Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Their mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.
Wildlife Alliance’s wildlife programmes are designed to rehabilitate animals victimised by the wildlife trade and provide them with the support and care necessary to ready them for release back into the wild.
Dogs Trust Worldwide support International charities like us to promote campaigns such as dog population control, education and eliminating rabies.
UPAW is open system to help dogs and cats in war-torn Ukraine. They provide an opportunity for people to donate to the needs of animals in different regions of the country.