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meet our trustees

What makes our Trustees so special? They give up their time and energy for free, to help us make a bigger impact and change the lives of Shropshire cats and kittens.


marion micklewright

Marion has worked as a lab technician, a Secretary/ Personal Assistant and has run her own businesses. She gave up her working career to focus on learning about volunteer management, animal welfare and teaching.


Marion is a co-founder of Shropshire Cat Rescue which was formed in 1991 and moved to her current home address in 1998. She and husband Richard have four sons, two grandchildren and lots of wonderful animals.


Her passion for Shropshire Cat Rescue has resulted in her vision and pursuit of the Big PURR project.


Dianne beaumont

Dianne’s family has been ‘owned’ by rescue cats all her married life. Her interest in supporting rescues and feral colonies came from her time living in Sardinia in the British forces. Strays and feral kittens regularly appeared in the British residents’ gardens and with friends, she rehomed as many as she could and got them veterinary care. The cats moved from family to family as people returned to the UK, most lived good and healthy lives.


She has volunteered as a shelter helper for Shropshire Cat Rescue for almost 10 years. She is also a fundraiser and a home checker and has occasionally supported our shop. She has been a Trustee for 4 years and raised our brand awareness on our social media channels. She has put her hand to most things at the rescue, if she can do it, she will help.


Susie Phillips

Susie has been volunteering for Shropshire Cat Rescue for over 10 years. Cats are her passion and she is a Registered Vet Nurse who has undertaken a ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing, a ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour and is a Fear Free Practitioner. She is proud to bring these skills to Shropshire Cat Rescue to help the cats in any way possible. 

She has a passion for behaviour and pain management, and strives to ensure the animals in our care receive all the help they need. She has 5 rescue cats - Pippin, Gizzmo, Bob, Tyrian and Freddie. Pippin has helped show and explain how cats can use inhalers for Feline asthma. Her passion in life is cats and their care, and helping others understand a species that can be easily misunderstood.

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Sam Rushby

Sam has been a volunteer at the shelter for over 2 years, working a Friday evening shift after work.  She loves to be hands on with the cats.    She also runs the Sponsorship programme, which she took over after 6 months of becoming part of the Volunteers team 

In her day job, she works full time as a Executive Assistant to a European Vice President and has been in a PA role at senior level for over 25 years.  She finds spending the time with the cats on a Friday night a great stress reliever after a crazy week in the office

When not sitting at a desk, or looking after cats, she runs with Telford Harriers taking part in 10k and Half Marathon events.  If not running she is on 2 wheels and enjoys mountain biking or out walking in the Shropshire countryside with her husband John.   Originally from Birmingham, she now lives in Shropshire. 

She has 2 cats; both gingers called Honey and Milo who were foster fails.  Milo is a big 2  year old big Ginger Tom who loves fuss and attention and Honey is around 5 years old.  She was abandoned and spent a lot of her life as a stray living on an industrial estate in Telford before being caught and nursed back to health.  She is such an affectionate  little girl and makes their family complete. 


Margaret lloyd

On taking early retirement from her middle management role following a successful career with Lloyds Bank, Margaret then embarked on a second career with North Shropshire District Council. Upon the creation of Shropshire Council as a unitary authority, and once again taking advantage of the opportunity of early retirement, she then, some 10 years ago, joined Shropshire Cat Rescue as a volunteer, feeding and cleaning the cats each Friday (which she still does).


For the past seven years or so, utilising her expertise in financial matters, Margaret has acted as the Charity’s Gift Aid Officer, while at the same time devoting her energies to a wide range of fundraising and social media activities. Honoured to be invited to become a Trustee some four years ago, Margaret was delighted to accept, and looks forward to supporting the efforts of her fellow Trustees and Volunteers in the years ahead

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