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 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’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.
Anne was born in Middlesbrough but has lived in Shrewsbury since she was 10 years old.
Anne began volunteering at the shelter 11 years ago. She is shift leader on Sunday mornings and also carries out inductions and some training for new volunteers. About 4 years ago Anne agreed to help out in the shelter's charity shop for 3 weeks, needless to say she is still there!
Recently, Anne took early retirement from working in management roles in many catering establishments, mainly universities and colleges. Her last two posts were most rewarding as she worked with students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Anne has always been a cat lover, always having cats when growing up. She currently has 8. Any spare time that Anne has is spent in the garden growing fruit and vegetables, (cat grass for the shelter), or out having brunch or cake and coffee with friends. Anne is a keen baker and enjoys baking for family and friends.
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.
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
Helen is delighted to join SCR and fell in love with the retirement village upon her first visit. It was apparent to her that everyone here does incredible work.
Originally from Sunderland, she now lives in Sutton Coldfield with her husband and beloved cats, Aslan and Cleo. She is a keen road cyclist (yes, one of those head to toe in lycra) and interested in interior design and all things house related.
During the week, she works at HSBC UK and has been there for 12 years. She currently works in HR leading on Employee Engagement and Insight which means listening to colleagues and making HSBC a great place to work as a result.