Our Team

Here’s a chance for you to see the faces behind the branch, the team who work tirelessly to help animals in Northamptonshire.

TARA ALLSTON – BRANCH MANAGER

Tara started her role as Branch Manager in April 2017, after having been the Chair of Trustees since October 2013.

What does your job role involve?
I oversee the running of the branch including the office, Hope Cattery and our six charity shops. I have to ensure that we are moving forward as a charity and I make sure the staff and volunteers have everything they need to do their jobs. I manage our budgets, employment and HR, support the team, provide training and ensure the trustees are kept up-to-date.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is working with a lovely team of people and knowing that everything we are doing is helping improve the lives of animals that have been mistreated, neglected or subjected to cruelty.


DAWN SMITH – ANIMAL WELFARE MANAGER

Dawn has been with the branch since January 2013 and has a wealth of experience within animal welfare. She has been a veterinary nurse for over 20 years, having studied at the Royal Veterinary College.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?
I am responsible for liaising with the national RSPCA inspectors, bring in the animals from them that need our help. I also manage the welfare of all the animals in care, ensuring they receive all the veterinary treatment that is needed. I coordinate our fab team of volunteer foster carers and also work with local vets to make sure our animals receive the best treatment at a great price.

Have you ever adopted from the branch?
I have – I was a failed fosterer! I have always been more of a fan of cats, but my foster dog Toby tugged on my heart strings as he suffered from diabetes and was quite poorly. He found a special place in my heart and I realised I couldn’t let him go, so I adopted him myself! He now comes to work with me most days, where he either acts as a mini guard dog or is snoring under my desk.

Dawn can be contacted at: dawn.smith@rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk.


JULIE & MICHELLE – ANIMAL CARE SUPERVISORS

 

Julie and Michelle are the branch’s Animal Care Supervisors at our site in Brixworth.

Michelle has been with the branch since November 2014, having been an Admin Assistant prior to taking on this new role, while Julie worked at a local veterinary practice as a Veterinary Care Assistant and joined the branch in October 2016.

Julie and Michelle oversee the care of all the cats, rabbits and small animals within the Hope Cattery and on site at Brixworth. Working together, and under the leadership of the Animal Welfare Manger, they devise and put into place care plans for the animals. They coordinate the animal care volunteers and ensure they have the training needed to provide the animals with the best care.

Michelle and Julie are also responsible for the advertising and re-homing of the cats, rabbits and small animals in their care. When potential adopters visit Brixworth or email with an adoptions enquiry, they are responsible for matching up the animals to their perfect homes! Once an animal has been reserved, they arrange for a home visit to take place before the adoption is completed.

Both of these lovely ladies have years of experience with the branch, including fostering and helping out at events. You can pop in and see them (and the cats) at our Hope Cattery every day (except Wednesdays) from 11am – 2pm.

They can be contacted at: cattery@rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk


SHOP MANAGERS

Towcester
Manager: Christina Davies
Deputy Manager: Pam Grant

Rushden
Manager: Sam Graves
Deputy Manager: Sue Read

Kettering
Manager: Michelle Dunkley

Wellingborough Road, Northampton
Manager: Shona Morrison

Duston, Northampton
Manager: Amy Winterflood

Market Square, Northampton
Manager: Alison Taylor

Relief shop team
Manager: Katie Perry
Deputy Managers: Jacqui Kemp and Sue Robinson-Smith

TRUSTEES

Chair: Carol Dudley
Treasurer: Matt Duester
Secretary: Rachel Butler

Jackie Addington
Matt Topp
Christine Statham
Sharon Penfold