International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to welcome three new volunteer trustee directors to its board.
Christine Purdy, Susan Griffin and Natalie Cook joined the charity this week. They bring their invaluable skills, knowledge and experience in the fields of animal welfare and behaviour, humanitarian aid, business, communications and charity work. Together with the other trustees they will help the charity to achieve its aspiration to double the number of donkeys within its reach over the next five years.
Christine Purdy brings a wealth of experience, first from her time with the World Bank in Washington DC and later from working with the UN and NGOs and living in North Yemen, Nepal and Sri Lanka. She has been a CEO of two international charities including The Brooke Hospital for Animals. An animal lover with wide experience in animal welfare and humanitarian relief she is well placed to advise the charity.
Sue Griffin is Director of Communications with The Pensions Regulator, where she is accountable for all marketing, communications and online services. She has extensive marketing, customer service and communications experience across telecommunications, financial services and the public sector. She has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Marketer. She is a staunch animal lover and a horse-owner. Becoming a trustee of The Donkey Sanctuary fulfils her long-held desire to become involved in animal welfare.
Natalie Cook is an animal behaviourist with The Ministry of Defence. She previously worked for an international animal welfare charity in Singapore advocating animal welfare and behavioural research. Her specialism is animal learning theory and assessing animals’ welfare and stress indicators. Natalie will sit on the donkey care and welfare committee and is also interested in animal assisted therapy. She will be the youngest of our trustees and will be well placed to bring a different perspective to the role.
The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to have three such eminent individuals joining the board of trustees at this exciting time and is looking forward to working with them to achieve the charity’s vision of a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and where their contribution to humanity is fully valued.