Our Governance

Our Branch is supported by a committee of locally elected volunteer Trustees who are responsible for the strategic vision and governance of the Branch.

We have a strong board of Trustees with a range of specialties and backgrounds that include accounting, law, finance, business development, property and marketing but who all share a strong passion for the charity and the promotion of good animal welfare in Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk. If you would like to become a Trustee of the Branch, you can apply here.

Our Board of Trustees

Lynn Yallop


Lynn is an FCCA qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience working within the Big 4 environment providing internal and risk management solutions to her global client base, and acts in the role of Chair for the Charity. She has lived in Norfolk all her life and has always had a passion for animal welfare. Lynn holds NVQ qualifications in Animal Behaviour (level 3), Animal Care (level 2), Feline studies (level 3) and Feline Behaviour and Psychology. Her love for animals spills over into her home life where she currently resides with eight rescue and stray cats that have adopted her.

Andrea Shepheard


Andrea only became a Trustee very recently but has always been passionate about animals and animal welfare.  She has a background in business,  has been a civil servant for several years & is currently owned by a former elderly feline resident of the RSPCA.

Stephen Read


Stephen Read is the Treasurer of RSPCA Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk Branch. He has overall accountability for the finances and it could be good news that he is a chartered accountant. He has held various executive finance roles across East Anglia over the years although he is not local. He is from a Lincolnshire farming family and whilst his family had many animals when he was younger, the farm is now purely arable.

“We’ve always been a cat family and our current companion is Slinky, a large black feline who’s size belies the fact that he’s a true ‘scaredy cat’. At sixteen years of age he’s now entitled to take it easy. What do I bring to the Branch? Well, aside from finance and governance experience I am keen to push the Branch to do more, particularly to promote education and awareness – in the long term I truly believe that will reduce the number of animals that need our attention and that is a good thing.”

Wendy Dowding


Owning dogs nearly all her life, Wendy joined the Branch in 2011. Living and working in Norwich for 35 years, Wendy is passionate about animal welfare and sees education as the key to achieving a cultural change in the treatment of animals. Wendy has worked for a number of local businesses in administration over the years and even taught cooking at City College in the dim and distant past.

Joe Faulkner


Joe joined the trustee team in June 2019 and has a passion for animal welfare. Along with his wife and young children Joe adopted two kittens from the RSPCA at the beginning of 2019; Domino and Tiggy as they are now known are incredibly affectionate cats and seem to think they are humans – so much so that they join the family at the dinner table and have been spotted playing chess! In his professional life Joe comes from a background in business development and is currently the Head of KPMG’s Norwich office. Joe is also involved with a number of other charities across East Anglia, with a specific focus on enhancing social mobility and outcomes for young people in the region.

Gemma Helsdon


Gemma first came across the Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk Branch when she and her husband adopted their two fur babies, Jim and Pam, in 2015. A Giant African Land Snail, Sally, shortly followed and she completed their family. Pam, in particular, came as a timid little thing and through sheer determination and patience, she’s now always underfoot and begs for strokes every five minutes. Jim loves a ride on your shoulders and will sit on his hind legs to let them know he’s ready for a cuddle.

“I’ve always had a passion for animal welfare and found myself in 2018 wanting to use my day-job skills (I work in the legal sector) for something other than “work”. I’ve been a trustee since October 2018 and haven’t looked back. Even in my short tenure thus far, the branch has gone through some very exciting changes, meaning we can help more and more animals in need. I have a special interest in the legal aspects of charity governance and fundraising.”

Glen Reynolds


John Pinnington


John has been a trustee of the Branch for many years. He has also been a regional representative and member of the national council. John along with his late wife Julie once ran an animal centre and he is very involved in fundraising in the North Norfolk area.

Gavin Egmore


Gavin joined as a Branch Trustee in 2019 and is helping us evolve our governance and risk activities as we continue to grow. Gavin has a ‘soft spot’ for sighthounds (particularly whippets).

Jo Church


Jo has a wide range of experience in different aspects of the voluntary sector, having worked with the County Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, as County Volunteer Coordinator with Norfolk Youth Offending Team and more recently taking up voluntary roles herself with Norwich Samaritans and currently as a Trustee with RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk branch. She has previously worked with Members of Parliament, as Constituency Secretary and Senior Case Manager, respectively. Jo is also a professionally trained declutterer and advocates re-purposing "as a means of creatively responding to the ecological and economic crises of the 21st century" (Wikipedia 01.06.21).

Amanda Jackson-Nichols


Amanda joined the Trustee Board in September 2021. She is a retired solicitor, having lived and worked in Norfolk for over 30 years and has been passionate about animal welfare since childhood. She is married to Mark and has two grown up sons, all animal lovers. Their home has also been home to many rescue animals over the years including a variety of wonderful cats and dogs, former battery chickens and a one eyed, three-legged affectionate hedgehog called Geoffrey. Amanda currently has a rescue greyhound called Scruff (which he isn’t!) and a mad cocker spaniel called Monty. She is also a volunteer rescue dog walker. She is very much looking forward to being able to use her professional experience and passion for animal welfare in her role as a Trustee at the Branch.

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