Meet the Wadars Team

Wadars has a small team of staff who are supported by more than 60 volunteers.

Our volunteers work with us in many ways including driving, gardening, fundraising, answering our telephones, and fostering our animals; they are a valued part of the Team.

Julie Toben - Director of Development

Julie has been with Wadars since 2014 and is responsible for the overall management of the charity and for overseeing special projects. For over 20 years, Julie has worked extensively with local, national and international charities.

She has been a trustee with four charities, including Cats Protection. Julie is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Charity Investors' Group and the Institute of Fundraising.

Tracy Cadman - Operations Manager

Tracy joined the Wadars team as Operations Manager in January 2016 and is responsible for the day to day running of the charity’s animal rescue and rehoming service as well as its community fundraising activity, communications, and volunteer development.

Tracy has more than 30 years’ experience of working in charities, including over 10 years with the RSPCA in Brighton where she started as an animal care assistant and worked her way up to Shelter Manager.

Billy Elliot - Senior Animal Rescue Officer

Billy, who grew up on a farm has always had a love for animals, and has been with Wadars for almost 20 years. As part of the Wadars Animal Welfare Team, Billy plays a key role in the rescue of birds and wildlife, and rehoming of our homeless dogs. Even on Billy's days off he can still be found walking rescue dogs and going out on call-outs from local vets.

Elaine Sinclair - Animal Rescue Officer

Elaine has been involved with Wadars for over 18 years as a volunteer, a Trustee, and more recently as a member of the Animal Welfare Team.

Elaine works part time alongside Billy and Julie, and has a particular passion for working with our homeless cats and small animals including rabbits and guinea pigs, as well as rescuing wildlife. She also fosters some of our animals from time to time.

Julie Brewer - Animal Rescue Officer

Julie joined the Wadars team in April 2018 and has a number of years’ experience of working with a range of animals including domestic pets, penguins, seals, and aviary birds.

Having started her career as an animal care assistant at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, more recently Julie spent several years as a keeper at Drusillas Park near Alfriston. Julie has a Higher National Diploma in Animal Science which she studied for at Plumpton College. 


Bunny Duke-Colley - Administrator

Bunny joined the Wadars team in 2011 after previously working in various different admin jobs. She has a Countryside Management qualification from Brinsbury College.

Bunny has a keen interest in wildlife and birds and loves her job and how rewarding it is.

Wendy Blakemore - Receptionist

Wendy originally joined Wadars as a reception volunteer in 2016, and having spent two and a half years helping to deal with enquiries from the public, became our Weekend Receptionist at the start of 2019. 

Wendy's beloved cat Tom was adopted from Wadars. 

Sharon Symons - Finance Officer

Sharon has been working for Wadars as a finance officer since May 2011. Prior to this she was a volunteer fosterer with Wadars of rabbits and guinea pigs.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her pets, all of whom were adopted from Wadars.


Sophia Wilks - Fundraising & Volunteer Coordinator

Sophia joined us as fundraising & volunteer coordinator role in July 2017. 

With a broad range of experience in fundraising and community events, Sophia will lead the small army of volunteers that Wadars relies on to raise vital funds and embrace community cohesion. 

Sophia has a love of Scouting, archery, rugby and all things adventurous. Sophia has an equally fun-loving Tibetan Terrier called Mako!

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Cathy Hill – Cattery Supervisor

Cathy joined Wadars in January 2019 having previously spent just over a year working on a research project looking into heart disease in cats with the Royal Veterinary College, before going on to work with Cats Protection for six years. During that time Cathy worked across two adoption centres, where she was also Deputy Manager.

Cathy has a real passion for anything cat-related and enjoys her job most when a cat finds a new home

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Heather Wise - Cattery Assistant

Heather joined the Wadars team as a Cattery Assistant in August 2019.  Her career has included working in the rehoming teams for dogs and cats at Battersea, working in a private cattery, running her own pet sitting/training business, and managing a school farm. Heather is mum to two young children and also has a menagerie of animals to care for at home!

Katherine with pigeon - December 2019

Katherine Gardiner - Wildlife Supervisor

Katherine is one of the Wadars Wildlife Supervisors and joined the team in November 2019. Katherine comes to us with a background of managing a wildlife unit in Essex, and is helping us to develop our set up here at Wadars. 

Stacey writing on clipboard! January 2019

Stacey Fletcher - Wildlife Supervisor

Stacey joined Wadars is November 2019 as a Wildlife Supervisor in our new unit. Stacey has previously worked for  East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service (WRAS) and alongside Katherine is helping to develop our wildlife work. 

Our Board of Trustees

Wadars is governed by a board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers and bring a wealth of skills and experience from veterinary and animal behaviour to accountancy and business strategy.

Christie McMahon FCL (Chairman)

Christie heads up a specialist training company, which she started in 1993. She was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 1997 and over the years has worked in many places around the world. Her love of animals led her to foster 31 Great Danes, adopting a further 20 of her own over a 41 year period.

She considers herself fortunate to currently be a companion to a Wadars rescued dog called Basil, a little Staffie cross. "He is the best friend anyone could wish for!" she says.


Jill Silk

Jill has been a Wadars Trustee since January 2014 and has been involved with the Charity since 2008. She is now retired having worked in the corporate management world for over 30 years. Having a lifelong love of animals, Jill has shared her home over the years with 13 cats, many rehomed from Wadars, various rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish and a Golden Retriever called Molly.

Allison Davis (Treasurer)

Allison has worked as a Financial Controller/Management Accountant mainly in the motor trade and now works in finance for a local stationery supplier. She is proud of her association with Wadars and greatly admires the staff/volunteers dedicated work to rescue and re-home animals in need and to find them the loving forever homes they deserve. Allison has shared her home with many cats and dogs over the years and currently has a much loved and spoilt Miniature Schnauzer named Harry.


Keith Walder

Keith has been a Wadars Trustee for a number of years and has worked with animals of different kinds for more than 30 years. Keith’s has a real passion for dogs, and in particular ‘dogs with jobs’, having trained dogs for shepherding and also for search and rescue. Through his work with Wadars, Keith’s main objective is to ensure that animal welfare and responsible pet ownership is always top of the agenda.

Sue Stirling (with Milly the cat) February 2020

Sue Stirling

Sue joined Wadars in February 2016 as a telephone helpline volunteer and she has also been involved with the Charity’s various fundraising activities. Sue grew up surrounded by the family pets - dogs, rabbits, a stray cat, budgies and guinea pigs, which she shared with her late brother, Chris Smee, who was a devoted volunteer for Wadars for many years.  Benjie, Sue’s New Forest pony, was her greatest love.  Sherry, a Welsh Springer Spaniel and Cassy, a ‘rescue’ cat joined her own family, and a few years ago her daughter, Sarah, adopted a Wadars’ cat called Milly, who often comes to stay with Sue when Sarah is off on her travels.  Sue was welcomed onto the Board of Trustees in October 2019 and feels very fortunate and proud to be working with Wadars’ amazing team of staff and volunteers.