Meet the Wadars Team

Wadars has a small team of staff who are supported by more than 150 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 - Chief Executive

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 - Director of Operations

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 communications, and volunteer development.

Tracy has more than 35 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.
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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 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.

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.

Katherine Gardiner - Wildlife Supervisor (on maternity leave)

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. 

Hannah Stainton- Wildlife Manager

Hannah joined the Wadars team in February 2021 as the Wildlife Manager. She is a Registered Veterinary Nurse who has had a passion for wildlife since volunteering at East Sussex WRAS for work experience when she was 16. She gained knowledge and experience at WRAS, and spent a total of 4 years there in various roles. She is currently completing a research project as part of her Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Veterinary College which focuses on the treatment of lungworm in hedgehogs.

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys caring for her horse, cooking and art.  

Paula Carroll - Wildlife Supervisor (maternity cover)

Paula originally joined Wadars in 2015 as a volunteer fosterer of rabbits and guinea pigs, and has also been involved with fundraising and volunteering at some of our community events. In 2019 Paula joined the Animal Welfare Team working with the wildlife on site and since 2020 has covered maternity leave, initially as an Animal Rescue Officer and now as our Wildlife Supervisor. Paula had what she considers to be a ‘foster fail’ four years ago when she gave in and adopted two of the rabbits that she was fostering for Wadars!  Paula also shares her home with two cats.

Emily Cook - Wildlife Assistant

Emily joined the Wadars team as our Wildlife Assistant in May 2021. She started volunteering, caring for wildlife in Somerset at the age of 16. After completing a conservation degree in Cornwall, Emily recently moved to Sussex where she continued to volunteer for various animal organisations including a wildlife rescue in East Sussex. Outside of work Emily enjoys baking, archery and spending time with her dog Izzy.

Shanice Beard - Cattery & Small Animal Unit Manager

Shanice joined the Wadars team in September 2021 as Cattery & Small Animal Unit Manager having previously worked in roles including vet nurse assistant, animal instructor and cat care specialist. Before starting her career with animals Shanice studied at Plumpton College and has worked with a variety of creatures both wild and domestic since but always found cats to be the most calming and fascinating species.  

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.