Meet the Team

Margaret Green devoted much of her life to the rescue and care of animals.

We are so grateful for what she did for them and we promise to continue her good work for the sake of all the animals that continue to need us.

We are proud to continue the very same values and aims that Margaret Green introduced when founding the charity in 1965.
The charity is run by its Board of Trustees who ensure, along with staff infrastructure, that the organisation’s objectives are met. 



Matt Devereux became involved after meeting Margaret Green in 1991. 

Following a number of years acting as a volunteer he became a trustee in 2001 and oversees the management of the charity.

Matt Devereux

Mike Nathan became a trustee in 2008 and took on the role as veterinary advisor. He was involved with the veterinary care at Lincoln farm and Church Knowle for many years in his capacity as senior vet at Damory Veterinary Clinic.

He was responsible for the setting up of the veterinary facilities at Lincoln Farm.

Mike Nathan

Lorraine Suchanek became a trustee in early 2013. She is a solicitor and former partner of a law firm in Southampton.

Lorraine uses her experience of the law to help the Trust in administering its affairs and dealing with any challenges it may face.

She owns three dogs and is committed to supporting the welfare of animals.

Lorraine Suchanek

Alan Simons became a trustee in May 2014. He is the principal of a firm of Chartered Accountants in Bournemouth.

Alan uses his financial skills and background to assist the charity and is also the Treasurer.

Alan Simons

Duane Walker became a trustee in 2016. He is a Chartered Surveyor and director of a regional firm of surveyors and commercial property advisors.

Duane uses his property skills to help the charity with its property and trading assets. He has rescue cats and helps to promote the good work of the charity.

Duane Walker

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Karl Reynolds


Niki is the centre manager at Wingletang Rescue & Rehoming Centre for Dogs and Cats in Devon. She has worked for the charity since 1994.

Niki has previous experience working in a boarding cattery and kennels and loves animals of all shapes and sizes!

Niki Ging

Helen is the centre manager at Lincoln Farm Rescue & Rehoming Centre for Dogs in Dorset. Helen joined the charity in 2002.

She has always loved animals and is passionate about the rescue and rehoming of dogs. Helen has four rescue dogs called Blue Dog, Blaze, Belle and Flo.

Helen Ellsmore

Donna is the centre manager at Church Knowle Rehoming and Visitor Centre in Dorset and joined the charity in 2021. 

Donna has knowledge in animal management education, veterinary nursing and zoology. With a particular passion for protecting wildlife she is dedicated to preserving our beautiful surroundings. 

Donna Ward

Julie is the Administration Manager based at our Head Office in Church Knowle. She has worked for MGAR since 1999 and manages the finance and administration for the Charity and Trading Company.  Julie’s desk is quite often taken over by rescue spaniel Molly who she adopted from Wingletang in 2011, she also has another spaniel and a cat who both enjoy the peace & quiet at home when Molly goes to work!

Julie Ford

Karen is the Retail Area Manager and responsible for the smooth running of the MGAR charity shops. She absolutely loves animals and has two dogs of her own.

Her belief is “together we can achieve great things”. 

Karen Pothecary

Dave is the Estates Manager for MGAR and has been with us since 2019. Originally from a mechanical background, Dave went to university and got a degree in animal behaviour. Since then he has worked as a zoo keeper as well as at the RSPCA, before coming to us as Estates Manager. Now Dave and his team maintain the grounds, enclosures, H&S, corporate volunteers and support the charity events and shops. 

David Dubois