Our Trustee Directors are responsible for the charity, its assets and activities and have been appointed because of their commitment to International Cat Care, and for the expertise and skills that they bring.
Sue Badger has been a trustee of International Cat Care since September 2014.
Sue is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (formerly RANA) and has a Masters degree in Education. Following 18 years in clinical practice, ranging from small animal to mixed and exotic practice, Sue became a nursing tutor at the then, Berkshire College of Agriculture. In 1990 she joined the University of Bristol and developed veterinary nurse training, both at F.E. and H.E. level at the School of Veterinary Science.
Other roles have included President of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), External Examiner for a number of institutions and Editor in Chief of the BVNA’s Veterinary Nursing Journal. She is the second recipient of the RCVS Golden Jubilee Award and was made an honorary member of the BVNA in 2012.
Having taken early retirement from the university several years ago, Sue now works part-time for the West of England Rural Network, a charity based just outside Bath. She is a trustee of three charities (including International Cat Care) and helps to support the editorial side of International Cat Care’s veterinary nursing journal Feline Focus.
Alex Campbell has been a trustee of International Cat Care since February 2018.
After graduating (Physiology, 1988), Alex trained and worked as a Specialist in Poisons Information for the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) in London. Answering the emergency phones for NPIS, Alex took a very complicated veterinary call overnight that made him realise that vets had limited access to a specialist poisons service like their human medical counterparts. From that realisation grew the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), launched in 1992 under the NPIS umbrella, which Alex developed and headed for 20 years whilst continuing to stay active in human clinical toxicology. When VPIS started Alex never expected it to grow as it did and certainly did not expect to become a researcher, lecturer, author, presenter and commentator in this field, nor to receive two career achievement awards from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).
VPIS had a loose relationship with International Cat Care from its start, but from the late 1990s collaborated professionally on many feline toxicology issues and campaigns.
Alex was very active in the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists from 2000-2018, serving as General Secretary, Treasurer and finally as President, as well as on many of its committees, and still undertakes some limited projects for them.
From 2012-2017 he managed the NPIS unit in Birmingham. Since then Alex has worked on a freelance basis on various projects including an exciting international toxicology educational initiative in Egypt.
In his spare time, Alex sings in a choir, is a classical music and opera obsessive and semi-professional critic, and is working on two books with toxicological and operatic themes!
Kevin Cope has been a trustee of International Cat Care since October 2012.
Helen Dennis has been a trustee of International Cat Care since October 2012.
Karen Hiestand has been a trustee of International Cat Care since February 2019.
Karen trained as a vet at Massey University in New Zealand, coming to the UK in 2004 after a couple of years in mixed practice in her native country. Since then she travelled extensively, working as a first opinion vet all over the UK and as a volunteer vet in many other countries, in particular being involved in numerous neutering campaigns.
Karen has always had a strong interest in animal welfare and a special interest in cats, which she built on with six years in an advisory position at Cats Protection. She has since held a teaching position at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Surrey University where she led on feline welfare, veterinary ethics and shelter medicine teaching and continues to provide welfare and ethics teaching to veterinary schools and animal welfare organisations.
In recent years Karen caught the studying bug and now has Masters degrees in applied animal behaviour and welfare, medical ethics and law, a BSc in psychology and is embarking on a PhD at Sussex University investigating empathy between animals and humans.
Philip Sketchley has been a trustee of International Cat Care since January 2015.
Previous charity and Trustee experience were as Chairman of National Pet Month for 9 years and Trustee of RCVS Knowledge for 6 years. Also, he was a member of APGAW – All Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare.
Phil, who is now retired from full-time work, has worked in the animal health sector for over 32 years, initially in Sales and Marketing management roles and latterly for 14 years as CEO of NOAH (National Office of Animal Health), the trade association for the Animal Pharma industry. He is also currently Chair of AMTRA – Animal Medicines Training and Regulatory Authority.
His role at NOAH gave considerable experience in the regulatory framework of animal medicines within the UK and Europe and in the education and communication of animal health and welfare.
He graduated in 1973 with a BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology.
Debby Webb has been a trustee of International Cat Care since October 2012.