Trevor Weeks MBE – Founder & Operations Director
Trevor is East Sussex WRAS’s founder. Although he started WRAS in 1996, he has been undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work since 1985 when he was just 13 years old.
Over the years Trevor has gained a lot of experience and knowledge working alongside various veterinary surgeons as well as gain knowledge from organisations like St Tiggywinkles, Vale Wildlife Rescue, Fox Project, Folly Wildlife Rescue, Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue, The Swan Sanctuary Shepperton, RSPCA Mallydams, Sussex Bat Hospital and other.
Trevor originally trained as a computer programmer and even worked in London for a while he gave up this career due to his love of wildlife. He took on a role as an administrative assistant at International Animal Rescue, before moving over to British Divers Marine Life Rescue and becoming their National Co-ordinator for 7 years and also if trained as an Advanced Marine Mammal Medic. It was not until the summer 2010 that Trevor took on a paid position within East Sussex WRAS thanks to an ongoing grant from International Animal Rescue. Trevor like all WRAS staff works for minimum wage and still continues to undertake many hours on a voluntary basis. Trevor is on call almost 7 days a week every week of the year at time he works up to 120 hours a week.
Trevor has a Diploma in Wildlife First Aid & Rehabilitation, but has also undertaken various other courses including the British Hedgehog Preservation Societies Basic Hedgehog First, Care and Rehabilitation Course and a human First Aid course. He has also qualified and trained as a Lay Vaccinator with the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency in October 2013.
Chris Riddington – Lead Casualty Centre Manager
Chris started working at WRAS after coming across an injured seagull on his way to work. Not knowing what to do he called WRAS and the love affair began. He previously worked for the NHS for 7 years and studied human anatomy and physiology. At WRAS he began as a Feed & Clean Shift Volunteer and then became a Rescuer for 2 years before taking the opportunity to become an Assistant Manager part time, and is now our full time Lead Casualty Centre Manager. Whilst at WRAS he has achieved a Diploma in Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation, become a Marine Mammal Medic, trained as a Badger Lay Vaccinator and attended a course the British Hedgehog Preservation Society & Vale Wildlife Rescue’s Hedgehog Basic First Aid, Care and Rehabilitation course.
Chris works for WRAS 5 days a week, like all WRAS staff, works on minimum wage but still puts in many hours on a voluntary basis, because of his love of wildlife. He is also the Director for the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project.
Kathy Martyn – Casualty Centre Manager / Trustee
Kathy has worked around animals since the age of 12, helping at local stables, helping voluntarily at a veterinary practice for 4 years through the school holidays and evenings before being given a paid part time job there until she left at 18, as well as also volunteered at a local RSPCA rehoming kennels. Kathy joined WRAS in 2008 and her first rescue involved tackling an injured adult deer. Working her way up through the organisation Kathy has learned many skills primarily from our consultant vet Simon Harris learning WRAS’s procedures and protocols. Kathy has also helped out in a supportive role with training and rescue work with British Divers Marine Life Rescue and has spent time learning with other rescue organisations like Vale Wildlife Rescue, Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue, St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and the Sussex Bat Hospital. Kathy has also completed the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and Vale Wildlife Rescue Basic Hedgehog First Aid, Care and Rehabilitation Course and is studying for her Diploma in Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation.
Kathy has now been Trevor’s partner since 2008 and as a result has been in the thick of most of WRAS’s major rescues getting her hands dirty and has built up an extensive experience in wildlife first aid, rescue and rehabilitation. Kathy now specialises in the pigeon and dove rearing, rescue, first aid, and treatment at WRAS but also co-ordinates our over wintered Hedgehogs ensuring they all go back to where they belong.
Murrae Hume – Trustee, Treasurer, Rescuer and Company Secretary
Murrae and his wife Valerie joined WRAS in 1999. Shortly after moving to Sussex they noticed that a duck on the pond adjacent to their house had an injured wing. That weekend they attended an open day at Hailsham Cats Protection league where WRAS had a small display. Trevor visited to check on the duck and that is where it all started. WRAS at that time was a small rescue organisation relaying on local vets or other organisations to provide any long term care, and the occasional use of a volunteer’s spare bedroom or garden shed.
Murrae worked with others to obtain Limited company status followed by Charity registration which they achieved in April 2005. Murrae was the first company chairman and is the only one of the original directors/trustees remaining. After a couple of years as Chairman he switched to become Company Secretary and later also took on the role of Treasurer. Despite the time spent on administration he has also spent a lot of time on the rescue side often covering the rescue line, he now covers rescues on Sundays. Until recently he also helped the feed and clean shift on a Tuesday morning. He is also qualified as a Marine Mammal Medic and has spent time working with seal pups in Scotland.
Away from WRAS Murrae worked as a Police Officer in Surrey for thirty years and is now still employed full time by Surrey Police in a civilian capacity as a Licensing Enforcement Officer keeping an eye on licensed premises on the Eastern side of the County. Although Work and WRAS do not allow for much spare time, Murrae still escapes occasionally to follow his other hobby as Assistant District Commissioner for East Surrey Scouts.
Katie Nunn Nash – Casualty Centre Manager
Katie started as a feed and clean shift volunteer in January 2015 due to her love for wildlife. As her love of wildlife grew, she expanded her role by becoming a rescue volunteer as well as joining the orphan rearing team. When an Animal Care Assistant Role became available, Katie jumped at the chance to apply, and was successful in her application. Katie is learning new things from the team on a daily basis, and has now worked her way up to Casualty Centre Manager, and has taken the lead on the Orphan Rearing Team with support from Lindsay and Nikki.
Whilst at WRAS, Katie has attended the British Hedgehog Preservation Society's 'Basic Hedgehog First Aid and Rehabilitation Course' in conjunction with Vale Wildlife Hospital, and is now training for her diploma in Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation.
Lindsay Redfern BSc (Hons) – Summer Orphan Support
Lindsay joined WRAS as a volunteer in 2012 whilst studying for her Animal Science degree at the University of Kent for which she received First Class Honours. Since then she worked her way up to Casualty Care Centre Manager with a particular focus upon education and the orphan rearing team.
Lindsay has continued to expand on her wildlife knowledge through courses including Hedgehog Basic First Aid, Care and Rehabilitation and various rodent courses through The Mammal Society as rodents are a particular favourite of hers! Lindsay is now a trained Marine Mammal Medic and is also a Lay Vaccinator and Company Member for the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project.
In August 2016, Lindsay left WRAS to travel and to try her hand at some conservation work, however she still continues to work closely with WRAS in supporting the orphan rearing team on a seasonal basis.
East Sussex WRAS works with 11 different veterinary practices across the county, but has two registered vets who are responsible for overseeing the procedures following by WRAS’s Care Team and for providing some veterinary surgery.
Simon Harris BVSc Cert VR MRCVS
Simon qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 1982.
He had a one year house job at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh and obtained the Certificate in Veterinary Radiology, and since then has worked in mostly small animal general practice.
Simon has interests in neurology and feline medicine, but greatly enjoys the privilege of his involvement in the veterinary care of British Wildlife with WRAS.
Chris Hall BVSc MRCVS
Chris is originally from Yorkshire and qualified from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh in 1995.
He has worked all over the country including 2 1/2 years running a busy emergency clinic in South Wales and some time working with Cheetahs and other wildlife in South Africa. He took over at Henley House Veterinary Practice in Uckfield in November 2006.
Andrew has been supporting WRAS with veterinary work since 2010, seeing a wide variety of casualties from small baby birds to injured deer. In his spare time he likes scuba diving, skiing and golf.
Mike Symons MRCVS
Mike has recently joined our team after retiring from Cliffe Vets in Lewes. Mike now helps provide emergency support, advice and out of hours treatment plus routine regular visits. Mike is also now invovled in helping to train WRAS staff and volunteers.
WRAS has a wide variety of volunteers from young students aged 16 plus undertaking work experience for college up to mature volunteers who have retired and want to spend time helping wildlife. WRAS has over 80 volunteers working a variety of roles from rescue work to feed and clean shifts. These are just a few example of some of our volunteers.
Lisa Barrow – Rescuer and Feed & Clean Shift Volunteer
Lisa Barrow is a school minibus driver and she also works for a pharmacy. Lisa started volunteering at WRAS in November 2012 when she found an underweight poorly hedgehog in her garden. She took it to WRAS and as soon as she saw the great work being undertaken she just knew she had to volunteer and help care for all the wildlife casualties. Lisa helps with the feed and clean shifts, and she also goes out on rescues driving the ambulance and release casualties that have made a full recovery. Lisa’s favourite patients are foxes, seagulls and feral pigeons, all of which are unfortunately misunderstood by a lot of people who class them as vermin. Lisa believes that are beautiful, wonderful creatures and feels privileged to be able to take care of them. Her other love is cats and her friends call her the “crazy cat lady”, which Lisa classes as a compliment!
Dilly Barlow – Volunteer Rescuer
Having spent all my working life dealing with people, extracting their stories and tidying up their ums and ers as a BBC producer, I decided I’d like to work with real animals. Amazingly Trevor took me on as a rescuer in March 2012. I’m still not hugely good at it, but love every minute. I now know that it’s not a good idea to have a seagull facing you when you pick it up, giving it the chance to grab the skin on your chest and not let go. Neither is it a good idea to try and release a kestrel by lifting it out of the carrier. Their talons are awesome. It is also hugely gratifying to help members of the public whose cat has brought in a mangled bird and they don’t know how to cope, or to release a pigeon trapped behind the old Victorian fireplace of an elderly and somewhat immobile couple. And of course it’s great to be under the guiding hand of Trevor, who knows so much and cares with an intense passion for our native wildlife.
John Pettifor – Feed and Clean Shift Volunteer
John Pettifor runs his own business in 3D Visualisation, animation and design. John Started volunteering for WRAS back in 2009. He was walking out of Sainsburys in Newhaven where WRAS had a stand and spoke to one of the volunteers. "He explained to me the amazing work he was involved with and we chatted about the wildlife and what I could do for WRAS, so I took the contact details and made a donation". A few weeks later John and his wife Sue came along to the induction training and began their first clean and feed shift when the WRAS centre was just one small room, packed full of hedgehogs, pigeons and more. "It was amazing what WRAS managed to treat and rehabilitate in such a small space. Now after all these years, we have been involved with rescues and events, but mainly tried to stick to a consistent weekly feed and clean shift. I love the way each time you arrive at WRAS to do your shift, you never quite know what to expect, from grumpy cormorants, kestrels, badgers, foxes, pigeons, seagulls, elegant yet clumsy swan to the adorable hedgehogs, I love them all.".Follow us!