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    Meet our team caring for animals and our community every day.

    Mayhew has a great team of staff and volunteers who are all extremely passionate about their jobs and dedicated to the welfare of the animals we care for.

    We couldn’t operate without our staff and the fantastic volunteers who give their time to Mayhew. Here are just some of the people who make a difference to the lives of our animals:

    Elvira Meucci-Lyons

    Chief Executive

    Lisa Guiney

    Head of Operations & Acting Head of Clinic

    Jocelyn Toner

    Head of Clinic

    Olivia Patt

    Head of Engagement

    Becki Bednall

    Head of Fundraising

    Scott Weir

    Head of People

    Fiona MacCarthy

    Head of Finance, Facilities & Technology

    Caroline Yates

    Head of International Projects & Relations

    Georgina Costi

    Head of Cattery


    Head of Kennels


    Head Veterinary Nurse

    Tania Judd

    TheraPaws Coordinator

    Dr Abdul-Jalil Mohammadzai DVM

    Mayhew Afghanistan Country Director

    Dr Ana Metskhvarishvili

    Head Vet of Mayhew Georgia DVM


    Philanthropy Manager - Trusts & Corporate

    Phoebe Robertson

    Communications & Campaigns Manager

    Kat Bergman

    Community Animal Support Manager


    Volunteer & Foster Caring Manager

    Our Board of Trustees

    Julianne Hicks, Chair of the Board

    Julianne is the Corporate Services Director of the Stemcor Group and is a qualified Barrister. Julianne serves as Trustee for a charity dedicated to girls' education.

    Sara Brennan

    Sara is Positive Business Director at Pentland where she is tasked with looking at how the business can deliver on its commitment to take action for people and our planet. Sara started her career in regulatory affairs and later moved into sustainability and CSR whilst working in the petroleum industry. Her work caused her to grow more conscious of existing sustainability issues and opportunities and the role business in addressing those issues. Sara is interested in organisational change and development, corporate and social responsibility, business sustainability and ethical trade. She is pictured with her beloved rescue dog, Cha Cha.

    Rachael Cullins

    Rachael is an experienced strategist, diplomat and longtime animal welfare advocate. Following her successful career in international diplomacy for the U.S. government, she is currently the chief of staff to a prominent investor and philanthropist. Having worked in countries and cultures around the world with significant animal welfare challenges, Rachael really values the important work that Mayhew does for dogs, cats and communities in London and overseas. She is a pet parent and completely adores her beloved kitty Scout.

    Julia Heintel

    Julia is Vice President in Growth Capital Advisory at Rothschild & Co, supporting high-growth technology companies on their fundraising processes. Having close to 10 years’ experience in investment banking, her focus is on consumer tech, marketplace models, B2B SaaS (business to business software as a service) and fintech. Julia is a pet parent to her partner in crime, Rosie the cat, and also volunteers with the Cinnamon Trust.

    Nigel Liddell

    Nigel is a technology solicitor who worked in international businesses for 30 years and has now started his own legal consultancy alongside charitable and pro bono roles. He is passionate about ED&I, founding an award-winning ED&I programme at his last employer. In addition to Mayhew, he is a Trustee at the Middlesex Association for the Blind (a charity for the visually impaired), a member of the Ethics Committee of the Moorfields/UCL Biobank, and works on the D&I Committee of the Society for Computers and Law. More importantly, he is Watson the dog’s human.

    Christine Losecaat MBE

    Christine is a senior business leader and experienced board director. She is an international business strategy, marketing, and global events specialist, and an Emmy® Award winning producer. Christine serves as Trustee to a charity supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse and those in contact with the criminal justice system and is “Ludo’ the boy dog’s human.

    Helen Nowicka

    Helen is an accomplished sustainability consultant and award-winning communicator with a long-standing connection to the Mayhew: since 1996 she has adopted four of Mayhew cats, giving loving homes to them up to the age of 18. As a senior leader at communications agencies, Helen spent most of her career providing PR advice to companies and organisations, drawing on her early years as a journalist, and winning multiple awards. Her work took her to the USA where she lived for seven years in Washington DC and New York. On returning to London Helen set up the sustainability and Environment Social and Governance (ESG) team at a large global consulting firm while studying for her MSc in Environment and Sustainability. In 2023 Helen founded 23rd Street Consulting to advise companies on strengthening their strategies to address sustainability, ESG and climate change. Helen has a lifelong interest in the environment and is a member of the Soil Association Certification Scrutiny Committee. She lives in north London with her husband David and Howie the ginger cat, who they adopted from the Mayhew as Lenny, in May 2020.

    Sabahat Salahuddin

    Sabahat is a Director at BlackRock (BLK), a global investment manager and a part of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team.

    Ilana Saltzman

    Ilana is a London-based lawyer specialising in commercial and IP law, representing clients in the UK and internationally. She is also the principal of her own legal and business consultancy, Soundingboard Consultants.

    Dr Melissa Upjohn BVetMed MSc PhD

    Melissa’s unique international clinical and post-doctoral research expertise, together with applied economic analysis and financial risk management experience uniquely enable her to help purpose-led organisations to understand and evidence their pathway to addressing stakeholders' needs. Melissa was Head of Research at Dogs Trust 2017-2023, overseeing studies to inform strategy, operations, policy and practice. Previously she was Head of Evidence and Research at international equine welfare NGO Brooke, supporting research to inform operations and external engagement and inaugural Head of Science at World Society for Protection of Animals. Melissa is currently a member of the Policy Committee for the British Veterinary Association and a Member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation in the US. She is also a dedicated pet parent.

    Maggie Wright

    Maggie is a Chief Financial Officer, specialising in social impact, SaaS and tech scale ups. She spent seven years at Time Out Group, serving in a leadership role during its IPO and international M&A activities.