Charity Champions

Our trustees share ultimate responsibility for governing our charity.

Our wonderful trustees

St Giles Animal Rescue Charity trustees share ultimate responsibility for governing and directing how our charity is managed and run.  Our Trustees use their skills and experience to support St Giles Animal Rescue, helping us achieve our aims. 

St Giles Animal Rescue Charity are a member of the  Government Charity Commission. The Charity Commission register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. A list of the charity trustees can also be found here.

Jan Brooks


I have been involved with St Giles Animal Rescue since May 2010.  I have a great love of animals, in particular dogs. It has been my pleasure to be part of and see all the positive changes made to improve the lives of the animals that, through no fault of their own, end up at St Giles.  I  sat on the Board of Trustees for 9 years, 6 of them as Chair and have recently taken the role of Chair again. 

Having seen the work that St Giles were doing, I knew I had to become involved and help in any way I could.

Before I retired I was a nurse and teacher.  I spent the last 10 years at Bridgwater College as a Programme Manager and lecturer in Heath and Social Care.  I was also a member of St John Ambulance for 42 years and became a Serving Sister of the Order. I have always enjoyed volunteering.  We have adopted 5 dogs over the years and many other St Giles dogs and cats have found homes with our family and friends.

Gail Burfitt


I have been involved actively with St Giles as a Trustee since April 2021 as the Secretary, a role I enjoy immensely. My husband is a friend of Bill Linnell, one of the previous owners of St Giles Animal Centre, and that is how I came to know of the sterling work that the charity do.
I am a Chartered Health and Safety professional and previously worked as a Health and Safety Consultant at a large veterinary practice in the South West – unfortunately I couldn’t resist bringing animals home with me!! I previously was a foster mum for Cats Protection in Stroud, Gloucestershire and enjoyed helping cats and kittens to find their forever home.
I am passionate about animals in general. I have 2 horses, 3 cats and 2 doggies. One of our cats Snoopy came from St Giles and he is a real character and very vocal!!! He is very loving and a timewaster. I thought I might be able to contribute towards the protection and rehoming of cats and dogs and other animals enabling them to have a better life.

I am absolutely blown away by how committed and dedicated all of the Trustees/ Rescue Centre staff and volunteers are in their dedication to helping cats, dogs and other animals to achieve their “forever home”. They work tirelessly to make this happen and I am proud to be associated with this worthwhile cause.

Carolyn - St Giles Animal Rescue Fundraising

Carolyn Johnson


After being asked to design an advert for a local paper for St Giles Animal Rescue by a friend, I was invited to one of their fundraising meetings and that was it – one dog rehomed! Nearly 8 years later and I am still there. It is the most amazing and rewarding thing I have ever been involved with.

I have now adopted three lurchers from St Giles and if I could afford a larger garden or perhaps a paddock, the sky’s the limit!

Jenny Chair of the Trustees for St Giles Animal Rescue

Jenny Green

fundraising lead

I moved to North Curry from Oxfordshire a few years ago and was introduced to St Giles when adopting my pug puppy (Binky). Needless to say, we are now inseparable. I have gone on to adopt another pug (Tommy)!! 

Having seen the work that St Giles were doing, I knew I had to become involved and help in any way I could.

I am a qualified aromatherapist and reflexologist. Working from home means I am lucky enough to spend lots of time in the great outdoors. I love gardening, walking my pugs and am currently trying to teach myself how to sew!

Mike Thompson


I have a 30+ year Commercial business background, mainly in Aviation and Information Technology, originally based around Heathrow, now happily settled in Somerset, working from home for a U.S. based software company. 

My wife and I are both huge animal lovers and we have adopted three dogs from St Giles over the years. We have always admired the fantastic work done by the Linnells and how things have improved at the kennels over the years.

Natalie Dyson


My recent work volunteering has led me to want to use my legal training and work with an animal charity to really help make a difference.

I have a golden retriever age 18 months called Hope. And two guinea pigs called Nutmeg and Peanut. We have always been crazy about animals.

Our Mission

To provide rescue support for abused, abandoned, displaced pets; to ultimately introduce them to a loving family and find their forever home.

Our Vision

To create a safe place for ALL rescued animals to find succor, healing and hope. To help educate and transform human/pet relationships through continual learning.

Our Values

To provide the same level of love and care for all our stakeholders as we do our rescues. To be recognised not just for the good work we do but for the good we inspire.


Volunteering is an enjoyable way of helping a rescue animal and can be very rewarding to both you and the animal. We have a range of volunteering roles from dog walking and cat cuddling through to helping raise much needed funds or home visiting. You will meet like minded people and enjoy developing or learning new skills.