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.

Jenny Chair of the Trustees for St Giles Animal Rescue

Jenny Green


I moved to North Curry from Oxfordshire just under 3 years ago.  I 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!

Jan Brooks

vice chair

I have been involved with St Giles Animal Rescue since May 2010 when the Linnell family purchased the business.  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.  I have recently rejoined the Board to help during the pandemic

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

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!

Mel Lambert


I have always had a fundraising passion for causes close to my heart and have raised many £1,000’s over the years for Cancer Research, I also quite like a bit of mud!  I joined St Giles Animal Rescue about 2 years ago as part of the fund raising committee, then became Sponsorship Coordinator and now recently a Trustee.

Originally from the South East I moved to Somerset around 20 years ago.  Having always had a love of animals from an early age and lucky enough to have had dogs, cats and horses as part of the family growing up my love for all things furry and four legged has only grown. 

Being part of something that creates happy afters for so many animals is a dream role.

Sarah Bernasconi


Originally from Manchester, I qualified at Bristol University in 2007 and move to Somerset. I have a real passion for rescue animals and an interest in dog behaviour.

I’m mum to several St Giles Rescues Dogs and often take rescues home who need a little extra support.

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.

Susan Hooper


I’m the Senior Internal Quality Assurer for Veterinary Nursing Degree at the University of Bristol

I have a rescue Labrador Twig, who is the centre of the family.

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.