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Deborah Satchell

CEO
I have worked with animals all my life, starting on a farm and then at Danaher, where I have been since 2006. I started out as an animal care assistant and worked my way up to manager. I have a degree in animal behaviour and welfare which is always put to good use. My hobbies include reading, escape rooms and live music. I have one dog at home (for now!), Tilly, a Chihuahua cross Yorkie that I hand reared.
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Karen Joyner

Animal Care Manager
I’ve worked at Danaher for 18 years. I started as a volunteer, then became an Animal Care Assistant, then the Receptionist and am now currently the Deputy Animal Home Manager. I have 3 dogs and a cat of my own. I have a huge passion for hand rearing and fostering and have my own kitten room at home which is quite often full.
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Craig Horsler

Animal Care Manager
I have worked at Danaher for 12 years. I have had the opportunity to work my way up within the Home. This job is very much vocational and I am always taking animals home to foster. I have diplomas in Animal care and I’m an assessor for the in-house training programme. I enjoy getting involved with fundraising activities and educational talks. I’m also carry out home checks in my spare time.
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Megan Myers

Senior Animal Care Assistant
I have been working at Danaher for 3 years now. I began as work experience whilst I studied a level 3 extended diploma in animal management. I worked my way up to a weekender, then to full time once I passed my course and then to a senior animal care assistant which I have been for almost 2 years now! Whilst working at Danaher I am also studying a level 5 diploma in canine physiology, behaviour and training. I am a student member of the ISAP (International society of animal professionals), a member of ICAN (International Companion Animal Network) and a friends member of INTOdogs. I have a real passion for dogs!! I have a variety of animals at home one including my best friend- my dog Scooby, when I’m not working I’m out on adventures with him or teaching him new tricks! I really enjoy working at Danaher it’s a wonderful thing being able to help all the animals in need and find them the home of their dreams!
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Leah Beales

Senior Animal Care Assistant
(FdSc Animal Science and Welfare Bsc Hons Wildlife Management and Conservation). From a young age I knew I wanted to work with animals. My passion to help and care for animals in need drove me to pursue my career by undertaking a degree later on in life.
Before joining the Danaher team I worked at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre. It was a privilege to see our British wildlife up close and help those in need. I have now been working for Danaher for nearly two years, where I am currently a Senior Animal Care Assistant.
I enjoy learning about canine behaviour, training and health. I love working at Danaher every day, it’s very rewarding to help every animal that comes through our door and give them new chapters to their lives. In my spare time I enjoy country walks with my dog and relaxing in a quiet place.
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Louisa Duranti

Senior Animal Care Assistant
My name's Louisa, I've been a full time animal care assistant at Danaher since January 2017. My qualifications include a Level 3 Triple Grade Distinction in Animal Management, a Level 2 Certificate in Dog Grooming Assistants, a Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming and I'm also a trained microchip implanter. I previously ran my own dog grooming business and these skills are always put to use with the dogs for a much needed pamper. I have 3 cats at home who I adore; A ginger boy called Nacho, a white and black boy called Poco who has no tail, and a black and white boy called Tino.
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Rebecca Alber

Animal Care Assistant
I’ve been at Danaher for just over a year now and I seriously can’t believe how lucky I am to be in such a position. Working with animals had always been my dream as a young child, although it has taken me some time to get such a job I can honestly say that I am well and truly in my element at Danaher, every day I have to pinch myself to be certain it is in fact my life now and not just a dream! Animals ARE my life! I’m passionate about anything animal welfare and believe it is really important to be the voice for the voiceless and fight their corner alongside them, that’s exactly why myself and my Daughter often go to marches and demonstrations to make our voices heard. My home life consists of being Mum to my 2 Daughters and umpteen furry/feathery family members including 7 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 2 rats and 5 ex-battery hens. At Danaher you will most likely find me on the ‘Smalls’ block cuddling the bunnies and guinea pigs making sure the little residents of Danaher have as much of a relaxed, stress free time with us as possible.
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Ryan Densley

Animal Care Assistant
I have been at Danaher for a year now and I can honestly say I love my job, helping all the animals that are in need. I have 3 little doggies at home Gizmo, Coco & Rolo that are my world. I currently run the cattery at Danaher and I love all of the different personalities that all the cats have. They keep you laughing and smiling. In my spare time I love travelling to explore new places and hiking.
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Ryan Partner

Animal Care Assistant
I have been at Danaher for four years now. Working with the animals is such a privilege. Before coming to Danaher I volunteered in Africa with lions and in Peru with Primates. I have qualifications in animal care and grooming through work. At home I have a lovely Bengal cat and a crazy cross breed who I fostered and kept from work!
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Emma Baker

Animal Care Assistant
I have grown up with a large array of animals and have always had a passion to help the ones in need. My love for animals has taken me to some amazing places including Vietnam, South Africa and now to the Danaher animal Home, where I have worked for just under a year. My hobbies include horse riding, meeting up with friends and family and reading animal behaviour books.
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Katrina Hood

Animal Care Assistant
I began at the Home as a volunteer at the home but loved it so much I wanted to work here! I have been employed for around 3 months so far. I love working with all the animals at Danaher. When I go home I love spending time with my own dog, cat, and tortoises!
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Rebecca Peters

Animal Care Assistant
I have been at Danaher for just a couple of months and I absolutely love it. The best bit about the job is seeing the animals who needed our help the most become their true selves. I have two dogs, two rabbits, a tortoise and also a little Roborovski hamster which I rescued from the centre. My qualifications include Animal Management and also I have the experience of being a zoo keeper at Colchester Zoo. In my spare time I love exploring new places and making memories with friends and family.
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Liz Stuart

Animal Care Assistant
I started working at Danaher last year after starting out as a volunteer with the doggies. I grew up with animals, mainly dogs and love them. At home I have a Staffie girl who came from Danaher eight years ago and I adore her.
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Michaela Mercer

Administrator
I have been working at Danaher Animal since 2003. I originally applied to be an animal care assistant but was employed as the receptionist and am now currently an administrator. Due to staff shortages and maternity cover I have also worked out on the blocks with the animals.
I have always had a love of animals and a caring nature especially for the sick and injured. I have hand reared many animals at the centre over the years ranging from kittens to birds of prey. Due to my nursing experience I have also under taken the care of various sick animals and nursed them back to health. I am married and have 2 daughters and a grandson along with cats, a dog, chickens and a range of different species of pond fish.
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Sam Gates

Assistant Manager Operations

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Debi Thomas

Assistant Manager Operations
I started employment at the Danaher Animal Home in 2016. I have had many jobs over my working life but never thought I’d be fortunate enough to be part of a team of likeminded animal lovers. Seeing the dogs, cats and smalls come into us and then leave with new families is very rewarding. I have always had a great love of animals and have never been without one furry friend or another. At the moment I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit and numerous ducks and chickens. I have 4 sons and 2 grandsons, my peaceful time is walking!!
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Paular Preston

Receptionist
I live in Toppesfield with my husband and daughters. We have a dog, Fish, Guinea Pig and chickens. I joined the wonderful team at Danaher at the end of March 2019 and very much enjoy my job working with people and animals in my receptionist role.
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Lee Chesnalavage

Receptionist
I started off as one of our volunteer dog walkers but now I’m one of Danaher’s receptionists. I have a real love for animals and really enjoy helping people find that special pet. I also run the Fabric Fox, an online fabric shop, from home with my wife. I am a keen video gamer and TV enthusiast, there is nothing I love more than kicking my feet up in front of the telly.
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Helen Light MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified in 1995 from the Royal Vet College in London, and I have worked in small animal practice since this time in the North Essex/South Suffolk area.
I have a special interest in soft tissue surgery, but enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice. I spend time as a volunteer overseas neutering cats and dogs and I enjoy teaching surgical skills to students and recent graduates.
Recently I have volunteered on neutering programs in North Essex and hope to make these a regular monthly event.
I have 2 ginger cats Moses and Axl, a large Lurcher called Lewis, and 5 chickens. When I’m not working I enjoy swimming, walking, music, travel and I am passionate about Formula 1, supporting Lewis Hamilton.
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Ayla Cunningham

Veterinary Nurse

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Jim Ayres

Maintenanace Operative

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Paul Johnson

Braintree Shop Manager
Paul has been manager of the Braintree shop for the past 8 years. A keen gardener he is Chairman of the local Horticultural Society and on the committee for the Allotment Society. In addition to his love of opera and wine, he has a true passion for caring for animals. Married last year, Paul has a wonderful team of volunteers, friends and family, who work very hard in this bustling shop.
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Claire Parker

Braintree Assistant Shop Manager
Claire is the assistant manager in both the Braintree and Sudbury shops. She finds her job extremely rewarding as she can see that the money raised goes to support the Home in all their efforts to care and rehabilitate the animals in their hour of need. Claire, herself, has 11 ex battery hens, 4 ducks and a cat called Buster.
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Di Gibbs

Braintree Assistant Shop Manager
Di joined Danaher as a volunteer when the Braintree shop opened, and then went on to manage the shop. As the charity then opened shops in Witham, Sudbury, Dunmow and Chelmsford, Di worked as Area Retail Manager, supervising all five. After retiring 2 years ago, Di found she missed the people and now helps out where needed. Di has always had dogs and at the moment has 2 sisters, Jack Russell cross Chihuahuas called Pickle and Lily.
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Julia Shuttle

Braintree Assistant Shop Manager
Julia started volunteering in the Dunmow shop 3 years ago and now works as an assistant manager at the Braintree shop. Being passionate about animal welfare, working for a local self-funded charity is incredibly rewarding and being able to actually see how the money we raise is used to turn so many animal’s lives around makes it a truly worthwhile job.
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Helena Bailey

Great Dunmow Shop Manager
Helena is the Manager of the Great Dunmow shop, which she runs with an amazing gang of volunteers. Helena started as a volunteer herself, when the shop first opened, and was appointed assistant manager a few months later. Helena came from a banking background, but after her children were born, they visited and raised money for the Home on a regular basis. Helena has one dog of her own, but has had animals alongside her most of her life.
She enjoys baking and with her daughter, has had many a cake sale to help feed the animals at Danaher.
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Lee Freeman

Great Dunmow Assistant Shop Manager
Lee started working in the Dunmow shop 4 years ago as a volunteer. She has 2 cocker spaniels, Flo and Roxie. Her interests are travelling, quilting (still a beginner) and reading. Lee has grandchildren who she enjoys spending time with and keep her young at heart.
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Di Cavanagh

Great Dunmow Assistant Shop Manager
Di has been an assistant manager at the Great Dunmow shop since it opened in July 2013, she feels fortunate to be part of a great team along with our dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Di moved to Great Dunmow over 30 years ago and despite now moving a short distance away, has worked in Dunmow for most of that time. Di loves living in the countryside, gardening and has two granddaughters who take up a lot of her spare time. She has had all breeds of dogs in her family throughout the years and enjoyed looking after dogs of friends and family ranging from a miniature dachshund to a St Bernard! Di currently has a three year old rescued golden retriever.
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Michael Howard

Chelmsford shop Manager
Mick, the Charity Shop Manager, lives locally and takes great pride in knowing all his customers. His partner, Sue, is a huge support to the Charity, helping out in the shop whenever she can. New volunteers are always welcome to join this small but hard-working team. Mick lives with his children and his fish, and has a huge passion for animal welfare.
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Deb Thompson

Chelmsford Assistant Shop Manager
Deb joined Danaher in 2014 when our Trent Road branch opened, firstly as a volunteer and now as management. Deb thoroughly enjoys raising awareness of and as much money as possible for Danaher via all of the generous donations we sell in the shop, knowing that the money raised is going to help care for the wide range of animals at the Shelter, who are awaiting their forever homes. Her spare time is spent with her growing family who, between them have a boxer dog, a cocker spaniel and a tabby cat. They enjoy long walks and holidays together by the sea.
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Bet Shoesmith

Witham Shop Manager
Bet is the manager at Witham and has worked for Danaher for approximately 7 years. She loves the charity especially as she has customers who bring in their dogs for a cuddle and a treat. Bet has two dogs herself, a German Shepherd and a Jack Russell. It never ceases to amaze Bet how generous her customers are with their donations and purchases for this worthwhile charity.
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Marilyn Marshall

Witham Assistant Shop Manager
Marilyn started as a volunteer for Danaher in 2016 and after six months was offered the job as assistant manager, which she willingly accepted as she loves every aspect of her job, and raising as much money as possible for Danaher. Marilyn has a shih-tzu dog who is 2 years old called Mr Brown.
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Hazel Barlett

Haverhill Assistant Shop Manager
Hazel originally started volunteering in our Braintree shop and then moved to Haverhill as an assistant manager. Whilst the current manager is on maternity leave, Hazel has stepped up to manager and is enjoying the role. Hazel has a huge number of friends that she travels with and has a busy social life. Hazel has a dog and a lovely family she loves spending time with.

Our Trustees

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Richard Lord

Chairman

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Pam Lee

Trustee

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Jason Bear

Trustee

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Rebecca Mason

Trustee

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Alison Dewar

Trustee

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Bob Baylis

Trustee

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Robert Lees

Trustee

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Registered Charity No 1112369

Danaher Animal Home @ 2019

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