Our Structure, Governance, and Management

Little Valley Animal Shelter is constituted as an unincorporated association, which operates as an autonomous Branch of the National RSPCA and is subject to its Branch Rules.

It is governed by a board of trustees, which is responsible for effective leadership and direction, and which meet monthly to make strategic decisions. Day to day management of the Branch is delegated to the Branch CEO, Branch Finance Manager, Shelter Manager and Retail Operations Manager who report to the Committee.

Our Trustees

Carol Allan - Chairman

I have been involved with the Branch since we moved to Devon in 1985. I was Treasurer at first, but have been Chairman since Little Valley was completed 30 years ago. My husband, Richard, does the PAT testing of all electrical items brought in for the shops to sell.

Dogs have always been important in our family and I cannot understand why people treat some so badly. I joined the RSPCA in Cardiff when I was in my early 20’s in order to help alleviate the suffering of at least some of them.

Little Valley has gone through numerous changes since it was first built and I am pleased to be associated with such a worthwhile charity.

Evelyn Mundy - Secretary

I became a Trustee at Little Valley five years ago. I was then, and still am I volunteer at the Budleigh Salterton shop, where I became aware of the fantastic work the dedicated team of staff at the Shelter do.

Little Valley is a small, local charity, and the big draw for me was to be able to help local animals in need.

I love feeling that we can, together, make a difference, and enjoy meeting up with our many like-minded supporters at our events.

Tony Byers - Treasurer

It breaks my heart when I see animals poorly and cruelly treated so I joined Little Valley three years ago in an attempt to help those unable to help themselves.

It is wonderful to see them lovingly re-homed and return that love to their new family so many times over. That’s all the reward I needed to become a Little Valley Trustee.

Jackie Williams - Trustee

Following my move to Devon 21 years ago from Hertfordshire, where I was actively involved with RSPCA Herts East Branch, I joined Little Valley enabling me to continue my voluntary work for the animals as a Home Visitor and Fundraiser.

A year later, following this involvement, I was invited to join the Board of Trustees and, needless to say, I was delighted to accept.

I am totally committed to the welfare of all animals and have seen my time at the Shelter as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team who continue to achieve this objective.

Elaine McPhail - Trustee

I was born in Yorkshire and moved to Torquay when l was 10. I have been a volunteer with a Devon RSPCA branch for 42 years and a Trustee since 2005.

I have always cared passionately about animals and belong to several other animal charities. I have been lucky enough to have 4 budgies,  1 dog and 9 cats as a special part of my life. 

I adopted  my present cat, Basil, from Little Valley a year ago. This photo was taken in Norway, where l visited a husky centre. It was a wonderful experience.

Margaret Hardy - Trustee

I am proud to have been a Trustee at Little Valley since 2003; but have been involved in the Shelter’s work since 1998 when I began volunteering and fundraising for the charity.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed arranging fundraising activities and events with a group of Exmouth based supporters. We have held countless tea parties and coffee mornings, as well as managing the collections from Tesco RSPCA Week which raised almost £27k between 2002-2019. It’s wonderful to do the work we do makes such a difference to Devon’s animals.

I have kept dogs all my life and was a dog trainer for 45 years, so am passionate about animal welfare and protecting animals in need.

Angie Eyles - Trustee
I joined the trustees at Little Valley when we merged the two branches as I was already a member at the South West branch.
Over the years I have owned many and varied animals from horses, cats (especially Siamese) dogs, rabbits, hamsters, reptiles and now along with four cats and one elderly Jack Russel I have chickens which are all rescued.
My mission since retiring from the NHS is to help animals in whatever way I can. I am passionate  about the welfare of all animals not only in this country but around the world so have membership to the Sunbear Rescue Society and Save the Orangutans.
Andrew Lofthouse - Trustee

I was born in Yorkshire and moved to Torquay when l was 10. I have been a volunteer with a Devon RSPCA branch for 42 years and a Trustee since 2005.

I have always cared passionately about animals and belong to several other animal charities. I have been lucky enough to have 4 budgies,  1 dog and 9 cats as a special part of my life. 

I adopted  my present cat, Basil, from Little Valley a year ago. This photo was taken in Norway, where l visited a husky centre. It was a wonderful experience.

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