Our Trustees / Patrons
Having been passionate about animals and their welfare since childhood, becoming a Trustee seemed a good way of helping to make a difference to lives of animals in our local area, as well as the people who care for them. It is of course a role with considerable responsibility and there have been many challenges and much to learn.
Whilst I hope my role has helped the Charity, the animals and the staff, the rewards for me have been really positive too. I have learnt so much about the welfare of our animal companions, and have challenged myself to take on tasks I would not have thought I could do.
The result of my time as a Trustee is immensely rewarding, sometimes a real challenge, often very enjoyable and best of all making decisions that benefit our animal friends.
My keen interest in animal welfare has seen me involved with many animal charities over the years in various capacities. I also bring a professional background which gives me an insight into the needs of the organisation to ensure it can deliver its services for the animals in our community.
As a trustee working to support the charity I would like to see Oak Tree inspire members of our community, to raise awareness of the needs of animals and to support the important work that the charity does for those animals that need its help.
As a keen dog owner, we are delighted to have Peter Armer as a Trustee of Oak Tree Animals’ Charity. When not out and about with Max and Leo, his two fabulous cocker spaniels, Peter is a Partner at RfM Chartered Management Accountants.
Peter brings much corporate experience to our board having made his fair share of big boardroom decisions in his roles as Director of Finance and IT at European Metal Recycling, Director of Finance and Estates at the University of Cumbria, and Director of Supply with BAE Systems.
As if all that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Peter has been a Non-Executive Director for a local NHS Foundation Trust for five years, where he is Chair of the Audit Committee and the Organ Donation Committee, and has a place on the Finance Committee. He is also a trustee of the Lake District Summer Music Festival.
Peter is keen to see Oak Tree Animals’ Charity thrive, helping as many animals as possible within our community, while recognising the need to become sustainable to ensure that Oak Tree is able to keep helping future generations of animals and their owners in our region.
Martin Squires BVM&S MRCVS
Martin is a veterinary surgeon and practice owner at The Green Veterinary Surgery, Skelton, where he has worked since 2006. He is a mixed practice vet, and hopes to contribute to the work of the trustees by offering a broad insight into the range of activities that Oak Tree is involved with. Martin's first contact with the charity was in the early 1990's, when he worked for Craig Robinson & Partners, and they were veterinary surgeons for The Animals' Refuge. While many things at the charity have changed since then, and Martin has held other posts in Skipton and Wooler, he still feels that people are core to the proper treatment and wellbeing of the animals under our care. By working together, we can reach our goals.
I have had life-long passion for companion animals and have loved, cherished and benefited enormously from my relationships with all of them. I am particularly interested in the Human-Companion Animal Bond and in the work Oak Tree does in the community on prevention and to improve awareness and understanding.
In my working life I am a local government manager in Housing, Homelessness and Social Inclusion. In my personal life I’ve been a volunteer for 30 years and given a home to many rescued animals including Scally Wag in my picture, who was taken starving, from a high rise flat in Liverpool having never been outside. I now live with my partner, along with a very beautiful labradoodle plus 3 cats and 2 fish.
I am delighted to be able to serve as a trustee to Oak Tree Animals' Charity, a charity with a vision, mission and values that are far-reaching, encompassing a desire to make our world a kinder and more respectful place for our favourite companion animals and the people who look after them.
Though I'm currently 'dogless', I have much personal experience of how relationships with animals can be so mutually beneficial, through the varied animals that I have shared my life with over the years, and more recently as a guide dog puppy walker. Relationships with animals enrich our lives in so many ways, from our physical to our emotional health, and in return, we receive the sheer pleasure and fun of being with a contented animal.
As a counsellor who has worked with many people in difficult situations, it's great to be involved with something that is so life affirming, and to know that the charity is making a real difference in our community.
I'm fortunate to live locally to Oak Tree, and to be an advocate for the work that is happening there everyday. I love telling people about it, and what I have discovered about its benefits.
We are delighted that Frank Tebbutt agreed to become our first Honorary President in 2016.
Frank Tebbutt first became involved with our Charity in 1953 when he was asked by Alfred Brisco to volunteer for the Charity.
After ten years as a committed volunteer, Frank was asked to join the staff team as General Secretary, taking responsibility for the small animal section and developing the charity's veterinary service. Frank worked alongside Alfred Brisco for eight years, both being strong and active advocates of animal welfare.
Following Alfred Brisco's death, Frank was appointed by the Board to succeed him and carry on his work as Organising Secretary. Frank worked tirelessly to support animal welfare and raise much needed funds. In November 1979, Frank went with five members of the Executive Committee to view Oak Tree Farm and they decided that this would be the home of our charity which was by now too big to be comfortably situated in Carlisle city centre.
Frank's extensive network of contacts proved invaluable to raise funds and develop the site to make it suitable for the animals in the care of the charity. Frank's faith kept him going and he and his team established Oak Tree farm. He continued to make a difference to hundreds of animals' lives right up until his retirement in 2002.
Frank remains a keen advocate for our Charity. Speaking in 2017, he said "I hope that the charity continues to be as successful as it was in the 40 years I spent as General Secretary. I lend my support to the charity and believe that the changes that have been made over the past year have allowed it to build on my work and the work of Alfred Brisco to improve the lives of animals."