StFrancis Trustees - Meet the Trustees

Meet the Trustees

Our Board of Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Charity’s vision, ethos and strategy as well as for the overall performance of the Charity. They ensure that St Francis complies with all legal requirements and has the highest possible standards of governance. Their range of skills are regularly called upon to assist with supporting the team at events and fundraising opportunities.

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Tracey Collins

(Chair of the Board of Trustees)

Tracey has been heavily involved in supporting St Francis for a few years now, ever since she had the pleasure of rehoming a beautiful Rottweiller girl called Sarah who is still fondly remembered by the team. Tracey and her family have 2 other dogs, Tiny (from St Francis) and Otis.

Tracey currently works for the Methodist Church and has a Civil Service background in Personnel management, a skill she brings to the St Francis team. Tracey is married to David, a Vet and they have twin daughters Amelia and Jasmine who are currently studying Medicine at Exeter University. You can regularly see the whole family helping out at our annual Open Day Fundraising event.

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Jennie Gough

Jennie has been a long-standing supporter of St Francis and was involved when it first started in 1955. In those days the Centre took in all animals so not just dogs but pretty much everything including cats and even goats. Jennie has certainly seen the Charity through a lot of changes. Jennie has been a Trustee for a number of years and is regularly seen at our fundraising events, supporting the team to help the day run smoothly. Jennie is an all round animal lover and not only loves dogs but also has passions for rescuing elderly ponies and wildlife too.

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Kirsty Balcombe

Kirsty joined the Board of Trustees in May 2019. Kirsty moved to Cornwall 14 years ago to study Zoological and Wildlife Conservation and enjoyed the county so much a permanent move followed.

Having always been passionate about animal welfare, she previously worked for the RSPCA, working with dogs, cats, small animals and wildlife. Kirsty currently works for Cats Protection, where she is heavily involved in working with the volunteers and fundraising, as well as animal welfare.

Kirsty is keen to bring to St Francis her considerable expertise and experience in the various roles she has undertaken. She will principally be supporting developing a new St Francis volunteer program and Induction as well as support Lisa with fundraising.

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Michelle Barley-Toms

Michelle was delighted to join the Board in July 2019 and has lived in Cornwall for most of her life. Michelle is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with twenty five years experience and has worked with large animal, small animal, equine and exotics

Michelle has held the position of Head Veterinary Nurse for many years and more recently gained the title of Practice Manager.

Michelle has a particular passion for dogs and horses and a has keen interest in dog behaviour. Her menagerie of pets include five dogs, two of which were adopted from St Francis. Michelle has worked alongside St Francis in the past and has been a keen supporter of the Charity for many years.

Michelle’s key role will be involved with working with the Charity’s financial professionals ensuring the finances are well run and delivering our intended charitable benefits.

In her spare time Michelle loves nothing more than spending it with her daughter and her husband, scenic walks with the dogs, horseriding, kayaking and her daily gym sessions.

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