Who's who at the Royal Veterinary College Animal Care Trust
Vicki Laing - Acting Head of Development
Vicki is responsible for the management of the Development Office, some governance of the Animal Care Trust and mainly the management of the relationship between the Royal Veterinary College and its Alumni. She develops the RVC’s Alumni strategy and also edits Eclipse, the RVC's annual Alumni magazine. Vicki is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising and has worked at the College for over 15 years.
She has two children and a 4 year old standard long haired Dachshund called Pepper (short for Pepperoni!) who is incredibly lazy!
Nadja Hale - Development Manager
Nadja is responsible for managing the college’s relationships with Major Donors (supporters who donate more than around £1,000 per year). As well as managing existing relationships Nadja is looking into ways of attracting new donors to the RVC and developing them into tomorrow’s Major Donors through a programme of communications, cultivation events and meetings.
Nadja previously worked in fundraising for the Anthony Nolan Trust and the British Heart Foundation. She lives in Welwyn Garden City with her family and her 2 cats, George and Bella.
Claire Mellis - Senior Development Officer
Claire enjoys her varied role working with our much valued supporters who give to our fundraising appeals, come along to our fundraising events or support us with their own fundraising efforts. Claire also works with our volunteers who support us with the gift of their time.
Claire joined the ACT from the Terrence Higgins Trust back in 2009. She lives with her husband Ian and they are both ruled by their diva dog Maisie (pictured with Claire).
Dawn Brindle - Development Officer
Dawn is responsible for management of the Animal Care Trust's website and social media accounts, recruiting and managing charity place participants in challenge events such as the London Marathon, managing the charities trading activities (including the Christmas Catalogue and online shop) and running the recycling & collecting tin schemes.
Dawn has worked at the college since July 2010, after previously working in Retail Merchandising. She lives in St Albans with her husband Phill. Dawn does not currently have any pets but enjoys borrowing other people's!
Sarah Seymour - Trusts and Legacies Fundraising Officer
Mark Collins - Development Office Assistant
Mark is responsible for providing administrative support to the Development Office Team and their activities acting as the initial point of contact for members of the public, staff, students and alumni ensuring that the office is run efficiently on a day-to-day basis. Mark is also responsible for banking donations and reconciling account statements and provides support to the team on the many events that the Animal Care Trust organises.
Although Mark doesn’t have any pets currently he has in the past been the lucky owner of three wonderful dogs – Freeway, an Alsatian crossed with an Irish Wolfhound, Texas, a Golden Retriever and Magnum, a rough haired Jack Russell, all of which were much loved and led long and happy lives. Mark joined the College in March 2014 after previously working as a Business Development Coordinator at Oaklands College.