RSPCA Canterbury & District Trustee Information
Our RSPCA Branch was originally founded in October 1962 by a group of forward-thinking and enthusiastic animal lovers who wanted to make a difference to animals in the Cantebury area, and it is still run and managed by a dedicated board of voluntary trustees today.
Our current Branch trustees are as follows:
MICHAEL STAFF (CHAIR)
Michael served in the Royal Air Force for 26 years in aerial photography and engineering. He worked for 10 years as a disability consultant with the Royal British Legion Industries in Kent, supporting companies to work within the Disability Discrimination Act and helping people back into work. He has supported the RSPCA Canterbury Branch for a number of years, first as treasurer and now as chairman.
John is a retired accountant born in Nonington, near Dover and has lived in this area for most of his life. Self-employed for 23 years, he has been a trustee and group organiser with Riding for the Disabled, a group scout leader and school governor. He is currently a volunteer for the National Trust and tour guide at the South Foreland Lighthouse. He has been a trustee, initially with Dover Branch, since 2011.
Helen lives in West Hougham, near Dover, where she has resided from an early age. After a career as a publican and restaurateur, for many years she and her husband had a smallholding with horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, chicken, geese and ducks. These days she has just three dogs and two cats. Helen was a trustee with Dover Branch for over 20 years before the 2012 merger with Canterbury Branch.
Deborah originally had a career in marketing communications planning, procurement and evaluation in London, working at the Central Office of Information for 24 years, following 8 years in advertising in the private sector. On taking early retirement, she moved to Whitstable in 2012, where she now lives with her husband and two cats. A long-term supporter of the RSPCA, Deborah became a volunteer at Canterbury & District Animal Centre in April 2013 and a Branch trustee in November 2013.