Registered Charity No. 1157841
British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
Meet the Committee
Simon Allen MSc (R) (Vice Chair)
Simon joined the BWRC steering committee in 2004, he is a co-founder of Gower Bird Hospital and has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1989. The wildlife centre has a scientific approach to monitoring the welfare of the animals pre- and
post-release, recruiting students from Swansea and Bristol Universities to carry out research projects including measuring and reducing stress experienced by wildlife casualties in captivity, and post-release radio tracking of hand-reared
blackbirds, starlings, house martins, and hedgehogs.
In 2007 Simon’s work was recognised by the RSPCA through awards for outstanding kindness in the field of animal welfare
and meritorious service. Recently Simon was invited to join an Animal Welfare Network Wales working group, set up to make the case for the regulation of animal welfare establishments in Wales to the Welsh Government due to growing concerns for animal welfare. Simon’s involvement as a key note speaker at Llandudno June 2009 stated the case for the regulation of wildlife rehabilitation centres.
Simon graduated from Bristol University in 2014 with a master’s degree by research in veterinary parasitology and ecology
and is a visiting researcher at Swansea University and a member of their ecological research team.
Teresa Amory BSc HNC PGCE (Chair)
I helped my parents with small scale wild raptor rehabilitation as a teenager, and graduated from
Leeds University in 1995 with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science. I then worked in land-based colleges teaching BTEC
and City & Guilds programmes in Animal Management and Countryside Management and on Honours degree
programmes in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. While teaching I completed my PGCE in Further and High Education,
and an HNC inCountryside Management, with a year out to undertake post-graduate research at the
University of Liverpool, School of Veterinary Science. Once working at Reaseheath College in Cheshire I became involved with teaching the BTEC Wildlife Rehabilitation Unit, volunteering at Lower Moss Wood Wildlife Hospital and Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre to extend my practical experience. Since leaving full-time lecturing (to care for my two young daughters) I have worked part time as a Standards Verifierand Writer for BTEC, (including writing the Wildlife Rehabilitation Unit for BTEC's Nationals in Animal Management 2007 – 2010), and served as a volunteer warden of a local nature reserves for Warwickshire and Essex Wildlife Trusts. I joined the BWRC committee in 2004, was appointed Vice Chair in February 2013 and became Chair in April 2013.
Anne Maskell (Trustee and Honorary Secretary)
I was invited to join the BWRC in 1987 to help organize the inaugural symposium at London Zoo the following year.
At the time I worked at the Zoo and was busy helping put together the plans for Arachnida '87! The first BWRC
symposium was a sell-out event with 250 delegates and demonstrated the need there was, and still is, for an organization to
provide a network of information and advice for rehabilitators, however large or small their facility. Twenty seven years
later I'm still here and look forward to our face-to-face events when there is an opportunity to meet up with old friends
and find out what's new in wildlife rehabilitation. I was appointed Honorary Secretary in September 2014. With the
new focus of the charity, following its reinvention as a Charitable Incorporated Organization, I'm looking forward to
working with my colleagues on the committee to improve the way in which we disseminate information and offer
training opportunities to our members.
Janet Peto (Trustee/Treasurer)
Janet founded her hedgehog rescue charity Hedgehog Welfare in 1990, although she started caring for hedgehogs in November 1982 after finding
couple of hedgehogs in need of over-wintering. She runs Hedgehog Welfare in conjunction with her own book-keeping/accountancy business
specializing in charities and small businesses which she runs from her own home. Janet has been Treasurer for the BWRC since the early 1990s,
distributes the BWRC newsletter and has recently taken on the role of Membership Secretary. She is passionate about improving the standard of
care of all wildlife and the education of rehabilitators large and small.
Dr. Dan Forman CBiol. MRSB. EurProBiol. (Trustee)
Dan is currently a senior lecturer, head of Zoology, the director of the Swansea Ecology Research Team at Swansea University and a founding member of the Paraiste Transmission Group. He has worked extensively on the ecology and conservation of British biodiversity and has a particular interest in carnivores, wildlife disease and parasitology, wildlife rehabilitation and ecological ethics. Dan is an active member ofthe Welsh Biodiversity Partnership and sits on several working groups including the Invasive Non Native Secretariat. He currently lectures on a wide range of subject matter including ecology and behaviour, animal welfare, rights and behaviour in captivity, and serves on several ethics boards including Swansea University and the National Toxoplasma Reference Unit. Dan has been honoured with a distinguished teaching award and provides regular training courses on a variety of ecological and conservation themes for many organisations and undertakes a wide variety of outreach activities. He continues to work closely with the Gower Bird Hospital on a number of applied research projects
related to wildlife rehabilitation.