Management Team

A core team of member volunteers have assumed management roles within the charity to lead our volunteers in our critical activities to meet our goals.

Fern Blackwood,
Adoptions Manager

I have always been an animal lover and, similar to many of our volunteers, had rabbits when I was young but didn’t do the research to realise what was involved in properly caring for them.

I first discovered the charity in 2014 when I was looking for experience caring for animals and joined the team as a Care Assistant, helping to look after the rabbits at our rescue hub. This turned out to be just the starting point for me in learning about rabbit welfare - since then I have taken on a number of roles within the charity which has given me a breadth of knowledge about rabbit care, and my adopted house rabbits, Jess and Jake, are better looked after than me!

My main role as Adoptions Manager involves working with adopters to find the right match for them and supporting our Aftercare Assistants with providing bonding advice and getting the bunnies settled into their new homes. I love being part of the adoptions team, it's incredibly rewarding and although there are hard times too, it's worthwhile when you see them hop off to their forever homes. It's also been a great way to get to know the rest of the volunteer team as I'm in touch with them regularly for rabbit updates and to arrange adoptions.

I'm also a Foster Lead, so I look after a small group of foster carers and ensure the rabbits in their care are up to date with vaccinations, health checks and all the other things they need to be adoption ready. I'm also a foster carer myself and although I'm always sad to see them go, it's lovely when they find their perfect home, particularly long term placements that have been waiting for the right person to come along.

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK, but they're also the most neglected, with their welfare needs often misunderstood or completely overlooked. I'm so grateful to Beloved Rabbits for giving me the opportunity to be part of an amazing team of volunteers and make a real difference for rabbits in Scotland.

Fern
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Lorna Bryce,
Foster Care Manager

I’m a total animal lover and was looking for an opportunity to contribute more to animal rescue when I spotted the ad for fosterers with Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care.

Completely new to rabbit ownership and handling at the time, I learned so much from my fellow volunteers and was disappointed to hear how much we need to improve as a society to provide the right level of care and environment for Rabbits.

A few years later and I’m fully bought in to all aspects of the charity, recently taking on Foster Care Manager (looking after our network of fosters and getting new recruits up and running), attend events and more importantly try to get along to all the social get togethers.

It’s great to be part of charity that is 100% volunteer ran and where we are all encouraged to share our opinions and contribute towards the direction of the charity and day to day decision making.

Ellie White,
Foster Care Manager

I am a complete animal lover! I have loved all kinds of animals all my life, I even had rabbits when I was very, very young. I can barely remember them, and information wasn’t widely available back then. But so much has changed in the rabbit world! I started out with 2 rabbits back in January 2021, me and my partner were looking for a pet that would suit our lifestyle, and naively thought rabbits would be easier than a dog… short answer is they aren’t. They are such wonderful complex animals, so much so that I recently just got a 3rd rabbit through the charity, which has been the best experience to go through!

I got introduced to the charity by a family friend who was fostering at the time. It had always been in my mind that I wanted to volunteer and understand rabbits and their welfare/behaviour more, and just more about them as a species. I got in contact and asked for any volunteer role and managed to land a welfare checker role!

I was delighted as this would give me the opportunity to be hands on with rabbit welfare and gain more knowledge and experience for not only my own rabbits, but for anyone else who had rabbits.
I then decided to take my involvement in the charity one step further and apply for the Foster Care Manager role. I am only new into this role, and I cannot wait to fully understand everything around the huge foster care network.

I am so thankful to be a part of the Beloved Rabbits team of volunteers and to help make a huge difference to rabbit welfare across Scotland!

EllieWhite
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Auriol Lynskey,
Education Services Manager

As children my sister and I had rabbits that lived and ranged in the garden, but it wasn’t until I moved in with my husband and his bunny that I was introduced to the idea of having a house rabbit. Living so closely indoors with rabbits we began to understand what complex, amazing animals they are, but as owners we often found it frustrating and difficult to find good quality care advice.

I first met the charity in 2016 when we adopted our much loved Fred to be a companion for Maisie. I was impressed with the knowledge and passion the volunteers clearly had for what they do and so I decided to get involved myself.

Having worked as a trainer, I believe in life-long learning and so it makes sense that I first joined the Education, Awareness and Training project. Having since stepped into the role of Education Services Manager I am really looking forward to seeing how we can support the charity and the public going forwards.

Heather McGreevy
Marketing Manager

I've had rabbits since I was a little as four years old. At that time there wasn't nearly as much information available to rabbit owners as there is now. I've been there and done it all wrong with the lack of information and also due to the fact I was handling rabbits at such a young age. I think I only had a small picture book to educate me and it wasn't the right information I was being given.

Despite my rocky start, my sheer love of rabbits and determination to understand them better myself helped me develop and grow my experience and in recent years. Having access to some really good rabbit resources such as RWAF and Beloved Rabbits has meant I've been able to develop my knowledge. I'm now the go-to rabbit lady for friends and family which I absolutely love and take great pride in.

Never in a million years would I have thought I would have four of my own at any one time but I'm absolutely devoted to it and to be able to help other rabbits through the charity is a bit of a dream come true for me. The hands on experience with four very different characters in itself has been a massive learning tool.

I'm here to take on the challenge of promoting everything we work hard for at the charity - rabbit welfare, rabbit adoptions, raising those all important funds & of course educating people to the point they know as much about rabbits as they might do about dogs and cats. After all... rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK so why are they treated differently! MON THE BUNNIES!

HeatherMcGreevy
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