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.

HeatherThomson

Heather Thomson,
Adoptions Manager

I’ve been a rabbit owner for a number of years now, and became aware of the charity when I was looking for a bunny companion for my existing rabbit. Not long after this I became an indoor foster carer for the rescue, which I found incredibly rewarding and it also really opened my eyes to the complexity of the species and how unique everybunny is.

Keen to get more involved, I took on the role as one of two adoptions managers. As adoptions manager I work with prospective adopters to establish what they can offer the bunnies and find the best match for them and any existing rabbits they have. Our involvement doesn’t end there though and we’re here to help with the transition while the bunnies settle in to their new home, and to support with bonding, which can be challenging even for experienced owners.

As a volunteer for a charity solely dedicated to improving rabbit welfare in Scotland, it can feel like a never ending battle, but each rabbit we receive in to the rescue, and each one that successfully moves on to a loving home, makes the hard work and hard times completely worthwhile. Rabbits deserve to have their basic needs met and be loved by their human families and their bunny companions, and I'm incredibly proud to be part of the journey to their forever home.

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.

Rachel McKenzie,
Fundraising Manager

I first got rabbits in 2014. My husband decided to surprise me! I instantly fell in love with there amazing and different personalities, I started to learn they were more than I first thought and fell more in love with them.

When I lost one of my bunny babies, I took to looking for a new friend for my other bun.

That’s when I found Beloved Rabbits.

Instantly I felt like I wanted to do what I can to help rabbits. That’s when I decided to apply to volunteer.

While doing the role of a rabbit coordinator, I realised the importance of helping in more ways.  Especially during Covid-19 lockdown!

I’ve always enjoyed fundraising for various charity’s and when the role of Fundraising Manager came up, it was too good an opportunity not to go for.

I’m looking forward to getting started and getting to know all of our amazing supporters and helping do some more good in the bunny world.

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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!

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Jacqueline Mitchell
Volunteer Wellbeing & Social Manager

I started as a foster carer with the charity in 2018. Looking through Facebook one night I saw a post that the charity needed foster carers and thought this was the perfect time to teach my kids about looking after and loving a pet.

I had rabbits and other furry creatures before, so was quite confident that if the kids lost interest I would still love doing it. However, we soon found out my daughter is brilliant with rabbits and helps me out with everything bunny related.

There was so much information available in the charity and the Facebook volunteer page was invaluable, I realised that I never had as much knowledge as I thought.

Over the following year, I have been learning more and more and I'm excited about the charity's next venture, as we bring this knowledge not only through the internet, events and partnerships, but also from our Centre.

In my role, I seek to make sure that our volunteers are every bit as important as the rabbits in our care - ensuring that their welfare and interests are met, and also encouraging a culture that allows our volunteers to create strong friendships with our like-minded team mates.