Board Of Directors

The board of directors is a group of volunteer members who are committed to the aims of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. They are responsible in providing leadership and support to the work of the shelter including fundraising, awareness raising and humane education, promoting the work of the CIHS, providing financial guidance and managing our membership.

Lesley Walker, MA ACIS

Lesley Walker

Lesley Walker

Lesley has walked the dogs every Sunday at the Shelter since 2002 shortly after she adopted her first two dogs, Tiger and Lily. She has been on the Board since 2011 and takes responsibility mainly for shelter operations and fundraising.

Away from the Shelter she is a trust manager and has lived and worked on the island for the last 27 years. She believes that a combination of approaches are key to animal rescue including: finding good homes with caring families, promoting (and providing at a reasonable cost) spay/ neuter for all pets, changing public perceptions of shelter animals and finding other rescue options including overseas adoptions and transfers. She is strongly opposed to simply euthanizing unwanted and excess animals.

Claire Leadbeater, MSc SLT, PG Dip Autism, CertMRCSLT

Claire Leadbeater

Claire Leadbeater

Claire began volunteering with CIHS in September 2012 when she arrived on island. She started off with helping to train shelter dogs at beach training and fostering Kiki who she later adopted. Claire always has a foster dog as she believes that the fostering programme is vital to the successful adoptions of many rescued animals.

Claire joined the board of directors in July 2015. She is responsible for promoting and sharing our work through Facebook and the website. Claire has been working with Silver City Design to develop our new website which will launch in January 2016. She also manages the fostering programme for dogs and completes many home visits to ensure that rescued animals are placed with responsible owners.

Saskia Salden

Saskia Salden

Saskia Salden

I love being involved with CIHS and even though there are sometimes sad cases, it never ceases to amaze me how forgiving animals are and how quickly they bounce back. I believe that they definitely enrich our lives and never fail to make me smile!

Saskia has been involved with the Humane Society for about 2 years. She started out walking a few dogs and it didn’t take long before she became more and more involved as she felt she had found her calling. Saskia is also one of our volunteers completing home visits for adoptions and sleep overs, for both cats and dogs. Saskia has been on the board of directors since July 2015 and her specific role on the board is fundraising, as the shelter is always in need of additional funds.

Saskia is a huge animal lover. She recently acquired 2 foster bunnies that were dropped off at the shelter. She has been feeding and taking care of 8 stray cats, who, needless to say, are no longer strays, and adopted a dog named Payton from the shelter in October 2015 after fostering her for a few months.

Laura Medley

Laura Medley

Laura Medley

Laura started volunteering for CIHS over 2 years ago by walking dogs on a Sunday.

Her role on the board is Membership Secretary and she is integral to the fundraising efforts. During the day she works as an Assistant Management in Fiduciary Services for Summit Management Limited.

Laura adopted two cats both from CIHS called Leo and Layla. When she is not volunteering for CIHS she enjoys Cross fit and yoga.

Chris Hirst ACA

Chris joined the Cayman Islands Humane Society as a volunteer in early 2014, primarily focusing on dog walking to ensure the animals (and himself) received regular exercise. He was joined the board of directors in December 2014 and is responsible for maintaining and improving the financial position of the Humane Society. He has a strong interest in ensuring the animals at the Shelter are well maintained and cared for each day.

Kathryn J Rowe BA (Hons)

David Couper BA