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 BSc ACA

Laura Medley

Laura Medley

Laura started volunteering for CIHS in 2014 by walking dogs on a Sunday. The volunteering grew from there and she soon found herself involved in other aspects of the shelter including cat welfare, homechecks, membership and fundraising.

Laura’s main role on the board is fundraising and she helps and organises the main fundraiser the “Furball” plus smaller events throughout the year. During the day she works as an Independent Director for Summit Management Limited.

Laura has adopted multiple cats from CIHS and has successfully persuaded her friends to also adopt! When she is not volunteering for CIHS she enjoys travelling, spinning and  and yoga.

Sarah Mylott – MIPA, ACCA

Sarah Mylott

Sarah Mylott

Sarah has been volunteering with the Humane Society since 2016 and is one of our team’s many crazy cat ladies.
Sarah has been formally adopted by two (former stray) cats Ernie and Elly, who have diligently trained Sarah in a variety of new skills. In addition to advising companies on their operational and financial affairs in her regular day job, Sarah can now proudly also boast the following:

  • Coached in falling straight back to sleep after her masters have raced around the house at full pelt at 3am for no apparent reason
  • Accomplished at recognizing a “pat on the eye” as a morning wake-up call instead of an alarm clock
  • Proficient at the “don’t trip over the cat walk” when navigating staircases
  • Qualified in understanding “Cattish”, the global language of cats and in particular the “But I don’t want water from my bowl today, I must have it from the running tap instead, and only if the temperature is 42.8 degrees Fahrenheit” meow

Sarah’s focus on the board is marketing, promoting the work of the Shelter and volunteer liaison.

Jeff Kelly ACA

In late 2016 Jeff and his daughter decided to give dog walking a try. After their first weekend walk they were hooked and quickly found a favorite in Prince.  They made an effort to walk Prince each Sunday as often as they could.  They would also walk the puppies when available as Jeff’s daughter really enjoyed playing with them.

In May 2017 Jeff offered to volunteer with the Humane Society to help out with accounting matters .  Around the same the current treasurer was looking to step down and as a result Jeff was elected to the Board as the newest treasurer. Jeff’s main role on the Board consists of reviewing the monthly accounts and providing a financial update to the Board at each monthly Board meeting.

 

David Couper BA