Meet the team

Directors

Suzanne Connett

RESCUE DIRECTOR – SOUTH WEST, CORNWALL & WALES

I am the Rescue Director for Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Wales. I am also the South West events coordinator. I have a small but dedicated team to help me cover these areas.

Birdline parrot rescue has been part of my life for more than a decade now. I, like many, did not do my homework before buying a parrot. I didn’t even know there was such a charity that rescued them and only stumbled across Birdline whilst talking to a local pet shop owner. To begin with I fostered a companion for my African grey, then I got involved with events and fund raising and slowly over the years worked up to the positions I hold now.

I have a great passion for these wonderful creatures and with Birdline’s help my knowledge for them has also grown over the years and continues to grow.

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Traci Kirkland

RESCUE DIRECTOR – SCOTLAND

Hi, my name is Traci Kirkland. I originally joined Birdline as I was looking for a companion for my own parrot as my working hours were changing and I wanted to offer a home to a bird in need rather than buying. After chatting to a few people on the Birdline forum I decided to offer to safehouse. It took me 6 months to get my first safehouse bird, but I understood the importance of only offering a temporary home to the right bird and Birdline only had a very few members in Scotland at this point. After a few months Birdline were short of area co-ordinators so I signed up to help. I helped form the Northern show team to help fund raise and raise awareness which I love being part of and the rest is history. I am now Director for Scotland.

I love Birdline and we have some amazing people who work so hard, we all give what we can while having busy jobs and lives. Why do I do it? For the love of the birds and as if there ever came a day, I couldn’t care for my birds I would want to know Birdline was there to promise them the care and love they are used to.

Melinda Laws

REHOMING DIRECTOR & RESCUE DIRECTOR – MIDLANDS, NORTH & SOUTH EAST

I am the director for Rehoming and Rescue Director for the South East, Midlands and the North. I have been with Birdline for many years. I love seeing new birds find their forever homes. The satisfaction of knowing they are loved and cared for is priceless.

I started as a safe house for Birdline. This role was so important to the rescue as they could not bring birds into the rescue without the help of safehouses. I then became an ACO for Kent. This opened my eyes…seeing birds coming straight from the donor, some were in a poor state, others were loved so much but the donor could no longer cope. These were the hardest to deal with as sometimes I would be in tears with the donor. I was later made a manager, although I kept my role as area co-ordinator and still continue that role today. I was made a Director and took the role on of “Rehoming Director”. We have built a strong team up of rehoming officers who work so hard to get through the applicants, applying to foster birds. I also took the role of Director for the South East. Working alongside managers, Area co-ordinators and safehouses.

Dealing with vets for many years, due to rescue, I have a vast knowledge of health and wellbeing for the birds, it has helped me stay up to date on medications and diseases also. I have taken on special needs birds myself, some who were threatened to be put to sleep, but with care have turned around. Some stayed with me, others when they have got through their bad stages now live in homes where their needs are met and they are cared for.
I love the roles I have, although at times it breaks your heart and the stress can get a bit much some days. We continue to do what we do because seeing the process of when a bird comes into rescue and is finally rehomed in a loving safe environment, makes it all so worthwhile.


Admin Team

Photo of Claire Longworth Claire Longworth Comms, Fundraising, Data Manager & Area Coordinator – London
Photo of Christopher Maddex Christopher Maddex Website Admin
Photo of John Toliday John Toliday Finance Manager

Rehoming Team

Photo of Kylie Bailey Kylie Bailey Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Gloucester
Photo of Louise Ballantyne Louise Ballantyne Area Coordinator – Brecon Beacons & Rehoming Officer
Photo of Rhianne Chalmers Rhianne Chalmers Rehoming Officer
Photo of Chris Clark Chris Clark Rehoming Officer & Homechecker – Kent
Photo of Amie Esslemont Amie Esslemont Manager – Devon & Rehoming Officer
Photo of Marina Moschidou Marina Moschidou Rehoming Officer
Photo of Janet Potter Janet Potter Area Coordinator – Eastbourne
Photo of Lyndsey Shorrock Lyndsey Shorrock Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Northampton

England – North and Central

Photo of Maureen Brown Maureen Brown Rescue Manager – North, Central and SE England
Photo of Sue Darley Sue Darley Area Coordinator – Yorkshire
Photo of Vanessa Davies Vanessa Davies Area Co-ordinator Suffolk, Norfolk, Ipswitch
Photo of Sam Dixon Sam Dixon Homechecker – North Yorkshire
Photo of Lula Fae Kochanowski Lula Fae Kochanowski Home Checker and Collections Volunteer – County Durham
Photo of Melinda Laws Melinda Laws Rehoming Director. Rescue Director – Midlands, North & South East
Photo of Callum Miller Callum Miller Area Coordinator – Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire
Photo of Lyndsey Shorrock Lyndsey Shorrock Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Northampton
Photo of Gonda Vanden Eynde Gonda Vanden Eynde Home Checker and Collections Volunteer
Photo of Bryan Wall Bryan Wall Area Coordinator – Shropshire Shrewsbury & Herefordshire

England – South East

Photo of Mike Abbey Mike Abbey Volunteer
Photo of Richard Bishop Richard Bishop Volunteer
Photo of Debra Brinklow Debra Brinklow Area Coordinator – West Kent
Photo of Keith Brown Keith Brown Area Coordinator – Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire
Photo of Maureen Brown Maureen Brown Rescue Manager – North, Central and SE England
Photo of Rebecca Carter Rebecca Carter Area Coordinator – Sussex
Photo of Michelle Chantler Michelle Chantler Volunteer – Kent
Photo of Paul Chantler Paul Chantler Volunteer – Kent
Photo of Chris Clark Chris Clark Rehoming Officer & Homechecker – Kent
Photo of Martin Greet Martin Greet Homechecker – Hertfordshire
Photo of Melinda Laws Melinda Laws Rehoming Director. Rescue Director – Midlands, North & South East
Photo of Claire Longworth Claire Longworth Comms, Fundraising, Data Manager & Area Coordinator – London
Photo of Sarah Petts Sarah Petts Homechecker
Photo of Janet Potter Janet Potter Area Coordinator – Eastbourne
Photo of Sarah Turner Sarah Turner Area Manager – West and East Sussex
Photo of Mike Tuttiett Mike Tuttiett Homechecker – Hampshire
Photo of Victoria Whitfield Victoria Whitfield Homechecker – Essex

England – South West

Photo of Kylie Bailey Kylie Bailey Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Gloucester
Photo of Mark Carr Mark Carr Area Coordinator – Somerset and Events
Photo of Suzanne Connett Suzanne Connett Rescue Director – South West, Cornwall & Wales
Photo of Olivia Duncan Olivia Duncan Area Coordinator – Plymouth and Cornwall
Photo of Amie Esslemont Amie Esslemont Manager – Devon & Rehoming Officer
Photo of Justin Read Justin Read Area Coordinator – Gloucester
Photo of Lynette Rogers Lynette Rogers Area Coordinator – South Devon
Photo of Nicholas Spiller Nicholas Spiller Manager – Dorset
Photo of Stacey Vickery Stacey Vickery Homechecker

Scotland

Photo of Angie Allen Angie Allen Rescue Manager – Dumfries, Ayrshire, Carlisle
Photo of Gillian Donald Gillian Donald Area Coordinator – Glasgow
Photo of Victoria Ellis Victoria Ellis Area Coordinator – Edinburgh and Lothian
Photo of Traci Kirkland Traci Kirkland Rescue Director – Scotland
Photo of Janet McCallum Janet McCallum Area Coordinator – Paisley and Renfrewshire
Photo of Victoria Raimes Victoria Raimes Area Coordinator – Edinburgh
Photo of Marc Small Marc Small Volunteer
Photo of Lana-Jane Twiname Lana-Jane Twiname Area Coordinator – Dumfries

Wales

Photo of Louise Ballantyne Louise Ballantyne Area Coordinator – Brecon Beacons & Rehoming Officer
Photo of Suzanne Connett Suzanne Connett Rescue Director – South West, Cornwall & Wales
Photo of Elizabeth Hopkins Elizabeth Hopkins Area Coordinator – West Glamorgan
Photo of Karrie Potter Karrie Potter Area Coordinator – Pembrokshire