I am a cat lover and have had a great number of cats, always from rescue centres, for over 50 years. I currently have 2 cats from Animal Rescue, Hamish who is 9 years old and Flora who is 2 years old. I got to know Betty Wainwright when I came to live in Kendal about 36 years ago. Before Animal Rescue was started, Betty used to look after cats at Garnett Bridge and I helped her. When I retired as a head teacher and Ofsted Inspector and had more time, I used to go up regularly to the shelter and help with the cats as a volunteer. As I got more involved, I was invited in 2010 to become a trustee. It has been a great privilege for me to have this responsibility. As a trustee I am the line manager to Amanda our general manager and vice-chair of the trustees. I have until recently been a trustee of Barnardo’s and a governor at a local primary school. I am looking forward to using my experience to help bring about ambitious plans to improve and expand our shelter.