A murmuration of starlings on the somerset levels.

Management Team

Lesley Browne – CEO lesley.browne@secretworld.org

Lesley joined Secret World in December 2017. Coming from a health background, Lesley brings a strong leadership portfolio, having managed operational, personnel, governance, financial and income generation functions in her previous roles. Lesley has also been a Trustee for a dog charity so is familiar with the challenges charities face with regards to balancing the operational demands and financial limitations.

Pauline Kidner – Charity Founder pauline.kidner@secretworld.org

Pauline founded Secret World Wildlife Rescue after diversifying the family farm into a visitor experience. Well known for her love of badgers, Pauline has become synonymous with wildlife rescue and continues to work for the charity, supporting the wildlife and public relations functions. 

Laura Benfield – Head of Animal Care laura.benfield@secretworld.org

Laura joined secret world in 2015 as Head of Animal Care Services, and before that was a volunteer with Secret World and other wildlife organisations whilst completing her degree in conservation. Laura’s role is to ensure that the animal care team are able to provide the best care and welfare to the wildlife we treat from admission through to release.


Chris Stenlake trustees@secretworld.org

Chris has taken on the role of the charity’s Honorary Treasurer. He is retired as a Chartered Financial Planner and lives in Exmouth, Devon. Chris is married to Sue and has three adult children and four  grandchildren; the family home is also shared with two golden retrievers and a one-eyed rescue ginger cat called Chivers. He is interested  in walking, reading, railways (both model and heritage steam) and investments. Chris is also the Treasurer of a Business Networking Group in his local area.

Roger Branton  trustees@secretworld.org 

With his wife Joan, Roger has been involved in animal rescue for over thirty years, most recently caring for grounded bats.  Roger and Joan believe wildlife rescue to be a way of life, a passion they share.  Roger, a Quantity Surveyor who worked on the Bluebell Barn project, in between working full-time, dedicates his time to caring for animals and relishes his role as Trustee which he started in 2017.

Bel Deering  trustees@secretworld.org 

Bel has worked in animal welfare for the RSPCA for twenty years. Her first role was as the education officer at RSPCA Mallydams Wood, and she became the manager of the wildlife and education centre there in 2003. In 2015 she took up the role of manager at RSPCA West Hatch, near Taunton, looking after both the wildlife centre and animal centre. Bel has a particular interest in education and prevention work, expertise in setting up and running animal welfare education projects, and of course, a great love of animals and nature.


Elizabeth Mullineaux BVM&S, DVM&S, CertSHP, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian) liz.mullineaux@secretworld.org

Liz worked for Quantock Veterinary Hospital for 17 years as Secret World’s main clinical vet. In 2012 she took on the role of Scientific Adviser to Secret World. She is responsible for animal care and veterinary policy, helps run courses and liaises with other professional organisations.