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.


Animal Care

Sarah Tingvoll – Rehabilitation Section Leader 

Sarah has worked at Secret World since 2016 and now manages animal rehabilitation at Secret World. With a varied background in animal care and conservation and a degree from Plymouth University, she goes above and beyond to ensure the best quality practise is delivered in everything she does.

Dan Bryant – Hospital & Casualty Section Leader 

Ashleigh Owen – Animal Carer

Ashleigh spent several years driving regularly from south Wales to volunteer with us at Secret World. She had previously worked overseas on several marine conservation projects. With a degree in Integrated WIldlife Conservation and experience caring for many animals, Ashleigh is now a valued member of the team.

Amy Griffin – Animal Carer

Emily Redman – Animal Carer

Georgie Humphreys – Animal Carer

Jade Robuffo – Animal Carer

Katie Gibbs – Animal Carer

Katie volunteered at Secret World before she joined the staff team and has now been with us for 8 years. After qualifying with a first class degree in Wildlife Conservation and a level 3 diploma in Animal Management, Katie has worked with the BTO, Bristol Zoo and Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. She’s also very talented, and has another degree in music!

Marie Denston – Animal Carer

Jamie Kingscott – Wildlife Release Coordinator jamie.kingscott@secretworld.org

With a passion for rewilding and a degree in Ecology, Jamie brings a wealth of experience from surveying and researching across the UK to fill this unique role. Having sought to manage his own land for wildlife whilst accommodating livestock, Jamie works closely with landowners to get our animals back to the wild.

Molly Ellis – Head of Volunteering molly.ellis@secretworld.org

Molly has recently joined the team as Head of Volunteering, having just completed her Msc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at the University of Bristol. With her previous experience working with volunteers in zoos and her background in zoology and conservation Molly hopes to provide enthusiastic support to all our volunteers and students working with wildlife here at Secret world.


Marlies Hebdon – Reception Supervisor

Dela Collins – Receptionist

Cheryl Hamlin – Receptionist


Site & Office Services

Andy Bull – Maintenance

Charlotte Wroe – General Support 






Daniel Harding – Finance Manager finance@secretworld.org



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.

Michelle Whitham Jones  trustees@secretworld.org 

Michelle has a PhD Anthrozoology from the University of Exeter. Prior to returning to academia, she worked in special education for 25 years. Michelle held senior leadership roles for the last 16 years of her career and has extensive knowledge of strategic and operational management. She has a passion for ethical conservation and wildlife protection. Michelle and her husband share their lives with 5 horses and 2 cats. 


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.