A murmuration of starlings on the somerset levels.

Management Team

David Foulds – CEO david.foulds@secretworld.org

David has worked with charities in the animal welfare sector for over 25 years and joined Secret World as CEO in 2016. He is driven by the desire to ensure Secret World is equipped and enabled to provide the highest possible welfare for animals in our care.

Samantha Hannay – Head of External Relations samantha.hannay@secretworld.org

Samantha’s passion for wildlife began at an early age. She has kept herself involved with animals and conservation in a voluntary capacity, as well as professionally with the RSPCA. Having worked in both corporate and charity environments, Samantha brings a combination of marketing, training and fundraising experience to Secret World.

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.

Tracey Healy – Head of Finance and HR tracey.healy@secretworld.org

Tracey joined the charity back in July 2015 as Head of Finance and HR. In her spare time Tracey enjoys cycling and often take part in long distance rides organised by Audax UK – the long distance cyclists’ association.


Michelle Barrows trustees@secretworld.org

Michelle is Head of Veterinary Services at Bristol Zoo and became a Trustee at Secret World in 2016. She relishes the challenges of being a trustee, being ultimately accountable for ensuring compliance with the law, including charity commission regulations, and making sure that the charity’s operations are financially sustainable. Michelle finds the role incredibly rewarding and enjoys everything from cleaning out hedgehogs to serving teas at an open day to discussing strategy.

Rebecca de la Bedoyere trustees@secretworld.org

Rebecca has worked with charities for over 13 years, initially in marketing and PR, before becoming a fundraiser. Her expertise includes community and corporate fundraising, strategic planning and legislation. She has always been passionate about wildlife and is enjoying the opportunity to bring her professional experience to a wonderful cause. She joined Secret World as a Trustee in 2017.

Roger Branton trustees@secretworld.org 

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


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 in an advisory capacity.

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.