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Tony Haighway – the Director of Wolf Watch UK and the man who launched the project. The organisation is essentially a development of the wolf rescue work which Tony began by himself over 20 years previously and directly reflects his passion for their cause. The Wolf Centre itself is also Tony’s home and it is only through his huge investment in the project, both financially and personally that the wolves enjoy such a wonderful environment and that Wolf Watch UK exists at all.

A common assumption which is often made about the Wolf Watch UK team, is that it is a large organisation, maintained and directed by an array of full-time staff. In fact we have always been a very tiny group of friends and volunteer wolf enthusiasts, working and developing the project in our spare time since 1993.

During the last years, we have often found ourselves being referred to by government, educational and private organisations who require qualified opinions, advice or skills in respect of wolf related matters. There are indeed team members with many years of practical experience and knowledge concerning wolves because of our work, with a number of the team possessing formal animal/zoology qualifications.

It has been an indication of our success and dedication to our work that we are privileged to enjoy an enviable reputation. Such standards demand a lot from our tiny team, but in fairness we set our own benchmark and we are determined to maintain it and indeed to develop the project further.

Deb Sewards, BSc – runs the entire membership and handles virtually all the correspondence as well. Bringing her great enthusiasm Deb has very successfully applied her organisational skills to maintain the WWUK systems in fine order, as well as applying new ideas and improvements. She has taken the plunge into self employment putting her administration skills to good use and enabling her to pursue her conservation ambitions as well - www.lonewolfadministration.co.uk.

All the literature, magazines, packs, videos, website, merchandise and even the enclosures have literally been produced by the hands of our small team. Often with regular support from professionals, crafts people, artists and ordinary animal conservationists who have been caught up in the enthusiasm of our work. If you look through this site you will come across many references to these people who have and continue to contribute their skills.

As volunteers we have no hard and fast titles or structures by which we operate. We naturally rely on the goodwill and effort of all the team and allow each other to set their own levels of involvement and commitment.

Helen Trotman, BSc – first came to the project as a raw enthusiastic student. She soon demonstrated herself to be a practical, dedicated and talented part of the team. From fences to maintaining adoption membership and creating literature at the centre, she has also been working abroad on several wolf projects including the Mexican Wolf reintroduction scheme in the US and a study project in Poland. She has returned to us having began work as a People and Wildlife Officer at the The Shropshire Wildlife Trust, a role which she is amply qualified for.

 None of us got into wolf conservation to spend our time form filling and debating in endless committee meetings. We dig ditches, build fencing and talk to people about wolves and our work. We actually do things and get things done directly; there isn’t anyone else to do it.

So, we have no rigid committee and we have consciously avoided charity status on the advice of other conservation groups who have indicated the high degree of resources required to just maintain such systems.

Put simply, we continue to do it because we want to and we keep doing it because we enjoy the project.

Current WWUK Management Team

The current core management team which has been working since the launch of Wolf Watch UK, consists of Tony Haighway, Deb Sewards and Helen Trotman. We also receive regular support from Neil Ewart (one of our Patrons and Guide Dog Breeding manager), Benjy Esterson (web site technical support and contributions), Ian Spencer (general organisation).

Want To Join The Team?

If you feel the swelling of wolf passions and would like to offer your spare time to support the work of the management team at Wolf Watch UK, please utilise the email links via this web site and let us know what skills you feel you would like to contribute.

There are many other supporters of the project both past and present who have made significant contributions to the development of Wolf Watch UK and all of them deserve mention but are too numerous to acknowledge here.

Click here to see acknowledgements to all the supporters of Wolf Watch UK - past and present!


 


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