Monday, 15 April 2024
Monday, 15 April 2024

Working animal charity Spana announces new trustees

SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), the global working animal charity, has announced the appointment of three new members of its Board of Trustees – Marianne Davies, Adam Firby and Daniella Dos Santos. 

The new Trustees are joining at a key time for the charity, as it prepares to mark its centenary in 2023 and embarks on ambitious future plans for its work, improving the welfare of working animals in low-income countries across the world.

Marianne Davies is Global Head of People Services at GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and an Independent Committee Member on the Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Committee at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has a wealth of HR and change management experience. Having previously already visited many of the countries where SPANA works, Marianne is keen to contribute to improving the lives of working animals.

Adam Firby is senior Human Resources Director for Molson Coors Beverage Company in Western Europe. Having previously held roles across Marks and Spencer, Britvic Soft Drinks and Royal Mail Group, he brings with him additional experience in general management and property.

Daniella Dos Santos graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. She has since been in small animal and exotic pet practice across south-east England. Daniella is a past Chair of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) Ethics and Welfare Panel and past BVA President. Last year, she was admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contributions to the Profession and was awarded the 2021 Inspiration Award.

SPANA will be marking its centenary in 2023. The charity was founded in 1923 by British mother and daughter, Kate and Nina Hosali, who travelled across North Africa in the early 1920s and were struck by the immense suffering endured by working animals. Today, SPANA improves the welfare of working animals in 28 low-income countries by providing free veterinary care, training in animal care for owners and animal welfare education for schoolchildren.

Dr Mary-Lorraine Hughes, Chair of Trustees at SPANA, said:

“It is already clear that each of these three individuals will make an invaluable contribution to SPANA as a Trustee. They bring with them a significant range of experience and knowledge, as well as a strong commitment to animal welfare.

“As part of our Board of Trustees, they will help the charity to grow the impact, effectiveness and reach of our vital work in many of the world’s poorest communities, and I look forward to working closely with them.

“They join us at an exciting time, as the charity approaches its centenary in 2023. At this important milestone, we will be celebrating SPANA’s achievements in advancing the welfare of working animals across the world over the past one hundred years. And with the help of our Trustees, we will ensure that the charity is in the best position to make great strides forward in the years ahead – transforming the lives of animals and the communities who depend on them.”

For more information on SPANA’s Board of Trustees please visit the charity’s website:


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