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New Chief Executive for Fern Animal Sanctuary


Somerset-based Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Somerset has announced the appointment of Elaine Hayes as its new Chief Executive.

Elaine began her career in the water industry. After a spell in business running a consultancy, she moved into the third sector as Chief Executive of a Wildlife Trust. Since then she has worked for other charities, most recently as Director of Living Coasts in Torquay.

Elaine says of her appointment, “I am delighted to be the first Chief Executive of Ferne Animal Sanctuary in this our 75th anniversary year. The Sanctuary does amazing work re-homing and caring for unwanted animals.  I am looking forward to developing the Sanctuary – and planning for the next 75 years!”

Nanette Wale, Chairman of Ferne’s Trustees comments, “The Trustees are delighted to welcome Elaine to Ferne. She arrives at a very exciting time in Ferne’s life as we prepare to open our ‘New Digs for Dogs’ re-homing centre and begin to plan for the future. Elaine is very experienced in the field of animal welfare. We all look forward to working with her and implementing her ideas.”

Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a registered Charity open to the public all year round, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. They rely solely on donations.

To support their “New Digs for Dogs” £1million project for 2014/15 and learn about all their events please visit or call 01460 65214.


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