Dave provides consultancy on campaign strategies, project and campaign management, stakeholder and situational analysis, funding proposals and more.
Dave developed his skills over 15 years working in the not for profit sector, including WSPA, where he was Head of Wildlife. Previous campaign projects have included bear farming (China, Korea, Vietnam), zoo animal welfare (Malaysia) and human-wildlife conflict (Tanzania, Turkey). Dave has also overseen the grant-funding of many projects including anti-poaching initiatives in Africa, primate rescue sanctuaries in Africa and Asia, wildlife rehabilitation and release projects and captive marine mammal campaigns.
Dave is also Executive Director for the European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries (ears.org) where he works with to strengthen and represent a network of organisations dedicated to wild animal welfare and conservation. Highly recommended by Miranda.
Harry Eckman has worked in animal welfare for over 20 years.
He is a consultant for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for their international dog and cat animal management programs, the Co-founder and Programs Director of Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF) and an advisor for Human Behaviour Change for Animals (HBCA). In 2021, Harry was appointed as CEO of World Cetacean Alliance – the largest global network of partners, working together to address some of the most pressing issues facing cetaceans and their ocean habitats.
Harry works with hundreds of locally based animal welfare, protection and shelter organisations around the world, providing guidance and support on a wide range of issues and areas including organisational and capacity development, strategic planning, stray dog and cat population management, shelter management, welfare standards, community engagement and incorporating human behaviour change concepts into companion animal management programs.
Harry has worked for the RSPCA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA – now World Animal Protection), the Mayhew and Wood Green where his work has included directing humane dog and cat population management projects, rabies eradication projects, providing training and guidance for local municipalities and police departments, lobbying and policy development for legislation change, providing strategic planning and capacity development support to animal welfare NGOs and improving welfare standards in shelters and veterinary facilities.
Miranda and Harry have known each other for many years and were finally able to work together in 2013 when Miranda volunteered as Vet Nurse trainer and technical advisor for a cat population management training program run by ICC Portugal.
Following a degree in microbiology, Suzanne re-qualified in animal behaviour and welfare, gained extensive practical experience with several animal welfare organisations, worked as an equine behaviour consultant and founded Learning About Animals (educational events and consultancy). In 2007 she became the Programmes Manager of the Companion Animal Unit at WSPA (now World Animal Protection) managing dog population and working equine programmes. A key part of this role was to develop and test participatory methodologies – working within communities to lead to a change in the way people manage and care for their animals. Suzanne led the move away from a heavy focus on mobile clinics towards prevention through participatory approaches. To reflect the broad applicability of the approach to other species she became the Technical Advisor for Human Behaviour Change Programmes. Since 2011, Suzanne has worked as an international consultant for animal welfare and human behaviour change, working with many key animal organisations. In 2016 she co-founded Human Behaviour Change for Animals of which Miranda is a huge fan.
Brian developed his skills in the 1980’s working as a dog warden and was soon promoted to Senior Animal Officer. He subsequently spent many years at WSPA (now World Animal Protection) as an Animal Control Officer and also worked for IFAW. Brian has provided training in humane animal handling techniques, animal shelter management and strategy development globally. He currently consults on behalf of RSPCA International, Dogs Trust, Naturewatch, Government of Singapore plus numerous local NGOs
In 2004 Brian set up Stray Animal Solutions and has worked on numerous training courses with Miranda since 2005. There is nothing Brian doesn’t know about the humane catching and handling of stray and feral dog populations and is highly regarded by all who know him.
Jody spent nearly 20 years working for the RSPCA and became a trusted colleague of Mirandas. Advancing to the Special Operations Unit, Jody’s duties included gathering intelligence and investigating serious and organised animal cruelty in zoos, circuses, pet shops and breeding establishments, as well as dog-fighting badger baiting and illegal importation of dogs.
During that time, he spent over ten years researching, developing and co-writing the Guidelines for the Welfare of Performing Animals. In addition, he worked on several high-profile productions, including the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, numerous ITV productions, advertising, theatre, and live events.
In 2019, he set up his own company providing specialist consultancy to those responsible for animals to ensure they fulfil their legal obligations concerning animal welfare.
Concerned about the lack of regulation surrounding the use of animals in productions, Jody has a vision to improve animal welfare standards in the entertainment industry nationally and has founded a campaign to introduce an independent certification scheme.
Once in place, the Animal Welfare Certification Scheme will offer accreditation to an exhibition or production. This will distinguish the organisations that are merely compliant with legislation from those that take additional steps to improve animal welfare to reduce the negative impact on the animals used or replace the use of animals in the production process.