Our people

An introduction to just a few of the people who help to ensure the charity runs smoothly and effectively.

Jeremy Hulme - Chief Executive

Jeremy joined SPANA in 1988 as Operations Director for North Africa and lived in Morocco with his family for three years before returning to London as Chief Executive. Jeremy particularly enjoys the opportunities SPANA has given him to get to know the people and the animals in some far-flung countries, including Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur. Describing himself as “Crazy about animals from the time I could first stand up,” Jeremy draws and paints in his spare time. Before joining SPANA, Jeremy was a soldier in the Black Watch, and also farmed a hill sheep and cattle farm on a Scottish island.

SPANA executive team

SPANA’s UK work is based at its head office in central London. There are five departments administering the work of the charity worldwide, led by a senior management team of six:

Chief Executive Jeremy Hulme

Director of Education Diana Hulme

Director of Fundraising Jason Cater

Director of Finance John Reid

Director of Veterinary Services Francesca Compostela

Director of Communications Dan Tickle

SPANA Council of Management

SPANA’s Council of Management oversees the work of the executive team and include:

Patron Mr John Craven OBE

President The Lord de Mauley TD

Vice President:

The Rt Hon the Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior MA PhD DSc DVM FRCVS

Prof Derek Knottenbelt OBE BVM&S DVMS DipECEIM MRCVS

Mr Ian Frazer FCA

Hon Presidents:

HRH Prince Asem Bin Baker Bin Nayef (Jordan)

HRH The Princess Lalla Asma (Morocco)

Chairman Sir Roger Gale MP

Hon Treasurer Mr Alan Kennard MBE FCA

Council Members:

Dr Jonathan Amory MSc PhD

Brig (Retd) Mark Castle OBE

Mr William Fullerton CMG MA


Ms Olga Johnson

The Lady Slynn of Hadley SRN

Mr Donald Fraser BVM&S MPhil MRCVS

Dr Roger Curtis PhD MSc BVSc DTVM FRCVS

Mr Mark Dickens

Further details of the current membership of SPANA’s Council, and our honorary positions, can be found in the latest annual review.

SPANA country directors

SPANA’s work in its core countries is coordinated by a network of country directors.

Ethiopia Dr Nigatu Aklilu

Jordan Dr Mustafa Ghazi

Mali Dr Amadou Doumbia

Mauritania Mr Bebeha Ahmed

Morocco Prof Hassan Alyakine

Tunisia Dr Sami Mzabi

Zimbabwe Dr Keith Dutlow

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