Our Structure

Meet the Hen Central team + intro text 

Hen Central

Jane Howorth
Founder & CEO
I was hatched in Hampshire, grew up in Berkshire and moved to Devon in 1995. At 19 I saw Panorama ‘Down on the Factory Farm’ and that was it – I knew I wanted to help commercial laying hens – and I collected my first flock of 36 (I went for 12) from a local well-hidden farm.
Fast forward a few years and I feel the luckiest person alive to be doing what I do.
My guilty pleasure? A daily chunk of chocolate, there’s always room for chocolate; it has to be done.
Alasdair Cameron
Head of Corporate Services
Al Cameron is our Head of Corporate services. His role is to support the Trustees and Senior Management Team with business planning activities, strategic development and operational management. Al has also had a major role in delivering the new Hen Welfare and Education building.
His guilty pleasure is watching the Exeter Chiefs.
Gaynor Davies
Head of Operations & Welfare
I’m originally from London. I worked as a veterinary nurse in a two-centre practice in Kensington (the last 10 years as head nurse) I moved to Chulmleigh in August 2008 and began volunteering for the BHWT helping with the daily care of the hens. I had never even picked up a real chicken before this time but became a chicken convert. Jane offered me a job in the office in Feb 2009 and I now look after the Operations and Welfare side of the charity, liaising with farmers and working out the logistics for rehoming days.
My guilty pleasure would be my dogs. I have owned, showed and even raced Borzoi (Russian Wolfhounds) ever since I became involved with Borzoi Rescue in 1980. I now own two along with a crazy Springer Spaniel and 9 cats.
Poppy Harrop
Head of Fundraising
I grew up in Devon and started my career in fundraising in London after graduating. A 6 week temporary role evolved into a decade working my way up to Head of Fundraising, in national health charity, Diabetes UK. Devon called me back where I discovered the wonderful world of hens and got in touch with Jane to see if she needed any fundraising help – the rest is history.

I love how the charity has captured the attention and imaginations of so many people, transforming lives not just for hundreds of thousands of hens but for so many families.

Guilty pleasure: anything from Switzerland, (I’m half Swiss) with cheese being top of the list closely followed by chocolate!
Rio Rossarne
Head of Marketing & Communications
Originally from a derelict ex-pig farm in Surrey where we kept various critters as pets, my career has spanned almost 30 years in world-renowned ad agencies in London, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, creating global marketing and communications campaigns for blue chip companies such as Sega, DirecTV, Oracle, and Proctor & Gamble that encompassed TV, radio, digital, direct response and other channels for both B-to-B and B-to-C audiences alike. After living in the USA for over a quarter of a century, I finally returned to England in November 2019 to be with my family in North Devon, and joined BHWT in late July 2020. That was the best decision I’ve ever made and I could not be happier!
My guilty pleasures are, unfortunately, American ones: Judge Judy and Survivor. Through these terrible reality TV shows I learned to navigate and survive life in corporate America… know where you stand legally and know who your alliances are! Hopefully I’ll soon reconnect with my English culture and learn how to bake via the Great British Bake Off instead!
Denise Clayton
Rehoming Assistant
Megan Conibere
Rehoming Assistant & eCommerce Officer
Kylie Ford
Fundraiser
Verity Hanson
Rehoming Assistant
Chris Holt
Rehoming Assistant
Rachel Jenkins
Rehoming & Office Management Assistant
Alison Leggett
Rehoming Assistant
Laura Roberts
Digital Content Producer
Louise Seddon
Volunteer and Logistics Manager

Board of Trustees

David Marek
Chair & Digital Consultant
I’m from Edinburgh but live in Cheshire where Sarah and I run the hen rehomings from Nantwich. We adopted our first hens in 2015 and were hooked! A few months later we began volunteering and haven’t looked back, adding to our flock regularly and becoming more involved in the charity, wanting to help as many hens as we could, and I became a trustee and joined the charity’s board in 2020 taking up the position of chair in January 2021.

I have a professional background in corporate IT in financial services covering development, architecture and governance spanning over 23 years. I’ve been involved in projects to implement large-scale functional and legislative changes as well as technology strategy, oversight and governance. When I’m not working on the BHWT website or rehoming hens I enjoy walking, cycling and getting out and about.

These adorable hens touch your heart, their personalities shine and nothing puts a smile on my face more than seeing a rehomed hen stretched out on a warm day with the sun on their wings.
Sarah Barlow
Trustee
After phoning up Devon for 3 hens in late 2005 I was advised that there were no Lancashire co-ordinators. Next minute I was suddenly their newest volunteer recruit and rehomed my first batch of around 50 hens in January 2006.
I have rehomed over 40,000 hens since then. Having an IT background I have also helped develop the booking and donation systems currently used by BHWT as well as being the person looking after the day to day accounts.
I cannot think of not having hens. They are such fun to keep and sitting amongst them on a nice day is a pleasure.
As well as 11 hens, I have 9 alpacas, two donkeys, a kune kune pig, two cocker spaniels and four beehives.
Adele Hall
Secretary & Operations Consultant
After phoning up Devon for 3 hens in late 2005 I was advised that there were no Lancashire co-ordinators. Next minute I was suddenly their newest volunteer recruit and rehomed my first batch of around 50 hens in January 2006.
I have rehomed over 40,000 hens since then. Having an IT background I have also helped develop the booking and donation systems currently used by BHWT as well as being the person looking after the day to day accounts.
I cannot think of not having hens. They are such fun to keep and sitting amongst them on a nice day is a pleasure.
As well as 11 hens, I have 9 alpacas, two donkeys, a kune kune pig, two cocker spaniels and four beehives.
Jane Howorth
Trustee
After phoning up Devon for 3 hens in late 2005 I was advised that there were no Lancashire co-ordinators. Next minute I was suddenly their newest volunteer recruit and rehomed my first batch of around 50 hens in January 2006.
I have rehomed over 40,000 hens since then. Having an IT background I have also helped develop the booking and donation systems currently used by BHWT as well as being the person looking after the day to day accounts.
I cannot think of not having hens. They are such fun to keep and sitting amongst them on a nice day is a pleasure.
As well as 11 hens, I have 9 alpacas, two donkeys, a kune kune pig, two cocker spaniels and four beehives.
Jonny Ison
Trustee
After phoning up Devon for 3 hens in late 2005 I was advised that there were no Lancashire co-ordinators. Next minute I was suddenly their newest volunteer recruit and rehomed my first batch of around 50 hens in January 2006.
I have rehomed over 40,000 hens since then. Having an IT background I have also helped develop the booking and donation systems currently used by BHWT as well as being the person looking after the day to day accounts.
I cannot think of not having hens. They are such fun to keep and sitting amongst them on a nice day is a pleasure.
As well as 11 hens, I have 9 alpacas, two donkeys, a kune kune pig, two cocker spaniels and four beehives.
Jacqui Pateman-Jones
Trustee
After phoning up Devon for 3 hens in late 2005 I was advised that there were no Lancashire co-ordinators. Next minute I was suddenly their newest volunteer recruit and rehomed my first batch of around 50 hens in January 2006.
I have rehomed over 40,000 hens since then. Having an IT background I have also helped develop the booking and donation systems currently used by BHWT as well as being the person looking after the day to day accounts.
I cannot think of not having hens. They are such fun to keep and sitting amongst them on a nice day is a pleasure.
As well as 11 hens, I have 9 alpacas, two donkeys, a kune kune pig, two cocker spaniels and four beehives.
Marcella Perversi
Trustee
After phoning up Devon for 3 hens in late 2005 I was advised that there were no Lancashire co-ordinators. Next minute I was suddenly their newest volunteer recruit and rehomed my first batch of around 50 hens in January 2006.
I have rehomed over 40,000 hens since then. Having an IT background I have also helped develop the booking and donation systems currently used by BHWT as well as being the person looking after the day to day accounts.
I cannot think of not having hens. They are such fun to keep and sitting amongst them on a nice day is a pleasure.
As well as 11 hens, I have 9 alpacas, two donkeys, a kune kune pig, two cocker spaniels and four beehives.
Karen Wright
Trustee
After phoning up Devon for 3 hens in late 2005 I was advised that there were no Lancashire co-ordinators. Next minute I was suddenly their newest volunteer recruit and rehomed my first batch of around 50 hens in January 2006.
I have rehomed over 40,000 hens since then. Having an IT background I have also helped develop the booking and donation systems currently used by BHWT as well as being the person looking after the day to day accounts.
I cannot think of not having hens. They are such fun to keep and sitting amongst them on a nice day is a pleasure.
As well as 11 hens, I have 9 alpacas, two donkeys, a kune kune pig, two cocker spaniels and four beehives.