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Find out about the media spokespeople for Cats Protection.

John May: Chief Executive

John joined Cats Protection in November 2022. Prior to this, he gained a vast amount of experience through 11 years with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. He has also been a former non-executive director of UNICEF, helped to found ‘Teach First’ in the UK, and is a past vice chairman of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

He originally trained as a teacher and has since been the national education director of Business in the Community, founding chief executive of Career Ready and chief executive of Young Enterprise.

Catherine Cottrell: Director of Marketing & Income Generation

Catherine has a wealth of experience from the commercial, education and charity sectors, including in her current role as Cats Protection’s Director of Marketing & Income Generation, where she leads fundraising and commercial activities, raising approximately £70m per year.

Prior to this she was Executive Director of Fundraising and Partnerships for Comic Relief developing a new strategy and income streams for the charity brand; Director of Fundraising at UNICEF UK where she doubled income in a five-year period; and Group Head of Fundraising at the RSPCA where she led the creation and implementation of a new fundraising strategy bringing high growth in income from individuals and high value partnerships.

Catherine enjoyed a long career in sales and marketing which began in 1994 with Haymarket Publishing, after studying History at the University of Aberdeen and Marketing as a postgraduate at the University of Strathclyde. She later exhibited an interest in the not-for-profit sector working at Imperial Cancer Research Fund and then as Marketing Director at King's College London, leading the university’s national and international marketing activities.

Catherine plays an active role in the wider fundraising community, sitting on the Institute of Fundraising’s Learning and Development Committee, and the Fundraising Regulator’s Complaints and Investigations Committee. Catherine lives in Hove with her husband and two boys.

Madison Rogers: Head of Advocacy, Campaigns and Government Relations

Madison joined Cats Protection in 2017 and works within the Advocacy & Government Relations team to campaign to improve cat welfare across the UK. Her role includes influencing politicians in Westminster and the devolved nations and engaging with varying organisations about issues affecting cat welfare.

Madison has a degree in politics and international relations and formerly worked for a public affairs agency in London with clients in financial services and the rail industry. Madison is currently an Executive Committee member for the Women in Public Affairs Network, representing women in the industry who work for charities. She has a rescue cat called Moodles.

Mike Elliott: Feline Welfare and Operations Director

Mike has been with Cats Protection since 2016 and became our Director of Field Operations in 2020.

Prior to joining CP, Mike spent 20 years in various public and voluntary sector roles, most recently as Assistant Director of Volunteering and Community Involvement at the National Trust.

Mike is a Trustee of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes and is also Treasurer of the Links Group, helping them recently achieve charitable status.  He holds an MBA from the Open University Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Mike and his wife are former fosterers for CP and they have one ex CP foster cat, Bethany.

Peter Shergold: Head of Field Operations

Peter Shergold is the Head of Operations at Cats Protection, with oversight and responsibility for the effective running of the charity’s nationwide network of centres and branches. He joined the charity in 2021 after working at St John Ambulance and Public Health England. Peter lives in Birmingham with his wife and two young children. When he’s not working, Peter enjoys Judo.

Nicky Trevorrow: Behaviour Manager

Nicky is responsible for delivering Cats Protection’s behaviour strategy, including the development of policies, protocols and strategies to ensure consistent high standards of understanding, care and welfare of cats in the charity’s branches and centres.

Nicky promotes the importance and impact of behaviour on feline welfare and on shelter medicine. She also supports owners that have recently adopted their cat, advising them of why their cat is behaving in a certain way and helping to reduce the number returned to the charity.

She achieved a BSc in Animal Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton and worked as a registered veterinary nurse before joining the charity in 2010. She represents Cats Protection on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), is a member of International Cat Care’s feline wellbeing panel and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC).

Daniel Cummings: Central Behaviour Officer

Daniel is an expert on cat behaviour and advises owners on how to ensure the best welfare for cats. Daniel initiated the Cats Protection Feline Behaviour Conference in 2020, an annual event for animal professionals or owners who want to learn more about cat behaviour.

Born in Northern Ireland, Daniel lives in West Sussex and has worked for Cats Protection for four years. Previously he was a behaviourist with a dog rehoming charity and continues to volunteer as a trainer for a disability charity that helps train assistance dogs.

Daniel graduated with a Master’s Degree in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law and is a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). He writes on cat behaviour for several international publications. Daniel has a wonderful tabby cat called Lady Bug.

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