Meet the AdvoCATS

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Our AdvoCATS and their bios are below:


If you’d like to become part of the Advocats Volunteer Team get in contact! 

 

Co-Founder / Jen Berezai

Co Founder Jen (pictured with husband and honorary AdvoCAT Chris) has over 30 years of experience of general cat ownership and multi-cat households in particular. Having been involved with various cat rescues, Jen has witnessed first-hand the heartbreak when a person has to give up their pet(s) because of landlord issues, and is passionate about campaigning to improve the situation for responsible pet owners.

Co-Founder / Lisa Starr

Lisa has worked as a veterinary nurse since she was 16, with a 6 year break running her own pet sitting service. The chance to help others keep their beloved family pets in rented accommodation inspired Lisa, as she believes they are truly family members, and has had to deal with the practical problems caused by surrendered pets ending up in rescues.

 

Caseworker / Carla Frampton

Carla is a qualified veterinary nurse, and also runs Life of Riley Homes, a property investment company that has the specific aim of offering rental properties to people with pets. She firmly believes that everyone, including animals, deserve a safe and quality home to live in.

Caseworker & Finance Officer / Jan Watts

Jan is not a fan of cameras! However she feels passionately that not enough is done to enable families to keep their pets wherever possible, and with 10 years negotiating experience behind her, is well positioned to work with tenants and landlords to try and facilitate this.

Case Worker & Rescue Liaison / Zoe Brown

Zoe is qualified psychologist who lives with her husband and two cats, Cheech and Sanchez. She has had personal experiences both of the challenges of pet ownership in rental properties and of the positive impact that cats can have on a family’s emotional health and wellbeing. She also loves music and plays in several bands in Nottingham.

Caseworker & Vet Liaison / Karen Davies

Karen has worked in Technical Sales for over 20 yrs and is also a trained Life Coach. She is a passionate animal lover and can’t imagine her life without a cat. Karen is also convinced of the mutually beneficial relationship between people and animals.

Case Worker / Holly Brockwell

Holly runs her own small shelter, Holly’s Manky Moggies, for disabled, elderly and unwanted kitties, and as a long-time renter is ferociously passionate about improving renting with pets. She is a professional writer and often covers pet-related issues, as well as testing and reviewing all kinds of weird and wonderful cat gadgets.

Case Worker / Gary Poulson

Gary grew up with cats from a very young age to his mid 20’s and is currently the proud dad of Bobster (pictured) who was rescued after being trapped in a garage over a long hot summer. Working in the emergency services Gary understands first-hand the massive benefits to our mental health that having a pet at home can bring. Gary was in fact assisted himself by AdvoCATS, which inspired him to join the team in the hope that he can one day help someone keep their beloved pet in rented accommodation.

Case Worker / Jonathan Watts

Jonathan is Jan’s husband, together they have 2 cat’s, Pixel and Sansa. In fact throughout his life he was barely been without a cat, it was only whilst in rented accommodation whilst studying in Swansea that he didn’t have a feline companion. Jonathan missed having a cat during this period, and wants to change the awful choice between companion or home to companion and home. Jonathan is pictured with Loki who lived to be a grand age of 24!

Fundraising / Luke Todd & Lucy Atkinson

Luke and Lucy are a young professional couple who both work at Rolls Royce. Originally from Manchester, they have now lived in Derby for 3 years. They have one adopted cat called Flo, 5 years old, who they rescued from Cats Protection. Luke and Lucy enjoy getting outdoors and exploring new places, hopefully one day being able to bring Flo with them on a little lead!

Internet WatchCat / Ewa Kobylecka

Originally from Poland, Eva decided to move to the UK in 2006 and has lived here ever since. She decided to end her corporate career in Dec 2018 to focus on more important things in life than work: cats, travelling and family and personal development. These days she’s devoting most of her time to setting up a property investment business in Nottingham with the aim to help tenants with cats to find their rental home.

Team Advocat / Meg Arnold

Meg has worked intensively with a large variety of animals for over 10 years, but has a particular love of cats. She is currently training as a Veterinary Physiotherapist and is passionate about the positive impact that animals can have on people’s happiness and mental wellbeing.            

 

Team AdvoCAT / Roger Martin

Roger spent 34 years in the RAF and has had cats all his life, having also bred Foreign Blacks (now known as Oriental Blacks). Now retired, Roger relishes his role with AdvoCATS, developing happy cat-people relationships.

Team AdvoCAT / Emma Whitehurst

Emma works as a veterinary care assistant for a busy animal referral hospital, and has worked with animals since she was 16 years old. She enjoys her volunteer work with AdvoCATS, helping tenants and landlords gain knowledge on the importance of having a pet in your life.

Team AdvoCAT / Veroniki Mylonopoulou

Veroniki is currently studying for her Masters in intellectual property law, having already got a philosophy & law degree. She aspires to contribute to the overall aim of negotiating agreements between pet-owner tenants and landlords, so that more cats can have a home and less are left at rescues.

 

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