Meet the team

Directors

Photo of Suzanne Connett Suzanne Connett Rescue & Events Director – SW England
Photo of Traci Kirkland Traci Kirkland Rescue Director – Scotland
Photo of Melinda Laws Melinda Laws Rehoming Director & Rescue Director – England: South East, North & Wales

Admin

Photo of Claire Longworth Claire Longworth Communications,, Website Dev. & Area Coordinator – London
Photo of Maxine Johnson Maxine Johnson Fundraiser
Photo of Chris Maddex Chris Maddex Website Manager
Photo of John Tolliday John Tolliday Finance Manager

Rehoming Team

Photo of Natalia Dziekan Wisniewska Natalia Dziekan Wisniewska Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Manchester
Photo of Lyndsey Shorrock Lyndsey Shorrock Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Northamptonshire
Photo of Bryan Wall Bryan Wall Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Shropshire, Shrewsbury & Herefordshire
Photo of Abby Barnett Abby Barnett Rehoming Officer & Home Checker – Hampshire
Photo of Chris Clark Chris Clark Rehoming Officer & Home Checker – Kent
Photo of Louise Ballantyne Louise Ballantyne Rehoming Officer
Photo of Ria Cooper Ria Cooper Rehoming Officer
Photo of Amie Esslemont Amie Esslemont Rehoming Officer
Photo of John Scott John Scott Rehoming Officer

England – North & Central

Photo of Melinda Laws Melinda Laws Rehoming Director & Rescue Director – England: South East, North & Wales
Photo of Derek Bridges Derek Bridges Area Coordinator – Oxfordshire
Photo of Sue Darley Sue Darley Area Coordinator – Yorkshire
Photo of Natalia Dziekan Wisniewska Natalia Dziekan Wisniewska Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Manchester
Photo of Natasha Keith Natasha Keith Area Coordinator – North Yorkshire
Photo of Callum Miller Callum Miller Area Coordinator – Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire. & Warwickshire
Photo of Maggie Philllips Maggie Philllips Area Co-Ordinator – Lancashire
Photo of Lyndsey Shorrock Lyndsey Shorrock Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Northamptonshire
Photo of Bryan Wall Bryan Wall Rehoming Officer & Area Coordinator – Shropshire, Shrewsbury & Herefordshire
Photo of Lula Fae-Kochanowski Lula Fae-Kochanowski Home Checker & Collections Volunteer – County Durham
Photo of Gonda Vanden Eynde Gonda Vanden Eynde Home Checker & Collections Volunteer – Northumberland

England – South East

Photo of Melinda Laws Melinda Laws Rehoming Director & Rescue Director – England: South East, North & Wales
Photo of Maureen Brown Maureen Brown Area Manager- Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire
Photo of Sarah Jayne Turner Sarah Jayne Turner Area Manager – East & West Sussex
Photo of Debra Brinklow Debra Brinklow Area Coordinator
Photo of Keith Brown Keith Brown Area Coordinator – Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire
Photo of Rebecca Carter Rebecca Carter Area Coordinator – Sussex
Photo of Vanessa Davies Vanessa Davies Area Coordinator – Suffolk
Photo of Tracey Elphick Tracey Elphick Area Coordinator – West Sussex
Photo of Claire Longworth Claire Longworth Communications,, Website Dev. & Area Coordinator – London
Photo of Callum Miller Callum Miller Area Coordinator – Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire. & Warwickshire
Photo of Sonia Norman Sonia Norman Area Coordinator
Photo of Mark and Gillian Page Mark and Gillian Page Area Coordinators – Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire
Photo of Janet Potter Janet Potter Area Coordinator – Eastbourne
Photo of Abby Barnett Abby Barnett Rehoming Officer & Home Checker – Hampshire
Photo of Chris Clark Chris Clark Rehoming Officer & Home Checker – Kent
Photo of Sarah Petts Sarah Petts Home Checker – Hampshire
Photo of Vicky Whitfield Vicky Whitfield Home Checker – Essex
Photo of Michelle Chantler Michelle Chantler Area Coordinator – Kent
Photo of Paul Chantler Paul Chantler Volunteer

England – South West

Photo of Suzanne Connett Suzanne Connett Rescue & Events Director – SW England
Photo of Nicholas Spiller Nicholas Spiller Area Manager – Dorset
Photo of Kylie Bailey Kylie Bailey Area Coordinator – Gloucester
Photo of Mark Carr Mark Carr Area Coordinator – Devon
Photo of Olivia Duncan Olivia Duncan Area Coordinator – Plymouth & Cornwall
Photo of Justin Read Justin Read Area Coordinator – Gloucestershire
Photo of Lynette Rogers Lynette Rogers ACO – South Devon
Photo of Stacey Vickery Stacey Vickery Home Checker – Wiltshire

Scotland

Photo of Traci Kirkland Traci Kirkland Rescue Director – Scotland
Photo of Angie Allen Angie Allen Area Manager – Dumfries and Galloway
Photo of Helen Fulton Helen Fulton Area Manager – Renfrewshire
Photo of Rena McKechnie Rena McKechnie Area Manager – Fife
Photo of Gillian Donald Gillian Donald Area Coordinator – South Lanarkshire
Photo of Victoria Raimes Victoria Raimes Area Coordinator – Midlothian
Photo of Lana Twiname Lana Twiname Area Coordinator – Kirkcudbrightshire,
Photo of Mark Small Mark Small Volunteer

Wales

Photo of Melinda Laws Melinda Laws Rehoming Director & Rescue Director – England: South East, North & Wales
Photo of Carol Davies Carol Davies Area Manager – Wales
Photo of Elizabeth Hopkins Elizabeth Hopkins Area Coordinator – Glamorgan
Photo of Lisa Janes Lisa Janes Area Coordinator – Carmarthenshire
Photo of Michael Janes Michael Janes Area Coordinator – Carmarthenshire




The Directors

Melinda Laws

Hi, my name is Melinda Laws. I am the director for Rehoming and Rescue Director for the South East, Midlands and the North. 

I have been with Birdline for many years. 
I love seeing new birds find their forever homes. The satisfaction of knowing they are loved and cared for is priceless. 

I started as a safe house for Birdline. This role was so important to the rescue as they could not bring birds into the rescue without the help of safehouses. I then became an ACO for Kent. This opened my eyes…seeing birds coming straight from the donor, some were in a poor state, others were loved so much but the donor could no longer cope. These were the hardest to deal with as sometimes I would be in tears with the donor. 
I was later made a manager, although I kept my role as area co-ordinator and still continue that role today. 

I was made a Director and took the role on of “Rehoming Director”. We have built a strong team up of rehoming officers who work so hard to get through the applicants, applying to foster birds. I also took the role of Director for the South East. Working alongside managers, Area co-ordinators and safehouses.

Dealing with vets for many years, due to rescue, I have a vast knowledge of health and wellbeing for the birds, it has helped me stay up to date on medications and diseases also.

I love the roles I have, although at times it breaks your heart and the stress can get a bit much some days. We continue to do what we do because seeing the process of when a bird comes into rescue and is finally rehomed in a loving safe environment, makes it all so worthwhile.

I have taken on special needs birds myself, some who were threatened to be put to sleep, but with care have turned around. Some stayed with me, others when they have got through their bad stages now live in homes where their needs are met and they are cared for.


Traci Kirkland

Hi, my name is Traci Kirkland. I originally joined Birdline as I was looking for a companion for my own parrot as my working hours were changing and I wanted to offer a home to a bird in need rather than buying. 

After chatting to a few people on the forum I decided to offer to safehouse.  It took me 6 months to get my first safehouse bird, but I understood the importance of only offering a temporary home to the right bird and Birdline only had a very few members in Scotland at this point.  After a few months Birdline were short of area co-ordinators so I signed up to help. I helped form the Northern show team to help fund raise and raise awareness which I love being part of and the rest is history. I am now Director for Scotland.  

I love Birdline and we have some amazing people who work so hard, we all give what we can while having busy jobs and lives. 

Why do I do it? For the love of the birds and as if there ever came a day, I couldn’t care for my birds I would want to know Birdline was there to promise them the care and love they are used to. 


Suzanne Connett

My name is Suzanne Connett . I am the Rescue Director for Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset and I am also the South West events coordinator. I have a small but dedicated team to help me cover these areas.

Birdline parrot rescue has been part of my life for more than a decade now. I, like many, did not do my homework before buying a parrot. I didn’t even know there was such a charity that rescued them and only stumbled across Birdline whilst talking to a local pet shop owner. To begin with I fostered a companion for my African grey, then I got involved with events and fund raising and slowly over the years worked up to the positions I hold now.

I have a great passion for these wonderful creatures and with Birdline’s help my knowledge for them has also grown over the years and continues to grow.