Meet the trustees

Redwings is a registered charity in England & Wales (1068911) and Scotland (SC045070). Our Trustees are unpaid volunteers and the Directors of the Sanctuary. Find out more about them here:

  • Steve Clark

    Chairman

    Steve trained as an industrial chemist, before going into the health and safety sector and currently his work is in electrical testing. He is committed to public service including being a Councillor and serving as a Mayor of his home town for five years.

    Steve has a lifelong passion for horses. His involvement with Redwings goes back to even before we achieved charitable status, when he volunteered for our open days. He joined the Redwings Board in 1994, becoming Chairman in 1995, and he hasn’t looked back since!

    Steve's favourite Redwings resident: Major, a magnificent Shire-cross at Redwings Oxhill who is an impressive character, but also a gentle giant.

  • Ann Polley

    Deputy Chair

    Ann has enjoyed a long career in the voluntary sector and was CEO of Norfolk Voluntary Services. She has served on charity and community boards, and was brought onto the Redwings Board in 1994 following a search for someone with charity leadership and strategy experience. Ann is a Director of our trading company, Redwings Enterprises Limited.

    Ann's interest in horses was thanks to her daughter who was in the equine industry and who has her own horses.

    Ann's favourite Redwings resident: Gulliver, from Redwings Aylsham, who is also a favourite of one of her grandchildren.

  • Andrew Fryer

    Treasurer

    Andrew is a partner in an accountancy firm in Norfolk. He joined the Board in 2004, bringing treasury experience, financial acumen and a head for risk management. He is also a Director of Redwings Enterprises Limited and brings business planning knowledge to the Board.

    Andrew's favourite Redwings resident: Redwings Caldecott's special donkey, Esther! Andrew is moved by her rescue story and the Amersham case. He is also proud of the role that our Caldecott Visitor Centre plays as a popular tourist attraction.

  • Peter Horrocks

    Trustee

    Peter qualified as a solicitor and he specialises in insolvency. He is an experienced Assessor, continuing to take on cases in the UK and overseas. In addition to serving on the Insolvency Practice Council set up by Government, he has extensive board-level experience in the private and professional sectors.

    Peter joined the Redwings Board in 2005, transferring from Ada Cole Memorial Stables when the charities merged. Peter’s passion for horses comes from owning his own!

    Peter's favourite Redwings resident: Dolly, who has such a courageous rescue story having fallen into a ditch where she was stuck for days before being found.

  • Mark Little

    Trustee

    Mark is a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, Director (Rural) of an international company with a wide portfolio, including land management.

    He has been a trustee since 1995 following a search for someone with land strategy experience, acknowledging how critical this significant resource is for the continued success of the Sanctuary.

    Mark rode as a youngster and so has a lifelong love of horses.

    Mark's favourite Redwings resident: Maya, the stunning Friesian at Aylsham. He is also pleased to see how the Aylsham Visitor Centre now plays an essential educational role in North Norfolk.

  • David Buckton

    David retired in 2014 as an Associate Director of an insurance broker where he had responsibility for the management of horse and pony delegated insurance schemes. His earlier career was in banking, followed by equestrian livery and he has previously owned and ridden horses. 

    David is the current Upper Warden for the Worship Company of Farriers where he continues his passion for all matters horse. He lives in East Anglia and joined the Redwings Board in 2017.

    David's favourite Redwings resident: It has to be Victoria at Redwings Caldecott, she's just stunning.

  • Paul Fileman

    Paul has been a supporter of Redwings for many years. He joined the Board in 2017 at an ideal time when he was in the process of winding down his business interests to take retirement and could dedicate some time to the charity. For the past decade Paul has worked as a business coach and consultant to SMEs.  He lives in the Midlands and he and his wife enjoy riding their horses regularly.

    Paul's favourite Redwings resident: Marmite and the Breakfast Club cobs at Redwings Oxhill - such friendly chaps who we hope will find new homes when we extend our rehoming operations to Warwickshire very soon.