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. Prior to beginning their roles as Trustees, each signs a Code of Conduct which you can read here.

Find out more about them here:

  • Mark Little


    Mark is a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, Director (Rural) and Head of Office 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.

  • Ann Polley


    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 served as Vice Chair until 2018. 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 is due to retire from the Board this autumn.

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

  • Andrew Fryer


    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 is due to retire from the Board and his role as Treasurer at the end of 2021.

    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.

  • 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 Immediate Past Master 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 Guy the mule at Redwings Caldecott – He came in with terrible laminitis in 2015 having been rescued overweight and with very overgrown feet. He needed immediate treatment and his owner was given a caution.

  • Paul Fileman

    Vice Chair

    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 is also a Director of Redwings Enterprises Limited and brings strategic IT and marketing knowledge to the Board.

    Paul's favourite Redwings resident: Arya at Redwings Oxhill – she has such a lovely character and is always friendly. 

  • Tom Sharpe

    Tom qualified as a solicitor before specialising in employment law. His experience has included both contentious and non-contentious work and he is well versed in providing strategic advice. Tom was appointed following an advertisement seeking a lawyer to strengthen the Board. Tom joined the Board of Trustees in February 2020.

    Tom is the father of twin boys and enjoys the countryside and outdoor life/exercise including cycling. He is a fan of our welfare and care work and reputation for making a difference.

    Tom's favourite Redwings resident(s): It has to be the dynamic duo that are Wiggins and Wacko at Aylsham; although he’s never met Wiggins’ namesake on his cycling trips, he can certainly relate to the antics of these cheeky active boys.

  • Jo Wilkes

    Jo is an experienced Human Resources (HR) professional, most recently responsible for leading an HR service-delivery team for a university. Jo has previously managed and led HR teams in several large organisations and across different sectors. Her breadth of experience as an HR practitioner was a great match after Trustees carried out a Skills Audit in 2019 and advertised for HR experience. Jo joined the Board in February 2020.

    Jo has a true lifelong love of horses, more recently she has taken on a much-loved Appaloosa mare; her horse is Jo’s downtime, alongside the time occupied by her three children. Her horse is a tad smaller than the huge Shire that Jo has memories of sitting on as young as the age of two!

    Jo's favourite Redwings resident(s): Jo currently has two favourites – Lady, our still-growing young Shire at Redwings Oxhill, and of course Cookie at Redwings Aylsham, the spotty survivor of the horrific Amersham case.

  • Ian Scott

    Ian joined the Board in November 2021 following a skills-based advertising campaign for new trustees. Ian’s record as a senior manager at director level from the rural and equine supply industry with marketing, procurement, retail sales, budget and personnel management experience, was an ideal match for Redwings. His extensive knowledge of the equine and equestrian sectors is an asset for the charity and we are fortunate he already has experience of being a volunteer and a trustee. He is also the Chair of a federation of school governors. Ian owns and breeds event horses, is an international equestrian sports commentator and enjoys riding and keeping active through sport.

    Ian's favourite Redwings’ resident: Maya, in that all such beautiful mares should not end up in terrible conditions needing rescuing.