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


    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: Zippy our tall Gelderlander rescued from the Amersham case, he lives at Redwings Ada Cole and is a real people-horse!

  • 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 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: 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'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


    Tragically Peter passed away in August. His loss is felt by all the Board and team at Redwings, especially the team at Ada Cole. Our thoughts are with his family.

    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

    Vice Chair

    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 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


    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.