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Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Set for Success under Former-Battersea Deputy CEO

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has set its sights on fundraising success under new leadership from former Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Howard Bridges.

Howard joined Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in April 2015, following his previous success at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London. He has since expanded Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Senior Management and Fundraising teams with the aim of increasing revenue and positioning the Home as a leading animal charity in Scotland.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home receives no Government or lottery funding, relying solely on donated income. Howard discussed the importance of expanding the Home’s personnel and funding streams to ensure continued growth of the Home. He said:

“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has a long history of serving Edinburgh and the Lothian’s community, ensuring that their dogs and cats in need are cared for to the highest standard. But we need to do more – today we have nearly 100 animals on our entry waiting list for rehoming. This is in addition to the nearly 80 dogs and cats currently in our care and the strays that come through our door for priority places on a daily basis. With this increasing demand for our services, it is essential that the Home finds new funding streams to expand its facilities and services.

“The recruitment of new Senior Management and Fundraising teams is a big investment for the Home but one that will help us achieve significant future growth. It is a very exciting time in the Home’s history and we look forward to even better results in rescuing, reuniting and rehoming dogs and cats going into the future.”

Howard was joined by Lindsay Fyffe Jardine in August 2015, who undertook the role of Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at the Home. Lindsay has drawn on her background in disaster, operations and security management roles at World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA) and Edinburgh Airport to lead the Home’s strategic planning and operational implementation. She said:

“The strength of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home lies in its exceptional staff, and the addition of new Senior Management and Fundraising teams is simply building on this existing commitment and expertise. We want to demonstrate the vital role that the Home has played in Edinburgh and the Lothians since 1883 and to continue to grow our resources to help more of the dogs and cats in need across Scotland.”

The Senior Management Team (SMT) further expanded in July with the recruitment of Fundraising Manager Nicola Gunn and again in October with Office Manager Rachel Kavish Wheatley. At the end of 2016, the Home’s SMT led the expansion of a new Fundraising, Retail and Communications team.

For further information about Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, visit www.edch.org.uk.


Media Enquiries

Julie Thomson
Marketing & Communications Officer
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
+44 (0) 79 851 556 83


Notes for Editors

1. Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home was founded in 1883, and has been providing a home for stray and unwanted animals across Scotland for more than 130 years. Run by a small team of paid staff and volunteers; the charity works alongside other agencies (e.g. the police, vets and other charities) to rescue, reunite and rehome the animals in its care. No healthy dog or cat in the Home’s care is ever put to sleep and the team work for as long as necessary to give animals the second chance they deserve. To find out more, visit www.edch.org.uk.

2. Howard Bridges, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, has over 40 years’ experience in strategic planning and operational management. Following a stint in HM Royal Navy in his teens, he spent his early career in facilities and operational management roles for some of the world’s largest global service providers, working both in the UK and across Europe, Middle East and Africa. More recently he made an impact at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, which he joined initially as Director of Estates, Facilities and IT in 2007. In 2009 he assumed the role of Interim CEO for 12 months and subsequently became Deputy CEO and Director of Operations. In April 2015 Howard brought his extensive expertise to the role of Chief Executive of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

3. Lindsay Fyffe Jardine joined the home as Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive in August 2015. Prior her role at the Home, she held the position of Security Manager at Edinburgh Airport. Lindsay has also worked extensively in both the humanitarian and animal welfare sector, having held the role of International Disaster Programme Manager at World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA). She has lead and co-ordinated disaster response operations in Haiti, Japan and Philippines while advocating for the importance of animal welfare at United Nations forums.

4. Nicola Gunn joined Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in July 2016 to lead the Fundraising, Retail and Communications Department as Fundraising Manager. She has worked in fundraising and events for over 8 years with Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), Kilbryde Hospice and the British Medical Association.

5. Rachel Kavish Wheatley joined the Home as Office Manager in October 2016 Rachel is originally from New York City, having attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and the Performing Arts (aka the “Fame” school). Rachel moved to Edinburgh in 2002, where she has held management roles in the hospitality sector, in addition to John Lewis, where she worked for 9 years as Section Manager in Catering, line managing up to 25 partners and co-running 3 catering outlets, while collaborating with the wider operation as part of the management team.

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