NEWC Directors

Chairman, Nicolas De Brauwere MRCVS
Head of Welfare, Rehabilitation and Education, Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Tel: 01508 481 006

Nicolas graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1991 from Onderstepoort in South Africa and has worked at Redwings Horse Sanctuary since then providing clinical services, herd health management, welfare department support and staff training. In 2002 he was appointed Senior Welfare Veterinary Surgeon and has dealt with many individual cases, large scale rescues in Devon, Gelligaer and Lincolnshire, worked with NEWC members – SWHP, EHPPS & World Horse Welfare (the new name for ILPH) and testified in Magistrate and Crown courts for RSPCA prosecution cases. In 2004 he was co-opted onto the NEWC Executive Committee. His interests include the theoretical and practical aspects of working with un-handled, semi-feral equines, finding solutions for equines suffering in private ownership and improving awareness of welfare issues affecting the older and/or un-handled equines by educating owners and colleagues in appropriate solutions to problems. Nic believes that he can assist NEWC to provide meaningful co-operation with other equine charities to tackle issue-driven problems and to improve understanding and communication between vets and welfare workers.

Dr Carol Hall
Principle Lecturer and Associate Professor, Nottingham Trent University  Tel:01158 485212
Carol Hall is a lecturer and researcher at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, specialising in equine behaviour and welfare. As part of their mission to raise awareness of equine welfare issues and the work of the welfare sector Nottingham Trent University have re-homed a range of horses and ponies at the Brackenhurst Equestrian Centre, as well as including guest lectures by welfare professionals in a number of their courses.

ch-and-rosie-168x300Carol is a Reader in Equitation Science and one of the original members of the International Society for Equitation Science. Her research focuses on improving the management and training of horses, with findings being published in both the scientific and lay press. In addition to her academic role, Carol is a BHS qualified Intermediate Instructor (BHSII), has a particular interest in classical dressage and a passion for Iberian horses.

Carol believes that her academic role will facilitate the link between NEWC and the education sector, both in terms of increasing awareness and by producing evidence to support the work of NEWC. She is also keen to extend the remit of NEWC to the consideration of the welfare of ridden horses and to promote more horse-friendly management and training practices.

Ryan Rouse
Head of External Welfare, Bransby Horses
Tel:01427 782710

Before starting at Bransby Horses as a Welfare Assistant in 2009, I had been working as a riding instructor for a small family run riding school. I also have a background in communication, working for BT as a service care team leader and for Vodafone working on business contracts. Both of these roles have given me the skills to communicate to a varied audience and manage teams in a target required environment.

Ryan Rouse picAt Bransby Horses my passion for Equine Welfare was established whilst managing the quarantine yard, I found the process of rehabilitation of equines with physical or behavioural concerns fascinating. Becoming involved in prosecution cases challenged me to take a step back from the day to day care that I had previously been involved in and investigate the Welfare Crisis the UK has been so badly hit by.

More recently I have concentrated my efforts on intakes and re homing mainly looking at the policy, procedure and process of each area. Before this I was working with semi feral equines mainly from Wales where the over population of equines on scrub land has been well documented in local and national media.

To represent not only Bransby Horses but also the National Equine Welfare Council is an exciting prospect, using my background skills I aim to help provide a clear message to improve the Welfare of all equines as part of a united organisation.

Claire Gordon
Chief Field Officer, World Horse Welfare
Tel: 01953 498682

Claire graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Glasgow University and then completed a postgraduate study in Human Resource Management. She has worked as an international event groom both here in the UK and in Australia before returning to Scotland to work as an Equine Nurse at The Royal (Dick) School Of Veterinary Studies.

Claire and NoahClaire has worked in welfare since 2007 when she joined the RSPCA as an Inspector in Hertfordshire before moving on to work for World Horse Welfare in 2010 as Field Officer in Suffolk, Essex and Kent. She became Chief Field Officer in 2016 and works investigating welfare concerns in West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Claire brings knowledge and experience in the practical application of welfare legislation and has a proactive, problem solving approach to Equine Welfare.

Ruth Court
Horse Welfare Manager, Blue Cross
Tel: 07768 390016

Ruth is the Horse Welfare manager at Blue Cross and her experience within the Equine Industry is in Education, Management and Welfare. She has a BSc (hons) degree in Equine Management holds the BHS Intermediate Instructors Certificate.

Ruth Court

Ruth’s main role with Blue Cross is managing the team responsible for supporting the horses the charity has out on loan. She has been in this role since 2012 and during this time has developed the charities Home2Home and transfer of ownership schemes. Due to the increased number of welfare needy and abandoned horses that the charity takes in, Ruth and her team constantly look for innovative and cost effective ways of working to ensure the charity remains able to continue to help those horses that most need it; while maintaining healthy horses in happy homes.

Prior to joining Blue Cross Ruth lectured in Equine studies at De Montfort University Lincoln and latterly at Moulton College Northampton; Whilst at Moulton College, Ruth was involved with the instigation of training in large animal rescue for the fire and rescue services. She has also managed the College’s Equestrian Centre, worked as a freelance Instructor and rider, and has managed a variety of yards.

Ruth wholeheartedly supports the National Equine Welfare Council and is highly motivated to use her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to play a part in the Councils work. Ruth is enthusiastic about the value of working in partnership with other charities; to use resources, knowledge and experience to improve equine welfare with a united voice; with education playing a vital role in enabling understanding and progression for all involved with horses. She is passionate about improving equine welfare and believes in the need to change and adapt to current trends to meet the needs of all equines.

Gemma Stanford
Director of Welfare, The British Horse Society
Tel: 02476 840 576

Gemma Stanford graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) equine science degree before working for the NFU Mutual Equine Department for many years which culminated in leading a large team of people in a very fast paced, customer focused environment. Gemma has also had huge success in the equine world competitively qualifying for HOYS 19 times and has had wins at HOYS and Olympia.Gemma Stanford

Gemma has worked for The British Horse Society since 2014 and is Director of Welfare being responsible for over 200 volunteer Welfare Officers nationwide who provide advice, support and education to horse owners to help improve horse welfare.

Gemma has been responsible for the development and success of the BHS Healthcare clinic days which have seen over 300 horses attend in less than two years. An incredible 300 have also been castrated at these days. Gemma loves to work together as part of a multi agency  approach and is very pleased to gain a place on the NEWC Management Board.

Hannah Bryer
Head of Welfare, The Donkey Sanctuary
Tel: 01395 578222

Hannah graduated with a first class BSc(hons) Equine Science degree from Bristol UWE (Hartpury College) in 2004. 

After spending a decade working on the frontline of animal welfare investigating cases of cruelty and neglect, Hannah joined The Donkey Sanctuary, as senior donkey welfare adviser in April 2015. More recently in October 2017, Hannah was appointed as Head of Welfare. Hannah leads and supports her department which includes a dedicated team of donkey welfare advisers who work across England, Scotland and Wales to improve the welfare of donkeys and mules in our communities.

Her first hand experience of equine welfare issues is of particular benefit when working to resolve situations where the welfare of donkeys and mules are compromised.

Hannah was keen to join the NEWC directors board and proactively encourage others in equine charity sector to adopt a collaborative approach to challenges, share their experiences freely, make best use of our combined knowledge & expertise, and of course, represent donkeys and mules whose welfare needs differ from that of horses.


Carolyn Madgwick
Head of Field Skills, The Horse Trust
Tel: 01494 488464

Lady in riding helmet with small pony wearing purple headcollar

Carolyn has many years experience owning and working with horses, with family members who keep working carriage horses and train racehorses. Her son is an active member of their local Pony Club where Carolyn is also the treasurer.  She joined The Horse Trust in 2016 having spent 27 years as a Senior Trading Standards Officer leading a team of officers specialising in the enforcement of animal health and welfare legislation.  Responsible for carrying out investigations into complaints regarding animal and equine welfare and identification, she is confident in producing prosecution reports from first intervention through to presentation in a Court of Law.  Carolyn was the National Animal Health and Welfare Panel Lead Officer for Equines and Regulatory Lead on the Equine Sector Council (now British Horse Council).

At The Horse Trust, Carolyn maintains her level of expertise in legislation, develops training materials and provides training and advice on legislation for many audiences including the Emergency Services, Local Authorities, Vets and other equine charities.  She sits on the New Forest Livestock Society committee, advises them on legislation changes and attends the New Forest semi-feral sales.

Carolyn strongly believes that equine welfare can be improved through collaboration and education and brings with her many years of experience applying and explaining legislation to varied types of owner and organisation.