Fiona Stevenson, Governance Officer and PA to the Chief Executive
Fiona looks after the Chief Executive and trustees, and ensures Brooke complies with statutory and regulatory requirements.
What time does your alarm go off and how do you start your day?
My alarm goes off 7am. I make a nice cup of tea, and then feed and play with my three cats Bobby, Bernie and Archie before I walk to work (I’m very lucky to live only 25 minutes’ walk from Brooke's offices).
What are you responsible for in your role at Brooke?
I look after the Chief Executive and trustees, and organise and minute all senior leadership team (SLT), Board and Committee meetings. I also provide company secretarial support to Brooke, ensuring it complies with statutory and regulatory requirements.
What’s your typical day?
My days are varied due to my numerous roles! Sometimes I’m preparing Board papers and taking minutes of Board meetings, other days I'm organising international travel for the trustees and Chief Executive, drafting papers for the SLT and Board of trustees, and making sure Brooke is compliant with Charity Commission and Companies House regulations.
Particularly interesting and emotional was a visit to an equine fair where Brooke sets up mobile clinics to treat sick and wounded horses and helps educate owners about good equine welfare.
What’s your most memorable work moment?
I was so lucky to be chosen to visit Brooke’s work in the field in India in 2015. I visited numerous communities that Brooke works with, and saw the amazing work it does in the field. Particularly interesting and emotional was a visit to an equine fair where Brooke sets up mobile clinics to treat sick and wounded horses and helps educate owners about good equine welfare. It made me so proud to be part of Brooke.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Not being able to visit Brooke’s work in the countries we work in as much as I’d like to! But I can’t complain as I get to work with some fantastic people in the UK office and overseas.
What’s the best part of your job?
Working with Brooke’s inspirational and very knowledgeable Board of trustees - they really are a great group of people who bring a lot of experience to Brooke, and are so passionate about making sure Brooke is the best organisation it can be.
What would be your Plan B? What would you be doing if you didn’t work at Brooke?
I’d love to have been a vet, as I love all animals and would love to help them. Brooke is a very good second best to this!
What do you do after work?
I enjoy all the wonderful sights and events London has to offer, and like to go to the theatre, meet up with friends, eat out and go for a run. I’m studying for my Company Secretary qualifications so that takes up quite a bit of my spare time.
What makes you proud to be Brooke?
The wonderful people I work with, both in the UK and overseas. Everyone is so passionate about animal welfare, we all work together to help the horses, donkeys and mules around the world and the equine owning communities. It really is a great organisation, and I’m very proud to work here.
We reach over two million working horses, donkeys and mules across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Our staff include vets, animal welfare experts, and advocacy and development specialists.