The Team

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James Florence

Chief Executive

James has spent over 15 years working in the animal welfare and wildlife conservation sectors. He has built up a considerable network of charity contacts all over the world and is regularly asked to give talks and presentations detailing his work and passion for animals.

After starting his career in the retail sector, he then decided to spend 3 months on a wildlife conservation project in Zambia. 7 years later, he was still there and had been a manager for a wildlife sanctuary and also helped establish the country’s only elephant orphanage and rehabilitation centre. In 2010 James returned to the UK and joined the charity Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS). For the first 2 years he worked as the Marketing Manager and then a further 5 years as the Managing Director, responsible for all of the charities activities. During his time with the organisation, he was able to visit and work with other small charities around the world and see first-hand, the needs they have for basic training to enhance their work.

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Fleur Kellenbach

Head of Philanthropy  

With eight years of experience working in the philanthropic sector across higher education, animal welfare, conservation and Indigenous portfolios, Fleur is an established philanthropic adviser.

In 2015, whilst embedded in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, Fleur created the eastern Victorian based Gippsland Indigenous Animal Health Program (GIAHP).  The GIAHP provides free veterinary shelter medicine to Indigenous owned animals and in 2018, Wildlife & Welfare has expanded this project to the Greater Shepparton area, to service the west Victorian region.

Currently as Senior Adviser of Philanthropy for RMIT University, Fleur’s expertise and linkages within the charity sector enable us to develop fundraising pipelines that are a strategic fit for our organisation.  Further, Fleur’s ability to assess and advise on the appropriate fundraising models for projects and organisations of varied size and disciplines, contributes to Wildlife & Welfare’s offerings in leveraging the fundraising outputs for other charities.


Kate Shervell

Veterinary Director

Kate is a vet who graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004 and has a range of animal welfare experience spanning clinical veterinary practice, managerial roles in several international charities, and government policy. She has worked and volunteered on animal welfare projects in 10 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America and spoken at international conferences on a range of animal health and welfare subjects. She has provided veterinary advice to livestock disaster management programmes, managed veterinary student training programmes and supported a range of small and large animal welfare organisations in creating effective veterinary and welfare programmes. She was most recently employed as International Director of Mission Rabies, where she developed and managed programmes which resulted in over 700,000 canine rabies vaccinations and an education programme that reached over 1.4million children over 5 years in India, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda. She also planned and directed a 20,000 dog mass sterilisation drive conducted over a six month period in Goa, India.

Kate is currently studying for a Masters in International Animal Health and holds the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Managing Safely Certificate.


Sam Thomas

Development & Communications Manager

Sam has spent over 8 years working in the not for profit sector, and has held roles in development and communication across a number of organisations, big and small. She believes that the right way to work towards achieving a business’s vision is to connect organisational ambition and supporter aspiration. By delivering mutual benefit, relationships are strengthened; and it is this unity that can bring about the greatest opportunity to deliver change.

Passionate about animal welfare and conservation from an early age, Sam has always tried to do what she can in her own life to make the world a better place.

“Whether it’s signing a petition, taking the bus instead of driving, or changing our purchasing behaviour, we can all do our bit to preserve our planet. No matter how small, every action we take matters. By working collectively, all those small actions add up, and together we really can make a difference.”