The Chair invites you to meet the charity Trustees

At the League we are challenging the cruelty inflicted on animals in the name of so-called ‘sport’. The role of a Trustee is to set the strategy and provide the good governance that enables our dedicated and professional staff to meet our charitable objectives.

An effective Board requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience and we have just that. We count amongst our team a biologist, a social scientist, a chartered accountant, a former CEO and an HR professional. We are a diverse group of individuals with one thing in common; we are committed to defending animals from cruel sports.

Trustees are volunteers, and I am incredibly proud to be leading a largely new Board, that is both determined and able to guide our League towards a bright new future and to build on our success. Together we will do just that!


Tim Holmes - Chair

Tim Holmes - League chair of Trustees

I have a diverse international wildlife experience spanning 30 years and have an excellent knowledge of animal welfare. Being exposed to animal welfare issues has helped me develop a clear view on what constitutes poor welfare because of human intervention. I have a genuine commitment to animal welfare and my interests completely align with those of the League.

I am a compassionate and conscientious conservation biologist with an MSc in ecology on springbok in Namibia, and a PhD on the effectiveness of management of Australia’s threatened birds. My experience in wildlife management includes project management (reintroduction of northern hairy-nosed wombats, flying-fox management, environmental education in rural Namibia), compliance and law enforcement, and setting strategic direction for the Queensland Government on the management of threatened species.

While working in Uganda, I witnessed the realities of the illegal wildlife trade including encountering shipments of shoebill storks, chimps, parrots and monkeys. I looked after three illegally caught wild baby chimps in my home for six months before taking them to a chimp sanctuary in Zambia.


John Hughes – Honorary Treasurer

John Hughes - League Honorary Treasurer

I have been a supporter and member of the League for many years and animal welfare and preventing cruelty to animals – particularly those being persecuted in the name of “sport,” is a key passion for me.

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with wide ranging business experience having worked in the profession, in financial services and more latterly as a business consultant. I have been finance director of a number of companies and have worked in the UK, USA and Malaysia.

I live in Devon with my wife and collie cross dog. I am currently a trustee of one other charity. I am a keen mountain biker and I rage when I come across the pheasant rearing activities on my rides on Exmoor or the stag hunting quad bikes ruining my rides on the Quantocks.

At the beginning of the 2018, I decided to “retire” and I am delighted to have been appointed a trustee of the League where I hope I can help the League achieve its mission of protecting animals against hunting, shooting and fighting for pleasure.


Astrid Clifford

Astrid Clifford - League Trustee

I have always loved animals and cared deeply about their welfare, and I am a long-standing supporter of many national and international animal charities. I've been lucky enough to care for foxes rescued by the National Fox Welfare Society and Wildlife Aid, and I joined the League as a member in 2004, before joining the Board of Trustees in 2018.

For most of my career, I have worked as an International Manager for the HSBC Group. During this time, I lived in 10 different countries and took on a range of senior leadership roles in all areas of banking. My last role was as CEO of HSBC Armenia, where I also served as a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Georgia, NASDAQ OMX and two local charities. After 22 years I decided to return to the UK for my young children to start school. I now work freelance as a banking consultant, which gives me more time to spend with my family and on voluntary work.

I live with three dogs, one cat, two rats, two sheep, two pigs, three chickens, 20+ fish and two children in the New Forest. My rescue lurcher is a “Pets As Therapy” dog and enjoys visiting humans in hospices and schools. I hate to see any animals (or humans) suffering, especially through deliberate cruelty, and think we all benefit when we learn to treat other creatures compassionately.


Caroline Hawkins

Caroline Hawkings - League Trustee

I have been a member of the League for several years, attracted by the fantastic impact it has on both the political and enforcement side of animal welfare.

I am a Human Resources professional, working across a variety of sectors. In the last 10 years I have supported leaders with maximising their leadership and management potential; helping them see the wood through the trees during challenging times and focus on their strategic goals and consistent people management.

I grew up in Devon. In my early years I volunteered for the local wildlife rescue centre helping catch and care for a variety of injured wildlife, in particular baby seagulls. This was an amazing experience and embedded my passion for animal welfare. I believe animals deserve to be treated with the same level of dignity and respect as any human.


Alan Tapp (Professor)

Professor Alan Tapp - League Trustee

Before joining the League as a trustee, I helped the League with its polling, writing a critique of the infamous Countryside Alliance claiming 59% said keep hunting! I issued the complaints to the Advertising Standards Association and the Market Research Society, which were upheld just before the House of Commons vote on the Hunting Act.

I have always been appalled by the abuse of animals in the name of sport and have let my local hunt know this on many occasions.

I have been a trustee now for nearly three years and I offer advice on marketing and fundraising. Other good causes I am involved with include the environmental and health benefits of cycling, the merits of 20mph speed limits and care for the elderly for Public Health England.

I live in South Wales with my family and support Cardiff City FC.