Our People

Our Trustees


Phyllis joined the GAWF board in March 2015 and became Chair a year later. She has substantial experience of work as a trustee over many years, especially supporting children and young people. She was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to children and families arising from her role as Director of Education and Children’s Services in a London borough.

Phyllis has a strong personal commitment to animal welfare and has been involved in cat and dog rescue for over twenty years.

Involvement in GAWF brings together her professional expertise and personal interests.


Anna Stamatiou was born of Greek parents, in 1955. In 2007 having lived most of her life in London where she grew up, she moved to Greece and now lives in central Athens. She is an active member of the GAWF Board and has also served as Chairman of Animal Action, Hellas. She resigned from that post in 2020 but remains on the Animal Action Board.

Her interest in animals and the environment led her in 2005 to become a founder-member of Chios Nature – a group dedicated to the wildlife of Chios, the Aegean island that her family is originally from. Anna is also a Board Member of MEDASSET (working for the conservation of sea turtles in the Mediterranean).

She contributes principally to the communication and awareness work of the organisations she supports, and particularly enjoys devising innovative educational programmes and games for young people. She has shared her life with her husband, Andreas, two sons, four grandchildren (so far) and, to date, six English bull terriers (though not all at the same time)!
Anna harbours an as-yet-unfulfilled ambition one day to swim in the sea alongside a wild turtle.


Maria Marinos, came to GAWF with a background in financial reporting, editing and Public Relations for major institutes both in the UK and in Hong Kong.

Maria was brought up in Essex surrounded by both horses and dogs and she is the proud owner of Leo, whom she rescued from a life on the streets of a Greek Island.


David had lived all his life in London. He studied veterinary medicine at Oxford and has been working as a small animal vet in Streatham for the past twenty years.

In his surgery he treats mainly cats and dogs, but he also often sees rabbits, mice, hamsters and other small rodents as well as reptiles. David has served as a Councillor in the Borough of Lambeth. He has three children and cats.


Having served as Chief Executive Officer of Greek Animal Welfare Fund and Animal Action Hellas since March 2018, in October 2020 Paul returned to his role as Trustee & Treasurer, which he held for 6 years before becoming CEO.


Paul is also the Director and President (of the Board of Directors) of Animal Action Hellas.

Paul has a life long love of Greece and animals, having been charmed in his youth by reading Gerald Durrell’s ‘My Family and other animals’ trilogy. He also cemented this love when as one of a group of 10 fellow Tasmanian’s he was on a canoeing expedition around the Greek islands, back in 1983. Fast forward to the present, this job allows him to pursue both passions – animal welfare and Greece!

Paul has had a 20 year career in local government, having been an elected local government councillor in Lambeth from 1998 to May 2018, when he stood down. In that time he was Deputy Leader of the council (2014 to 2018), and was a cabinet member with responsibility for Finance for seven years until 2017. Professionally, Paul has wide experience as an accountant and senior manager in both the private and public sectors. He has over his career worked in Australia in the hotel industry, Germany in the Film and TV sector and then for some years in the music industry based in the UK, working for international HQ of PolyGram International, then one of the 3rd largest music companies in the world.



Sophia Kyriakopoulou joined GAWF/Animal Action as an Operations Manager in 2017. She is responsible for the management of our operational animal services . She holds a BA in Communication and Media as well as a MA in Conflict and Communication from the University of Athens.

Sophia is passionate about animal welfare and in her spare time she fosters stray kittens. She loves to travel but not as much as she loves cats and dogs. Her spoiled adopted cat Yaya and her two dogs Gus and Kika can confirm this.


Serafina holds a BSc in Marketing Management from Deree College and a MBA in Marketing Communications from New York Institute of Technology.

After many years of professional experience in a multinational business environment she has decided to dedicate her life to what she loves most – helping animals. She has been a volunteer in the area of animal welfare for almost 20 years and has now taken the role of Animal Action’s Neutering Officer.

She lives in Athens with her three rescue dogs King, Claire and Mickey who is also a Pet Therapy dog.


Jada joined GAWF in Summer 2018 and has been working part-time at the London office since then. Her role involves processing supporter donations and book-keeping, amongst other things.

She is currently studying Medicine at King’s College London. Her passion for animals began at the young age of 5 with her first pet goldfish, Goldie, and now she adores spending time with her family Golden Retriever, Ben.


Elizabeth joined GAWF in 2021 to support the charity’s communications and fundraising efforts, working part-time to share the latest news and stories across our social channels and website.

She has a professional background in Marketing and Fundraising within the charity sector, and is looking forward to studying an MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, later this year.

Elizabeth’s family of rescues keeps her busy with two cats and two dogs – one of whom was once a stray roaming the streets of Greece!


Jon joined GAWF in 2020 to oversee the charity’s communications and fundraising, before moving into the role of Head of UK Operations in early 2021.

He has a BA in Sociology from the University of Sussex and a professional background in music events and hospitality business management, but in the last few years he has dedicated his life to improving the welfare of animals across the globe.

Jon has a particular affinity towards cats but will happily make friends with any animal (and regularly does).



Elisa Geskou is a veterinary surgeon ( DVM, MRCVS), with equine welfare being her focus area. She is the Equine Project Coordinator, as well as an Equine Team Leader.

Her relationship with GAWF began in 2003, not long after graduating from the University of Thessaloniki, when she applied for a scholarship in equine medicine. Her 12 year old half-local breed horse Floga suffered at that time from serious chronic laminitis and risk of being led to euthanasia when Elisa met Janet Eley, DVM and her recently set up UK Equine Project Team in her first outreach in Leros; it was the Team’s veterinary and farriery expertise, in combination with Elisa’s devotion, that saved Floga who had, since then, a healthy happy life free of pain until the age of 27.


Alkis is an Equine Dental Technician and a professional wildlife biologist (MSc, PhD) specialising on ungulates. He has been part of the Equine Project Team since 2016.


Tasos has been a professional farrier for the last 10 years. In 2010 he went to Arizona to study in the American Horseshoeing school of Tucson. Since 2019 we have been working together and he is a member of our Team.


Kostas is a veterinary surgeon with considerable experience in the equine field. Besides being one of our Equine Team Leaders, he has been working more than 15 years in the Stud Farm in Lazarina, therefore his speciality is equine obstetrics. He joined our Equine Team because of his interest in helping working equines in need.


Aris was already a farrier when he met our equine team in 2007, during a training seminar in Crete. He has been our team’s member since then, offering his farriery services to a great number of working equines. 


Dom is a UK based farrier who joins our Equine Team’s actions in specific cases, such as farriery seminars, when his expertise is needed


Alex works predominantly as a Farrier in the UK, however he travels to Greece to join our team when his expertise is needed in specific cases.