Meet our Council of Trustees

Guiding our direction for the future

Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwall is led by a knowledgeable and engaged Council of Trustees, each of whom is committed to ensuring the future of the hospital is in safe hands and we are able to support every wild bird who needs our care.

Discover who is on our Council of Trustees and why they are the right person to support our vision.

Jeremy Whitaker


Jeremy is Chair of the Trustee Council and lives in Falmouth, where he was previously Director of Marketing & External Affairs at Falmouth University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and runs his own transport consultancy. Jeremy is also a Director and Chair of the Community Rail Network Board.

Margaret Cass


From her arrival in Mousehole in 1963, Margaret always loved visiting the Hospital with her children. She became involved with fundraising as a volunteer before officially joining the council in the 1970’s. She was then elected chair from 1990 until her retirement in 2022 but is still actively involved.

Barbara Hanik


After 27 years as a teacher in the Midlands – and having lost her husband and with her children grown up – Barbara retired to Mousehole. Within 24 hours of her arrival in the village, she had to bring an injured gull to the Wild Bird Hospital and has been involved ever since. She’s worked with us as a Trustee and for the last 24 years as the Company Secretary. Barbara has seen staff and trustees change over the years, but everyone has always had the same objectives – to care for wild birds and to build on the work begun almost a century ago by the Yglesias sisters. 

Jonathan Harvey Steer

Jonathan moved to Cornwall with his Black Labrador four years ago and was delighted to join the Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital council. He is a keen photographer and loves taking pictures of all birds on his many walks. He is a former News Picture Editor with BBC & ITV. Jonathan feels this is a very interesting time for the Wild Bird Hospital especially with the Centenary approaching in 2028.

Robert Houghton

Bob has lived in mid Cornwall with his growing family since 1985. He runs his own management consultancy business working with a wide range of clients across the UK and Europe.  He enjoys the great outdoors, has walked the South West Coast Path and is an active volunteer in North Cornwall with the National Trust coast path team.

Sally Crabtree

Sally Crabtree was once a world class gymnast and is now a song-writing poet and children’s author. She is also the creative director of Artconnexion UK CIC – an organisation that devises and delivers award winning creative literacy projects internationally. Sally has always had a passion for song birds and is delighted to be working on a current Birds on the Branchline initiative which aims to celebrate and preserve the heritage of songbirds and their habitats along Cornwall’s Branchlines.

Christine Trickey

Christine semi-retired to Cornwall in 2006 having worked in administration for Balfour Beatty for a number of years, and became a trustee for Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital shortly afterwards. She’s always been interested in birds and enjoys being part of a team with their welfare at heart. She has also served on the Mousehole carnival committee as secretary and is a volunteer gardener for the National Trust.

Wilma Robson

Our Charitable Objectives

We work with a dedicated and knowledgeable Council of Trustees, all of whom are devoted to securing the long-term future of Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwall as a charity and centre of excellence in the care of wild birds.

Here’s what we want to achieve within the next five years.

Veterinary excellence

To build our reputation as an organisation where our care is led by veterinary trained and advised people

Improving care outcomes

To monitor our treatment programmes and interventions with the objective to improve our capability, reach and impact in terms of the number of birds treated and survival rates by species


To establish a volunteer team to support the delivery of all aspects of our operation, ensuring funding is directed towards delivery of our core purpose of bird care

Funding diversity

To ensure that our day to day operations are financially secure, we plan to diversify and improve our fundraising capabilities, focused on memberships and specific fundraising campaigns. Our initial campaign will be in support of the refurbishment of the hospital site

Scientific knowledge

To promote study and research into the disease of wild birds and methods of prevention control or cure and into the treatment of injured birds and to publish the results of all such study and research.