Our trustees

Trustees are elected by the Council and serve a term of five years, which can then be extended by a maximum of two years. World Horse Welfare invites nominations from its other trustees and its employees - the aim is for each trustee to bring a particular skill or interest to the Council, which will assist the running of the charity.


HRH Princess Royal - World Horse Welfare President


The Princess Royal has been a keen rider since childhood and her passion for horses has stayed with her as an adult. Having competed at a professional level, she won the individual European Three-Day Event at Burghley in 1971 and was voted the BBC’s Sports Personality in the same year. She is currently the President of the British Olympic Association, one of two UK members of the International Olympic Committee and a member of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in 2012.


Michael Baines

Michael Baines, Chairman

Michael became a Trustee of World Horse Welfare in July 2011 and was Treasurer from 2014 – 2015, in January 2017 he took over as Chairman of the charity from Barry Johnson.  Following eight years’ service in the British Army Michael pursued a financial career in the City.  He is currently Chairman of the West Country based wealth management firm Church House Investments and of the Oxford based specialist financial services firm Campion Capital. He and his wife Louise, who is a very keen gardener, live in Wiltshire along with an assortment of horses, ponies, alpacas, chickens and ducks.


Charles Aldous QC

Charles Aldous became a member of the World Horse Welfare Council in 2008, after retiring from a successful career as a barrister in 2007. He also took on the role of Chairman of the Colne Stour Countryside Association in 2008, which aims to preserve the local countryside. He has owned and ridden horses his whole life.


Sally Godley-Maynard

Sally recently retired after working for 30 years as a senior global equity portfolio manager for HSBC and Kleinwort Benson. She recently stepped down as an elected Trustee of the HSBC Bank Pension Trust. Sally lives in Wiltshire and her interests in her spare time include riding and farming.


Carol Mitchell

Carol became a World Horse Welfare trustee in 2012. She has experience as a board member and chairman of numerous charities, including: the Queen Mother Memorial Fund, NADFAS, the High Sheriff Wiltshire Community Foundation, the National Trust for Scotland and the British Red Cross. Carol has extensive experience in the field of Interior Design. She has bred National Hunt racehorses for 30 years and has been a Steward of the Jockey Club and British Horseracing Authority since 1988. Her interests include fishing, hunting, gardening and painting.


Sarah Coombs

Sarah Coombs is an equine vet in a mixed practice, and also works as an FEI Endurance and Eventing vet, and was formerly a team vet for the British Endurance team. She earned a degree in Animal Science from Nottingham University before graduating from the Royal Veterinary College and is a member of various veterinary bodies.


Michael Duff

Michael is Managing Director, Head of DCM Sales Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, and his interests include horse racing, polo and eventing.  He joined Council in 2014.


Tom Morrison

Tom Morrison has worked in international development aid as an agricultural economist for over 40 years and in over 40 countries mainly in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, the Caribbean and Central America, for most of the main development aid agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, several bilateral aid agencies including UKAid, and the European Commission. Occasionally he has paused his flitting about and has concentrated on particular countries over several years; they include Afghanistan, Kosovo, Zambia, and North Korea. He worked from a base in Rome for 15 years, now farms Angus beef in Buckinghamshire, and travels a bit less. Tom joined Council in 2015.


Carly Dimes - Honorary Treasurer

Carly Dimes is responsible for advising on all taxation matters across the market-leading financial services group, Ingenious Media, having previously worked as a Senior Tax Manager at Deloitte. Carly is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She is a dedicated three-day eventer affiliated with British Eventing and regularly competes on her own horse at events around the UK. Carly joined Council in 2015. 


Julie Ross

Julie Ross is a qualified vet who graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (MRCVS) from Cambridge in 2002. Julie worked as an equine vet in the USA for 4 years post graduation, completing her specialist post-graduate training in equine medicine (Dip. ACVIM) at the University of Pennsylvania. Julie then spent a year working for the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket followed by a year working for Defra as their veterinary advisor with responsibility equine infectious disease and companion animal and equine welfare. Julie then spent 4 years at Bain and Company, a global strategy consulting firm before completing an MBA in France and Singapore in 2012-13. Julie is currently living in London and is the Director of Strategy and Commercial Initiatives for Pets at Home.


Caroline Nokes MP

Caroline Nokes graduated from the University of Sussex in 1994 with a BA in Government and Politics. She has since worked in a range of political roles; 10 years working for Roy Perry MEP in both Brussels and the UK and a further 10 years as Cabinet Member for Leisure on the Test Valley Borough Council. In 2010, Caroline was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North and re-elected in 2015. Caroline has a personal interest in horses and was Chief Executive of the National Pony Society from 2008-9.


Richard Davison
Richard Davison is an international dressage rider and coach, four-time Olympian and European medallist. Richard is a Fellow of the British Horse Society and the International Dressage Trainer Club as well as a Visiting Fellow for Nottingham Trent University. Now living and working in Staffordshire, Richard runs an international showjumping and dressage stable with his wife Gillian and his sons Tom and Joe.