Our team

We are governed and managed entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, who dedicate their time and expertise to ensure our animals are happy, content and reach their full potential. 

Two cute baby goats wearing woolly knitted coats to keep warm on some straw bales

The Berkshire Animal Connection Centre is run entirely by volunteers, both at the Sanctuary and from an organisational point of view.  Our managing committee includes leads from each work stream – Treasury, Fundraising, Communications, Office, Equine Assisted Services and Land Management. On the ground, our daily helpers comprise of many local volunteers, with Lead Volunteer Karen Hare, always putting the animals first whatever the weather. 

There are currently two Trustees of BACC, ably supported by a voluntary committee.  The care and management of the animals is governed by the founding Trustee, Fiona Graham, and undertaken with the assistance of carefully selected volunteers.  Both Trustees are from a corporate background, and bring vast experience of managerial and planning processes to the BACC governance and every day running.   

Our qualified Equine Facilitated Practitioners are fully DBS approved and adhere to the Safeguarding & Vulnerable Groups Act. The Charity has full public liability insurance.

Fiona Graham

Our founder,  managing director and chair Fiona Graham is passionate about equine wellbeing and therapeutic animal care. Fiona is qualified in Equine Assisted Services with a Level 4 Equine Facilitated Practitioner Diploma (Level 5 currently in progress), recognised by the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH). This qualification promotes excellence in the field of equine facilitated learning by offering qualified professionals in the field of coaching, teaching, riding instruction, social work, nursing, holistic therapy, forensic psychology a means of expanding their area of expertise into equine facilitated learning.

Fiona works alongside the team and local veterinarians to ensure each animal admitted has a clearly defined rehabilitation plan,  monitoring progress and developing programmes for all animals to fulfil their potential.

Vicki Emberson one of our BACC trustees

Vicki Emberson

Our trustee Vicki Emberson is passionate about animal rights and ensuring animals receive the highest standard of care, no matter the environment in which they live, from farmyards to pets at home. Vicki has extensive experience in equine rehabilitation and wellbeing, with decades supporting rescue equines. Vicki has worked for international animal rescue charities to re-home rescued or abandoned animals into caring and supportive home environments, working alongside law enforcement to uphold animal rights. 

Claire Misson

Claire is passionate about working therapeutically with people and animals.  Claire’s  original career was as a Chartered Surveyor working in the Corporate sector for 25 years. She is now an Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner & Coach, Senior LEAP Practitioner, Fellow of the ACCPH and Founder of the Equine Assisted and Facilitated Practitioner’s Network. In 2005 she set up Mirror Me EFL, working with children, young people and adults and has recently set up Equanimity Coaching to provide EFL and Coaching to children, young people and adults. Claire has worked for many years with Corporate clients and recently has facilitated EAFPN Development Days, NHS Wellbeing Days and an NHS funded programme with another charity called HorseHeard working with young people on the CAHMS waiting list and school refusers.

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