Our staff

An introduction to just a few of the people who help to ensure the charity runs smoothly and effectively.
Jeremy Hulme - Chief Executive
Jeremy HulmeJeremy joined SPANA in 1988 as Operations Director for North Africa and lived in Morocco with his family for three years before returning to London as Chief Executive. Jeremy particularly enjoys the opportunities SPANA has given him to get to know the people and the animals in some far-flung countries, including Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur. Describing himself as “Crazy about animals from the time I could first stand up,” Jeremy draws and paints in his spare time. Before joining SPANA, Jeremy was a soldier in the Black Watch, and also farmed a hill sheep and cattle farm on a Scottish island.

Diana Hulme - Director of Education Programmes

Diana HulmeAs a qualified primary school teacher, Diana first joined SPANA’s education programme whilst living in Morocco with her husband Jeremy.  On her return to London, she worked to create several different educational models and took responsibility for expanding the programme to all SPANA’s countries of operation.  

Dan Tickle - Director of Communications

Dan TickleDan has worked across the voluntary sector in a range of communications and management roles, including Mencap, The Blue Cross, the National Deaf Children's Society and, most recently, as chief executive of the charity No Smoking Day. He joined SPANA in 2011, building a new department which has significantly increased the profile of the charity through media relations, digital communications and publications. 

John Reid - Director of Finance

A Chartered Accountant, John worked in the motor trade, high-end retailing and printing before joining SPANA in 2006. He is responsible for the finance and administration functions at SPANA ensuring that resources are available to positively impact the lives of working animals around the world. John is also responsible for HR at SPANA.

Francesca Compostella - Director of Veterinary Programmes
Francesca CompostellaAfter gaining her veterinary degree, Francesca trained for five years in America, Scotland and England; completing a surgical residency in 2012. She worked as a surgeon and generic equine vet in south east England before joining SPANA as a vet in 2014 to provide free veterinary care to working animals and help train local vets and students. She was appointed Director of Veterinary Programmes in February 2015.