DAVID SALISBURY JONES (CHAIR)
David had lived all his life in London, he studied veterinary medicine at Cambridge and has been working as a small animal vet in Streatham for the past thirty 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.
David became the Chair of the Animal Action Greece Board in 2021.
Growing up, Elizabeth’s family home was shared with rescue dogs. She campaigned for animal welfare organisations including as the youngest youth contact for a well known animal protection charity. Throughout her life she has been keen to support these activities, whether helping individual animals, or advocating for changes that can support better care for animals around the world.
Today, Elizabeth is a charity leader – her career has mainly focussed on governance and stakeholder engagement, having worked in a range of high profile institutions and campaigns, including in the education, science and health sectors. Elizabeth now lives in Kent in England, and enjoys travelling with her husband, gardening and baking.
Lina is an Operations and Governance Executive with a track record in leading large education teams. Lina has also held a number of volunteering roles with animal charities in Greece and the UK as well as being a School Governor.
Animals have always played a role in Lina’s life and she is mum to two cats, Trouble and Penny, and a dog, Ellie (pictured) rescued by Ghost Dogs of Aspropyrgos in 2018. Lina lives in South Yorkshire, although she has lived in four different countries and enjoys exploring the world with her husband. She is a proper foodie and being originally Greek, she’s committed to turning every traditional meat based Greek meal into a vegetarian masterpiece! She loves watching sport, going to the theatre and adores wildlife. Goats, squirrels and foxes make her really happy! Oh and seals, penguins and otters!
Maria’s professional background is in financial reporting, editing and Public Relations for major institutes both in the UK and in Hong Kong, however in more recent years she co-founded the London based interior design studio, Marlo.
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.
Anna was born to Greek parents and in 2007, having lived most of her life in London, she moved to Greece and now lives in central Athens.
Her interest in animals and the environment led her 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, grandchildren and English bull terriers.
PAUL MCGLONE (TREASURER)
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 as one of a group of 10 fellow Tasmanians he was on a canoeing expedition with around the Greek islands. Fast forward to the present, this role allows him to pursue both passions – animal welfare and Greece!
Paul has led the charity since March 2018 through a period of rapid change, including during the pandemic. From July 2020 to 2022, he carried out a dual role as the Director and Treasurer of Animal Action Greece.
Paul has had a 20 year career in local government, having been an elected local government councillor in Lambeth from 1998 to 2018. In that time he was Deputy Leader of the council for four years and led on finance for a decade. Paul has wide experience as an accountant and senior manager in both the private and public sectors. Over his career, he has worked in Australia in the hotel industry; in Germany in the Film and TV sector; and then for some years in the music industry based in the UK, working at international HQ of PolyGram International.
SOPHIA KYRIAKOPOULOU (OPERATIONS & FINANCE MANAGER)
Sophia joined Animal Action Greece in 2017, and is responsible for the management of our operational animal services. She holds a BA in Communication and Media as well as an 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 AVRAMIDOU (ANIMAL WELFARE MANAGER)
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 multi-national businesses, she decided to dedicate her life to what she loves most – helping animals. She has been a volunteer in animal welfare for almost 20 years, and now oversees our animal welfare programmes as well as being voted Deputy Mayor responsible for companion animals in the Municipality of Athens.
She lives in Athens with her three rescue dogs – Claire, Mickey and Masticha.
JADA DE MARCHI-TAYLOR (OFFICE MANAGER)
Jada joined Animal Action Greece in Summer 2018 and works part-time taking care of the day to day running of the London office, finance, processing donations and communicating with supporters.
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’s rescue Golden Retriever, Ben.
SKYE WARDLE (FUNDRAISING & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER)
Skye graduated university in 2020 with a BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare.
She has spent time working and volunteering both in local shelters and internationally before joining Animal Action Greece. Since her family adopted four rescue dogs from the dog meat trade and a Turkish street dog, she has spent most of her free time rescuing animals and raising awareness of the importance of rescue. Skye is especially passionate about giving special needs and differently abled dogs and cats a chance at life, as her own rescue Samoyed is blind, and he enjoys a full and happy life!
EQUINE CARE TEAM
ELISA GESKOU (VETERINARIAN, DVM, MRCVS & EQUINE CARE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR)
Elisa Geskou is a veterinary surgeon (DVM, MRCVS), with equine welfare being her focus. She is our Equine Project Coordinator, as well as an Equine Team Leader.
Her relationship with Animal Action Greece 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 horse, Floga, suffered from serious chronic laminitis and at risk of being euthanised, 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 a healthy, happy life free of pain until the age of 27.
KOSTAS OKKAS (VETERINARY SURGEON, DVM)
Kostas is a veterinary surgeon with considerable experience in the equine field. As well as being one of our Equine Team Leaders, he has been working at the Stud Farm in Lazarina for more than 15 years, therefore his speciality is in equine obstetrics. He joined our Equine Team because of his interest in helping working equines in need.
ALKIS GKESKOS (DENTAL TECHNICIAN)
Alkis is an Equine Dental Technician and a professional wildlife biologist (MSc, PhD) specialising in hoofed mammals. After having trained for two years supervised by a veterinary expert and equine dentist, he gained his EDT accreditation in 2016. Since then, he has been a welcome member of our Equine Care Team.
TASOS SKYLLAS (FARRIER)
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 on our Equine Care Team.
ARIS VLAHAKIS (FARRIER)
Aris was already a farrier when he met our Equine Care 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 all across Greece.