Meet the Team

Our Staff

Sally Russell

Sally Russell

FOUNDER & CEO

After successful careers in both retail and the education sector including owning three of her own shops. Sally decided to move into the charity sector in 2017. In her first role she designed, setup and ran a boutique shop for First Days Children’s Charity. Following on from this she moved to Trinity Homeless Projects as their grants manager helping to raise funds for their partner organisation Slough Homeless Our Concern.  She has three children, two that are grown up and now working and one currently at University.

In May 2018 she set up The Cowshed with her husband after identifying a need in the local area and it was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2019. In March 2020 she stepped down from her role with Trinity and took over the running of The Cowshed full time. Sally is passionate about supporting those in most need in our society in a practical and loving way.

Rebecca Russell

Rebecca Russell

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Becky grew up locally and then moved to London to study at UCL before graduating with a masters degree from LSHTM in Control of Infectious Diseases in 2019. Throughout 2020 she worked for Public Health England in the national tuberculosis surveillance team as well as working on the frontlines of the PHE COVID response.

Having volunteered for many charity organisations including the Refugee Council, Results UK, Link Visiting Scheme and The Cowshed she is thrilled to be supporting the referrals department and is passionate about helping families and individuals in the local area. In her free time she loves to bake, read, rock climb and travel as well as socialise with her friends.

Ruth Warms

Ruth Warms

DONATION CENTRE SUPERVISOR

Ruth has worked in several industries throughout her career including marketing, the travel industry and as a primary school teacher. She has also enjoyed having many different voluntary roles within the community.

Being part of an inspiring team is what drives her and that is exactly what she has loved about working at the Cowshed, where she has volunteered since January 2020.

Ruth enjoys travel, hiking, reading, gardening and is passionate about music. She loves nothing better than sharing good food and laughter with family and friends

Rebecca Mole

Rebecca Mole

FUNDRAISING MANAGER

Rebecca practiced as a Family Law Solicitor for 14 years before taking time out to raise her two young daughters. In recent years, Rebecca has volunteered for a local Domestic Abuse Charity and she joined The Cowshed In September 2020 and she now co-ordinates fundraising on behalf of the charity.

“The last few years have really instilled in me a desire to work within the community and supporting those in need. I am just so happy to be a part of the Cowshed Team”.

Originating from South Wales, Rebecca travels back home as often as she can to see her family and she is also a member of a strong and supportive fitness community which she has been a part of for nearly four years and which she credits for her feeling stronger and healthier than ever!

Liz Meadows

Liz Meadows

DONATION CENTRE SUPERVISOR / HYGIENE BANK CO-ORDINATOR

After feeling like a change of direction in life, but not knowing quite what to do, Liz started volunteering for The Cowshed, and she hasn’t looked back!

Coming from a Customer Services background, she loves nothing more than meeting new people and bringing order from chaos.

“I am pleased to bring my experience to help a charity that I have come to feel very passionate about.”

In her spare time, Liz enjoys playing the Ukulele, doing Jigsaw Puzzles and going on Country Walks ideally finished with a Country Pub Meal!

Claire Hewitt

Claire Hewitt

REFERRALS CO-ORDINATOR

Claire joined The Cowshed in November 2022. After having worked in her previous HR Administration position for 9 years she was looking for a change and a role where she could make a difference. She was introduced to The Cowshed by her mother who volunteers for the charity on a regular basis. Claire’s cousin now also regularly volunteers too. Claire is married with two children. One at University and one at senior school. During her free time Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys watching her son compete in athletics and play football. Claire also loves to go on holiday and enjoys walking her 2 dogs.
Alison Mansoor

Alison Mansoor

REFERRALS CO-ORDINATOR

Alison was born in the Isle of Man but grew up in South Africa. She recently moved back to the United Kingdom in 2023.She has worked in many industries throughout her career. The most significant one was owning a business with her husband in the toy industry. Alison has always wanted to work for an organisation that could make a difference to the community and was delighted to be offered a position at The Cowshed, she joined the team in January 2024. She is happily married with two adult children. She enjoys cooking delicious meals and celebrating life! She is passionate about travelling and exploring different places and cultures, being close to nature, taking long walks and yoga. She also loves cats!
Hannah Blay

Hannah Blay

ADMINISTRATOR

I left college straight into the first lockdown with an A level in Fine Art, and once the world started to open up again, I spent two years training and working as an apprentice in a small tattoo studio. A good friend suggested I join her for a few hours a week volunteering for the Cowshed, and before I knew it, I was there pretty much everyday! I completely fell in love with the charity and the people while volunteering, so, as soon as the admin position was advertised, I went for it. I’ve loved every day since. In my spare time, I still draw and paint, and enjoy helping my mum run a children’s art and craft group in our back garden cabin.
Yvonne John

Yvonne John

DONATION CENTRE SUPERVISOR

Yvonne joined the Cowshed team in August 2023. She is originally from Scotland but now lives in the Wokingham area with her husband and two teenage children. She continues to work as a Primary School teacher (a job she has loved for over 25 years) but wanted to try using her skills in a new and rewarding way. Finding Cowshed has allowed her to do this. Yvonne has been warmly welcomed into the Cowshed family and relishes her days there, immersed in such a positive, caring and purposeful role.
Audrey Knox

Audrey Knox

CRAFT CO-RDINATOR

As a young teen Audrey started collecting silver paper for the Guide Dogs for the Blind and has always had an interest in charity work.

Audrey worked in customer service and latterly in a local Art Gallery and mixed with Artists and a lot of creative people. She has always loved sewing but not to a high standard and was looking for sewing lessons when she discovered The Cowshed. The combination of sewing and recycling fabric was enough to pique her interest. She joined 3 years ago. Now she’s learning on the job.

Originating from Scotland she has 2 daughters and a family spaniel called Stanley and a cat called Arthur.

Our Trustees

Kester Russell

Kester Russell

FIRST TRUSTEE & FOUNDER

Kester left school at 18 and began a career as an officer in the Army serving in a number of overseas roles, Northern Ireland and Iraq. After 8 years he left the Army to study a Psychology degree at York before spending 15 years in the Defence Electronics Industry.

In 2012 he made a major career change moving in to the education sector. He is currently the Director of the Enterprises Company for Bradfield College and has also become a Director for their International Company and is assisting with the efforts to establish International Schools for the College in a number of countries including China.

He helped his wife Sally to set up the Cowshed in 2018 and continues to support the charity operationally and strategically in his spare time.

Sharon Ketley

Sharon Ketley

TRUSTEE

Before Sharon joined The Cowshed, following university, her early career was spent in High Street Fashion, both in retail management and marketing before spending a significant number of years with a boutique recruitment firm. Becoming a first-time parent in 2006 marked a change of direction and a move into the charity sector, finding fulfilment in the support of parents through the National Childbirth Trust and other local charities.
 
Now mum to three fabulous children, she is passionate about social inclusion and equality in our local communities, and feels strongly about the environmental impact we have as we go about our daily lives.
 
She thrives in a busy environment and feels privileged to be in a position to make a positive contribution through the vital work that The Cowshed does in these areas
Chelsea Hayes

Chelsea Hayes

TRUSTEE

As a founder of School Trunk, Chelsea was able to witness the starting steps of the Cowshed, as the charity started out sharing its warehouse before moving to bigger premises and joined as a Trustee in January 2023.

Chelsea has a financial and marketing background with an entrepreneurial streak, having co-founded and built several businesses including Pelham Public Relations in 2005, which provided corporate and financial communications advice to companies, following that she was a founding Director of School Trunk, before moving back into the Corporate world, with several Board directorships in a corporate development and marketing advice role across a number of international companies mainly focused in the resources sector.

She has a degree in Accountancy and Finance and an MBA.

Chelsea lives in Berkshire with her 3 children.

Emma Wilkinson

Emma Wilkinson

TRUSTEE

Emma has an extensive career in the public and voluntary sectors, having worked as a senior manager for local and regional charities in strategic, programme and operational management.

Following her BSc in Geography at Sheffield University, Emma spent the earlier part of her career volunteering with a conservation charity and wildlife trust, moving to the Countryside Agency where she managed a lottery funded programme to create a lasting legacy of community greenspaces.

Emma then worked for over 15 years in the charitable sector to provide support and promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities, from children in their early years through to adulthood.

Having lived in Wokingham over 20 years with her husband and two boys, Emma takes pride in supporting the local community and was elected as a Parent Local Advisor for The Emmbrook School in 2023. Emma has previously held positions as a non-executive director at Support Horizons and volunteered for the Emmbrook Infant and Junior Schools.

In her spare time Emma enjoys being outdoors, playing netball, surfing and watching her boys play football.

Sheila Mooney

Sheila Mooney

TRUSTEE

Sheila has worked in senior HR roles for over 30 years for companies including BAA (Heathrow), Centrica and Avis Budget Group. More recently she has undertaken contract work supporting company restructures and change programmes for Swissport, Three UK, Astellas Pharma and Coty Inc and now delivers training in employee relations issues. Sheila was a Trustee for Citizens Advice Bracknell and District for 12 years and has also volunteered with the Covid Community Response team and vaccination centre in Bracknell since 2020. She has lived in Bracknell for 25 years and enjoys walking in the Chilterns and Newbury Downs as well as in the local area.