Alexandra joined the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in 2001 as a regional expert to develop the RSPCA’s International work in Europe, primarily in the CEE countries heading for EU accession. In this time the RSPCA International has become the major international animal welfare organization delivering a comprehensive programme of work in Europe and more recently central Asia. During her time at the charity, Alex advised on policy and programme development, developing successful projects and initiatives.
Alex is strategic thinker with long experience of working internationally. She has developed and managed a number of animal welfare initiatives across Europe; Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and others. She has driven the RSPCA’s strategy in Europe and represented the Society in meetings and negotiations with governments. She has assisted and advised local and central authorities on relevant legislation governing dog catching operations services, and shelter management procedures.
Over the past five years she developed a successful programme of work in the Balkans, covering issues such as dog population management and facilitating training for abattoir operators and government officials on welfare at slaughter. She drove the development of the WBVN initiative and more recently RAWC. These initiatives have been recognized by the governments, professional bodies and the industry.
She also provided technical expertise to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the European Union (EU), national government agencies and professional bodies. Alex has authored animal welfare papers and presented in international events, workshops and conferences. She has been working as a senior consultant with Pan Livestock ltd on the EU funded rabies project in Kosovo.
Alex is widely recognised for her work in Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus and is fluent in several Slavonic languages.