Lesley Winton

Lesley Winton and her dog Holly

Photo credit: Phil Wilkinson

Lesley Winton originally qualified as a Legal Accountant working in this profession for 15 years.  Throughout this time she worked as a volunteer for a variety of animal welfare organizations.  She then became an employee of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and worked for 7 years as their Regional Co-ordinator for Scotland.  Lesley fulfilled a lifelong ambition of setting up her own charity for bears in 2010 in the form of the Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears which is currently supporting 33 projects in 17 different countries. Lesley set up a second charity called Fostering Compassion which runs animal and nature themed workshops for children in foster care and kinship care, who because of their own difficult starts in life may have started to show worrying behaviour towards animals. Our workshops tell the stories of rescued domestic and wild animals in such a way that the children draw parallels between their circumstances and those of the animals – leading them to see animals as sentient beings who can share similar emotions to them.  Lesley won the Ceva Animal Welfare ‘Charity Professional of the Year’ Award in 2017.