Battersea announces appointment of two new directors


Director of Operations Amy Jankiewicz Director of Income Generation Julian Holmes-Taylor

Leading animal welfare charity Battersea today announces the appointment of two new Directors to its Senior Leadership team. Amy Jankiewicz joins as Director of Operations, and Julian Holmes-Taylor takes up the post of Director of Income Generation.

Amy Jankiewicz joins Battersea in November from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), where she is currently a Programme Director and Senior Civil Servant, spending much of her time in the Animal Health and Welfare Policy Directorate. Prior to that Amy has had a diverse career including working in sport, education, training and as a British Army Officer, including an operational tour to Afghanistan with the Royal Marines.

Amy brings a wealth of animal sector experience, having led the transformation of services at Guide Dogs as part of the Senior Management team, and been a Trustee for North London animal welfare charity, Mayhew and a local Wildlife Trust. She is also about to join the Board of Trustees with Brooke, an international working equine charity.

Commenting on the appointment, Battersea Chief Executive Peter Laurie said:

“Amy has a genuine passion and commitment to animal welfare, and she brings a really strong and exciting blend of leadership skills and operational experience across a range of organisations. This is an extremely important role for Battersea at a key point in our long history. As we build back following Covid we will continue to optimise the vital work carried out at our three centres and in our Communities, remain committed to supporting and developing our brilliant Operations teams, and also identify and exploit new opportunities to expand our impact and help more dogs and cats.”

Amy said:

“Battersea’s work changes the lives of both people and animals, promotes the relationships we have valued so dearly during these recent difficult times and advocates for those that do not have a voice.  By using my varied career strands, I hope to add much value in helping support today’s pets in need through the intake, care and rehoming of dogs and cats with one of the UK’s favourite charities”.

Julian Holmes-Taylor has been appointed in the new role of Director of Income Generation, after joining Battersea in March 2020 as Interim Director of Fundraising.

Prior to joining Battersea, Julian was Assistant Director of Income Generation at the RSPCA, leading a team of over one hundred staff raising in excess of £100 million of voluntary income. Julian has been in the not-for-profit sector as a professional fundraiser for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience having worked at the British Red Cross, creating some of the charities most successful Royal and celebrity events, and in fundraising and marketing roles at Leonard Cheshire, Capital Radio Charities, and Scope.

As Director of Income Generation, Julian will oversee Battersea’s successful Individual Giving programme, which last year brought in over £24.5m, as well as overseeing the charity’s ambitious plans to generate income through its Philanthropy, Partnerships, and Commercial programmes.

Julian said:

“I feel incredibly excited to be asked to lead income generation at Battersea and privileged to lead such a successful, passionate, and dedicated team. Battersea is special, both in terms of its people, culture, and charitable cause, all of which I can’t help but be personally inspired by. I have no doubt that the next few years in Battersea’s history will be exciting and challenging in equal measure. As we emerge from the pandemic, we will need to embrace innovation and new opportunities as well as navigate uncertainty, ensuring that our income enables our staff, volunteers, partners and supporters to create a brighter and sustained future for every dog and cat.”

Peter added:

“Julian has done an excellent job steering our fundraising through a very challenging couple of years and supporting our talented team to engage effectively with our donors. Julian has an impressive track record across many different areas of fundraising and is highly regarded across the sector. Both Julian and Amy will be tremendous assets to Battersea, helping us seize new opportunities to help even more dogs and cats.”


Notes to editors

  • Battersea is committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us - championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them. Because rescue is our favourite breed.
  • We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. To donate to Battersea, visit
  • Battersea directly helps thousands of dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help many more animals all over the country and across the world.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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