Our Team and Trustees
Natalia Chumak – Founder and Trustee
Natalia is an English qualified lawyer and works as a partner in a law firm in the City of London. Natalia has rescued and arranged for the treatment and sterilisation of many cats and dogs in various countries including Russia, England, Tajikistan, Mauritius, Spain and BVI.
Natalia has 6 pets - 4 cats and 2 dogs. Three of her pets have special needs.
Simon Moore – Trustee
Simon is a qualified English lawyer and a partner in a law firm in the City of London.
Simon is an avid animal lover, an experienced amateur ornithologist and an experienced qualified scuba diver with an interest in the marine environment. Simon is a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Carla Brown - Trustee
Carla works in a law firm in the City of London and has been with LAPA since its inception. In addition to Trustee, Carla runs social networks and day to day administration.
Carla grew up surrounded by rescue animals and now has two rescue cats of her own.
Sofia is our Coordinator of Educational Projects in Russia.
Sofia is a Russian scientist and works as a researcher at PP Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of RAS in Moscow. She has a PhD in Biogeochemistry.
Sofia and her family are active supporters of local municipal and private dog shelters in Moscow region. They have rescued, arranged for the treatment and sterilisation of many dogs in their local settlement.
Sofia has two dogs that she rescued herself.
Chris is our IT specialist.
Volunteering to help LAPA and animals in Russia has been extremely rewarding. After having worked in IT for 20 years I decided that the time had come for a change and for focusing on what I had always been passionate about - animals. I set up my own dog walking and pet sitting business (Chocolate Tortoise) and started volunteering for LAPA soon after it was founded. I help them with IT related issues and their website. LAPA is a start up charity and they are already doing a great job, so I am confident they will make a difference in the animal welfare situation in Russia, which needs so much improvement.
Vera Koldaeva - Education Program Coordinator - Russia
Vera is our Coordinator of Educational Projects in Russia.
Ever since I was a little kid I was very compassionate about the problem of stray and abandoned pets. I have experience in rescue and rehoming and currently support a dog living in a foster family. It is an honor for me to be a part of LAPA's Educational Program because we get to talk to kids about this very important, yet neglected, social issue which kids turn out to be very sensitive to. Naturally, this inspires us to go ahead with our program which hopefully will bring us to see the situation changed in the long run.
"My name is Katia and I am a lawyer in the City in London. I would like to be a part of the animal welfare programme because animals do not deserve being treated they way they are being treated by some humans. They have no protection against the cruelty of a human being. And there are plenty of good stories around of how our worlds can happily co-exist.
Take for example dogs. A dog is the only friend who loves you more than it loves itself. Poor care not only makes their existence miserable but also causes disturbance to people - no one likes seeing packs of homeless dogs on the streets. One of LAPA's ideas is to educate kids on how to take care of their pets, how to make sure they don't become unwanted and what to do if you really have to give it away.
I chose LAPA because of the projects they are undertaking and the excellent team of trustees, whom I have known for a number of years now".
Having worked for several years in the financial sector in the City of London, I followed my heart to a career change and now run a language services business together with my husband from our home in Surrey.
We are all animal lovers in my family, and I believe that LAPA's educational programmes can make many countries a better place for both animals and humans – teaching children to be kinder and take responsibility for animals, while also bringing people together.
I hope the small steps taken by each of us will help to change the animal welfare situation in Russia and in my native Belarus.