Extended sick leave of its successful director prompts rebellion in the ranks Members of the Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are calling for a management shake-up after the executive director who presided over a major turnaround in its finances went on extended sick leave. Pauline Taylor, who helped turn a $3 million deficit into a surplus after being appointed in 2003, has not been at work since October and her position has been filled by an interim general manager. Sources say Dr Taylor crossed swords with people within the organisation when she tried to investigate why the SPCA - which relies on public donations and government funding - had been losing so much money in previous years. Some grass-roots members will ask at Thursday's annual general meeting whether Dr Taylor will return and demand the resignation of a number of long-serving members of the executive committee. Dr Taylor's departure followed the resignation of the SPCA's director of finance earlier this year and the resignation of its chief vet just before Dr Taylor was declared sick. Two of the organisation's trustees are also believed to have stepped down in October. Members of the 80-year-old organisation said they were surprised to find no executive director's report in the annual report circulated at the end of November. In its place was a report attributed to a 'management committee'. Phil Curlewis, a friend of Dr Taylor who helped her conduct some preliminary investigations into the society's finances, said: 'I have spoken to Pauline. She is extremely stressed out.' Mr Curlewis said Dr Taylor was still in Hong Kong and was trying to 'gracefully bow out' of her role with the SPCA. 'Pauline wanted to clean up the SPCA and bring in a new style of management there so it could make money rather than lose it,' he said. One veteran SPCA member said: 'Since Dr Taylor took over as executive director a year ago she turned the society from a loss of $3 million to $4 million a year to being millions of dollars cash positive - and now all of a sudden she's gone. 'Some members are going to show up on Thursday and object to the same executive committee members being re-elected, as they always are.' John Lang, who has taken Dr Taylor's role temporarily, said she would be on sick leave at least until January and it was not known when or if she would return. 'I hope she will get well and return to work,' he said. 'Anything to do with her health is confidential and between her and her doctors.' Mr Lang said eight executive committee places would be available on Thursday but he was not aware of any move to oust any members of the committee. Mr Lang said Dr Taylor's health meant she was unable to do the executive director's report. Dr Taylor did not return calls for comment last night.