Kennel Club Breeder Assessors

Kennel Club Breeder Assessors © Stanley Wilson

The Kennel Club has a number of Breeder Assessors who play a central role in maintaining the high standards of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme as it continues to grow in size and stature.

Each Breeder Assessor is chosen following a rigorous selection process that takes account of their breeding experience, knowledge of the scheme and general commitment to the dog world.

Between them the Assessors have amassed years of breeding experience and include Show Champion breeders, Crufts judges, a veterinary surgeon, a veterinary nurse and behaviourist and a former Breed Club Secretary.

The Assessors are responsible for inspecting the premises of the Scheme's members and ensuring that its principles and standards are upheld.

Contacting the Breeder Assessors

If you would like to contact any of the Breeder Assessors please email the Assured Breeder Scheme Team.

List of Kennel Club Breeder Assessors



Mr J Ashe (Joe)

I have been involved together with my wife Helen in Lakeland Terriers since 1984/85. We have bred, prepared and handled 6 UK Champions and many others with CCs and RCCs. We currently have 4 Lakelands at home; I am a serving committee member of the Midland Lakeland Terrier Club, Chairman of the West Midland Terrier Society and a committee member of National Terrier. I am presently the Lakeland Terrier Breed Representative, we also organise the Lakeland Terrier Breed Booth for Discover Dogs. Outside the world of dogs my career has been a Senior Contracts Manager for several major national construction companies, my other major interests are gardening and sea fishing.

Mrs E Ball (Eddie)

Prior to becoming an 'Assured Breeder Scheme Assessor' Eddie worked for the Fire and Rescue Service for thirty two years.  His role involved a wide variety of inspection and assessment formats. Eddie is a Championship Show judge and awards CC's in Bull Terriers, the breed he has been involved in for over thirty years. He is currently the Treasurer of The Bull Terrier Club and the Vice Chairman of The Northern Provincial Bull Terrier Club.

Mr T Brown (Tony)

Tony is a retired Police Officer with over 22years experience on the West Midlands Police Dog Section. Tony spent the last six years of his 31year career managing and developing the West Midlands Police Breed scheme. Tony has in depth knowledge of breeding both German Shepherds and the English springer spaniel. As part of his role Tony was responsible for the assessing of dogs, handlers and puppy walkers. He also ensured his own breed scheme criteria were adhered to by visiting stock holders at their home addresses. A Home Office accredited Instructor Tony most recently worked his own search dog and trained other dog handling teams on the build up to and through the Olympic games.

Mr A C Buckwell (Tony)

A veterinary surgeon who has lectured on the ethical use of animals in society and was instrumental in drafting Statutory Codes of Practice for the housing and care of breeding animals. Tony owns and works dogs, and assists in the running of gundog working tests and field trials. Although not a breeder himself, Tony maintains a long-established frozen semen bank and works with breeders wishing to import and export canine semen. Tony's wife is a highly experienced breeder who has competed successfully for many years with her Welsh Springer Spaniels

Mrs L Clark (Laura)

Prior to joining the Kennel Club as a full time employee, Laura has managed to combine a career in the Veterinary Sector with a successful hobby breeding and showing Boxers since 1997. One of the Kennel Club's most experienced assessors, Laura is fully trained BSI Institute of Environmental Management Assessment Approved Lead Auditor and has held a long term interest in Animal welfare issues. She has is currently a member of the Boxer Breed Council health committee, and has taught Animal Care at Higher level.

Mr T Foulston (Tony)

Previously owned and managed a breeding and boarding kennel and has been a Kennel Club Field Officer for Breed, Agility, Obedience and Heelwork to Music, for six years. Anthony has shown dogs, has bred champions and has been judging since 1986.

Mrs P Hutchinson (Pat)

Pat has been breeding and exhibiting Rough Collies since 1978 and began judging in 1982. She awards CCs in Rough Collies and judges internationally. Pat was Secretary of the East Anglian Collie Association for eleven years, between 1986 and 1997, and is currently the breed club's Health Coordinator and web master. She has also co-published two breed books.

Mrs M Kay (Margaret)

Margaret has bred Yorkshire Terriers for almost 30 years and undertook veterinary nurse training at Glasgow University School of Veterinary Medicine. She owns Labrador Retrievers, an English Springer Spaniel and Yorkshire Terriers and runs puppy socialisation classes, obedience classes and an Agility Summer School. She is a strong advocate for dogs being 'fit for life' and has Yorkies which regularly swim in the sea and do agility. Margaret is a member of the Yorkshire Terrier Club of Scotland and promotes the participation of 'pet owners' within the Club. Margaret is also on the committee for Labrador Rescue in North Wales, a small charity rescuing and re-homing Labradors from all over, but the majority seem to be coming in from Eire owing to the puppy farming industry over there.

Mr W Lambert (Bill)

Kennel Club Health & Breeder Services Manager, Bill has been involved with dogs all his life and bred his first litter in 1982. Although not a prolific breeder, he has owned and bred a number of champions including Best of Breed at Crufts on no less than three occasions. He is a Championship Show Judge of Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers and has officiated in a number of countries around the world. He is a former Vice Chairman of the Bull Terrier Club, and was a Committee Member from 1984 to 2007. He wrote the Bull Terrier Breed notes for Dog World Newspaper for many years and in addition to his role with the Health and Breeder Services Team he works closely with the Kennel Club's External Affairs department and is an official Kennel Club Spokesman.

Mr R Morland (Ray)

Ray is a Health and Safety Consultant and has many years' experience in assessing and maintaining UKAS Quality Assurance systems. He started breeding and showing Afghan Hounds nearly 40 years ago, and for the last 20 years Whippets have become his main breed. He organises Young Kennel Club weekends and training days and is a KC Accredited Trainer for Conformation and Movement 'Hands On' Assessments and Managing a Dog Show Society. He awards CCs in Chinese Crested dogs and is Treasurer of Boston DSC.

Mr S Nield MBE (Shaun)

Shaun has more than 20 years' experience in the world of pedigree dogs. He has owned and worked professionally with German Shepherd Dogs and English Springer Spaniels in the police service and the military and is used to maintaining standards through inspections, which he routinely does within the military. He now owns Bernese Mountain Dogs and Large Munsterlanders which he shows and English Springer Spaniels which he breeds and works. Shaun has two Pets As Therapy assessed dogs which he hopes to use for the rehabilitation of injured servicemen. He is a member of three breed societies and is engaged with improving breeding standards through local and national government liaison.

Mrs H Reaney (Helen)

Helen has owned Staffordshire Bull Terriers for over 25 years but grew up with poodles and border collies. Helen has bred and shown since 1994.  She now awards CC's in the breed and was Secretary of a ringcraft club for 13 years and has worked on numerous Societies since 1996 but is currently the Notts & Derby District Staffordshire Bull Terrier Secretary, The SBT Breed Council Secretary for GB & NI and is the Secretary of the Kennel Club Terrier Group Judges Development Programme.  Also two of Helen's Staffies are Pets as Therapy Dogs visiting the elderly and the disabled.

Mrs S Sampson (Sue)

Sue may be instantly recognisable to many as the "friendly face" of the Kennel Club as for a number of years she has run the Kennel Club Road show stand at dog shows and other events. Prior to working for the Kennel Club, Sue started out in the advertising industry for the Ted Bates Group where she worked on the Pedigree Masterfoods account. Sue then moved to work within the Pet Food industry where was involved with a number of prestige brands, and for many years she visited kennels on a daily basis as part of her role. Although not a breeder herself Sue owns dogs and has a good understanding of dogs and dog breeding having worked closely with breeders for most of her working life.

Mr J Shaw (John)

John owns and runs a boarding kennels and cattery and houses stray dogs for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Dog welfare is a big part of his life and he is a member of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain and runs the rescue center for the breed in England and Wales. Over the years, he and his wife Ann have had experience of breeding Lhasa Apsos, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and Pugs

Mrs J Venturi-Rose (Joy)

Joy has an MSc in Animal Behaviour Counselling and is a qualified veterinary nurse who has owned and bred Labradors for thirty years and has many successful dogs including Full Champions. She takes part in Field Trials, Championship Shows and Working Tests and is a championship show and field trial judge. She is also Joint Health Coordinator and serves on a number of committees.

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