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
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.
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
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.