A one day conference was held for breed rescue organisations at
the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 3 May
The purpose of the one day conference was to support breed rescue
work being done and have speakers giving presentations on areas of
interest relevant to the breed rescue co-ordinators.
Mike is Vice Chairman of the Kennel Club, and Chairman of
Trustees of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. He is a chartered
accountant by profession, qualifying in Leeds and then spending 30
years in various engineering companies, and ultimately with
Now retired, Mike is very happily married, living in Cheltenham.
Three adult sons - a vet, a schoolteacher (and cricketer) and a tax
Mike has been an owner of Irish Setters since 1970 - he now has
four. Mike's wife breeds, shows and judges, and initially worked
one of their setters in Obedience.
Professor Steve Dean
Steve is Chairman of the Kennel Club and was elected in 2011. He
is a breeder/exhibitor/judge of Border Terriers and past Chairman
of the Southern Border Terrier Club. Steve has authored the
veterinary column in Dog World called 'A Vet's View' since 1993. He
has also contributed veterinary chapters in various canine books.
As a veterinary surgeon Steve has experience in the veterinary
pharmaceutical industry, as a general practitioner and has been a
past lecturer in anatomy at the Royal Veterinary College.
He retired in 2011 as the Chief Executive of the Veterinary
Medicines Directorate, an Agency of Defra. He still lectures
veterinary students annually and is a special Professor at both The
Royal Veterinary College and Nottingham Veterinary School and he
also holds a Diploma in veterinary radiology.
In his spare time he still gives educational veterinary talks to
dog clubs and keeps a productive vegetable garden.
Dylan has worked in legacy marketing for both children's and
health charities and has advised a number of organisations on
legacy strategies and techniques. He has spoken at three national
conferences for the Institute of Fundraising on the promotion of
legacy giving and was the 2011 recipient of the IoF award for 'Best
Amy is the Charitable Foundation Manager for Support Adoption
For Pets, the charity established and supported by Pets at Home
Ltd. The charity provides practical and financial support to a
large number of animal welfare charities and local re-homing
organisations. With over 10 years' experience in fundraising,
having run a £1.5million Appeal for Macmillan Cancer Support and as
Fundraising Manager for East Cheshire Hospice, Amy has been at Pets
at Home for four years - combining her passion for fundraising with
her love of pets.
She has a rescue Labrador called Mackie and is now committed to
helping every pet to get the loving home they deserve.
Celia has been with the Kennel Club and Petlog, for 11.5 years.
Celia has a background of customer service within the retail sector
and made the move to the Kennel Club to follow her passions for
dogs and cats and all things furry. Celia's hobbies include
travel and volunteering on animal projects; tracking black bears in
Minnesota, looking after orphaned elephants in India and working
with cheetahs and lion cubs in South Africa, to name but a
few. At home Celia is owned by two Rottweilers - one of which
is a rescue and managed by the lovely Mr Magic - the cat, also a
Petlog and Celia are based in Aylesbury Bucks. "Working for Petlog
and the Kennel Club is a dream come true - every day is a delight
and a challenge and I am truly privileged to work for such an
amazing organisation and meet the wonderful people associated to it
. It's heartwarming to know that all we do is for the benefit
Laurier is Digital Marketing Officer at Dogs Trust. She has been
at Dogs Trust since September 2009.
Laurier is responsible for maintaining the online presence by
moderating Dogs Trust's online communities, as well as social and
online media outreach, ongoing web design and maintenance, and
producing and coordinating digital marketing activity (including
emarketing, advertising, design and photo/video/audio media).
Trevor has been qualified as a solicitor for 24 years and is
widely regarded as the leading Solicitor in England and Wales who
specialises in the criminal law on dogs.
Trevor currently splits his time between acting as a Consultant
for Dogs Trust in London and continuing to represent dog owners in
both criminal and civil matters. He maintains the website
www.doglaw.co.uk and is regularly in demand for lectures and media
Head of Rehoming Services, Blue Cross
Mandy began her career with dogs as a trainee groomer and then in
a private breeding and boarding kennels. She moved to Guide
Dogs in 1982, where she remained for 18 years working in various
roles, eventually having national responsibility for dog care &
welfare training and standards.
Mandy has worked for Blue Cross for 12 years, where she is now
head of rehoming services, with responsibility for rehoming
strategy, policy and training. Blue Cross rehomes almost
7,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and small pets annually from 12
rehoming centres and a network of foster carers.
Mandy has shared her home with many dogs including Labrador
Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs and assorted terriers. She
now considers herself to be a "terrier person" but limits herself
to one rescue terrier cross-breed called Polly.
Sharon has been Director of Fundraising and Communications at
Wood Green, the Animals Charity, since 2004 where she is
responsible for delivering the Charity's rapidly expanding direct
marketing and legacy programmes. Since Sharon started, the
Charity's overall income has almost doubled and her team have been
shortlisted for several fundraising awards.
Previously Sharon has worked as a Community Fundraiser for
National Children Charity Barnardos and in management positions at
two medical research charities. Sharon is shown in the photo
with her trusty companion, Ozzy who regularly accompanies her on
fundraising activities and who thinks he is in charge of the