Name: Sue Sampson
Position: External Relations Manager
Day-to-day activities: Accompanying and
representing the Kennel Club whenever it leaves Clarges Street
or Aylesbury and managing relationships with external organisations
such as veterinary univertisites/BSAVA areas/BVNA organisations and
Favourite part of the job: It's a day full of
fresh air and not 'strapped to a computer!', I absolutely love
people and enjoy seeing them entering our stand with a worrying
enquiry and leaving with a smile and an answer that resolves.
Another part of my job is often greeting families who are looking
for a dog/breed to suit their lifestyle and it's very rewarding to
look at the various breeds and to advise on the pros and cons of
the various breeds. The general public is far more informed than
when I started at the Kennel Club.
My personal mission statement is that everyone leaves our stand
with the feeling 'those nice helpful people from the Kennel
No two days are the same and I enjoy the varied nature of the
role from attending the CLA Game Fair in the dog area in the
grounds of a stately home to the Olympia Horse Show in
December where we support the Agility Finals to a bustling
Championship Show where I enjoy hearing from exhibitors with
details of their 'good days and not so good days!!!' I hope that
the Kennel Club stand provides a genial stopping point for all
exhibitors who not only require information, but also like to keep
in touch and let us support them and the relationship endures.
Least favourite part of the job: The rain and
this year temperatures soaring to 33 degrees - somewhere in the
middle would be lovely!
My dogs: Up until the end of 2007 I was the
proud owner of three dogs - two Clumber spaniels (they say an owner
can often look like their breed) and an American Cocker Spaniel. I
have lost all three dogs within the past two years but am now the
very proud owner of a rescue black Labrador who has given the whole
family so much joy as he has progressed from a timid and lonesome
individual into a loving devoted companion who gives us so much
love, we are humbled.