Kennel Club Breed Rescue Conference

A one day conference was held for breed rescue organisations at the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 3 May 2012.

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 Townsend

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 Rolls-Royce PLC.

Now retired, Mike is very happily married, living in Cheltenham. Three adult sons - a vet, a schoolteacher (and cricketer) and a tax accountant.

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 Carroll

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 Up-And-Coming Fundraiser'.

Amy Wilson

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 Walsom

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 rescue. 

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 of dogs."

Laurier Nicas

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 Cooper

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 and is regularly in demand for lectures and media interviews.

Mandy Jones

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 Evans

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 office!


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