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You can find out more about your local Education Officer including their contact details, by searching your local area on the map. NOTE, if the area you live in does not have an associated Education Officer please email [email protected] and one of the team will get back to you. 

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Alison MacLachlan
Name:
Alison Russell
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
Scotland
Email:
Email Alison Russell
Phone:
07443 981 670

Hello, I’m Alison and I’m the Education and Outreach Officer covering Scotland. I am a fully qualified teacher and have over 20 years of experience working in schools and various education establishments. 10 of those years have been spent delivering fun, free and interactive workshops for Dogs Trust all across Scotland. I am passionate about educating people about animal welfare and how to interact with their dogs. I’m excited to be able to offer and deliver our Safe Behaviour Around Dogs workshops to children whether online or in person, as promoting empathy and safe interaction with dogs is a fantastic way to ensure that dogs and people can live in harmony whether in the family home or in local communities.

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Gemma Trainer
Name:
Gemma Kelly
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Glasgow
Email:
Email Gemma Kelly
Phone:
07812 678 084 / 0141 773 5142

Hello, my name is Gemma and I am the Education & Community Officer for Dogs Trust Glasgow. As a trained teacher I can deliver fun, free interactive workshops either online or in person. All of our workshops link into the curriculum for Excellence with an underpinning theme of Safe Behaviour Around Dogs. Spending time with dogs can be SO rewarding and it’s my job to pass on as much information as I can to make sure these interactions are as safe and as fun as they can be for everyone involved, especially our dogs! Please do get in touch to discuss making a booking.

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Rachel Bliss
Name:
Rachel Bliss
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Edinburgh
Email:
Email Rachel Bliss
Phone:
07920 658 660

Hi, my name's Rachel and I am the Education and Community Officer for Edinburgh. I am Teacher Trained and in my role as ECO I deliver exciting lessons that teach children how to behave safely around dogs. As you will see from our website, these workshops can either be delivered in person or online. I consider myself lucky to be part of a team contributing towards improving dog welfare. We aim to do so by encouraging children to behave safely, respectfully, and empathetically towards any dogs they encounter.

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Cathy Clyde
Name:
Cathy Clyde
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Northern Ireland
Email:
Email Cathy Clyde
Phone:
07834 659 504

Hi, my name is Cathy and I have been Dogs Trust’s Education and Community Officer here in Northern Ireland since 2004. Prior to taking up my post with Dogs Trust I was an English teacher, so I have combined my teaching skills with my love of all things canine.

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Alison Gray
Name:
Alison Gray
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
North East
Email:
Email Alison Gray
Phone:
01325 331 451 / 07742 628 073

Hi, my name's Alison and I’m the Education Outreach Officer covering the North East. I'm a qualified Primary teacher as well as a children’s social worker. I absolutely love all animals, but especially dogs! This amazing job this allows me to combine working within education whilst promoting animal welfare. I offer free, fun workshops to primary schools across the North East. The underlying theme to all our workshops is safe behaviour around dogs. We want everyone to enjoy the pleasure of being around dogs, and interact with them in a safe and appropriate manner.

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Angela Madigan
Name:
Angela Madigan
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North West
Email:
Email Angela Madigan
Phone:
0151 489 6722 / 07843 348 420

Hello, my name's Angela, and I’m one of the Education and Community Officers. I started working for Dogs Trust in 1999. Initially I was a Canine Carer at the Merseyside Rehoming Centre, which gave me valuable first-hand experience of life at a rehoming centre. I'm also a qualified teaching assistant, so working as the Education and Community Officer allows me to combine my passion for animal welfare and teaching. I love visiting schools and groups and talking about the issues surrounding dog welfare, particularly Safe Behaviour Around Dogs. I offer both in person and online workshops across Merseyside and Cheshire. The workshops are fun, free and as interactive as possible.

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Donna Sayce
Name:
Donna Sayce
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
Yorkshire
Email:
Email Donna Sayce
Phone:
07443 981 650

Hello, my name is Donna and I am based in West Yorkshire. I have worked at Dogs Trust for over 15 years and have been with the education team since 2008. Dogs are a huge passion of mine, and I love being able to teach how to stay safe around them. I believe by equipping children with knowledge, it will help improve the lives dogs now, but also dogs in the future!

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Name:
Phil Symons
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Yorkshire
Email:
Email Phil Symons
Phone:
07388992009

Hi, my name is Phil and before working at Dogs Trust I spent 6 years working in primary education. I have also spent over 5 years working in NHS where I supported and encouraged children to bring about positive behaviour change. I hope to be able to use these experiences combined with my love of dogs, to positively influence children’s behaviour around dogs in order to keep them safe and happy together. I offer free, fun and interactive educational workshops, so please contact me to discuss a booking.

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Anna Baatz
Name:
Melanie Tomkins
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Greater Manchester
Email:
Email Melanie Tomkins
Phone:
07443680414

I am Education and Community Officer for Greater Manchester. I'm really excited to be working in a role that combines my love of teaching and my passion for dog welfare! I am a qualified secondary teacher of English and I also have an MA in American Literature. I have a Border Collie called Scout and absolutely love to teach her new tricks. Outside of my enthusiasm for all things dog, I also like to write and perform my own poetry at spoken word nights in and around Manchester.

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Bethan Richardson
Name:
Bethan Richardson
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North Wales
Email:
Email Bethan Richardson
Phone:
07920 658 693

Hello, my name is Bethan and I am the Education and Community Officer for North Wales. As a qualified teacher I can offer fun, free, interactive workshops, in-person and online, to primary schools all across North Wales. Our workshops are all linked to the curriculum, with the overarching theme of Safe Behaviour Around Dogs; teaching children how to interact safely, responsibly and compassionately with all the different dogs that feature in their lives. Please get in touch to book workshops for your school.

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Claire Kendrick
Name:
Claire Kendrick
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
South Wales
Email:
Email Claire Kendrick
Phone:
07436 162 108

Hello! My name is Claire and I am the Education and Community Officer for South Wales. I have worked with children, youths and families and have always had a passion for animal welfare. I am very lucky to have the privilege of combining my experience and qualifications to deliver fun, free interactive Be Dog Smart workshops by visiting your school or delivering online. Please book soon for our essential tips on how to interact safely and compassionately with dogs in our homes and community.

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Hayley Rees
Name:
Hayley Rees
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
South Wales
Email:
Email Hayley Rees
Phone:
07392 869 378

Hi, I’m Hayley and I am the Education & Outreach Officer covering South Wales. I am a qualified teacher, and I am passionate about dogs and improving their welfare. Being able to educate people to better understand dogs and live in harmony with them is an absolute dream job for me. I am able to provide sessions with a key theme of Safe Behaviour Around Dogs and these can be delivered online or in person. In these sessions, children will learn how to behave safely around dogs and develop more empathy for dogs and how they feel. Please do get in touch to book a session and I look forward to seeing you soon.

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Alison Donald
Name:
Alison Donald
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Shropshire & Staffordshire
Email:
Email Alison Donald
Phone:
01952 771 405 / 07436 162 292

Hello, my name is Alison and I have been the Education and Community Officer for Shropshire and Staffordshire since 2011. Before working for Dogs Trust I worked in the childcare sector for over twenty years. I’m a qualified childcare practitioner and a qualified FE teacher and assessor. Being an Education and Community Officer allows me to combine my passion for teaching with my love of dogs. I look forward to the opportunity of offering our fun, engaging and free workshops to your school.

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Sarah Saunders
Name:
Sarah Saunders
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
East Midlands
Email:
Email Sarah Saunders
Phone:
07917 838 332

Hello, my name’s Sarah. I’m a qualified teacher whose two passions are children and dogs, so how lucky am I to be able to combine them both in my job. I truly believe that educating young people about how to stay safe around dogs is crucial to improving the lives of dogs and keeping children safe. I offer free, fun and interactive educational workshops and assemblies, please get in touch to book one!

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Keira Evans
Name:
Keira Evans
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
Midlands
Email:
Email Keira Evans
Phone:
07443 981 753

Hi there, I’m Keira and I have worked in the Dogs Trust Education Team for over 5 years now, combining my passion for animal welfare with my love of teaching. I cover the Midlands area, offering fun and interactive workshops to primary schools, both online and in-person. The workshops key theme is Safe Behaviour Around Dogs, aiming to encourage safe and kind behaviour from children towards dogs, improving child safety and promoting dog welfare.

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Jo Goodman
Name:
Jo Goodman
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
East Anglia
Email:
Email Jo Goodman
Phone:
07917 689 000

I am a qualified primary school teacher and love that I can combine my passion for animal welfare with my teaching skills. I can offer workshops based on our key theme of Safe Behaviour Around Dogs, both in-person and online, to schools across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. I look forward to meeting you and your pupils!

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Anthea Holloway
Name:
Anthea Holloway
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
West Midlands
Email:
Email Anthea Holloway
Phone:
07971 607 961

I feel very lucky to be the Education and Community Officer for the West Midlands. Before joining Dogs Trust I worked as a Secondary School teacher. I am passionate about dog welfare and believe that by educating young people about how to behave safely around dogs, we are both improving the lives of dogs and helping to keep children safe. I offer free educational workshops, please get in touch to book one.

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Charlotte Paddock
Name:
Charlotte Paddock
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
Email:
Email Charlotte Paddock
Phone:
07443 981 730

Hi there, I’m Charlotte and I am the Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust Evesham. I’m a trained teacher and love the opportunity to share my love of dogs with the young people and families that I work with. I offer fun, free, interactive workshops, either in person or virtually, to primary schools across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The theme underpinning all these workshops is Safe Behaviour around Dogs. I want to help the young people and families that I work with to be safe and happy around dogs which, of course, will help to keep our wonderful dogs safe too. Please get in touch to discuss our workshops further.

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Maria Gill
Name:
Maria Kyle
Title:
Education & Community Manager
Area:
Essex
Email:
Email Maria Kyle
Phone:
07443 981 752

Hello, my name's Maria, and I’m the Education and Community Manager. I'm a qualified teacher and this dream job allows me to combine my love of education with my passion for animal welfare. I offer fun, free, interactive workshops, both in-person and online, to primary schools all across Essex. The underpinning theme of all workshops is Safe Behaviour Around Dogs, which aim to encourage safe, compassionate interactions between children and the dogs that feature in their lives.

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Stacey Devon and Cornwall
Name:
Stacey Prosser
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Devon & Cornwall
Email:
Email Stacey Prosser
Phone:
07436 162 109

Hi, my name is Stacey and I am the Education and Community Officer, covering the amazing counties of Devon and Cornwall! I am a qualified teacher, and this fabulous role allows me to combine my love of education, with my passion for animal welfare. I offer free, interactive and engaging workshops to primary schools across my region - both in-person and online. The aim of all our workshops is to promote Safe Behaviour Around Dogs; encouraging children - and wider school communities in which they live - to be compassionate and safe when interacting with dogs.

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Jo Furlano
Name:
Jo Furlano
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
London
Email:
Email Jo Furlano
Phone:
07443 981 690

Hi! My name is Jo and I offer excellent educational opportunities in the Surrey area through fun, interactive, in-person or online workshops. My first dog (Bessie) initiated a lifelong passion for dogs and their welfare. This passion developed into a career as I studied Animal Science and subsequently qualified as a teacher. Dogs play such a positive and important role in our communities but can be misunderstood for a variety of reasons. It is my aspiration to help share experience and knowledge with others, to promote safety and welfare.

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Charlotte Hossack
Name:
Charlotte Hossack
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
East London
Email:
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Phone:

At the beginning of May 2020 I was welcomed onto the team as an Education and Community Officer. I bring to the role a wide and varied experience, I have taught school children of all ages from EYFS classes to Key Stages 1 through to 4, from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities. I qualified as a Secondary Science teacher in 2012. I am very excited to be working within the Education Team alongside other Eductaion Officers to help achieve Dogs Trust’s mission.

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Josephine Questier
Name:
Jo Cullum- Fernandez
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Kent
Email:
Email Jo Cullum- Fernandez
Phone:
07443 981 693

Hi, I’m Jo and I’ve been delivering Dogs Trust’s fun and free, interactive workshops right across Kent since 2013. This perfect job allows me to share my lifelong passion for dog welfare with the next generation. The underpinning theme of all our workshops is Safe Behaviour Around Dogs- something which it’s crucial all children learn about to encourage safe, compassionate interactions between them and the dogs that feature in their lives. I can deliver these engaging workshops both in-person and online so please get in touch to find out more.

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Becky Short
Name:
Becky Short
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
The South
Email:
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Phone:

Hi, I’m Becky, Education and Community Officer for the South (covering Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey)! I’m a qualified primary school teacher and I am very proud to now be working for Dogs Trust. It’s great to be able to promote positive behaviour changes and deliver safety messages to children about all things ‘dog’!

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Name:
Katie Chapel
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North East
Email:
Email Katie Chapel
Phone:
07443 981 819/ 01325 331 451

I have worked for Dogs Trust since 2004 in a variety of roles. I recently took a short break to gain a teaching qualification and I feel proud to be in a position where I can help to educate the dog owners of tomorrow. I studied Animal Management at University and have dedicated my working life to improving canine welfare in the North East. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like a workshop.

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Name:
Helen Peake
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
West of England
Email:
Email Helen Peake
Phone:
07584 489 178

My name is Helen and I enjoy working with schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Oxfordshire. I’m a qualified teacher, with many years’ experience working in nursery and primary schools, first as a class teacher and then in environmental education. I have a passion for animal welfare, and also love to sing, so my workshops and assembles have been known to end with a rousing song!

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Name:
Elissa Stanton
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Cumbria & Lancashire
Email:
Email Elissa Stanton
Phone:
07920658677

My name is Elissa and I am the Education and Community Officer for Cumbria and Lancashire. Before working for Dogs Trust I was as a Primary School teacher for 16 years. Working for Dogs Trust has provided me with the perfect opportunity to put my teaching skills to good use whilst promoting my passion for dog welfare. I offer free, fun, and interactive educational workshops, both in person and online to schools across Lancashire and Cumbria. These are designed to promote Safe Behaviour Around Dogs, encouraging safe, compassionate interactions between children and the dogs that feature in their lives. Please contact me to discuss a booking.

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Name:
Rosie Allen
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
West London
Email:
Email Rosie Allen
Phone:
07551 805 406/ 01895 453 955

Hello, my name is Rosie and I am the Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust in West London. Before joining the Education team at Dogs Trust, I was a qualified Primary School Teacher and I have always had a passion for animal welfare and dogs. This role allows me to combine my passion for education whilst promoting our free, engaging workshops! These workshops can be delivered both in school and online with the aim to foster safe and positive behaviours around dogs.

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Name:
Steph Butler
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Sussex
Email:
Email Steph Butler
Phone:
07918 750 520

Hello, I’m Steph. I’m the Education and Community Officer based down in sunny Sussex! As a qualified primary teacher and an absolute dog lover, I am able to combine my teaching skills and passion for animal welfare to deliver FREE interactive workshops. We deliver workshops either online or in person, helping model and guide children to show safe behaviour around dogs.

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Lyndsey Cooper
Name:
Lyndsey Cooper
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
North West
Email:
Email Lyndsey Cooper
Phone:
07525730642

Hello, my name is Lyndsey, and I’m the Education and Outreach Officer based in Wirral. I'm a qualified teacher and this job allows me to combine my love of educating others with my passion for animal welfare. I offer fun, free, interactive workshops, both in-person and online, to schools all over the North West. The underpinning theme of all workshops is Safe Behaviour Around Dogs. They aim to encourage safe, compassionate interactions between children and the dogs that feature in their lives as well as improve dog welfare.

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