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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 Cameron-Russell
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Glasgow
Email:
Email Alison Cameron-Russell
Phone:
07443 981 670

Hello, I’m Alison and I’m the Education and Community Officer covering Glasgow*. 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. *Please note we have two Education Officers covering the Glasgow area. For G, FK and ML postcodes please contact Gemma, and for DG, KA, PA postcodes please contact Alison.*

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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. *Please note we have two Education Officers covering the Glasgow area. For G, FK and ML postcodes please contact Gemma, and for DG, KA, PA postcodes please contact Alison.*

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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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Suzie Douglass
Name:
Suzie Douglass
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North East
Email:
Email Suzie Douglass
Phone:
07742628073

I began working for Dogs Trust in 2014 and have worked in a variety of roles, most recently spending three years teaching dog training classes to owners. These classes focussed on how to understand our dogs better, thus improving their welfare through the ways in which we interact with them, and behave around them. Alongside my work I studied to gain a teaching qualification, and am now extremely privileged to work as an Education & Community Officer, where I can teach the next generation all about safe behaviour around dogs. If you’re interested in hearing more, have any questions, or would like to book a workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Angela Madigan
Name:
Angela Madigan
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Merseyside
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. The workshops are fun, free and as interactive as possible.

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Name:
Jess France
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Yorkshire
Email:
Email Jess France
Phone:
07443981650

Hi, my name is Jess, and I am one of the Education and Community Officers for Yorkshire. Prior to working with Dogs Trust, I was a primary school teacher, so I feel privileged to mix my passion for teaching with my love for dogs. I look forward to being able to educate children on how to keep safe around dogs as well as the importance of dog welfare. If you would like to book a free workshop, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Name:
Rachael Hill
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Yorkshire
Email:
Email Rachael Hill
Phone:
07739 255 036 / 0113 281 4938

Hello, my name is Rachael, I am the Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust in Yorkshire. Prior to working with Dogs Trust, I was a Primary School Teacher. I look forward to educating children on how to keep themselves and others safe around dogs, I also aim to encourage children to grow up appreciating the importance of dog welfare. If you would like to book a free workshop, do not hesitate to contact me.

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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:
Cheshire
Email:
Email Bethan Richardson
Phone:
07920 658 693

Hello, my name is Bethan and I am the Education and Community Officer for Cheshire As a qualified teacher I can offer fun, free, interactive workshops, in-person and online, to primary schools in Cheshire. 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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Alison Jacques
Name:
Alison Jacques
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
East Midlands
Email:
Email Alison Jacques
Phone:
07435 901108

Hi, I’m Ali and I am the Education and Community Officer for Nottinghamshire. I love having the opportunity to guide children to behave safely, kindly and responsibly towards dogs. Before working for Dogs Trust I was a primary teacher and SENDCo. I specialised in outdoor learning and I am a qualified Bushcraft instructor. I have two cats named Milo and Socks and my darling dachshund Daisy. I love being outside so my husband, Daisy and I spend lots of time caring for woodland, campfire cooking and enjoying the countryside where we live. We also love the seaside and spend a lot of time in Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast.

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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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Julie Haggerty
Name:
Julie Haggerty
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Northern Ireland
Email:
Email Julie Haggerty
Phone:
07920 658652

Hello! My name is Julie and I am one of the Education and Community Officers for Northern Ireland. I am a qualified primary school teacher and a massive dog lover. Imagine my delight when I landed this dream job that allows me to combine both my skills and my passion! I feel very privileged that I get to help keep dogs happy and children safe by delivering very important messaging regarding safe behaviour around dogs. I would be absolutely delighted to come and deliver some workshops in your schools, so if you are in one of my council areas, please do get in touch! I cover Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh, Newry, Mourne and Down and North Down and Ards, Carrickfergus and Crumlin. Don’t panic if you don’t see your council area, you’ll be in the very safe hands of my wonderful colleague Cathy, who you will also find on this website.

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Courteney Burgess
Name:
Courteney Burgess
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
West Midlands
Email:
Email Courteney Burgess
Phone:
07443891753

Hello, my name is Courteney and I am the Education and Community Officer for the West Midlands team. Prior to taking up this post with Dogs Trust I was a primary school teacher, so I am excited to combine my teaching skills with my love for dogs. I have my own working cocker spaniel, Wilf, as well as looking after my childhood cat, Tigerlily. Outside of my interest in dog welfare and training, I am a keen cake baker and enjoy exploring the world with my fiancé.

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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 Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. 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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Rachel Hibbard
Name:
Rachel Hibbard
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North East
Email:
Email Rachel Hibbard
Phone:
07780197476

Hi, my name is Rachel and I am one of the Education and Community Officer for the North East. I cover Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland schools. I am a fully qualified teacher and have over 7 years of experience working within Primary Schools across the different Key Stages. I love teaching children and seeing their ‘lightbulb’ moments as they engage in my lessons. Working as an Education and Community Officer means I can combine my love of teaching with my passion for dog welfare! Dogs are so special to many of us and we love spending time with them so I want to teach children how to behave safely around dogs so that both children and dogs are safe, happy and thriving within our community. I can deliver our free, engaging ‘Be Dog Smart’ workshops both in-person and online so please get in touch to find out more.

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Darcy Pendrill Adams
Name:
Darcy Pendrill-Adams
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Hertfordshire & Cambridgeshire
Email:
Email Darcy Pendrill-Adams
Phone:
07940 044994

Hello! My name Is Darcy and I started working at Dog’s Trust in December 2021. I am an experienced and qualified teacher and animal welfare advocate. I come from a background of colleges, zoos, rehabilitation centres, farms, and animal welfare enforcement. My background has allowed me to have a very broad understanding of animal welfare and I believe that the best way to promote positive change is through the education of young students, hopefully creating the next generation of animal welfare advocates.

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Jo Furlano
Name:
Jo Furlano
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Surrey
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 & Essex
Email:
Email Charlotte Hossack
Phone:
07920 658677

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 alongside the other Education Officers to help achieve Dogs Trust’s mission.

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Emma Boxall
Name:
Emma Boxall
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
South London
Email:
Email Emma Boxall
Phone:
07917 501209

Before joining Dogs Trust in 2013 I was an English Teacher in a secondary school; I am qualified in both the primary and secondary sectors. I’m extremely passionate about animal welfare and love working with families and young people. I think learning about dog safety is a crucial factor in shaping the next generation into compassionate and empathic human beings, which is why I absolutely love my job!

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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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Name:
Helen Peake
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Bristol
Email:
Email Helen Peake
Phone:
07584 489 178

My name is Helen and I enjoy working with schools in the Bristol area. 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:
Andrew Larrington
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Lancashire
Email:
Email Andrew Larrington
Phone:
07918 732155

Hello, my name is Andrew, I am one of the Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust in the North West of England covering Lancashire and surrounding areas. Prior to working with Dogs Trust, I served in the British Army for 23 years as a dog handler/trainer. On leaving the Army I worked in Schools/Education, specialising in the Social, Emotional and Mental Health environment, starting as a teaching assistant and working my way up to becoming a teacher. I am passionate about dogs and improving their welfare and I look forward to educating children on how to keep themselves and others safe around dogs. I aim to encourage children to grow up appreciating the importance of dog welfare and developing more empathy for dogs and how they feel. If you would like to book a free workshop, do not hesitate to contact me.

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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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