Dogs Trust

Staff & spokespeople

If you are a member of the press and have an enquiry relating to one of our stories, campaigns or Rehoming Centres or if you have an idea you would like to work with us on, please contact the team on 0207 837 0006 or email the Press Office.

Our spokespeople

Owen Sharp
Chief Executive

Owen Sharp has been Chief Executive of Dogs Trust since July 2019, is Chairman of Dogs Trust Ireland and is responsible for the work of Dogs Trust Worldwide and Dogs Trust USA.

Owen was previously Global Chief Executive at The Movember Foundation, a charity that seeks to improve men’s health. Since it was launched in Australia in 2003, Movember has been supported by more than 5 million participants and has funded more than 1,200 innovative projects to tackle prostate cancer, testicular cancer and to support suicide prevention across 21 countries.

Prior to Movember, Owen was Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK and Deputy Chief Executive at Victim Support. Owen began his career as an A&E nurse in Glasgow, progressing to leadership roles in hospitals across the UK.

Paula Boyden BVetMed MRCVS
Veterinary Director

After joining Dogs Trust in 2010, Paula became Veterinary Director in 2011 and is an expert on our campaign to ban Puppy Smuggling, as well as all aspects of animal welfare including UK and EU legislation, compulsory microchipping and associated veterinary matters. Paula is Representative at the European Commission’s Animal Health Advisory Committee, Chair of the Links Group, Vice Chair of the Canine and Feline Sector Group, Member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Rabies Core Group, Member of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, and a Board member and treasurer of the Blue Dog Trust. She has sat on working groups for both the British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and is a founder member of the Association of Charity Vets.

Dr Rachel Casey BVMS PhD DipECAWBM(BM) DipECAWBM(AWSEL) MRCVS
Director of Canine Behaviour & Training

As one of the UK's leading experts in canine behaviour Dr Rachel Casey is responsible for all aspects of training and behaviour at Dogs Trust, and is at the helm of our nationwide network of training schools, Dog School, which aims to revolutionise the landscape of dog training, and is specifically designed to reduce the number of dogs abandoned because of behaviours that could be prevented. Rachel is the proud owner of Dogs Trust Spaniel Bailey and has particular research interests in identifying early life risk factors for undesired or 'problem' behaviours in companion animals.

Adam Clowes
Operations Director

Adam is responsible for the day to day running of our 20 rehoming centres, and all of our rehoming activity. Adam's background in operations at Royal Mail and Aldi, and his love of dogs (including his Dogs Trust Labrador Tilly), means that he has the perfect combination of business know how and passion for animal welfare. Adam is available to discuss anything relating to dogs in our rehoming centres, our rehoming policy or general enquiries about our centres.

Emma Sheppard
Communications Director

As Communications Director, Emma is responsible for all internal and external communications for the charity. Emma is available to discuss a wide range of campaigns from our annual Christmas campaign, 'A dog is for Life, not just for Christmas®' to rehoming appeals and much more.

Adam Levy
Regional Manager

As former rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Canterbury, and now Regional Manager for our rehoming centres in the South East, Adam has a wealth of experience in discussing our rehoming activity, and a range of our campaigns including Puppy Smuggling and the stray dog issue in the UK.

Claire Calder
Head of Public Affairs

Our Public Affairs team works across Westminster, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the EU, to ensure the health and welfare of dogs is always taken into consideration by policy makers. With a background in animal welfare and politics in both Brussels and London, Claire has excellent knowledge of the animal welfare - and political - landscape across the UK and EU and is available to discuss a range of issues from Puppy Smuggling to the breeding and sale of pets and the welfare of racing greyhounds.

Charlotte Longster
Senior Public Affairs Officer

As part of our Public Affairs team, Charlotte regularly communicates with politicians to ensure dog welfare remains high on the political agenda. Charlotte supports the work of PAAG, through which we are actively fighting the irresponsible advertising of pets for sale via online adverts. In addition, working on our campaigns to stop Puppy Smuggling, introduce regulation of rehoming and improve breeding practises, Charlotte can discuss these issues as well as how we are tackling unscrupulous sellers looking to dupe the public and advise the public on how to buy a pet responsibly.

Claire Wilson-Leary
Senior Public Affairs Officer

Claire regularly communicates with politicians across the UK and EU, informing them of issues relating to dog welfare and how effective legislative change can improve the lives of our four-legged friends. Claire can discuss a range of our campaigns from fireworks and Puppy Smuggling, to the online sale of pets.

Lee Paris
Senior Campaigns Officer

As part of the Campaigns team Lee works on a range of projects aimed at establishing responsible dog ownership across the UK. By empowering new, existing and future dog owners to be the best they can be, we can keep dogs healthy, happy and in permanent homes. Lee is available to discuss wide-ranging topics on the importance of being a responsible owner, to how we are addressing the issues which contribute to the loss, abandonment and unnecessary destruction of healthy dogs.

Would you like to film at Dogs Trust?

We can facilitate filming requests at our rehoming centres. We also have a range of B-Roll footage available which can be viewed on our Media Centre. Please contact the Press Office if you would like access to any of our existing footage, or if you would like to film at Dogs Trust.

Dogs Trust publications

To find out more about Dogs Trust publications, please contact Deana, our Publications Manager.

Read the latest issue of our supporter magazine, Wag, here!