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Meet our team

Our Canine Behaviour and Research Directorate are an integral part of our organisation.

Our team of research professionals look to inform the wider works, such as advising individuals, organisations and governments on topics relating to dog behaviour and welfare. Research is an important part of Dogs Trust's work - it helps us ensure that our policies and practices are based in evidence.


Dr Ashley Cairns

Dr Ashley Cairns
Data Manager

Ashley is the Data Manager for the research team.
Carys Williams

Carys Williams
Canine Behaviour Research Officer

Carys is a Canine Behaviour Research Officer, focusing on practical and applicable behaviour-based research at Dogs Trust rehoming centres.
Charlotte Huggins

Charlotte Huggins
Canine Behaviour Officer

Charlotte works within the Central Behaviour Team supporting cross-directorial internal teams by creating welfare-driven, evidence-based educational r...
Clarissa Brayley

Clarissa Brayley
Behaviour Officer

Clarissa works for Dogs Trust as a Behaviour Officer in the post-adoption support team. This team supports owners following adoption with any behaviou...
Daniel Thompson

Daniel Thompson
Training and Behaviour Assistant

Daniel visits the rehoming centres for staff development training in dog behaviour and training and assists the Clinical Behaviour team with their tra...
Elizabeth Hardy

Elizabeth Hardy
Post-Adoption and Behaviour Support Manager

Beth is the Post-adoption and Behaviour Support Manager. Beth spends her time managing the lovely Post-adoption Behaviour Officers and working to ensu...
Dr Emma Buckland

Dr Emma Buckland
Research Manager

Emma is a Research Manager for the Post Adoption and Rehoming projects at Dogs Trust. She is manages the Post Adoption Project, a longitudinal study i...
Heather Wren

Heather Wren
Behaviour Officer

Heather is a Behaviour Officer working within the Professional Development team. Her role is to support the training and development needs of staff wo...
Dr Helen Zulch MRCVS

Dr Helen Zulch MRCVS
Head of Prof. Development in Canine Behaviour

Helen is the Head of Professional Development in Canine Behaviour where her team has responsibility for staff education in dog behaviour and training...
Dr Jane Murray

Dr Jane Murray
Research Manager

Jane is Research Manager of the Cohort Studies team comprising of two Research Officers, three Research Assistants and an Administrator.
Dr Jenna Kiddie

Dr Jenna Kiddie
Head of Canine Behaviour

Jenna is Head of Canine Behaviour at Dogs Trust. Jenna and her team work collaboratively with colleagues across Dogs Trust to create and review dog tr...
Jennifer McCarthy

Jennifer McCarthy
Senior Training & Behaviour Advisor

Jen is a Senior Training & Behaviour Advisor covering the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland where she supports the rehoming centre train...
Jim Gillies

Jim Gillies
Behaviour Officer

Jim works as Behaviour Officer in the Post-adoption Support team. Jim provides remote post-adoption behavioural support to new owners of Dogs Trust do...
Jo Wriglesworth

Jo Wriglesworth
Behaviour Officer

Jo is a Behaviour Officer in Post-adoption Support, working as part of the Canine Behaviour and Research team. Her role is to provide behavioural advi...
Joshua Woodward

Joshua Woodward
Research Assistant

Josh is a Research Assistant working for the Post Adoption and Rehoming projects at Dogs Trust.
Katharine Anderson

Katharine Anderson
Research Assistant

Katharine is a Research Assistant and her main role is providing research support to many teams across Dogs Trust.
Dr Katrina Holland

Dr Katrina Holland
Research Assistant

Katrina is a Research Assistant working in the Human Behaviour Research team.
Keira Washtell

Keira Washtell
Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor

Keira is a Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor working as part of the wider behaviour and research team.
Dr Kirsten McMillan

Dr Kirsten McMillan
Research Officer

Kirsten is a Senior Research Officer, and leads the UK Pet Dog Population Project.
Kris Glover

Kris Glover
Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Kris is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist in the Professional Development team.
Dr Lauren Harris

Dr Lauren Harris
Research Officer

Lauren is a Research Officer working in the Human Behaviour Research team.
Dr Lauren Samet

Dr Lauren Samet
Research Officer

Lauren works as a Research Officer in the Canine Behaviour Research Team.
Lisa Chapman

Lisa Chapman
Post Adoption Support Behaviour Officer

Lisa is a post-adoption support behaviour officer.
Lynn Barber

Lynn Barber
Field Behaviour Manager

Lynn is the Field Behaviour Manager who manages the team of Senior Training and Behaviour Advisors.
Megana Nedungadi

Megana Nedungadi
Senior Coach & Behaviourist

Megana works as a Senior Coach & Behaviourist, split between Dog School and the Clinical Animal Behaviour Team within Professional Development.
Dr Melissa Upjohn

Dr Melissa Upjohn
Head of Research

Melissa heads a widely experienced and talented team of researchers and data specialists who support the generation of evidence to inform Dogs Trust’s...
Nico Joiner

Nico Joiner
Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor

Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor overseeing the Stepping Stones Facilities across Dogs Trust.
Nicola Halse

Nicola Halse
Canine Behaviour Assistant

Nicky is the Canine Behaviour Assistant within the Professional Development team.
Rachel Kinsman

Rachel Kinsman
Research Assistant

Rachel is a Research Assistant within Cohort Studies team.
Dr Rebecca Mead

Dr Rebecca Mead
Research Officer

Becky is a Research Officer working in the Human Behaviour Team.
Rebecca Sommerville

Rebecca Sommerville
Behaviour Officer

Rebecca is a Behaviour Officer in the Post-adoption Support team, where she provides support for owners who have just adopted a dog.
Dr Robert Christley

Dr Robert Christley
Senior Research Manager

Rob is a Senior Research Manager in the Human Behaviour research team, which works towards better understanding the lives of dogs and their interactio...
Rosa da Costa

Rosa da Costa
Research Assistant

Rosa is a Research Assistant working in the Cohort Studies team of the research department. She works primarily on the Generation Pup study as well as...
Dr Sarah Penturn MRCVS

Dr Sarah Penturn MRCVS
Resident in Veterinary Behaviour

Sarah is a resident with the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.
Sezan Ozgunay

Sezan Ozgunay
Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Sezan is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist working within the Professional Development team of the Behaviour and Research department at the Dogs Trust.
Susan McKeon

Susan McKeon
Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Susan is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and provides behaviour consultations to adopters of Dogs Trust dogs, who require specific behavioural advice.
Tamsin Durston

Tamsin Durston
Canine Behaviour Officer

Tam works within the Central Behaviour Team supporting cross-directorial internal teams by creating welfare-driven, evidence-based educational resourc...
Tom Candy

Tom Candy
Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor - South West

Tom is responsible for supporting and advising managers and Training and Behaviour Advisors on matters relating to behavioural concerns and helping to...
Elizabeth Hardy

Elizabeth Hardy
Post-Adoption and Behaviour Support Manager

Beth is the Post-adoption and Behaviour Support Manager. Beth spends her time managing the lovely Post-adoption Behaviour Officers and working to ensu...
Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson
Coach Trainer

Hannah is a Coach Trainer, working within the Professional Development team. Most of Hannah’s work centres around delivering training and providing su...
Jessica Down

Jessica Down
Research Team Administrator

Jessica provides administrative support primarily to the Research Team.
Jess Blount

Jess Blount
Dog School Coach Trainer

Jess is a Coach Trainer in the Professional Development team working to support the Dog School teams to deliver the best classes they can.
Kate Ellam

Kate Ellam
Professional Development Canine Behaviour Officer

Kate is one of the Professional Development Canine Behaviour Officers developing and delivering training in the areas of canine welfare, behaviour and...
Kate Reevell

Kate Reevell
Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Kate is one of our Clinical Animal Behaviourists helping to provide owners of Dogs Trust dogs with lifetime behavioural support. As part of the Profes...
Katie Scott-Dyer

Katie Scott-Dyer
Post-Adoption Behaviour Officer

Katie is a Behaviour Officer on the Post-adoption Support Team. Her role involves calling adopters of Dog Trust dogs who need behaviour guidance, advi...
Dr Naomi Harvey

Dr Naomi Harvey
Research Manager

Naomi is a Research Manager in Canine Behaviour. Her role is to manage internal canine behaviour-related research activities including but not limited...
Rachel Kitson

Rachel Kitson
Coach Trainer Manager

The coach training team are part of the professional development team offering training and support across dogs trust. The coach training team are res...
Rachel Vasey

Rachel Vasey
Coach Trainer

Rachel is a Coach Trainer who supports teams in the North of England. Her main role is to provide training surrounding the Dogs Trust Dog School train...
Sabrina Phelan

Sabrina Phelan
Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor

Sabrina supports the training and behaviour teams and staff at the Dublin and Ballymena Rehoming Centres, as well as the Dogs Trust Transfer Hubs in t...
Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka

Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka
Research Officer

Sara works on the Generation Pup Study, which looks at the health, welfare and behaviour of dogs throughout their whole lives.
Steve Goward

Steve Goward
Behaviour Development Manager

Steve is the Behaviour Development Manager working within the Professional Development team to provide training and support for our teams both in the...