Covid-19 update April 2021: Our rehoming centres are currently closed to the public for general browsing. We’re still rehoming virtually and we’re here to help if you can no longer care for your dog. Please don’t visit, or travel to our centres unless you have already been matched with a dog, or are leaving donations at one of our contact-free drop off points.

Meet our team

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

The Canine Behaviour and Research department delivers the technical resources and skills to enable you to provide the best possible support for the dogs within our care, and evidence-based advice to external stakeholders in order to improve canine welfare worldwide.


Dr Ashley Cairns

Dr Ashley Cairns
Data Manager

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

Carys Williams
Research Officer

Carys is a Research Officer in the Rehoming Team.
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...
Dr Emma Buckland

Dr Emma Buckland
Research Manager

Emma is the Research Manager of the Rehoming Team, and manages the Post Adoption Project.
Heather Wren

Heather Wren
Training and Behaviour Officer

Heather is a Training and Behaviour Officer working within the Professional Development team. Her role is to support the training and development need...
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
Deputy Head of Research

Jane is Deputy Head of Research, and manages the Welfare Projects and Grants Team.
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 in the Rehoming Team.
Katharine Anderson

Katharine Anderson
Research Assistant

Katharine is a Research Assistant in the Human Behaviour team.
Dr Katrina Holland

Dr Katrina Holland
Research Officer

Katrina is a Research Officer working in the Human Behaviour 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
Senior Research Officer

Kirsten is a Senior Research Officer in the Human Behaviour Team, 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 Samet

Dr Lauren Samet
Research Officer

Lauren is a Research Officer in the Behavioural Welfare 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
Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Megana is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist working in the 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 Officer

Rachel is a Research Officer in the Generation Pup 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
Deputy Head of Research

Rob is Deputy Head of Research, and manages the Policy & Impact Evaluation Team.
Rosa da Costa

Rosa da Costa
Research Assistant

Rosa is a Research Assistant in the Generation Pup Team.
Dr Sarah Penturn MRCVS

Dr Sarah Penturn MRCVS
Veterinary Behaviourist

Sarah is a Veterinary Behaviourist working within the Professional Development Team.
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.
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 the Research Manager of the Behavioural Welfare Research Team.
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 is a Research Officer in the Generation Pup Team.
Steve Goward

Steve Goward
Development Manager

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

Adam Williams
Data Officer

Adam is a Data Officer in the Canine Research and Behaviour team
Alexia Nicolas

Alexia Nicolas
Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Alexia is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist in the Professional Development team.
Ben Rosier

Ben Rosier
Administrator

Ben is the Administrator for the Generation Pup Team.
Jessie Fitts

Jessie Fitts
Research Assistant

Jessie is a Research Assistant in the Generation Pup Team.
Kassandra Giragosian

Kassandra Giragosian
Research Assistant

Kassandra is a Research Assistant in the Behavioural Welfare Research Team.
Kate Main

Kate Main
Research Assistant

Kate is a Research Assistant in the Generation Pup Team.
Dr Lauren Harris

Dr Lauren Harris
Research Officer

Lauren is a Research Officer working in the Human Behaviour team.
Gemma Whitlaw

Gemma Whitlaw
Behaviour Officer (US Support)

Gemma is a Behaviour Officer and supports staff at external shelters in the USA.