Who we are
I’m a single mum of two teenage boys and own a Staffordshire Terrier named Oscar.
In September 2018 I started a petition to have the Guidance Notes accompanying the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities) Legislation 2018 reviewed by Parliament. Since then a campaign took off which ended with a sit down meeting with DEFRA. Along the way it became clear that there was no one representing the voice of home boarders and day carers, so the Association of Dog Boarders was born.
I’ve been home boarding and day caring for several years and I walked dogs prior to expanding the business. I’ve a history of working in primary schools teaching the new Computing curriculum and looking after their network’s and websites. I sat on the committee board at my local Sea Cadets and was responsible for fundraising and marketing.
My vision for the Association:
I would like to grow and build the association into a recognised name for our industry. I’d like us to negotiate sensible and workable laws for those of us working in our industry. I’d very much like to bring in new businesses starting out to support and mentor them.
Having been a recruiter for 20 years, I now run my own recruitment consultancy and have a wealth of experience in dealing with people from all walks of life and all levels of seniority, from shop floor operatives to CEO’s of multinational organisations. My communication, negotiation, relationship management, administration, organisational and reporting skills are all necessary and relevant to the efficient running of the Association.
My vision for the Association:
To become the nationally recognised official voice of home boarders and daycarers throughout the UK. Home boarding and home daycare is a relatively new concept but is fast becoming the number 1 choice for pet owners when deciding how they want their pets to be cared for. As an industry we need to be heard by Government and be able to have an input into any changes in legislation
I run Waggy Walks 4 Dogs in Farnborough, Hampshire and have been trading for
over 5 years.
Before this, I worked for 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry, in both
human and animal medicines divisions. My roles were hugely varied over the
years but they always remained within the area of quality and compliance. I was
responsible for leading government licence inspections on behalf of my company,
and have much experience in risk based inspection management, challenging
inspection results, developing process documentation, writing and leading
training courses, and in project and change management.
During my time in corporate-world I struggled to find suitable care for my
English Toy Terrier and my Whippet. Thankfully my husband was able to change
his role at the time, and with my home working allowance we made it work, but
during my redundancy process I would often joke to colleagues that I would give
it all up and become a dog walker. As my work end date drew near, I thought
‘well why not’? I have never regretted the transition!
My Vision for the Association:
Even though I was aware of the 2015 consultation document regarding the changes to our industry, there was no clear mechanism for my voice to be heard. I do not want myself, or any other home boarder to be in this position again. This is a fast growing industry and definitely needs regulation – however it is important for me that we find a reasonable balance between regulation and maintaining the ‘home feel’ that our customers are looking for. I have high hopes that the Association of Dog Boarders will be able to help to shape this balance.