Meet our Trustee Team

Sandra Fraser

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Chair of Trustees

Sandra has been instrumental in the charity's growth over the last decade.  

Both professionally and as our Chair, Sandra is passionate about how dogs learn and how they can help people with their skills. She also works with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers as a Tutor and Assessor, ensuring that dog training techniques remain modern and effective and is currently contributing to a BSI working group for training standards. As a member of the Assistance Dogs UK Trustee Board, Sandra is also helping to shape the future of assistance dog training and standards for a wider group of stakeholders, from which all member organisations will benefit. 

Margaret Russell

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Secretary

Margaret is a retired teacher of Economics and Business with extensive experience of working in the field of Human Rights, on both local and national levels, serving as committee secretary, treasurer and finally chair. She adds that her involvement with Dog A.I.D. gives her the opportunity to thank the organisation for the time spent helping to train her first dog and now her second, 14-month old West Highland Terrier, Barney. 

Maggie Furmanek

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Treasurer

More details coming soon

Caroline Lewis

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Assistant Treasurer

With a background in Agricultural Accounts and Estate Management, Caroline was Sandra's first Assistance Dog partnership and was welcomed to the Trustee Board as Treasurer shortly after. Since then, she has supported 3 successive Treasurers as the charity has grown, latterly as a CIO. She has taken an active role in developing the long-term partnership with Natural Instinct and given peer support to a number of clients. Caroline created the first Dog A.I.D. website and social media assets and is proud of her in-depth knowledge of the organisation's history. Passionate about the future growth of Dog A.I.D., Caroline is actively involved in the development of the charity and its staff team from a client perspective.

Amanda Devlin

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PR and Social Media

Amanda is a national newspaper journalist with nine years' experience volunteering in the charity sector. During her time working in the media, Amanda has been inspired by tales of tragedy transforming into triumph when people are encouraged to make a difference. She hopes she can help improve the lives of people with disabilities by shouting from the rooftops about Dog A.I.D as she follows in the footsteps of her late dad, Jim, who was also a trustee.  

Isobel Michael

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Income Generation

Isobel is an experienced fundraiser and consultant, focusing on philanthropy, impact measurement and capacity building. She has worked with inspiring charities in the UK and Australia, helping smaller charities to raise the funds and capacity needed to grow their reach and impact. Isobel has also helped to manage grants programmes and is a grant assessor. She works for Southside Family Project, is a fellow and trustee of the Institute of Fundraising and a trustee of First Steps (Bath).

Teresa Cort

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Client Representative

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Ema Davis

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Trainer Representative

Ema has been a professional dog trainer for over 7 years, running her own successful dog training business, Just for Paws Dog Training and Behaviour, in Cheshire. She has a degree in Zoology, and a Diploma in Training and Behaviour. She is continuing her studies with a Graduate Diploma in Canine Behaviour. With a keen passion for charity work, Ema brings skills to help Dog A.I.D. trainers and clients alike. 

Robert Moore

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Client Representative

 With an initial background in Accountancy, Rob switched to his preferred career choice of IT where he has now worked for over 30 years. He has worked for Blue Chip clients in technical, project management and managerial roles. His passion for IT recognises the potential of modern technology for both service delivery and economic efficiencies. Rob joined via our Intensive Training Course with his Springer Spaniel, Buster. 

Meet our Staff Team

Charlie Evans

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Charlie, our Finance Officer, looks after the bookkeeping and administers monthly reports from our clients and trainers. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 young children and of course her springer Spaniel, Cooper. 

Email reports@dogaid.org.uk

Samantha Highet

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Senior Administration Officer, Samantha joined the charity August 2017. She is your initial contact for enquiries and is responsible for matching potential clients to trainers. Sam also organises our Workshops. She lives north of Shrewsbury and has two dogs.

Email admin@dogaid.org.uk

Ann Hill

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More details coming soon!

Email events@dogaid.org.uk

Mike McDonald - Chief Executive

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Mike leads the Staff Team and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the charity. With extensive experience in the Third Sector on local, regional and national levels, Mike holds an MA in Leadership and is currently completing a PhD in Health Policy & Governance at Keele University. He is a Chartered Fellow at the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants alongside being a Member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Non-Executive Director of Shropshire Community NHS Trust. He lives in Whitchurch, Shropshire and is owned by a Border Terrier/Jack Russell cross called Rudy.

Email mike@dogaid.org.uk

Julia Farrington

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Julia is our new Administrative Assistant. A former A&E Nurse, she lives close to the Welsh border in Shrewsbury, with her two children. Julia admits to having a cat (!) but redeems herself by being auntie to a young Collie. 

Email julia@dogaid.org.uk