Our team

Diane Morton


Diane founded Wag & Company in 2015 and leads the charity operationally in line with our Articles of Association and on…

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Leanne Dodd

Home Visiting Lead

Leanne specialises in home placements and safely providing and supporting much needed Wag friends for older dog…

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Jackie Handley

Visiting Services Team Lead

Jackie leads the team supporting our recruitment, applicants, volunteers and care/medical placements as well managing the Wag…

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Jo Jobling

Visiting Services Advisor

Jo works with Jackie to provide information and support to our applicants, volunteers, dogs and our care…

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Samantha Langrish

Senior Administrator

Sam focusses on our fundraising events and income generation activities, our Friends of Wag supporters scheme and our…

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Penny Bland

Grants & Projects Lead

Penny leads our work on fundraising grants and a number of performance improvement projects; she works remotely…

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Nicky Jeffrey

Finance Manager

Nicky manages our finances part time and she is also a Wag volunteer, visiting a lady in…

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Our Patron

Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland, became our Patron in 2018.

Best known for redeveloping The Alnwick Garden, the Duchess of Northumberland has served as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland since 2009.  An avid dog lover, the Duchess has also been key to the development of the Elderberries Programme at Alnwick, a social project bringing people together to socialise and build friendships.

Her Grace told us:

“Being a lover of dogs, I understand and appreciate how they can enhance life for their owners and elderly friends. Loneliness is a killer and if dogs can help to address this scourge of the 21st century then I am fully supportive and I am honoured to be a Patron of such a worthy initiative.”


Our trustee board

Sean Churchill


Sean Churchill is Regional Sales Manager for Arco Ltd, has worked for Arco since 1984 and has…

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Suzanne Tait

Finance Director, Trustee

Suzanne Tait is Finance Director of BW Medical Accountants Limited, a Newcastle based specialist accountancy, tax and…

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Mike Madine


Mike Madine is Head of Wastewater Service Planning, Quality and Performance at NWL, based at Head Office…

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Richard Blackett


I have worked in the financial planning industry since I left University with a BSc (Hons) in…

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Sophie Carvin

Trustee Director

I’ve always been motivated by making a difference to people. I’m Founder and Principal Coach at Deror,…

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Diane Morton

Chair & Operations Director

Chair & Operations Director, Diane, retired in 2010 from her role as Group HR Director for Northumbrian…

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Doug Morton

Risk Director

Doug’s career began in 1976 as an engineering apprentice in the public sector

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Alison Hall

Director and Company Secretary

Alison is a solicitor working for Hay & Kilner in Newcastle.

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Our ambassadors

James Ramsbotham

Chief Executive, North East of England Chamber of Commerce

As Chief Executive of The Chamber, James heads up the region’s biggest business group and leads campaigns for businesses as well as providing support services, including training and global trade advice for its 4,000-plus members.

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John Mowbray

Chair University of Sunderland Board of Governors

John Mowbray OBE is Chairman of the University of Sunderland’s Board of Governors and Co-Chairman of the North East Cultural Partnership.

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Our advisors

David Ryan

Animal Behaviour Expert Advisor

David is certificated as a Clinical Animal Behaviouralist and has a combined practical experience at the top…

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Dr Tim Nuttall

Animal Health & Wellbeing Expert Advisor

Tim is Head of Dermatology and a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology at The Royal…

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Our assessors

Charlotte Husband

Washington, Tyne & Wear

I hold a Masters Degree in Animal Behaviour and Training, I’m also a qualified Dog Groomer and…

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Stephen Bell

Crook, County Durham

I am a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP). Karen Pryor revolutionised training through…

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Georgie Smith

Newcastle Upon Tyne

I’m an avid dog lover that recognises the benefits the company of a dog can offer –…

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Vicky Welsh

Chester le Street

I have been a dog trainer and animal behaviour consultant in the County Durham area for the…

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Heather Stevens

Richmond, North Yorkshire

For around 40 years, I have been a trainer and behaviourist and specialise in all forms of…

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Karen Gibson

Brandon, Durham

I have been lucky enough to share my life and love with many dogs and also to…

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Cris Brown

North Shields

I am a dog trainer with over ten years experience. I offer training classes in Walker and…

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Mechelle Jacques

Consett, County Durham

I have run training classes for the last eight years, ranging from pet obedience to fun agility…

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Caroline Penistone

Leeming, North Allerton

I am a dog trainer with over 20 years experience. I offer training in Leeming, Northallerton. I…

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