Our team

Diane Morton

Chair & CEO

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

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Leanne Dodd

Visiting Services Manager

Leanne’s been with Wag from the early days, she is a specialist  in our visiting services, particularly…

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Rosie Smith

Visiting Services Advisor

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Emma Young

Visiting Services Advisor

Emma works with Leanne and leads applicants through our all our volunteering processes from dog assessments right…

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Emma Griffiths

Fundraising & Events Lead

Emma supports all our income generation systems and activities, our grant applications, Friends of Wag supporters scheme,…

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Ann Rutherford

Team Secretary/Administrator

Ann manages everything administration for Wag as well as our online document and policy library and our…

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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

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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Alison Hall

Director and Company Secretary

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

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Chris Farman

Finance Director

Finance Director

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Doug Morton

Trustee Director - Risk

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

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Sean Churchill

Trustee Director

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

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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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Richard Blackett

Member

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

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Our ambassadors

John Mowbray

John Mowbray OBE is Deputy Lieutenant Tyne & Wear, Trustee MAC Trust & Sunderland Culture and Co Chair Sunderland Empire Theatre Trust.

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James Ramsbotham

Chair of Newcastle Buidling Society and recently retired Chief Executive of the North East of England Chamber of Commerce, James is very highly regarded in our region.

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Our advisors

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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Vicky Welsh

Animal Behaviour Expert Advisor

Vicky is a Clinical Animal Behaviouralist specialising in dog behaviour problems.  She has a Master’s Degree in…

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Our assessors

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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Charlotte Husband

Newcastle upon Tyne

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

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Cris Brown

Newcastle upon Tyne

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

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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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Louise Birkett

Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

I’m Louise Birkett and I started dog training 10 years ago after achieving my BSc (Hons) degree in…

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Vicky Welsh

Various locations, via Wag office

I am a clinical animal behaviourist specialising in dog behaviour problems, and I also run pet dog…

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Jenny Hunter

Newcastle upon Tyne via Wag office

I’m Jenny Hunter, and I started dog training in Newcastle and Northumberland 4 years ago after completing…

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