• The BTRF Team

  • The BTRF Team are grateful to registered supporters and volunteers who give their time to help with transport, fundraising and fostering. Without them we could not offer the rehoming service that we do.

    These supporters and volunteers support the BTRF Team that is at the sharp end. These are also all volunteers, they give their time and resources for free because they are passionate about the breed.

    We are very fortunate to have several dedicated Area Coordinators on the team who have many years experience of breeding, showing, owning and even judging Bedlingtons. They know the breed inside out and can offer excellent advice to people thinking about rescuing a Bedlington Terrier or their crosses.

    We are also very fortunate to have four members of the team who are very experienced professional positive reward based trainers / behaviourists who are always on hand to give training backup and support to owners if needed and help dogs that come to us with behavioural 'baggage'.

  • Dr Hefin Jones OBE

    BTRF Patron

    We are very fortunate to have a very informed and experienced Patron as a consultant to the Rescue. Dr Hefin Jones OBE. Hefin is an experienced Bedlington owner, breeder, judge and is also Treasurer for the Bedlington Terrier Health Group. We are very honoured to have him aboard. 

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  • Frances Fuller

    Director / Trustee

    Frances took over as Director from our Founder, Barbara Butcher in 2004. She is responsible for the smooth running of the Charity but one of her other many roles is as the Area Coordinator for Wales! She is always there to help and support the other Coordinators and works tirelessly to help Bedlingtons find their new homes.

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  • Ken Bounden

    Honorary Member

    Ken is the senior gentleman of the BTRF, now in his 90s!  He tends to take a back seat these days but he has spent his life surrounded by Bedlingtons.

    He was an important supporter of the Bedlington Terrier Association for many decades.

    He has judged Bedlingtons all over the world and is respected internationally as an expert on the breed.

  • Natalie Ives BVetMed MRCVS

    Consultant Veterinary Surgeon

    Natalie is BTRF's consultant vet. She graduated with distinction from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and have worked in small animal practice ever since. She has always enjoyed working together as a team with owners to achieve the best care for their animals and has many years of experience in dog, cat, rabbit and small rodent medical and surgical conditions, as well as holding a certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

    We are pleased to have her aboard the team to be a good sounding board for us where needed to help the dogs in our care.

  • BTRF Area Coordinators

    We don't have kennels, rather we work home to home or occasionally foster to home. We have a team of very dedicated Area Coordinators who volunteer their time. They stay in contact with our potential adopters and new homes.  They are at the sharp representing BTRF and a very important part of BTRF. Many have full time jobs and family commitments.

  • Mike Trant

    Area Coordinator - Scotland / Northumberland

    Mike is our Scottish Coordinator who lives in Lockerbie, South West Scotland. He is now retired after a lifetime working in social housing property management.

    Mike came across the Bedlington breed a few years ago when over in South Shields running a marathon and fell in love.

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  • Danielle Morris

    Area Coordinator - North West

    Danielle joined the BTRF Team as the North West Area Coordinator. She came across the breed accidentally a few years ago and has been obsessed ever since. 

    Danielle is also one of our foster carers and fostered Ralphy Ralph Dog when he first came to us, therefore understands how vital it is to match a dog with the perfect forever home and owner.

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  • Natalia Shvarts

    Area Coordinator - Cheshire & Gtr Manchester / Trustee

    Natalia Shvarts is our Cheshire / Gtr Manchester Coordinator, she is also our Legal Advisor, being a Solicitor in her 'day job'! She has been amazing in helping us take the step to becoming a Registered Charity.

    She has a BTRF rescue dog and has many years experience of living with the breed, so is well placed to help and advise potential new adopters.

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  • Amanda Mawson

    Area Coordinator - Yorkshire

    Amanda looks after North Yorkshire and Humberside - one of our busiest areas.

    As the adopting family of our two boys, Benji and Taffy she went through our Adoption Process, and so understands first hand what we look for in our adopting families.  Therefore we were very happy that she wanted to become part of the BTRF Team. 

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  • Rachel (Skip) Price

    Area Coordinator - Midlands

    BTRF Administrator

    Rachel (affectionately known as Skip to the team!) first fell in love with the breed when her parents had Billy, over 15 years ago now. She and Jonathan met the same year, getting married a couple of years later, before deciding that they too needed a little Bedlington in their lives!  

    That’s when Skip came along......

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  • Julia Davies

    Area Coordinator - East Anglia

    Julia looks after our potential adopters in Norfolk and Suffolk.

    Having been a PA for over 40 years, Julia now runs a small dog daycare and home‑boarding business.  She tells us that joining the BTRF team is her way of being involved with Bedlingtons without getting any more -  "I just love them to bits, they have so much personality, so much love to give and they just make me laugh all the time."

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  • Steve Palmer and Cheryl Lapham

    Area Coordinators - Home Counties North

    Cheryl & Steve are our coordinators for the Home Counties North (Herts, Bucks, Oxfordshire, Beds, Northants, Cambs) and on the foster carer team. They have been Bedlington Terrier owners for over 11 years now but have always been around dogs.

    Their Beddie, Chester was a rescue over 11 years ago.  He was in a very bad state both physically and emotionally and it took quite a while to turn him into the absolutely adorable character he is today!

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  • Jackie Newnham

    Area Coordinator - Sussex

    Jackie looks after East and West Sussex and has owned Bedlingtons for over 30 years.  So she has a lot of experience of the breed! She is also qualified in animal care and canine grooming.

    Her current Beddie lad is over 15 years old and still very much enjoying life!

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  • Gillian Lewis

    Area Coordinator - South West

    Gillian is our South West Area Coordinator and she has rehomed Bedlingtons since the last century so has lots of experience of the breed!

    She has always had terrier and hound companions. Her current trio have all had at least two former owners. The dogs go everywhere with her.

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  • BTRF Training and Behaviour Team

    Four of our team are also experienced professional Trainers / Behaviourists and can therefore offer advice and help when a Rescue dog comes to us with the inevitable behavioural 'baggage'.  We are also able to work with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and reputable behaviourists around the country when our behavioural team are unable to work with the dog themselves due to distance.

  • Kaye Scott (MAPDT)

    Training & Behaviour Advisor / Trustee

    Kaye got involved with the BTRF shortly after getting her two dogs, a Bedlington x Whippet boy and Bedlington girl from Frances about 8 years ago! 

    As a professional dog trainer / behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, she was able to offer advice when dogs came in needing training / behaviour support and backup.

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  • Lorraine Godfrey (Adv Dip CBM)

    Training and Behaviour Team / Area Coordinator - Kent

    Lorraine looks after the Kent area and has many years experience running a Rescue in the past, working a lot with rescued and retired Greyhounds.

    She is a qualified professional behaviourist, which means she is also well qualified to help and advise on dogs that need rehabilitation or behavioural help and support.

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  • Morag Sutherland RVN

    Veterinary Liaison Officer / Trustee

    Morag is a Registered Veterinary Nurse, (important as often there are health issues involved in animals’ behaviour) and has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2003 and an assessor for prospective new members and on the committee of the Association.

    She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in November 1989, and has worked in practice for most of the time since. Now she mainly works in dog training and behaviour, but still locums for an emergency clinic regularly and odd days in a variety of other practices from time to time.

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  • Trish Mahon


    Trish is a professional behaviourist who specialises in reactive dogs, separation anxiety, nervousness and much more so we are very fortunate to have her on the BTRF Training and Behaviour Team.

    Trish graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy with Distinction and is a member of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and the Pet Professional Guild. Over the past several years she has attended seminars, workshops and dog training master-classes with some of the most renowned Dog Trainers and Behaviourists in the world.

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