• The BTRF Team

  • The BTRF Team are a dedicated group of people who all volunteer their time and resources for free because they are passionate about the breed we all represent.

    We 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 three 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'.

    The team also includes medics, both vets and a vet nurse. They cannot diagnose of course, and their time is always very limited but we are grateful to them for volunteering to help and advise us where needed. 

  • 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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  • Fran Marshall


    Fran is a long term owner and small breeder of Bedlingtons and horses. Presently living in the wilds of Northumberland, (Home of the Bedlington!), with Lulu 15 and her daughter Daisy 9 - featured in the photo! 

  • BTRF Area Coordinators

    We don't have kennels, rather we work home to home or 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 end representing BTRF. Many have full time jobs and family commitments.

  • 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 two BTRF rescue dogs 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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  • Sue Wilkinson

    Area Coordinator - North East and Sussex

    Sue is our North East Coordinator who lives on the Wirral in the North West. She has recently retired after working for over 25 years in the Social Care and Education Sectors specialising in Safeguarding. Sue fostered and then adopted a Bedlington Terrier when she retired and is still working closely with a Behaviourist to help him overcome his anxieties and worries.

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  • Rachel (Skip) Price

    Area Coordinator - Midlands

    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 / Essex

    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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  • 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

    Three 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 work with reputable and qualified 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, our Director, about 10 years ago! 

    As a professional dog trainer / behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, she liaises with our appointed behaviourists around the country working with our dogs needing training / behaviour support and backup in their foster or adopted homes.

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  • Trish Mahon

    Behaviourist & Foster Carers' Liaison Officer / Trustee

    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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  • BTRF Medical Consultants

    BTRF are also very lucky to have an experienced and qualified voluntary medical consultant to hand if needed. 

  • Allie Langridge APVN (Avian) MSc PGDip RVN BA(Hons) FHEA

    Veterinary Liaison Officer

    Allie has always had a passion for animals and voluntary work. She spent all her university years volunteering in Community Action and headed up her own volunteer project with the local Riding for the Disabled group. She also spent many years volunteering with a local rabbit rescue in Hertfordshire where she lived until this summer before moving to Wales. 

    We are excited to have Allie with us to help liaise with vets caring for our foster and adopted dogs where needed.

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  • BTRF Consultant Vets

    BTRF are fortunate to be able to call on two consultant vets if we need specific advice or guidance with dogs in our care. We are grateful to have them there if we need them to clarify things and be 'sounding boards' if needed!

  • Natalie Corstorphine

    BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS

    Natalie graduated with distinction from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She enjoys working together as a team with clients to achieve the best care for their animals, and enjoy the challenging variety of cases and species that general practice presents. I have a particular interest in surgery

    Natalie has a passion for rescued Greyhounds and owns a little girl called Clara and more recently rescued a Greyhound cross called Finn. She has a young daughter called Sophie born late in 2019.

  • Anna Lhermette

    BSc (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS

    Anna graduated from Edinburgh University veterinary school in 2015 having firstly completed a degree in Animal Sciences at Nottingham university.

    She has worked in small animal practice since graduating and enjoys all aspects of pet and client care within veterinary medicine. She is currently studying towards a certificate in endoscopy and laparoscopic endosurgery and is already experienced in carrying out keyhole bitch spays.

    She has a dog of her own as well as numerous other animals at home!