Meet the Team
The team at St Francis Dogs Home is very small. We consist of 4 full time staff (including our Centre Manager and Deputy Centre Manager), and 2 part-time staff. With having up to 30 dogs on the premises at any one time, we are so very fortunate that our team is heavily supported by willing volunteers who go the extra mile to help us.
Between us we have a wealth of different experiences from our varied backgrounds and, as we are so small, we do have to work quite closely together. We are all working together to achieve our goal which is happy dogs in happy homes.
Teamwork and communication is the key.
Pete is our acting Centre Manager. Pete started volunteering at St. Francis back in 2007. When a job opportunity arose we naturally offered him the position, and he became an Animal Welfare Assistant in January 2010. He is has since worked his way up to management. Pete especially enjoys working with nervous dogs and adores bull breeds (Staffies especially). He is proudly owned by a previous St Francis Staffordshire Bull Terrier girl called Jess who he totally adores - and the feeling is mutual. He is proud to have been a Hula Hooping champion in 1998 and has had many achievements since then!
Leanne is our Acting Deputy Manager. Leanne joined our team in 2014. After completing her national diploma in animal management, Leanne then went on to obtain a foundation degree in animal behaviour and psychology, which she topped up with an honours degree in applied zoology. Leanne began as a volunteer dog walker with St Francis for some time and was taken on as an employee when her studies were finished. Leanne is always thinking about inventive ways to improve the enrichment for the dogs in kennels and is usually the person to take our student volunteers under her wing. Remembering that once upon a time she was that student too.
Hayley joined our team at St Francis after having worked for a different animal charity so is no stranger to rescue work. Hayley has also completed her honours degree in Applied Zoology. Hayley loves working with dogs and finding out what makes them happy and strives hard to ensure that they find the right happy endings. Hayley has also fostered many a dog in need so knows only too well the challenges involved when helping to settle dogs in to their new homes. Since Hayley joined us she has reguarly some of the more 'fragile' residents under her wing and it is fair to say that she thrives when that one to one connection shows success.
Siobhan joined the St Francis team in April 2018. With her she brings lots of experience working with, and rehoming rescue dogs. She is owned by a cheeky chappy of a Chihuahua called 'Freddie' and he really knows a thing or two about being a 'diva'. Siobhan has completed various accredited IMDT courses. Siobhan's passion in rescue is about making a difference, one dog at a time and making sure that each dog is secured a happy healthy future. She is calm in a crisis and is amazing to work with - the dogs love her too.
Helen became a permanant Welfare assistant in 2019 but has been a part of the St Francis team for some time and has been a regular fosterer for St francis for years.
Helen has completed a foundation degree in Animal Behaviour and Psychology. She is particularly passionate about channeling dogs energy into activities such as agility, of which she often competes in with her two spaniels.