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Sue Millson – Chairperson & Welfare Officer

Sue lives in Kent and has been involved with working breeds, predominantly Vizslas, for over 30 years, breeding, showing and working them; also designing a training book for handlers to work dogs. As the Club Breed Welfare Officer for 12 years and the KC Breed Health Coordinator, she designed the first health survey for the breed in addition to the current (second) survey. Sue also enjoyed a medical career in both the private health sector and NHS, finishing her career as an NHS operating theatre manager with responsibility for budgets, staff and training, from which she retired in 2011. She has recently lost one loved Vizsla so is down to four that she works. Additionally, Sue raises funds for Vizsla Welfare from Vizsla merchandise.

Claire Aldridge – Welfare Officer

Claire lives in Kent and has been involved with vizslas for over 35 years. She has both owned and bred them. Claire has done a limited amount of showing but has mainly worked with her vizslas. Vizsla welfare has always been a major concern of hers, and she actively looks after and rehomes a lot the dogs that come into welfare. Claire’s other main interest is in the equine world, and she is a trustee of the British Horse Society

Lorraine Yarnley  – Secretary

Lorraine inherited her love of dogs at a very young age from her parents. Brought up with various Gundog breeds she has had Vizslas since 2005 and since then has been a big supporter of the welfare of the breed. Lorraine spends her free time having fun with and showing her two beautiful Vizslas Ceris and her daughter Madge, as well as being on the South of England Gundog Committee and a previous committee member of the Hungarian Vizsla Club, helping with shows, events, and stewarding, and has just started to judge the breed.

Raymond Weakley – Admin

Raymond lives in Dorset, having retired some 10 years ago after 35 years working for an American Global Corporation. Raymond has worked extensively in North America and Europe. Born in Herefordshire and growing up in the Herefordshire country side Raymond has from a very early age had a keen interest in working animals and especially their welfare.

Welfare Officers

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Claire Millar

Claire lives in South Wales and has been involved with Vizslas since adopting a pup Woody in 2011 and then going on to adopt a Welfare boy Scooby

She retired from a career in account management in the FMCG industry and relocated from Wiltshire to Cardiff in 2016. She has 2 daughters and runs a dog walking business.

Claire is a keen runner and in April 2016 completed the London Marathon raising funds for our Welfare Charity. She grew up with dogs and has always wanted to work with animals so after falling in love with the Vizsla breed she is delighted to be involved in rescue and help other dogs find their forever home, just like her Scooby.

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Rachel Thomson

Rachel covers cover Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire

She lives in Wolverhampton, is married to Ian, has had a mixture of dog breeds – Spinone, Rottweilers and currently has three Vizslas, two of which were rescues.

Rachel works for a travel management company based in Birmingham but is able to work from home most of the time. She and Ian are currently renovating a house in Wolverhampton, a project which is proving to be a long and painful process.She will be very glad when it’s all over!

Lizzi and Matt Styles

Lizzi and Matt cover Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Gtr Manchester

They have been Vizsla owners since 2014, and before becoming Welfare Officers assisted in fostering and transporting Vizslas in need. They have a four year old male called Duke. Lizzi is a masters student at Liverpool University and Matt is a regional Manager for a national recruiting agency. Their spare time is taken up with spoiling their Vizsla with long walks.

Vicky Leach

Vicky lives in the North East of England and with a friend runs the Teesside Vizsla Group. She has two Vizsla girls, Lola, who is almost 6 years old and Spice who is 4.5 years old. Both girls have been shown, qualifying for for Crufts 2016.

Over the years Vicky has raised a lot of funds for HV Welfare, with husband Mark having run two marathons and completed several Ironman triathlons.

Noanie Heffron & John Duncan

Noanie & John live in North Ayrshire and between them organise trail ultramarathons. Their ‘real’ jobs are charity administrator and stamp dealer but both think Race Director sounds way cooler.

They have a varying number of dogs, depending on who is visiting and who is being fostered, but permanent family members are Sam (12), Vaz (8), and Rufus (3). Sam is not a Vizsla and is still rueing the day his silly owners caught the ginger bug. Rufus and Vaz are both HVWC dogs, with Vaz being a Failed Foster who decided to stay.