Our team

Diane Morton


Diane founded Wag & Company in 2015.

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Leanne Dodd

Visiting Services Team Lead

The Visiting Services Team support all our placements, applicants and volunteers in every aspect of their visiting…

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Diana Spence

Visiting Services Assistant

Diana works with Leanne supporting all our placements, applicants and volunteers as we continue to grow across the…

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Kate Stacey

Fundraising & Digital Systems Lead

Kate leads our digital fundraising, business systems and projects enabling our very special visiting service to be…

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Ellen Mather

Visiting Services Assistant

Ellen works with Leanne and Diana supporting and recruiting new applicants and the assessment process as we…

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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 and 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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Tim Mallon

Finance Director & Treasurer

Tim is a chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser of over 30 years standing.

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Doug Morton

Risk Director

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

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Sophie Carvin

Trustee Director

I’ve worked for Northumbrian Water Group since 2007, and my current role is Academy Manager.  I’m a…

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Richard Blackett


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

Chair University of Sunderland Board of Governors

John Mowbray OBE is Chairman of the University of Sunderland’s Board of Governors and Co-Chairman of the North East Cultural Partnership.

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James Ramsbotham

Chief Executive, North East of England Chamber of Commerce

As Chief Executive of The Chamber, James heads up the region’s biggest business group and leads campaigns for businesses as well as providing support services, including training and global trade advice for its 4,000-plus members.

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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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David Ryan

Animal Behaviour Expert Advisor

David is certificated as a Clinical Animal Behaviouralist and has a combined practical experience at the top…

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Our Assessors

Cris Brown

North Shields

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

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Karen Gibson

Brandon, Durham

I have been lucky enough to share my life and love with many dogs and also to…

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Mechelle Jacques

Consett, County Durham

I have run training classes for the last eight years, ranging from pet obedience to fun agility…

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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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Kay Richardson


KAY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL MID APRIL : CONTACT THE OFFICE PLEASE I have always valued the enjoyable time…

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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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Vicky Welsh

Chester le Street

I have been a dog trainer and animal behaviour consultant in the County Durham area for the…

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