Patrons and Trustees

Patrons

Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns GCB.KCVO.CBE

Sir Richard  adopted Sheba from the Trust whilst he was Governor of Windsor Castle.  She was often seen trotting around behind him in the castle grounds and was a firm favourite with all the staff.  Sheba, sadly died in 2013 whilst in retirement in Wiltshire.

Lady Elizabeth Graydon DL

Lady Elizabeth and  Sir Michael have adopted two dogs from the Trust over the past 8 years and their current dog  Buster has been with them since 2011.  Living in Lincolnshire they take great interest in all the activities of the Trust in that area.

The Rt. Hon The Countess Bathurst

The Countess Bathurst Is a great supporter of the Trust and all things rural and a great advocate of our work.  She became a patron in 2011. In April 2016 The Countess Bathurst became the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire.

Ian F. Ratcliffe

Ian Ratcliffe is very much a ‘hands on’ patron’. Ian adopted his first Labrador which the Trust had saved from an uncertain fate in  Shanghai.  Ian was largely responsible for the financing of Cookie and has since adopted another yellow Labrador called Honey.  Despite living in Germany they all come over to the UK to support the activities of the Trust.

Trustees

Anne Carter – Trustee and Administrator

Anne was a Police Officer in Surrey for over 25 years and when she retired became a volunteer with the founder of Labrador Rescue in this country, Jamie Lee-Judson.  After her training with Jamie Anne started Labrador Rescue Surrey and together with one other helper covered the county of Surrey.  Seeing the need for more help for unwanted Labradors this organisation grew and eventually became Labrador Lifeline Trust.  Her first Labrador called Bumble went blind at 2.5 years of age and Anne completely retrained her.  More dogs followed and she has over 20 years’ experience in the breed and has owned 5 previous Labradors.  Her current Labrador is Libby who is a rescue dog from the Trust. Anne was a  Director of the UK Wolf Conservation Trust – a post she held for five years until her retirement in 2013.

Janet Butler – Trustee and Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire Area Coordinator

Janet  has owned Gun-dog breeds for 33 years, successfully showed English Setters and became involved with Labrador rescue 10 years ago.  I am married with two children, a little granddaughter and of course the mandatory, for me, chocolate Labrador Charlie who is now 10 years old. It is not only the edible version of chocolate I am addicted to, but the furry kind as well! Apart from rescue, I am passionate about Africa, her people, animals and the continuing fight to help stop the brutal, senseless trade in poaching and ivory. Time permitting, I also love gardening, cooking and reading.

Joan Falvey – Trustee and Newark Area Coordinator

Joan Falvey joined the Labrador Lifeline Trust as a Helper in 2005.  Having had a long career as a primary school teacher, she joined the Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire team after moving to the area with her family. Joan was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2007 and took over the Area Coordinator’s role in 2008. Joan and her family have one black Labrador, ‘Bella’,plus an assortment of rescue foster dogs plus a few other waifs and strays namely ‘Gertie Springbatt’ and ‘Max’. A few years ago Joan took part in a London to Paris bike ride to raise funds for the Trust. She is still intent on doing something similar again but perhaps the injuries she suffered  are still a painful reminder! Her friends and family can only hope!  Joan is passionate about obedience training and also has an interest in canine nutrition. Joan’s other hobbies include walking, gardening and when she has time …reading!

Lyn Rolt – Trustee and East Berkshire, North Hampshire, West Surrey Area Coordinator

Lyn Rolt  has been around Labradors for many years  and has also owned an Irish Setter.  She joined Labrador Lifeline Trust 15 years ago as a helper and is now the Area Coordinator for  North Hampshire parts of Berkshire and Surrey. Now a  grandmother with two grandchildren who visit frequently.  She currently has two Labradors: Annie, 14 ,and Monty a rather exuberant 6 year old black boy.  Lyn says that her dogs have been her lifeline  through all the ups and downs of life and she has met some lovely new friends whilst walking her own dogs and through being with the rescue.

Karen Walsh – Trustee and Kennel Administrator

I have been involved in Labradors since 1979, breeding and showing under the Karimwood affix, and am also an International Championship Show Judge. My experience with running a boarding kennels began nearly 30 years ago, and my husband, Jim and I have recently purchased Lone Valley Kennels in Fareham. Over the years we have boarded for various dog charities, not only for LLT, but Dogs Trust, GSD Rescue, Hounds for Heroes, and the local Council. It is our aim to dispel peoples’ belief that dogs held in kennels are unhappy. Although it is impossible to recreate a home environment, we try to ensure the transition is stress-free and the dogs are given as many home comforts as possible.

Nicola Clark – Trustee & Chair

I work in education and live in the West Midlands with my two LLT dogs, Clover and Branston, and 7 rescued cats. I became involved with LLT in 1999, by which time I had 4 Labs, including the unforgettably irrepressible Forrest (came for a week aged 17 months – stayed 11 years). A dog-in-a-million, he lived life to the full, despite an abusive puppyhood. I learnt far more from him than he did from me and he triggered my interest in the behaviour, training and rehabilitation of rescued dogs. Later I became an area co-ordinator until 2004 when my move from Middlesex meant I had to step back from the front line. I now help LLT whenever I can locally, fostering, assessing and transporting dogs. Forrest may no longer be with me but his legacy lives on in every dog I help.

Sally Morris – Trustee

Dogs  have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother bred cocker spaniels and I graduated to Labradors when I got married in 1960. After graduation I embarked on a career in teaching. As the children came along it meant that I was at hand to look after the family during the school holidays. Of course, with the eldest son Peter came our first dog, a yellow bitch we named Pippa. It was the done thing in those days to have a baby and a puppy together so that they could grow up as pals. It was hard work but worth it. I haven’t been without a dog since. I’m a self taught treasurer, assisted by a few courses on the way. It is something I enjoy and hopefully will be able to do for a few years yet.

Mavis Pritchard – Trustee and Treasurer

I grew up with my parents and brother in Mitcham and Morden Surrey with a succession of cats.  I then became a constable with Surrey Police for the next 12½ years where I met Anne Carter and became involved with the rehoming of Labradors, followed by service as a Police civilian for the next five.  I swim twice a week, go Nordic walking at the nearby Forestry Commission forest – Alice Holt, assist with the local Food Bank, meet with fellow Guiding people at the monthly Trefoil Guild meeting, participate in Christian activities with my local Church and travelling to exotic places on holiday.  Now ‘retired’ I live  in a village with my two cats Dusty and Tigger who came as kittens from a family wishing to give up their Labrador!