I became a PAT Volunteer, along with my Standard Poodle Max, in the spring of 2019 and since then the weekly visits we make to our local hospital have become a regular feature of our lives. As a volunteer, I’m fortunate to be able to witness first-hand the huge and positive impact that Max and the other PAT Dogs have on the hospital experience of patients, relatives, friends and staff. This has convinced me of the enormous therapeutic benefit that such visits bring. With this and other projects such as Read2Dogs, I’m in no doubt of the real and unique difference that Pets As Therapy, its volunteers and staff, are able to make to the lives of thousands of people across the UK. For me it is a privilege to be able to work for and support this fine Charity.
I spent much of my early career working for large and complex organisations in property and service management. Subsequently, I led a number of successful professional services businesses. I’ve also had experience in the Voluntary Sector as a committee member of a local branch of the Civic Trust, as Vice-Chair of a local Police Forum and as Chairman of my local Residents’ Association. I aim to use this experience to help this wonderful charity grow and flourish.
I live in Surrey with my wife Kathleen, close to the river and both Richmond and Bushy Parks, where there are plenty of opportunities for us to walk and explore with Max.