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Trustees

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Sue Millson – Chairperson & Welfare Officer

Sue lives in Kent and has kept Vizslas for over 40 years. Her passion for gundogs dates back to early childhood, when her father always included her in the care and training of his pack of working spaniels and retrievers. Sue has been involved in showing her dogs since 1984, and has been fortunate enough to breed two UK Show Champions, an Australian champion, and a Canadian & American champion, as well as judging the breed at championship level in the UK. Sue’s current pack of four Vizslas enjoy working on local shoots, where they are often used for picking up during the shooting season.

Sue served on the Hungarian Vizsla Committee for many years, and was Chair for a short period. She has been a Welfare Officer for the breed since 1998. She is also the KC Breed Health Co-ordinator, as well as the breed archivist and the Puppy Line Co-ordinator for the Vizsla Club. She is also the author of a puppy training book which can be found in many breeders’ puppy packs. She still runs KC Puppy Foundation classes, and trains groups for their Bronze, Silver, and Gold KC awards.

Professionally, Sue enjoyed a successful medical career in both the NHS and the private sector, qualifying as a nurse in 1973, moving on to the operating theatre to specialise in orthopaedics and trauma, and finally becoming an NHS unit theatre manager where she remained until her retirement in 2011.

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Noanie Heffron – Trustee & Welfare Officer

Noanie lives in the West of Scotland and has been involved with the charity since 2017, after first adopting Welfare boy Rufus, then nine months later adopting Failed Foster old man Vaz. The latest addition to her pack was the lovely senior lady Koa in early 2023. Noanie has a keen interest in dog training and behaviour, she regularly fosters Vizslas (and other dogs) with behavioural issues, and she has helped many owners of behaviourally difficult Vizslas achieve a more trusting and harmonious relationship with their dogs.

Noanie has a variety of other paid and voluntary roles: outdoor events organiser, music charity administrator, Equality and Diversity advisor to Scottish Athletics, and she also runs a small home boarding service for dog owners in her local area.

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Sue Aldous – Trustee & Welfare Officer

Sue lives in Dorset with her Welfare boy Rezzie. Having mainly kept German Shepherds, eight years ago her love affair with Vizslas started when she rescued seven year old Bonnie from kennels in Spain. Within a week of arriving in Dorset poor Bonnie was diagnosed with several nasty cancers, but after removal of tumours, and despite a very poor prognosis, with Sue’s expert care she went on to live until she was 12! Shortly after Bonnie’s death, and despite telling herself ‘No more dogs!’ Sue then agreed to foster a troubled young Vizsla boy for the Charity. Four years later Rezzie is still with her, has gone from strength to strength, and is a fine example of what can be done for even the most difficult dogs when they have the right training and a stable sensible home.

Sue’s professional background is in fraud investigation, police and dealing with the public. She is also very active in other animal charities, being both a licensed badger vaccinator and a hedgehog welfare coordinator.

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Claire Aldridge – Trustee

Claire lives in Kent.

Welfare Officers

Karen Foster
Karen Foster

Karen lives near Blackburn with her four cats. Over the past 30 years she has been owned by a total of six Vizslas, the most recent of which was the adorable (and adorably feisty!) 13 year old Welfare girl Bella, now sadly departed.

Karen’s employment history was shared between the Civil Service and local government organisations; her final position before retirement being the Registrar of births, marriages and deaths for Lancashire. She’d probably agree she’s far busier now keeping track of adoptions, fosters, and volunteers for us here at Vizsla Welfare though!!!

Shelley Owens

Shelley lives in the North East.

Elaine Twistle

Elaine lives in the Lake District with her assorted pack of six dogs.

Yvonne Taylor

Yvonne lives in Devon with her adopted Vizslas Max and Vesper.

Fundraising Team

Kim Dixon with Lulu & Jeeves
Kim Dixon

Kim lives in Devon with her Cyprus boy Jeeves and Welfare girl Lulu. Kim’s father loved dogs and she spent her early years surrounded by dogs and horses, so of course she went on to have many dogs of her own, starting in her 20s with adopted Doberman Adam and then her first Vizsla, having met one locally and fallen in love with the breed. As a result of the pandemic, Kim is now on her fourth unplanned hastily adopted Vizsla, and says her life just wouldn’t be complete without dogs.

Kim was originally a police officer in the Devon and Cornwall constabulary for ten years, until injury lead to a new career in teaching. She has been a professional photographer and trainer for over 20 years, specialising in equine and canine photography, but now focuses mostly on online training, skills which come in very handy in her main Welfare fundraising role.

Suzanne Drake

Suzanne is the latest member of our fundraising team, joining us in early 2024. She lives in East Sussex with her dogs Acer (a Vizsla boy adopted at 10 mths) and JD (a Bichon Frise who thinks he’s a Vizsla!) Suzanne has had dogs all her life and found her dream breed (Vizslas of course) 20 years ago. She now runs Acer’s Pack Vizsla home boarding and has a keen interest in optimising the full potential of all the dogs who board with her, whether that be loose lead work, basic Gundog training, steadiness, or simply helping to build their confidence.

Before settling back in the countryside for a quiet (haha!) life with Vizslas, Suzanne’s previous career was in London, where her role in international conference and event management took her to over 100 countries.

Barb Short
Barb Short

Barb is a key part of our fundraising team and a self-confessed online auction junkie

Admin Assistants

John Duncan with Elvis & Ziggy
John Duncan

John helps with the charity’s day-to-day administrative tasks, mainly checking and reassigning the microchips of dogs that are rehomed by us. It is such an important duty; by law all dogs are required to be microchipped, and up-to-date microchip details can help reunite owners with their dogs in the horrible situation that they are lost and then found.

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