Our small team of staff, supported by volunteers, ensures that GRW rescues and rehomes dogs in Wales.
We employ staff at Hillcrest, our rehoming Centre. To fund our work we rely heavily on our shops and volunteers.
Lindsay Jackson – Chair
I am immensely proud to have been elected Chair of GRW for 2017-18. I became a member in 2010 when we adopted two gorgeous greyhounds – Bryn and Gigi.
We were typical first time adopters who had brought up two lurchers in the past from puppy hood and thought we knew about sighthounds. We learned very quickly that retired greyhounds are a completely different kettle of fish!.
We have never been known to do anything by halves and having received our invite to our first AGM we duly drove south and our volunteering began! When I first became a Trustee I promised myself that, if the organisation was not significantly more professional at the end of two years, then I would step away. I am still here and GRW is more professional than ever – but there is still more to be done.
Aims for my period in office are:
- Ensure that the systems and processes are in place and transparent enough such that GRW would continue should any one individual or group no longer be with us
- Making the financial health of GRW strong enough to sustain the organisation into the future based on income generation as well as fundraising
- To grow the membership base of GRW such that it has a vibrant and enthusiastic core across the whole of Wales
- Managing the number of returned adoptions in any one year is no more than 2% of the total homed
- Providing our employees with a secure future with GRW for as long as they wish
These challenging aims provide a tall order – but one I am determined to work towards. Previous chairs have done an excellent job in guiding GRW to where we are now. We now need to ‘push on’ and become sustainable for another 25 years.
I look forward to working with you all and to encourage you to give any time, funds, energy, enjoyment, homes for dogs or simply just support and encouragement.
The following Trustees were elected at the most recent AGM or have been appointed since.
The Executive Officers have been appointed by the Trustees for a period of 2 years
– Finance, membership and data
– Vice Chair
I have loved animals, especially dogs, since meeting my very first long-term furry companion Ben; a beautiful stray puppy who came into my life at the tender age of 5. Since adopting our black beauties Bodhi and Willow in 2016, I have fallen in love with greyhounds. I will do all that I can as a proud member of GRW and as a Trustee, to help and support these beautiful angels during their transition into the wonderful loving homes they deserve.
I’ve been a member of GRW since 2008 and have in the past have been a trustee and the Vice-Chair. I took an active part in both the setting up Hillcrest and identifying the locations of the shops at Blackwood and Roath. I have represented GRW on numerous Wales and UK wide bodies and took a leading role in the creation of GRW as a company limited by guarantee including re-registering it with the charity commission in 20013. I work as a safeguarding consultant. I am whole heartedly committed to the welfare and rescue of greyhounds and lurchers and currently have an adopted greyhound called Annie.
– Retail development
I am proud to say that I have an association with Greyhound Rescue Wales dating back to the late 90s. There have been several memories that stand out above all others my first Lurcher Smiler a
huge gentle soul resembling a Husky who loved nothing more that to escape from the house and take himself to the local hairdresser where he was treated to pasties from the baker next door while
I responded to the ‘He’s here Sarah phone call.’ – the welcome the small group was given when we met in the Imperial Pub, Swansea, a small group with greyhounds wafting their tails waiting for the
crisps to be served in the china ashtrays. The street collections where my then greyhound Badger deftly removed French sticks of bread from passers- by or the pasties from the local fishermen in
Burry Port without breaking his step. The dogs I proudly walked out of Swansea Greyhound Track the day of it’s closure named Stan and Thom they were the first two dogs to leave. I have learned a lot about these gentle souls, their resilience and tenacity. Something which can be reflected in Greyhound Rescue Wales . I have seen the organisation grow, surviving a few bumps along the way. During this time I have held a variety of roles including fund fundraiser, transport, home-checker, chair of PR, past Trustee and have represented the organisation at All Party Group For Animal Welfare, including a conference in Belfast and working groups in England. Each event proving just how much Greyhound Rescue Wales has become. I was part of the legacy working party
which facilitated the decision to purchase Hillcrest. Having helped to redecorate, sleeping on the floor only to be woken by a radiator falling onto my head. I recently graduated BA (Hons) Advocacy
and currently am a post graduate student of Equality and Diversity, whilst working as a QCF Assessor. I look forward to being part of Greyhound Rescue Wales, watching it continue to grow with
my gentle companion Adam the Greyhound and Marley the woolly Lurcher.
We have two full-time and two part-time employees and one contractor working in rescue and rehoming; nine part-time employees in retail development and two part-time contractors in infra-structure and support.
I have worked with dogs since 2002. Firstly, I ran a pet sitting business and loved seeing animals settled in their own home whilst their owners were away. Then I worked for a large welfare organisation as a canine liaison officer. I then worked in strategic roles in Welsh Government animal welfare projects. Life moved into other roles away from the dogs and so I decided to foster dogs as a way of keeping involved. I have fostered over fifty dogs, mostly sighthounds. Being around them 24/7 and having to deal with any situations as they arose enabled me to learn about fearful dogs, anxious dogs, aggressive dogs, boisterous dogs and supporting them in their training and onto new homes. As time progressed I wanted to do more, I’d already been training dogs on an adhoc basis and so decided to learn more and threw myself into courses, shadowing trainers and doing more with my own dogs. I really love fixing a damaged relationship between a human and a dog and even better helping new partnerships form. I am owned by three sighthounds Widget the whippet the family matriarch and a small bundle of opinion! Roo a mostly greyhound lurcher who is the cheeky one, Sketch the lurcher puppy, a victim of lockdown and an impulse purchase who came to me at nine weeks old when his family couldn’t cope, he the noisy one!. Then I have Dingo my German shepherd cross Kelpie (yes it’s quite the cross!) he’s the family workaholic but also my canicross dog who keeps me fit. Lastly we have Crosby, he is a Bassett x Spaniel (another cross not recommended for the faint hearted) he is the clown and cuddle monster all in one.
Growing up, my interests spanned a wide range of activities, but playing sport competitively and working with animals were definite highlights. After a weeks’ work experience from school at my local vets, I joined their team as a nursing assistant and what started out as a Saturday and school holiday job, transpired into a full-time position, after I completed my BSc degree in Veterinary Sciences at the Royal Veterinary College, London. In 2010, I stepped away from this field of work to explore other avenues and have since worked at a busy hospital pharmacy and then within the Health and Safety department at TATA Steel. In 2015, I was thrilled to discover that GRW had a rehoming centre right on my doorstep and jumped at the opportunity to volunteer on a weekly basis. I have enjoyed all aspects of volunteering; not only lending a hand at Hillcrest but also organising street collections, taking part in sponsored challenges (Welsh 3 peaks, Cardiff half marathon and a 58-mile bike ride to name a few!) and integrating GRW into the community at local shows and events too. I have had sighthounds of my own for the last 6 years; a cheeky little whippet called Alan and a charming greyhound lad called Chester. I look forward to meeting lots of you (and your greys!) in the very near future.
Elaine is our full-time Kennel Assistant. After a career in teaching, Elaine joined us at GRW in March 2018. A hugely valuable team member, as well as being an experienced dog handler, Elaine is patient, kind, with a particular fondness for our more ‘challenging’ dogs! She’s also very handy with a toolbox, which comes in very useful!! Nothing is too much trouble for Elaine, she regularly goes above & beyond to help us & we consider ourselves very lucky to have her onboard. Elaine owns a beautiful boy Blu, who is a Newfoundland/Collie mix.
Greyhound Rescue Wales is very honoured and pleased to have as its official Patrons Boyd Clack and Kirsten Jones.
Boyd Daniel Clack is a Canadian-born Welsh writer, actor, and musician. He was born in Vancouver, Canada. At a young age, he emigrated with his family to the United Kingdom, where he grew up in Tonyrefail, Wales. His acting credits include Twin Town, High Hopes, and Satellite City, the latter two of which he also co-wrote. He has released the first part of his autobiography. Kisses Sweeter than Wine, and two albums, Welsh Bitter and Labourer of Love. Boyd lives in Cardiff with his partner Kirsten Jones with whom he collaborates and produces projects such as co-writing High Hopes and producing Thick Cut. Boyd loves his cats, watching films, reading and writing. He dedicates his time to supporting charities and mentoring young writers, lending support to Valleys Kids and Hope Animal Rescue amongst other organisations. He is patron of New Horizons, a mental health support charity in the Rhondda Cynon Taff and across the south Wales area.