The APBC Committee

  • Chairman-Jane Williams

    Jane Williams is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC).

    Jane became the Chair of the APBC in May 2017. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MA in Education Management, in addition to her Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton. She also has a research MSc from the same University, the topic of which is animal health, welfare and ethics.

    Jane is currently consulting as a companion animal behaviourist in Essex, London and the East of England. Jane works with a number of animal charities locally and has provided behaviour CPD and training events for staff at many local veterinary practices. She has also developed training materials for a variety of organisations including the PDSA and the RSPCA. She works with local schools to improve the understanding of young people about companion animal welfare.

    Jane organises the APBC webinars programme and contributes to the events committee’s work, in addition to her role as Chair. She is a Pets as Therapy (PAT) assessor.



  • Patron-Mark Evans

    Mark is a familiar face on TV and is well known for his work on dog-related TV programmes, including the Channel 4 series, Pet Rescue, BBC1’s Barking Mad, and Pedigree Dogs Exposed. His latest project, Dogs: Their Secret Lives, aired on channel 4 earlier this year and revealed the challenges that the modern day pet dog faces in the 21st century. 
    “I’m extremely honoured to be the APBC’s first patron. I have a holistic interest in animal welfare and the quality of life that animals enjoy is determined by both their physical health and their mental wellbeing – the two are inextricably linked. I think it is incredibly important that the worlds of animal behaviour counselling and veterinary science work together and that owners have easy access to appropriately qualified and experienced animal behaviour counsellors whose work is underpinned not just by experience and common sense, but also by science. Amazingly, the field of companion animal behaviour counselling remains unregulated, formally. But, over the last 25 years, the APBC has created a trusted network of practical behaviour experts that work to a strict code of practice and always in collaboration with the veterinary profession”.

  • Chair Emeritus-Rosie Barclay

     Rosie Barclay is a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and past chair of “The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors” (APBC). She is also a registered Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Clinical Animal Behaviourist practitioner. Rosie holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MPhil in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Nottingham University and is presently consulting as a clinical companion animal behaviourist on Jersey. Rosie has published several academic papers and has written numerous articles for magazines, newspapers, and social media and appeared on local and national radio and TV. She has given lectures and talks  and has spoken at the ‘House of Commons’ on the importance of regulating the behaviour and training industry. Rosie has also helped to design a child safety around dogs campaign called ‘speak dog and stay safe’ that she helps to run in Jersey for all the islands year one children.

    In her spare time she enjoys amateur dramatics and has just acquired a caravan in France where she can relax and eat cheese.
    She has two teenage children, a rescue Pekinese cross called Thisbe, a lovely gypsy horse called Thistle, chinchilla’s, 13 chickens, 2 terrapins, a pond full of fish and a very understanding husband.

  • Secretary-Claire Hargrave

    Claire is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and qualified from the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton with a Master of Science degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. Claire has worked in veterinary practice for 27 years. She is practising in Carmarthenshire and taking companion animal behaviour referrals from veterinary practices throughout Wales. Claire runs a purpose built practice with seminar facilities on a 100 acre holding.

  • Treasurer-Kate Reevell

    Alongside 15 years experience in dog training and behaviour, Kate holds a range of academic and practical qualifications. These include an Honours Degree in Human Psychology and a Masters Degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. She is also a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist, a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in both Behaviour and Companion Dog Training at the advanced level. Kate is also a visiting lecturer on the Animal Behaviour and Welfare courses at Harper Adams and Liverpool John Moores Universities and provides talks and seminars on canine behaviour and training across the UK. Kate is partner at the Canine Behaviour, Rehabilitation and Training School (K9BRATS) with fellow APBC member Karen Ingram and juggles her behaviour work with running various training classes alongside a busy homelife (with help from her husband) with a toddler and her own dog Vica (the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer).

    Kate is membership representative and treasurer for the APBC promoting progress to full membership of the APBC and providing help and support for APBC members at all levels.

  • ASAB Representative-Julie Bedford

    A certificated clinical animal behaviourist, full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) for over 26 years and a registered clinical behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), Julie has run an animal behaviour/training consultancy for over twenty-eight years.  She is a visiting university lecturer, expert witness, supervising clinician, staff trainer at leading animal charities and advises on welfare policy and strategy.  She has extensive experience of handling, advising on and resolving behavioural and training problems in companion animals. In 2015 The Daily Mirror and RSPCA acknowledged her work within rescue and rehoming by giving her the Animal Hero Superstar award.

  • Education Officer-Dr Helen Zulch

    Helen Zulch is a veterinarian and European Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. She is currently a senior lecturer in clinical animal behaviour in the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln and an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Helen has worked in the field of companion animal behaviour for over 13 years and currently lectures on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University of Lincoln and is the Programme Leader for the MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour.  In addition she consults in the University of Lincoln's Animal Behaviour Referral Clinic where she has been instrumental in developing the Life Skills for Puppies programme. Her research interests include problem prevention in pets, olfaction in dogs and the sciences explaining learning and their application in and implications for training animals.

  • Events Officer-Caroline Warnes

     Caroline is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council registered veterinary behaviourist. She qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Bristol in 1985 and worked in general mixed practice for eight years before developing a special interest in companion animal behaviour. She completed the Diploma/MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton in 2005 and was a part-time lecturer on this course from 2006 until it closed in 2011. She has also more recently been a part-time visiting lecturer and clinician at the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science at Langford. Caroline enjoys teaching and giving talks about all aspects of companion animal behaviour, and particularly the areas where medical problems can influence behaviour and vice versa.

    As well as being co-owner and administrator of a small animal veterinary practice in Swindon, Wiltshire, Caroline has her own companion animal behaviour referral practice. She lives near Swindon with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 dogs and is currently waiting for the right cat to come along.

  • Membership Application Adviser-Claire Kirby

    Claire studied for an Advanced Study Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (As/Dip CABC) at Southampton University. Since graduating in 2004 she has been training dogs and sorting out pet behaviour problems in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the West-Midlands and the Welsh Borders. Claire was awarded accreditation as a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) in 2011.
    Claire has recently been employed as a visiting lecturer at Harper Adams University to deliver lectures on the Animal Welfare and Behaviour BSc, and undertakes consultancy work there.  Claire lives with her two dogs Rover and Spot, the cat, Smog, more guinea pigs than she can name, and her human family, Tim and Ester.

  • Vet Nursing Representative-Tamsin Durston

    Tam is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and has worked in small animal practice for 18 years. She attained an Foundation Degree in Animal Management Training and Behaviour Counselling from the University of Chester in 2010, and completed a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training in 2012. She has held the post of Nurse Manager at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital, South London for the past 12 years and uses her behavioural qualification to both support Blue Cross hospital clients and improve and optimise the experience of animals within their care.
    Tam also helps dog owners within her local community on a weekly voluntary basis, with a view to improving the human-animal bond and teaching life skills to help pet and owner live happy, healthy lives together. Tam was invited to take over the role of APBC Veterinary Nursing Rep in 2015 and hopes to further support the development of behavioural understanding and it’s practical application within the Veterinary Nurse profession.”

  • ABTC Representative-Graham Thompson

    Graham Thompson gained the degree of Master of Science (with Distinction) in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (MSc CABC) from the University of Southampton. He joined the APBC as a student member in 2005 and is now a Full Member of the APBC and a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). He is also an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist.

    He has worked with dogs in training classes situations, but now concentrates on one to one training and pet behaviour counselling. Graham is particularly interested in the behaviour of dogs and their owners in the countryside. During his under-graduate studies in applied animal behaviour at the University of Southampton he investigated factors affecting the distance dogs roam from their owners in recreational environments through the use of GPS technology. During his MSc he investigated the effects of owner initiated play on the roaming behaviour of dogs on a subsequent walk in a recreational environment.

    Graham was the Dog’s Monthly magazine Trail Hound’s News Editor until January 2014 and is currently also the Technical Editor of Trail Magazine. As a writer and photographer he has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers as well as being the author of two books for hillwalkers.

    He lives among the mountains of the Lake District and has variable numbers of rescued cats and dogs in the Thompson household.

  • Student and Provisional Members' Representative-Deborah Fry

     Deborah is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). She holds a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Bournemouth, and an MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law from the University of Edinburgh.
    Since 2012, Deborah has been consulting as a dog, cat and rabbit behaviourist in the south of England. She has a prior background in domesticated animal health and welfare, and rehabilitation of injured or diseased British wildlife. 
    Deborah was invited to join the APBC committee to represent student and provisional members in 2017. She is committed to providing support and supervision liaison to those working towards their APBC full membership goal.
    Deborah shares her home environment with her husband, son, daughter, dog, cats, rescue rabbits, pond fish and a garden brimming with terrestrial, aquatic and amphibian wildlife.