We are very fortunate in having Colin Baker as our Patron. He is a dog lover with four dogs of his own. Colin originally trained to become a Solicitor before changing direction to acting. He appeared in the very popular TV series The Brothers from 1974 – 75 and was the 6th incarnation of Dr Who from 1984 – 86. He won a Celebrity Come Dine With Me and generously donated his winnings to SDR and also gave a good account of himself in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in December 2012. Colin lives nearby and has a regular column in the local newspaper, the Bucks Free Press.
Countess Baldwin of Bewdley, Lydia is a keen and active supporter of SDR and in 2011 she adopted Sherlock, a very handsome chap with lots of character. He died in 2017 and Lydia now has Stan, a very gentle Staffie cross who had belonged to her late daughter, Jessica. Dogs have always featured in her life and have ranged from a Griffon Bruxellois to a St Bernard, the former being by far the greater challenge. Lydia is also an Oxfordshire contact for the Canine Epilepsy Support Group. Having worked in publishing for many years, she took up sculpting in 1993 and exhibits under her own name of Lydia Segrave.
The volunteer Trustees oversee the running of the charity and provide strategic direction. The Board members come with many years of professional experience and have specific responsibilities, including fundraising, marketing and publicity, advertising, human resources, grant applications, IT, legacies as well as charity governance and management.
CROSBIE BURNS - Vice Chair
I have two Springers called Cooper and Mac who make the start of each day a joyous event. They are the latest in a string of Springers we have had the good fortune to love and care for over the last 20 years.
I am largely retired but I do provide advisory support for the NZ Trade Board in Europe as well as working with a number of tech companies where I am an investor and provide support as a NED. Previously I held a number of management roles running and growing tech companies. Both as a volunteer and for a spell as Interim Chair, I have worked in the charity space for the last 6 years supporting my wife in her charity work. I am excited to be working with SDR simply due to my love of dogs.
I retired in October 2015 after many years as a Solicitor in private practice. I qualified in 1972 and specialised in Employment Law and Licensing Law. I have worked on prosecutions for the RSPCA and I have also defended them, along with the Police and the CPS. Animal Charities are close both to the hearts of my wife and me and I have helped Stokenchurch Dog Rescue CIO on a Pro Bono basis for approximately 25 years. I have been a Secretary of Marlow Rugby Club and on an International Committee.
Following a take-over of Equity & Law, I opted to take early retirement from the financial services industry where I majored in HR, corporate training and organising sales incentive events, mainly held in Europe. In addition, I also helped my husband set up and run our own business - Grosvenor House Antiques, based in Old Beaconsfield. We specialised in marble fireplaces, panelled rooms, Georgian furniture & fine art for over 30 years until his retirement four years ago. On my retirement, I was asked to join the Board of SDR and my time is now dedicated to the welfare of all animals, but dogs in particular, and I currently have three, much-loved dogs – all rescued of course!
I am responsible for grant funding to support the great legacy which SDR has achieved in rescuing and rehoming dogs for nearly 60 years. Transferring my skills and experience from a substantial background in HR management across industry, commerce and business services as well as valuable charity sector experience gained from working in animal care.
In December 2020 I became a dog-mum to Rollo, my Labrador x Golden Retriever. His loving, goofy personality has never failed to put a smile on my face.
I am a Management Consultant with experience in shaping and transforming Public Sector organisations. I work with these organisations to plan and deliver a range of outcomes, such as creating more motivated, empowered and productive teams, becoming more cost-efficient, and improving the digital customer experience. This experience, along with my previous role working in the HR department for a charity, has given me a range of skills I hope to put to good use at SDR. I have great admiration for the volunteers who take the time out of their everyday lives to support such a worthy cause.
Growing up with dogs and leaving school to work in both kennels and then as a Veterinary Nurse, I have always held a deep passion for animal welfare. My career path led me into management and I now have over 25 years of leadership experience, many of those in the charity sector. Currently an Operations Director for a National Children's Charity, I have a broad range of skills including policy and strategy, HR, income generation and coaching and development.
As an owner of a beautiful boxer, I am delighted to be able to use my skills and experience to play a small part in ensuring the SDR can continue its invaluable work and help as many dogs as possible.
At the end of 2021, I decided to take early retirement from my role as the managing director of an engineering consultancy. In a career spanning forty years, I have been fortunate enough to work all over the world, on a wide range of fascinating projects. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and an avid rugby fan, having long since hung up my boots as a front-row forward.
A former owner of a rescue dog and a volunteer walker, who has lived in Stokenchurch for over twenty years, I wanted to offer my expertise and experience to SDR and give something back to my local community. The determination of all the staff and volunteers to improve the life and welfare of our dogs is something I find inspirational.
My husband and I adopted Sally, a white German Shepherd Dog, from SDR when she was around 18 weeks old. She was handed in by the mother of a student who had kept her hidden in halls of residence as pets are not allowed. Luckily, she hadn't been ill-treated (As many of the SDR intakes are) albeit she was being kept in unsuitable conditions. We all fell in love with her and she has proved to be a wonderful pet and quickly became the most important member of the family. She patrols the garden with gusto, terrorising the local canine community and some of the more nervous owners who walk along the bridleway past the house. She loves going out for walks and her regular visits from our two sons.
The reason I became a trustee is that I wanted to help SDR as they do a wonderful job in helping to improve the lives of many poor dogs who are in need of a home for one reason or another. I live locally to Stokenchurch on a farm, we sell free-range eggs and have one of their collection tins in our shop. I also work for a company that is a generous sponsor of SDR and that designed and built the enrichment gardens that the dogs enjoy.I hope I can make a difference by becoming a trustee and helping out this worthwhile cause.