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.
Currently there are 10 volunteer Trustees who 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.
Following a take-over of Equity & Law I opted to take early retirement from the financial services industry where I majored on 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 that SDR has achieved in rescuing and re homing dogs for over 50 years. Transferring my skills and experience from a substantial background in HR management across industry, commerce and business services as well as valuable charitable sector experience gained from working in animal care.
I have a long suffering husband of 27 years - Mike and we have two grown up kids Sophie and Chris. My business experience began with a 7 year career in Customer service and advertising at the Bucks Free Press before leaving to start a family and then start a telemarketing and marketing business – now 20 years old. We also have three separate online businesses selling gift vouchers, partyware, handbags and jewellery and a very patient team! I was proud to have sat on the board of the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association for four years which is the trade body representing leading gift voucher brands in the UK and was an elected role.
After doing the traditional puppy route with a lovely goldie called Lucy who is now long passed, we rescued a mad golden retriever called Luke four years ago, and my interest in dogs in rescue began, and led me to this super charity via a great friend Selina. My role on the board has been to rejuvenate and manage the eBay account, to assist with IT and finding more cost effective solutions for our utilities and other outgoings. I have enjoyed my time on the board so far, and also volunteering alongside our amazing volunteers and staff, and look forward to seeing the charity continue to flourish and rescue fantastic dogs in need of a loving home.
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 intake 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 bridle way past the house. She loves going out for walks and her regular visits from our two sons.
The reason I became a trustee is because 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 who are generous sponsors of SDR and who 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.
Robin retired in October 2015 after many years as a Solicitor in private practice. He qualified in 1972 and specialised in Employment Law and Licensing Law. He has worked on prosecutions for the RSPCA and had also defended them, along with the Police and the CPS. Animal Charities are close to his and his wife's heart and he has helped Stokenchurch Dog Rescue on a Pro Bono basis for approximately 25 years. He has been Secretary of Marlow Rugby Club and on an International Committee.
Les spent some 33 years in the RAF and saw active service in the Middle East and Afghanistan as well as taking part in humanitarian and disaster relief operations following the Indonesian Tsunami in 2004 and the Pakistan earthquake in 2005. He has a good knowledge of the charitable sector having also been the Operations Director for Comic Relief and the Chief Operating Officer for the post-2012 Olympics charity Join In. He currently works as a Flight Instructor at Wycombe Air Park. Les and his wife Jacquie love nothing more than being out in the hills with their Border Collie, Tasha.
David is semi-retired, having previously worked for Life Assurance and Investment Planning companies. He has also worked with a Charitable Trust where he held the positions of Director and Trustee.
Prior to his retirement he worked for Hogg Robinson Insurance Brokers, where he majored on marketing and helped to set up their Estate Agent arm.
He is a keen sailor and has enjoyed sailing in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and is the proud owner of two Welsh Springer Spaniels, Judy and Alfie. He is looking foward to supporting SDR in the role of Treasurer and will work closely with Mike Shaw, SDR’s Accountant.
Following more than 36 years working in industry I have taken the opportunity to retire from full time executive work and do a mix of charity and part time executive roles, along with helping to look after my granddaughters and seeing more of the world. As a dog lover my charity work was always going to be with a dog charity and I am delighted to have taken up a role as a trustee with SDR.
My executive roles were in the electricity, oil & gas and professional services industries around the world including UK, USA, Middle East and Russia; with a particular focus on audit and risk management.
I grew up with Dalmatians and English Pointers. My own selection of dogs has been mainly Labradors - the perfect dogs when you are working as they love a dog sitter who loves, walks and, in particular, feeds them. My next dog venture will be another rescue dog.