Our Volunteers

PADs Website development, database and content manager Jen

Website development, database and content manager

Jen joined the team mid August 2020 as our Web Developer and Content Manager and as you can see she has already achieved so much.

Jen’s background is in Software Development, having spent the last few years as a React Developer. Before that she spent a number of years working for one of the UK’s top financial services provider as a Full Stack Developer.

Thank you Jen, we couldn’t do it without you!

Canine Development Coordinator

Rima holds a BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour Management. She continues to and regularly attends courses, seminars and conferences to keep up to date with, and refresh her knowledge regarding multiple aspects of the industry. These have included but are not limited to Dog Law, Separation Anxiety, Canine welfare (including assistance dog welfare), Learning Theory, and Aggression.Perfect Puppy Foundations, Body Language and Perfect Clicker Foundations.

She is an accredited Agility instructor (ACAI) and is also a member of the Pet Professional Guild British Isles. The Pet Professional Guild only accepts and represents pet industry professionals who are “committed to results based, science based ethical training and pet care.”

PADs Mental Health Trainer Jess

Mental Health Trainer

Jess joined PADS in March 2024 to deliver mental health training to our Volunteer Trainers. 

Jess is a Psychology graduate and a BACP registered psychotherapist. She works in private practice in Bristol and practices a trauma-informed, emotion-focussed type of therapy called ISTDP (Intensive, Short Term, Dynamic Psychotherapy). She is in training to become a teacher and supervisor of this modality. Jess’ previous roles include training volunteers to deliver horticultural therapy for a homelessness charity in London, support work for survivors of domestic violence and rehab work with brain injury patients. Jess loves all animals and has a special affinity with dogs. But don’t tell that to her rescue cat!


Our Volunteer Trainers

PADs recruit professional dog trainers that have a history of practical experience backed by theory based knowledge. All our trainers are force free and follow the LIMA standards of training, hold relevant professional indemnity and public liability insurance and will have enhanced DBS checks. Our trainers will be available from Spring 2024 and will volunteer with registered In Training PADs Members in their respective catchment areas.



After completing her BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare Julia spent the first part of her animal career involved with dog rescue and rehabilitation.  Julia has a lot of experience in the assistance dog arena as, for the last 11 years, Julia has been heavily involved with the training and ongoing support of assistance and community dogs for Dogs For Good Charity.  The latter enables Julia (with the help of her two dogs Ludo & Georgie) to support people with dementia, which she finds incredibly humbling and rewarding, often observing that her dogs have the ability to connect and support a person with dementia in a way in which most people are unable to. Julia also runs her own dog training business which predominantly focuses on helping families better understand their dog’s motivations and behaviours so they can work together on enhancing the human/dog relationship. As well as advancing her knowledge of dog behaviour Julia has an interest in understanding human behaviour and emotionality and regularly attends online courses or in person seminars to improve knowledge and skills in these areas also. Julia is based in Bristol and volunteers with PADs in BS15 & BS16 locations.  




James is a fully qualified IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) &  DTC (Dog Training College) dog trainer as well as a registered KAD (Kids Around Dogs) instructor.  Working  as a professional dog trainer for over 5 years James has trained over 500 dogs and continues to progress professionally by attending a number of workshops and seminars as well as actively working towards his behaviourist qualification.  James runs his own dog training business and specialises in puppy development with a keen interest in working with large breed reactive dogs.  Outside of dog training James enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs Cookie and Teaser or playing a round of golf when the weather permits.  James is based in Cornwall and Volunteers for PADs in all TR postcodes as well as PL22 thorough to PL31.


South Gloucestershire and North East Somerset


Kirstie started her animal studies at the age of 16 at Bristol Zoo and later went onto obtain a degree in Animal Welfare and Behaviour.  She gained experience working with rescue dogs at the Dogs Trust before starting her own dog training business where she continues to take regular group classes and 1:1 sessions for a wide variety of training needs.  With the importance of CPD Kirstie has continued her studies to advance her knowledge with numerous IMDT and Dog Training College courses, is a registered Canine Trainer with PPGBI and is currently working towards becoming a certified canine behaviourist.  If Kirstie is not busy working or volunteering she can be found enjoying her free time taking woodland walks with her own two dogs TJ & Roo. Kirstie volunteers for PADs in parts of South Gloucestershire and North East Somerset, areas covered are; Kingswood, Hengrove, Keynsham, Paulton, Bath (BA1, BA2, BA3), Frome, Wells & Shepton Mallet.