Meet our dedicated team of staff
Glen GrantCharity Manager
Glen joined the Charity in 2021, seeking a new challenge following a career in IT. The variety involved in running a small organisation, coupled with the daily reminders of the difference the dogs make to people’s lives, have made this change a tremendously rewarding one.
Outside of work, Glen can be found sailing on the waters of Chichester Harbour, cycling in the hills of the South Downs, or enjoying the freedom of the open road with his partner, Alison, in their campervan.
Ravinder AhlawatFinance Administrator
Ravinder joined Hounds for Heroes in November 2014. He is responsible for the Charity’s financial processes and brings experience of working within a finance environment for 25 years. He enjoys working in the not-for-profit sector because of the difference it makes to communities.
Ravinder likes to keep fit and healthy, is active in many sports and took up running in 2018, since then he has completed 3 marathons. In 2022 he ran both the London Marathon and the Great South Run in support of the Charity.
Debbie PickCorporate and Community Fundraising Manager
Debbie joined Hounds for Heroes in February 2022 as the Corporate and Community Fundraising Manager and brings 5 years previous experience in Income Generation. Debbie is honoured to be part of the team as it’s a Charity very close to her heart.
Debbie is immensely proud of her daughter who is currently studying Adult Nursing at Cardiff University. Debbie enjoys cruising, cooking, pottering in the garden and spoiling her cat Angelo! However most weekends are spent “doing jobs” around the house with her partner who is also a volunteer for Hounds for Heroes.
Sarah Haroldoffice co-ordinator
Sarah is the longest serving member of the team. She began as a volunteer in 2011 and became a member of staff in 2012. During this time Sarah has seen her role grow from general administrative support to coordinating the whole office. Sarah loves her job and says she is honoured to be involved in making such a positive difference to people’s lives.
Sarah’s spare time is spent gardening, enjoying country walks and runs, arts and crafts, volunteering and looking after her various pets: German Shepherd Samson, Labrador Colonel, Chickens Punks and Foxtrot and Guinea Pigs Willow and Flora.
Rita Bicheno-BrownAdministration Assistant
Rita joined the Charity in November 2014 and coordinates fundraising and awareness events. This includes speaker requests, supporting fundraisers and volunteers. Rita enjoys her job, especially meeting the wide variety of people who choose to support Hounds for Heroes. She is continually amazed at the commitment, effort and generosity of the supporters.
Rita enjoys the outdoor life including hill and mountain walking, kayaking and camping. In her spare time, Rita volunteers at The Rowans Hospice.
Katy TrapaniMarketing and Fundraising Assistant
Katy joined the team in June 2023. Her role is very varied and involves many areas of the Charity, which includes social media and website content, photography and supporting both the Fundraising and Marketing departments.
In her spare time Katy loves to keep fit with cardio classes and yoga, and can often be found out on the water paddle boarding with her family or walking with friends.
Sandra PartonDog Training and Partnership Manager
Sandra joined Hounds in October 2016; her role is to oversee the training of the pups, the application process for working dogs and the aftercare program once the dogs are placed. Before joining Hounds, she had worked within the Assistance Dog world for 20 years. Her sidekick is a Golden Retriever called Rookie who before retiring in 2022 used to support Hounds as a demo/fundraising/media dog as well as a ‘meet and greet dog’ for the applicants.
In her spare time, when she has some, she likes to make sure family memories are not lost by creating scrapbooks and journals.
Alexia WebbTeam Leader, Aftercare Officer and Dog Trainer
Lexi joined Hounds for Heroes in March 2015. Lexi's role is within the dog department which includes both Aftercare and Advanced Training. She has always been a huge animal lover and also always wanted to help people so this role which combines both, is perfect! She loves the variation of her job and how no two days are the same. She enjoys the challenge and being part of the incredible journey to having an assistance dog.
In her personal life, Lexi has two young children and Wren who is a demonstration dog for the charity. She loves family days out, country walks and spending time with friends and family.
Alison StewartDog Trainer
Alison joined Hounds for Heroes in February 2019. She works across the training department from the initial stage of picking up the puppies from the breeders until they go on to be matched with a partner. She has recently continued following the journey by doing Aftercare with the partner and their dog. Her experience as a volunteer puppy parent is invaluable in her role. Alison enjoys the fact that her days are varied and filled with new challenges.
In her personal life she is an artist who works with fabric to create textile maps after completing a Degree and Masters in Fine Art at The University of Chichester.
Charlotte AmeyDog Trainer
Charlotte joined the team in 2021 after completing a degree in Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare and volunteering at charities such as the RSPCA and Hearing Dogs For Deaf People. Dogs have always played a massive role in her life and since a young age it has been her dream to train them to help people. Now she is lucky enough to be doing just that as one of the Dog Trainers at Hounds for Heroes.
Aside from work Charlotte’s favorite thing to do is take her three dogs for long walks in the countryside; a Border Collie called Gem, a Dalmatian called Belle and a Dalmatian called Cooper. When not walking her three dogs she loves teaching them new tricks and Belle is particularly good at dog agility.
Lauren ButcherDog Trainer
Lauren joined Hounds for Heroes in January 2023. Lauren is part of the dog training team. She mostly works with the younger dogs from the age of 8 weeks up to 12 months old. She supports our wonderful puppy parent volunteers to help prepare the puppies for their advanced training.
When she is not at work Lauren is usually out and about with her dogs, Lola and Alfie. She enjoys finding new places to walk, especially if there is a cake shop on route.