Meet the team

Centre Management


Centre Director

Director at St Giles Animal Centre. Jack has worked at the Centre with his family since 2010, in-between University courses and travels. In August 2019 Jack purchased the Animal Centre from his parents Bill and Vanessa, he is now running the Centre alongside his brother Tom and a dedicated hard working team. Jack has always had a huge passion for animals, his qualifications include an Animal Science BSc Degree and a Level 6 Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Jack is always on hand to ensure the site is run to a high professional standard.
Loves travelling and volunteering at other rescue centres abroad.



Tom is a Director at the Centre and arrived in 2010 along with his parents and has since successfully developed and then managed our individual pet cremation service whilst continuing to help to grow our other services.
Tom has fostered many of our rescues over the years and is a particular fan of large breeds and lurchers! He has recently transitioned over to the feline world with 3 cats at home that he adores.
Laura Linnell


Finance Manager and Director of Doggie Day care

Laura is our Finance Manager, overseeing the accounts department of the centre, as well as being the director of  our Doggie Day Care service.  She is Jack and Tom’s sister and also arrived at the Centre in 2010.

Laura has a passion for working dogs. She trained the family’s working Labrador as a teenager and has subsequently gone on to train and work her own canine companions. 


Centre manager

Amanda is our Centre manager. She oversees the day-to-day running of the Centre and looks after staff from all departments.
Amanda has two little canine companions of her own, a West Highland Terrier and rescue toy poodle X who was adopted from the Centre after a poorly start. The pair love going everywhere they can with her to explore!


Admin and cremation Manager

Amy has been with us since 2016 and is the Administration Manager at the Centre, and oversees our Cremation department.  She helps with accounts, our website and communicating with customers from multiple departments.

Amy has two English Springer Spaniels, both rescues, with her latest addition having been adopted from the Centre in the summer of 2019. She is soon hoping to begin fun agility sessions with him.

Veterinary Team


Veterinary surgeon

Sarah is our full-time veterinary surgeon at the centre. Originally from Manchester, she qualified at Bristol University in 2007. Over the years she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in the veterinary field.

Sarah has a real passion for rescue animals and an interest in canine behaviour, she known for her wonderful way of helping build confidence and trust with animals from all different backgrounds. Sarah is known for fostering poorly or very young animals that come through and has even ended up adopting two – a sweet, cheeky yorkie cross, who she was rehabilitating, and a gorgeous Bengal cat that was extremely poorly upon arrival. Sarah works every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and every other Saturday morning.


Veterinary surgeon

Nicola is our part time veterinarian. She qualified from Bristol University in 1986 and, with over 30 years of experience in the veterinary field, there isn’t much Nicola hasn’t seen.
Nicola is currently completing a course in Veterinary Acupuncture, she has a real passion for holistic therapies.

Nicola  has a smallholding that keeps her very busy and a passion for working dogs and horses. She has an array of gorgeous cats including a comical little domestic short hair called Betty that she adopted from the centre in 2019. Nicola will be at the clinic on Wednesdays and every other Saturday morning.



Registered Veterinary Nurse

Allison, our head nurse is very caring and a huge animal lover, with many of her own pets ranging from horses to dogs. Allison is a very experienced nurse, with many years nursing under her belt, she is always happy to offer advice and care for your pets.
Allison is a very experience animal handler, some of her dogs compete at Crufts. Allison also has a large knowledge base regarding grooming and breeding.


REGISTERED Veterinary Nurse

Skye, our full time veterinary nurse, is always on hand to offer a warm welcome and she loves all animals great and small. She began her journey with us as a veterinary care assistant before progressing to fulfil her dream,  qualifying as a RVN in early 2021.

Skye has a huge passion for cats and, in her spare time, will often be found assisting with the socialising of the onsite rescue cats and doing all she can to resist taking them all home!

Pet Physiotherapies


Veterinary Physiotherapist

Jack is a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist, registered with the Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT). Jack will perform treatments on small and large animals to improve mobility and performance, he also has an interest in post-operative rehabilitation, suitable for companion and high-level athletes.

Jack is always expanding his knowledge in the therapy industry.

Pet Boarding Team


Site Supervisor

Jack is one of our supervising team, overseeing our boarding site, and helps settle your pets in for their holiday. Jack has built up wonderful bonds with many of our boarding dogs who, you can tell, are always excited to say hello to him on arrival.
Jack is a big large breed fan and is desperate to one day be able to have one to call his own. In 2017 Jack spent several months travelling around Australia visiting all the tourist spots and hidden gems the country has to offer!


Site Supervisor

Alice is another of our site supervisors, beginning as an apprentice and now working with both our rescue and boarding residents, ensuring that their stay with us is always of the highest standard.
Alice can often be found spending quality time with those extra nervous animals at the centre, helping them to gain confidence and build a strong relationship of trust.
Leanne from St Giles Animal Centre Pet Boarding


animal care assist

Leanne has been at the centre since 2010. She has a huge passion for cats and is normally found in the cattery looking after all our boarding and rescue cats.
Leanne has several cats of her own, all of which are rescues. She also often acquires strays who make their way to her. A true cat whisperer!
Amber from St Giles Animal Centre Pet Boarding


animal Care Assist

Amber originally came to us for work experience in 2016 before returning as an animal care assistant following the completion of her diploma in 2018. Amber has a calm, gentle approach and is also experienced with small animals, often looking after our small furry guests!
Amber currently owns her own rabbits and ex St Giles Rescue husky ‘Misha’ who came to us after been rescued from a puppy farm as an ex breeding bitch. She is blind in one eye and loves going on trips to the beach with Amber on her days off!
Chloe from St Giles Animal Centre Pet Boarding



Chloe is one of our on-site apprentices and joined in the autumn of 2019 and helps to make friends and provide the important day-to-day care for our visitors.
At home Chloe has a gorgeous German Shepherd and a sweet little Shit zhu. She says she wouldn’t be surprised if another addition from the centre soon finds its way into her household!

Pet Grooming

Carly from St Giles Animal Centre Pet Grooming


head groomer

After working on site with our rescue and boarding animals, Carly pursued her passion for grooming. She has completed her qualifications and is now our head groomer and is a qualified Stage 3 Dog Groomer specialising in clipping and hand stripping.
Carly came to us as a Saturday girl in 2010 and we never let her go! At home Carly has two St Giles rescue dogs, a border collie called Willow, and a pug called Shiraz.
Jade from St Giles Animal Centre Pet Grooming



Jade began her journey with us in 2016 as an apprentice before moving to our grooming team. Jade has her level 2 grooming qualification and is hoping to complete her level 3 very soon.
Jade has a busy home life and spends much of her time out with her family, friends and little boy in the local area. Jade is known as somewhat of a perfectionist – perfect for the eyes of a groomer!

Pet Training


animal trainer & BEHAVIOUrAL ADVISOR

Ros is our onsite animal trainer.

She has a fantastic manner with the nervous rescue and boarding dogs and cats and is always going the extra mile to ensure their stay with us is perfect for their every need.  Ros is a qualified trainer and is offering training sessions to all of our customers.

She has a strong passion for rescue owning her two own large breed rescues. Ros can often be found training our rescue animals giving them key skills that will help their transition into the home.

Doggie Day Care

Sophia from St Giles Animal Centre Doggie Day Care


Manager (maternity)

Sophia is our doggy day care manager, currently enjoying maternity leave with her growing family. Sophia oversees the day-to-day running of our day care department. She has been at the centre for several years now.

Sophia has a growing family at home and is currently on maternity leave waiting for her second bundle of joy! She has a huge love of animals and is fantastic with the day care dogs – they all love her! She can often be found having fun taking our boarding customers for their extra walks during their stays too.
Becky from St Giles Animal Centre Doggie Day Care


Day care temporary Manager

Becky is currently our acting manager while Sophia is on maternity leave, completing the collection and drop offs for our Taunton route and overseeing the department. She has a strong bond with many of our day care dogs and is a good confidence builder!

Becky owns two St Giles rescue Saluki crosses and the pair take pride in being part of the doggy day care welcoming team and are first friends to many new day care customers.
Carly from St Giles Animal Centre Doggie Day Care


Day Care Assistant

Carly is the newest member of the day care team joining in the summer of 2019. She completes the collections throughout the local villages and also assists with any extra walks for our boarding dogs.
Carly is very experienced with dogs of all breeds and sizes and we are so happy she has joined our busy day care team. Outside of work Carly has a selection of animals including dogs, horses, cats, quails, chickens and more!

Individual Pet Cremations

Adam from St Giles Animal Centre Individual Pet Cremations


Probably the most popular and outgoing member of staff at the animal centre, Adam has the ability to cheer anyone up even on the darkest of days. His positive outlook and happy approach to life gives our customers and team balance.

Nothing is to much trouble for Adam and he is always at the end of the phone for a chat. 

Adam has a small Pomeranian rescue dog called Frankie who he enjoys taking to fun dogs shows ‘and fashion weekends’


Lucy is a member of our admin team working mainly on our cremation side helping with accounts. She can also be found helping in our rescue office.

Joely has previously spent 3 years travelling around Australia, New Zealand and Bali. During this time she worked with many dogs in different circumstances including at a busy day care in New Zealand and helping poorly street dogs in Bali.

Rescue Office

Joely from St Giles Animal Centre Pet Boarding


Joely is our newly appointed Rescue Office Coordinator, progressing on from being a member of our animal care and office assistant teams. Joely’s warm personality and infectious smile has the ability to brighten any room. Her days involve assessing animals from their arrival, before matching them up and finding them their new, forever homes. 

Joely has previously spent 3 years travelling around Australia, New Zealand and Bali. During this time she worked with many dogs in different circumstances including at a busy day care in New Zealand and helping poorly street dogs in Bali.

Gemma from St Giles Animal Centre Pet Boarding


Gemma is currently completing her apprenticeship at the Centre, beginning on-site before progressing to assisting within our rescue office. Gemma works alongside Joely, mainly supporting the rescue office with its phone lines and admin. 

Gemma also has experience assisting in a grooming salon which gave her the push to pursue her dream of working with animals full time and her wish to gain qualifications in animal care and husbandry!

St Giles Animal Centre Snap-shots