Meet the Team | St. Giles Kennels

Meet the Team

Bill & Vanessa (aka The Bosses!)

FullSizeRender (003) FullSizeRenderBill and Vanessa Linnell own St Giles Kennels. Five years ago they gave up everything (including their family home of nearly thirty years) to take over the kennels.

With three of their four children they manage both St Giles Boarding Kennels & Cattery and also the charity ‘Dogs 4 Adoption’ (1136251).

Bill and Vanessa have been foster carers for thirty years. They also have an array of animals including chickens, ducks, horses, pet sheep, goats, six cats and six dogs! Vanessa is a massive ‘Doodle’ fan and currently has a Goldendoodle, a Labradoodle, a Cockapoo, a Labrador and a Shepherd x Rotti.


FullSizeRender (002)Tom is Bill and Vanessa’s oldest son, he own’s and manage’s the St Giles Pet Cremations.

Tom  has a huge passion for rescue dogs, he has fostered and adopted many rescues from the kennels already.Tom is a huge fan or Lurchers!





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Laura, (or as she is more commonly referred to ‘The Spaniel Girl!’) is Vanessa and Bill’s daughter and came to work for them when they took over. Laura manages the Doggie Day Care Service. She also enjoys helping to assess and re-home our many unwanted strays.

Laura has a passion for gun dogs, she trained the family’s working Labrador as a teenager and has subsequently gone on to train and work her 4 Working Cocker Spaniels.


Jack BSc (Hon) 


Jack, the youngest brother to Tom and Laura. Jack has a passion for both dogs and horses and recently returned to Hartpury College where he is studying a Animal Management Degree. However he continues to help out at the kennels on a regular basis and still helps manage the site along with managing the Animal Clinic on site.

Jack owns three dogs, a Hungarian Vizla and two terriers, all of which are rescues.






AmandaAmanda has been working for St Giles for the past 4 and a half years.

Amanda started her career as a member of staff on site and from there has progressed to supervisor and is now the manager. Amanda runs the rescue office alongside Vanessa & Amy.

Amanda fosters lots of dogs that come in to the rescue that are scared and need a little TLC.

She has a huge amount of experience working with Rescue & boarding animals.

Amanda likes to relax by walking her Westie and little rescue Poochon who was adopted from here last year.



VikkiVikki has now gone on Maternity leave. We wish her luck and look forward to seeing her return next year

Vikki has been with us 3 years now and is the lady you will see when you walk in to the busy boarding office.

Vikki started her career here working in our doggy day care section before moving over to the offices 2 years ago. Vikki was the rescue office manager until recently and is now the Boarding office Manager.

Vikki is very keen on gundogs and has trained her own 3 dogs to a high standard and is hoping to compete in gundog tests and trials with her own rescue bitch.





Sharon is another new member of the office team she works part time and will be the face you see on Jacqui’s days off. Sharon started her career here by being a volunteer taking photos of our rescue dogs but has now progressed in to our office. Sharon loves dogs and has her own rescue Labrador who came from our rescue here.





Sarah is our Kennel manager and has been with us a few weeks already. Sarah came to us after working in rescue centres for the past 11 years!

Sarah has a huge passion for rescue animals and brings a great deal of knowledge with her! We wish Sarah luck in her role here with the St Giles Team!!





10941519_876439745752959_5999481885911514349_n Carly has now gone on Maternity leave. We wish her luck and look forward to seeing her return next year

Carly (or Curly as she is more commonly known!) Carly came to us as a Saturday girl 9 years ago and we never let her go! She is now our head groomer and is a qualified Stage 3 Dog Groomer who specialises in clipping and hand stripping.





IMG_7069sophSophia is our Doggy day care manager she has been working with us for 3 years now. Sophia has a huge love for animals owning her own dogs & cats at home. Sophia is fantastic with the day care dogs and they all love her! Sophia starter her career with St Giles as a kennel assistant and has progressed up to being the manager of Day care.

Sophia has recently got married so a huge congratulations to her and her new husband.








Dave has been with us for 2 years now and started his career as our site supervisor here at the kennels but has now progressed to supervisor of the doggy day care team working alongside Sophia. Dave has lots of experience working with dogs and has owned many himself. Dave has his own lurchers & terriers.









Leanne has been working with us for last 6 years. Leanne has a huge passion for cats and small animals. Leanne is normally found down in the cattery looking after all our boarding & rescue cats. Leanne has 7 cats of her own all are rescues. Leanne also is in charge of the medication with Lesley. Leanne takes great pride in looking after the cats in our care and can answer any questions about the cattery.








Lesley has been with us for the past 5 years and she looks after our small dogs in boarding & on the rescue side, Lesley has lots of knowledge on animal care.

Lesley also works extremely hard as part of the team and is responsible for making sure all of our boarding animals receive their medication along side Leanne.

Lesley loves her small dogs owning many rescues herself








Jack has been with us a year and is our main member of staff on the boarding side. Jack is normally the tall gentleman who comes in to the office to collect the dogs coming in for boarding. Jack loves his big breed dogs although he owns a Jack Russell. Jack will often do the boarding viewings for us.









Lauren is our part time member of staff. She has a huge love for rescue dogs mainly staffies & Rotties. Lauren has her own Rottie who she got from our rescue centre here. Lauren loves working with dogs and takes extra care of any nervous dog that comes in to us.









Amy is our office apprentice she is normally found in the rescue office helping Amanda. Amy loves animals and has 4 dogs of her own 2 whippets & 2 springers Amy always has a smile on her face. Amy enjoys working with the rescue animals and has a love kind nature towards the nervous dogs & cats.









Becky is one of our new apprentices who normal works on the boarding side. Becky loves working with the dogs and normally takes the pictures for customers to go on the Facebook page. Becky will also help the groomers with their doggy mots in the mornings. Becky is normally found up in the secure off lead area playing with the dogs.









Jade is our grooming apprentice who is being trained up by our head groomer Carly, Jade has her level 2 grooming and is hoping to complete her level 3 very soon. Jade has a good eye for grooming and is somewhat a perfectionist.










Darcie is one of our new apprentices. Darcie is enjoying her apprentice with us and works on both sides of the kennels and looks after all the dogs & cats. She has a love for all animals and can be found giving the rescue dogs a treat and a cuddle.