Meet the Team | St. Giles Kennels

Meet the Team

Bill & Vanessa (aka The Bosses!)

FullSizeRender (003) FullSizeRenderBill and Vanessa Linnell own St Giles Kennels. In 2010 they gave up everything (including their family home of nearly thirty years) to take over the ‘St Giles Kennels’ now know as St Giles Animal Centre.

With three of their four children they manage both St Giles Animal Centre & charity ‘St Giles Animal Rescue’ (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 St Giles Pet Cremations.

Tom  has a huge passion for rescue dogs and has lots of behavioural knowledge, he has fostered and adopted many rescues from the kennels already and  is especially 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 Dip A Phys, BSc (Hons), IAAT 

Jack is the Centre Manager at St Giles he previously managed the boarding Kennels for 5 years and has now taken over the management of the centre, mainly working from our Veterinary Clinic. Jack is also 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.


AmandaAmanda joined the team in 2012 and started her career as an on-site animal assistant , quickly moving on onto running both the boarding and rescue offices, before becoming a site supervisor and then the manager.

Amanda fosters lots of dogs that come in to the rescue that are scared and need a lot of tender loving care and is just remarkable with the time and patience she spends building bonds with the nervous rescue and boarding animals.

She has a huge amount of experience working with Rescue & boarding animals and is now going on to further her training in canine behaviour and rehabilitation.

Amanda love of dogs doesn’t just stop at work and spends most of her free time out exploring with her West highland Terrier and little rescue Yorkiepoo who she adopted from here in 2015 after hand rearing him after he had a very poorly start in life. She has just started back at agility training sessions which her two pooches love!



Dave has been with us for 3 years now and has completed many roles including site supervisor, daycare supervisor and everything in-between!  He has now taken on the role of our site maintenance and half of our site supervising team helping to ensure the team runs smoothly day-to-day! However can also be found helping in the office and even daycare. He has lots of experience with dogs of all different sizes and can often be found helping nervous customers come out of their shell.



Hayley is one half of our supervising team and since joining up this year has                                    taken on the role of site supervisor.  Hayley 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.   Hayley is a                                      friendly face who will often be the girl who comes out to collect your                                                  animals for boarding.



Leanne has been working with us for last 9 years. Leanne has a huge passion for cats and small animals and 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. Leanne takes great pride in looking after the cats in our care and can answer any questions about the cattery.



Amy started her in march 2016 beginning as an on-site apprentice, after 4 month she was offered the opportunity to transfer her apprenticeship into the rescue office where she went on to complete her apprenticeship and become the rescue office assistant. Her role includes helping to find animals their forever homes, completing assessments and organizing the rescue website.  Amy has a strong interest in canine behaviour and has just begun a diploma in canine behaviour and rehabilitation. Amy always has a smile on her face and has a loving kind nature towards the nervous dogs & cats helping them to come out of their shells.


10941519_876439745752959_5999481885911514349_n Carly has now returned to us after welcoming the new member to her family. Carly (or Curly as she is more commonly known!) came to us as a Saturday girl 10 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.



Jade is our Groomer 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.


IMG_7069sophSophia is our Doggy day care manager and is currently on maternity leave, we wish her the best of luck and look forward to her return.

she has been working with us for 4 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.



Becky has now made the move across to our daycare team and completing the collection and drop offs for our taunton route. Becky loves working with the dogs and is normally found either off site or in the secure off lead area playing with the dogs from daycare or out giving our boarding dogs their extra walks.