Meet the Team

Louise - Director

22 years of experience managing boarding kennels 

Louise is the backbone of the team, holding everyone together and keeping everything running smoothly, she is our main fun bus driver, making sure all the guests are happy and delivered safely to their destinations. Louise NEVER STOPS! Any job that needs doing, Louise has already done it (Our very own Wonder Woman!). She works very hard alongside her sister, Kathryn.

Louise has 2 dogs, Bodhi and Wynta. They come into daycare with her,  little puppy Wynta is slowly finding her feet alongside her big brother Bodhi!

Kathryn - Director

20 years of experience managing boarding kennels

Kathryn is the hurricane force of Whitley, she takes no nonsense from anyone, but she is excellent at handling all the situations thrown at her. Kathryn loves spending some of her time dealing with the customers and loves to have a good chat with everyone. She also loves any challenging dog, so your dogs are safe with her! Kathryn is also the healer of the team, helps keep us all together along with her sister, Louise.

Kathryn's puppy Ivar is a Bucovian Shepherd x Carpathian Shepherd, he comes to daycare with her and provides the perfect challenge for her ;)

Lauren -  Team Member

2 years experience working at Whitley Crest - Level 3 Animal Management BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree

Lauren has a very calm and understanding nature with all the guests, she keeps her head down and gets on with the work. She is very easy to work with and is good with customers.  Lauren also loves a challenge, especially with pets that have challenging behaviours. We are very lucky to have Lauren working for us and are excited for her future, with us and the world.

Lauren has 2 dogs, Lola and Willow. She brings them both into daycare regularly and is in the process of training Willow who is a puppy!

Hannah - Team Member 

Hannah started her journey with us 3 years ago when she arrived for her work experience placement. A very quiet young lady with little to no confidence. Hannah has absolutely blown us away with her natural ability to care for animals. This girl was born to work with animals! 

Hannah was offered a weekend job that turned into a holiday job that turned into an Apprenticeship. Hannah qualified with a  Level 2 Distinction in Animal Care and is currently waiting to start a level 3 in management. We are so proud of Hannah, her support is impeccable. She has a very exciting future at Whitley! 

Hannah has 2 dogs that both have medical needs called Charlie and Lola. She also has 2 chickens called Hetty and Betty.

Danika - Team Member

7 years experience working with dogs - Level 3 Animal Management and Canine First Aid

Danika has a heart of gold. She cares for all the pets in our care and all her fellow team members immensely. She will make sure everybody is happy and cheer them up, whether it's handing out treats, throwing toys, or making us all laugh! 

Danika's experience is valuable to us in many ways, particularly her experience of dealing with customers. Danika is exceptional at talking, it is a well-known fact amongst the team ;) So you can guarantee if you meet Danika, she will answer everything you need to know and you can be sure she will care for your pets!

Danika has 2 dogs called Scooby and Maple who she cares for greatly!


Niamh - Team Member

Niamh is currently doing her Level 2 Animal Care and Welfare apprenticeship with us!

She lives on a farm and has many dogs on her farm so she is used to being around dogs and other animals. Niamh is thoroughly enjoying working here with us and doing her apprenticeship, she is learning new skills and how to develop existing skills. She is willing to get stuck into any task thrown at her.

Let's see what your future holds Niamh! 

Amy - Team Member

Amy has been working at Whitley Crest since 2017. Amy has gained much experience and has completed a competency course for Kennels, Dog Day Care, and Home Boarders.

Amy has a bubbly character, she loves to work outdoors and has 6 dogs of her own! You can often find Amy snacking in the corner at any time of the day though.

She is good in reception and helps make sure all your bookings are in place. 

Emily - Volunteer

Emily's journey at Whitley started 13 years ago. Emily very quickly became a valued team member, in fact, she became a part of our family! She has the most caring nature, she will talk for England mind ;) 

This girl has a heart of gold and will do anything for anyone. She is always helping others, humans and animals alike. Emily's journey came to an end when she became a mum. She has also recently had a difficult journey with her health but she is fighting her way! Emily's volunteering enables her to have a break from reality and enjoy doing what she loves. 

Emily recently started a fundraiser on behalf of Team Whitley to help us through one of the most difficult times we could have experienced, it has been a massive help.