Our Founder: Charley Nathan
Charley Nathan has worked with dogs and horses for most of her life.
In 1987, after 8 years in the Metropolitan Police, Charley ran her own, extremely successful business producing and competing show jumpers and bred Cocker Spaniels. Always interested in helping rescue animals, Charley started adopting and fostering, which led to the setting up of AADR in 2013 with co-founder Karen James.
Nicky Stevens, born in Wales began singing at the very early age of four. In 1973, Nicki became a member of the famous pop group Brotherhood of Man. 40 years later, they are still together.
Nicki now also helps AA Dog Rescue and is a valued member of our team.
Françoise is well known for the passion in her work and her vivacious love of life.
She is best remembered for her role as Danielle Favre in the television series 'Mind Your Language' and films such as 'La Rose de Fer' and 'Burke & Hare' and 'There's a girl in my soup' with Peter Sellers.
Lesley & Leon Morgan
Lesley always thought cats were her thing & Leon preferred the canines! Now both united on the dog front & heavily involved by helping the dogs at AADR!
They have 4 dogs of their own, two of which are from AADR & support the rescue by holding regular fundraisers which include an annual garden party, a cabaret night & boot sales. Lesley is always looking out for ways to support us for which we are very grateful. Leon is regularly tempted to add to their doggie pack!
They have also not forgotten the cats ... they support a Greek Cat rescue in their spare time!
Julie Bishop MBII
I have been a licensee of a traditional English London pub for over 22 years. I've always been big into fundraising for various causes. My biggest passions in life are spending quality time with my 8 grandchildren & helping shelter & street dogs. However, since losing my little dog Kaz, aged 19 1/2 years old, a friend told me about AA dog rescue & I decided to donate in her memory. She had a wonderful life & I believe every dog deserves the same. My passion has grown since finding out more about AADR & all the amazing work Charley & her team do, not just in the UK but also abroad. My late mother was also very big into rescuing animals. Thanks to Charley we have a beautiful rescue dog, Skyla, from Spain. I don't have much spare time but I am an excellent fundraiser so decided instead of just looking back & feeling sorry for the dogs, I would dedicate what time I do have to making a difference in dogs lives.
John Conteh, MBE
Born in Liverpool, John began boxing at the age of 10 at a boxing club in Kirkby.
John is a British former professional boxer who completed from 1971 to 1980. He held the WBC light-heavyweight title from 1974 to 1977, and regionally the European, British & Commonwealth titles
between 1973 & 1974. As an amateur, he represented England and won a gold medil in the middleweight divisio at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in 2017. John was awarde an MBE for service to boxing at the Queen's Birthday Honours.
John was introduced to our work by our President Lord Rose & we are delighted that he is now a valued member of our team.
Anne Dee is a world-renowned Horse Communicator, Pet Psychic and Spiritual Advisor. While training to develop her gifts, Anne discovered that she had a unique ability to hear and understand the feelings of animals. Today, Anne receives countless requests for help with animal illness and other problems.
It is our great honour to have Anne on board helping the dogs in need.
Ali & Emma Hamidi
Ali Hamidi is a celebrity angler, author and presenter who started fishing at 10 years old and is passionate about carp fishing. He was instrumental in getting carp fishing on Sky Sports in 2000 and has been regular face on Sky Sports and the Discovery Channel ever since. His wife Emma is an avid dog lover and supporter of AADR.
Some dogs that we rescue have lived through some of the most difficult treatment and sometimes find it hard to adjust. This is where Bill Gibson of Connors Legacy comes in.
Bill has helped so much and AA Dog Rescue would not be the same without him on our side.
Rebekah Straughan, a solicitor, and her husband Dave are massive animal lovers and supporters of AADR!
Charlotte Wilde has been training animals for most of her life; it started when her parents finally gave in and bought her a pony for her 11th birthday. When Charlotte left school she got a "proper job" in accountancy, but decided to follow her heart after the birth of her son in 1994. Since then she has trained and supplied animals under direction of some of the biggest names such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese & Christopher Noland, has earned the priviledge of working on everything from Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean to Emmerdale. She say that being a puppy trainer on 102 Dalmatians has to be one of the most demanding. Most recent achievement has been to successfully train her rescue dog 'Shadow' to fly a plane as part of the 'Dogs might Fly' Team shown on Sky1. Shadow is an AADR rescue dog!
Sharon Bays (nee Reynolds)
Sharon previously worked for a Spanish rescue for 10 years. She has always had a life long love & passion for all animals, particularly dogs. She moved to Spain with Charley & is involved in the Admin & day-to-day running of the rescue there. Sharon became involved with AADR when her father, Brian, who was a professional photographer, started to photograph the AADR dogs combining their love of dogs & photography. Sharon keeps our website up-to-date and our Facebook pages buzzing with images of our dogs. Her motto is "After the Rain, the Sun Always Shines"!
Brian worked as a professional photographer for 40 years before he retired. He is camera shy himself, but his daughter finally papped him with the pic above!
He has also had dogs all his life so putting the two together is his idea of heaven! When he has finished a shoot with his daughter Sharon as his assistant, he then processes the photographs ready for her to upload. Once they are public he says "the icing on the cake is sitting back and watching the dog go off to their forever homes".
Sharon & Stephen Garner
Our family are very proud to be asked to be a Patron of this amazing Charity.
We think most of you will know how important our rescue animals are to us, so to be involved and be able to support such a wonderful charity moving forward, is extremely humbling. We have seen first hand the amazing work they do and we promise as a family business, to do all we can to offer our support.
Thank you for asking us, Sharon, Steve, and all at Spanish Property Choice - The Garners of Sun Sea and Selling Houses
Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Jo was called to the Bar in 1986, took silk ( made a Queen’s Counsel) in 2006 and was appointed Gresham’s Professor of Law in 2016, a role she undertakes alongside her full time silk practice. She has won many industry awards for her work. In March 2019 Jo was given the Freedom of the City of London to mark the centenary of 100 years of suffrage in recognition of her contribution to the Law. Jo is one of the UK’s leading family barristers specialising in legal aid child abuse law rising to prominence, and winning industry awards, for her work in contentious cases involving complex medical evidence and catastrophic injuries to/ the death of a child, child sex abuse, witchcraft/ ritualized abuse and ISIS radicalisation cases. Her clients often have mental health difficulties or serious learning difficulties and she acts for both children and adults. If there is a link between child abuse and animal abuse it is that they look to adults to rear, love and safeguard them. When they are failed , we should not stand idly by if we can help. That belief led to her involvement with AA Dog Rescue . She agreed to become a Patron in 2019 after getting to know AADR and its team . As Jo says ‘AADR does what it says on the tin: it rescues all dogs that come to its attention whether they be pups or seniors, in Spain or the UK. It’s a rescue service not just a rehoming agency. AADR puts the dog’s recovery, welfare and placement needs first and it’s after care to them and their adopters is second to none’. Jo has two of our Spanish pups. As she says ‘this is a protection network for dogs for their lifetime’: that’s unique and that ethos is down to the drive and integrity of Charley Nathan, its founder and fighter’ .
Gail & Chris Allery
Chris is a retired chemical engineer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Spending almost all of his working life in Scandanavia, becoming fluent in the languages.
Gail has an entrepreneurial background, owning several businesses over the years, including an office equipment business, a Kentish country pub and, more recently a ladies fashion business, perfectly placing her to organise the fashion show and the fashion shoot for AADR.
Chris and Gail have been helping and homing abandoned and injured dogs since the moved to Spain in 2004, also volunteering at the 'Dog House' in Huércal-Overa until it closed. Their home has 'revolving doors' for homeless and unwanted dogs and they currently have 4 plus one long suffering cat. They have been helping at the AADR for the last 5 years and are now in their second year as event organisers. "All for the love of dogs"
Karen has been riding horses since the age of 6 and has always had animals. She used to fundraise door to door for the RSPCA as a youngster.
Karen assists with promoting the rescue and finding forever homes for the dogs.
Vicki Michelle MBE is an English actress best known for her role as Yvette Carte-Blanche in the television comedy 'Allo 'Allo!
As well as being the current president of the Heritage Foundation she now also helps towards our cause.
Glen Stafford and Brenda Beharrell
Glen and Brenda work tirelessly in the office keeping everything running smoothly.
They also fundraise on our behalf and Glen owns the best looking truck in Essex!
Zoe of Zoe Napier Group, Director of property companies, purveyor of marketing, inspired country person and by virtue, total lover of animal husbandry. Zoe has a horse, 4 dogs, a cat, sheep, ducks and chickens. Her real passion is in training dogs, initially prison dog training (from the age of 14) to latterly gun dog training - the beauty being in the responsiveness received. Her motto "if all else fails, try kindness".
I have been a volunteer with AADR for the past 7 years. It all started when I delivered duvets to the rescue from Tesco. Further visits to the rescue with bedding & food donations led to walking the dogs and reaping the rewards of loving dog cuddles. I was hooked!
I have also been able to take more of a front seat (literally) on some of the trips to Spain to help bring the dogs over to the UK to their new homes.
I particularly enjoy getting involved with organising the Open Days and fund raising with my daughter Amber and feel very honoured to be a Patron.
I have been volunteering since 2014, love all animals (I prefer them to people) and am happy to be involved in all aspects of rescue. The new kennels have provided an exciting new beginning and I'm looking forward to playing a part in helping more homeless dogs find their forever homes.