Meet our Team

Meet the Team at Dunston Lodge

We have used Dunston Lodge for our dogs Maggie and Betty on at least four occasions now and cannot recommend them highly enough

Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington

Co-Owner & Managing Director

The face of Dunston Lodge! Richard has run Dunston Lodge with wife Julie since 2003. Richard brings his warmth, personality and passion that makes Dunston Lodge what it is, leading and coordinating the operations of the kennels and always on hand to answer any queries.

Gemma Wharton

Gemma Wharton

Manager & Head Groomer

At Dunston Lodge since 2011 and having worked in Animal Care previously Gemma is a fully qualified dog groomer, with NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in Dog Grooming & Animal Care, and a complete perfectionist in her work.

Tom O’Sullivan

Tom O’Sullivan

Kennel & Grooming Assistant

Tom started at Dunston Lodge as an Apprentice, and after impressing us with his passion and dedication to the job was taken on as a permanent member of the team in 2015. Tom has a Level 2 qualification in Animal Care.

Jess Wharton

Jess Wharton

Senior Kennel & Grooming Assistant

With qualifications in Animal Care, Animal Management and Customer Service Jess joined Dunston Lodge in 2012. Jess is involved in all aspects of the kennel & grooming operations including providing reception support and assisting with the collection & delivery of dogs.

Chad Sellars

Chad Sellars

Assistant Manager

Chad has been a key member of the team at Dunston Lodge since 2005, having worked his way up to Assistant Manager Level. With qualifications in Animal Care & Customer Service Chad knows the job inside out and is passionate about the dogs in our care.

Julie Harrington

Julie Harrington

Co-Owner & Director of Finance & Marketing

Julie, with her background in business & marketing takes a more ‘behind the scenes’ role at Dunston Lodge, involved in the business administration, finance and marketing, leaving Julie time to also work separately for Kids ‘n’ Cancer & The Chesterfield Marathon.

Fraser Marshall

Fraser Marshall

Trainee Kennel & Grooming Assistant

After working at Dunston Lodge on a casual basis Fraser started an Apprenticeship with us in 2015. Fraser already holds a Level 2 qualification in Animal Care.

Caroline Saxton

Caroline Saxton

Senior Kennel & Grooming Assistant

Our longest-standing member of staff Caroline has worked at Dunston Lodge since 1997. With her wealth of experience Caroline is involved in all areas of the kennels operations, including daily health checks, feeding, cleaning & walking, as well as helping to mentor other members of the team.

Nicola Clark

Nicola Clark

Senior Kennel & Grooming Assistant

At Dunston Lodge since 2007 Nicola studied Animal Care at Derby College and has also achieved Level 3 in Animal Management. Nicola, like Jess is involved in all areas of the kennels and grooming operations at Dunston Lodge.

Ellie Bennett

Ellie Bennett

Casual Kennel & Grooming Assistant

Chloe Bennett

Chloe Bennett

Casual Kennel & Grooming Assistant

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