Meet the Committee

Anne McBride
Chairperson

Anne is an Animal Behaviour and Training Council recognised Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She has been practising since 1987. She was director of the first UK University based course in the field of animal behaviour which ran at Southampton University from 1994 – 2015, where she still teaches and researches in the field of human-animal interactions. Anne is dedicated to the goal of raising the professional status of trainers and behaviourists, believing it to be a crucial part of the overall puzzle of improving the welfare of animals and of those who interact with them. Her second goal is to grow old whilst never truly growing up, and to continue learning and laughing all the way!

Nicole Harris
Company Secretary

Nicole is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and an Animal Training and Behaviour Council Registered Animal Training Instructor based on the Surrey/Hampshire border. She has been offering behaviour consultations and training services since 2009. Nicole is passionate about the successful development and provision of education/mentoring opportunities for individuals new to the animal behaviour and training industry and works with a number of other industry organisations. As a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers assessment team she plays an active role in the review of new candidate applications and their practical skills. In her role as Puppy School Regional Manager, she is responsible for the successful development of a team of tutors through regular mentoring, observation and assessment. She is also involved in the development of CPD courses for Puppy School tutors. Nicole is delighted to join the APBC committee in the role of Company Secretary and continue her work to support both existing and future members of the APBC.

Elaine Henley
Treasurer; Head of Events

Elaine is a Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the ABTC, and a Certified Parrot Consultant with the IAABC. Elaine lives in Scotland and is a companion animal behavioural counsellor who has been working with humans and their pets since the establishment of the Animal Behaviour Clinic & Take the Lead Dog School in 1997. Elaine has a Post-Graduate Degree Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton and is a Full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC).

Ingrid Haskal
Vice Chair

After many years in the event industry Ingrid decided to change course, go back to university and in 2012 qualified from Southampton as a Companion Animal Behaviour counsellor. Since 2012, Ingrid has worked with both dogs and cats but recently decided to specialise solely in separation related issues in dogs (or ‘separation anxiety’ as it is known to clients and vets). Ingrid joined the APBC committee in 2019. She works closely with the Chair and Treasurer and is in charge of event organisation. She hopes to help the APBC move from strength to strength over the next three years.

Jane Williams
Applications and Assessments Officer

Jane Williams completed the PG Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton, and a research MSc at the same institution. Her first degree is in Zoology from the University of Nottingham, and she has an M.A. in Education from the Open University.

Jane is Animal Behaviour and Training Council Registered as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, and an Animal training Instructor. Jane was the ABTC Chair (2018-20) and is currently a Trustee and its Secretary (2020-22).

She has been a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors since 2009, and was its Chair (2017-20). She is currently responsible for Applications and Assessments.

As part of the APBC Applications, Assessments Procedures and Systems group, Jane has been able to apply her skills in education and assessment to develop the APBC’s new assessment process. Jane is committed to promoting the value of education and lifelong learning. She strongly supports the APBC’s aims of offering assessments which are Supportive, Objective, Fair, Transparent and Timely. Jane is very supportive of developing the APBC as a friendly community of professionals, where members can learn from and support one another, as they develop and grow in their work.

Jane has delivered staff CPD for veterinary practices, rescue centres and owners having webinars and seminars on a range of welfare and behaviour topics. She has presented at conferences, seminars and webinars. Jane has a number of published articles in the field of Reptile husbandry and welfare – tortoises being an area of special interest. She has also written articles on stress-reduction in companion animals during veterinary treatment and visits. She sees behaviour cases in the east of England and remotely national and internationally.

Jane lives in Essex with 30 tortoises, six dogs, Harry the rabbit and another equally animal-mad human.

Debbie Emmerson
Applications Officer; ABTC Rep

Debbie is a full member of the APBC and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. Although she works mostly with dogs and cats, she has a particular interest in rodents and strives to improve relationships between owners and their pets so that all parties can live contentedly together.
As well as working as a behaviour consultant, she is a lecturer at Writtle University College where she has developed a Pet Behaviour option stream within the Animal degree programmes, designed to meet the ABTC academic requirements for those wishing to practice in this industry.

As part of the APBC Applications, Assessments Procedures Systems group, Debbie has been able to apply her skills as an educator and assessor to help develop the APBC’s new assessment process. She’s passionate about education and lifelong learning, and strongly supports the APBC’s aims of fostering a friendly community where members of all levels can learn from and support one another. In her role on the committee, she is keen to help the APBC nurture new and existing members as part of its role in promoting the highest professional standards in humane behaviour therapy.

Emma Hatton
Veterinary Liaison Officer

Emma is an ABTC registered Veterinary Behaviourist and recognised by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour. She has been working as a vet for 20 years, both in mixed and small animal practice. Throughout her career she has incorporated her interest in behaviour into her work and furthered her understanding through post-graduate study and practical experience. Over the last 10 years she has combined clinical veterinary practice with providing referral behaviour consultations for a number of local practices. It is her understanding and experience of the veterinary profession which she feels able to contribute for the benefit of the APBC. She feels passionately about the need to maintain both physical and emotional health of patients. Emma believes we need to be open to different ideas and opinions together with drawing knowledge from a wide variety of backgrounds. Education is vital to maximise animal welfare and she feels the veterinary profession and APBC can work better together to promote this to the pet-owning community.

Emma understands the unique demands that both the veterinary and behavioural professions can have on colleagues and appreciates the dedication and commitment shown in our collective goal of providing a high standard of behaviour counselling. Emma wishes to continue to promote the work of the APBC whilst ensuring a supportive community for the APBC membership.

Danielle Beck
Events Officer; ABTC Rep

Danielle is an enthusiastic and passionate animal trainer and behaviour counsellor. Helping people to find the best way to help their animals is Danielle’s life’s work and she shows no signs of slowing down despite working with and training animals for 19 years. The primary species Danielle works with are dogs however, due to her background in zoology and work within zoological facilities, she is happy to see both domestic and non-domestic species. Danielle is the first and only currently registered animal behaviourist who has been assessed for reptiles, and her MSc thesis focused on the factors affecting the stress of Green Iguanas kept as companion animals. Danielle has the role of Webinar Program Organiser for the APBC, along with assisting in event planning, helping maintain the website and being one of the ABTC Representatives for the APBC.

Rosie Bescoby
Social Media Officer; Press & Media Officer

Rosie has worked as Press and Media Officer for the APBC and has been in charge of social media since 2019. She is delighted to expand her involvement as a committee member. Based in North Somerset, Rosie provides behaviour consultations for dogs, cats and rabbits and enjoys working closely with veterinary colleagues and organisations, as well as writing articles for both pet owner and veterinary publications (including peer-reviewed journals). She has taught and lectured veterinary, veterinary nursing and animal care students and conducts staff training for veterinary practices. Rosie has been featured on the BBC, is a regular contributor to local radio channels, in national newspapers and magazines.

Lauren Watts
Social Media & Marketing Officer

Lauren is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and also an ABTC registered Animal Training Instructor. Lauren works with owners all over the UK with emerging behaviour and training problems, separation issues, and has created numerous courses and resources for owners who need help for their dogs and puppies. Lauren is passionate about helping humans and their dogs live happily together, and has been a speaker for different dog training organisations. As part of the committee, Lauren is keen to ensure that the APBC is presenting a professional yet friendly and accessible face to the world so owners are easily able to access our members and the huge wealth of knowledge our members have – along with presenting the APBC as a leading standard in membership associations for animal behaviourists worldwide.