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Specialist wholesaler Trilanco has appointed Donna Kelly as national accounts manager as part of an expansion of its sales team.
UK-based Podium Pet Products, which took both Dog Rocks and Pet Remedy branded lines to the US and Canadian market, has appointed Kim Goldsworthy as sales director for North America.
Trixie has promoted Russell Cook to the new role of national sales manager UK. 
Sophie Richardson, of specialist wholesaler Trilanco, has passed the R-SQP exam so can now advise on medicines for farm animals, equine and companion animals. 
Daniel Heron has joined Sharples Pet as key account executive covering the North of England.
Natural supplement manufacturer Hilton Herbs has welcomed Lauren Kick to the company as marketing assistant.
Podium Pet Products has appointed of Brooke Saville as business development manager.
 Helen Warren-Piper has been appointed sales director at Mars Pet Nutrition UK. She will also join the Mars Petcare UK leadership team.
 After more than a decade as chief executive, Peter Hepburn is leaving Cats Protection.
An experienced pet trade specialist, who loves to mountaineer in her spare time, aims to take Fish4Dogs to new heights as its sales director.
Royal Canin opened the New Year opens with two new appointments in the marketing team, enabling the company to focus on growing business in the specialist pet trade and with dog and cat breeders.
Inspired Pet Nutrition – the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food – has strengthened its commercial team with three new national account appointments.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has appointed Greg Van Praagh, director of Benyfit Natural, to its Executive Committee. 
Lauren Brecher has been appointed as the new Whimzees brand manager at WellPet.  
 Trilanco has welcomed four new customer service and sales co-ordinators to its tele-support team based in Wesham, Lancashire. 
A former gymnast has a bright future at a Lancashire vets after defying medical odds when an horrific car crash left her in a coma.
Paul Dennison has joined Pooch & Mutt as commercial manager after three years working on online grocer Ocado’s pet specialist site
American pet store chain PetSmart has appointed Joshua Kanter as executive VP of marketing and customer experience.
Dog food brand Autarky has entered a partnership with GB agility handler and trainer Anthony Clarke, who is the brand’s first ambassador in the agility circuit and follows the sponsorship of flyball team, the Jets.
Expanding pet food manufacturer Pets Choice has welcomed Laura Mallick to its growing team as key account manager.
Fish4Dogs has appointed a new technical and product co-ordinator, Annabel Battersby, who will help its growing technical team with the development of new products, quality control and regulatory compliance.
The British Dog Groomers’ Association has welcomed Belinda Morris to the ranks of its Guild of Master Groomers.
Graham Wheeler, managing director of The Real Pet Food Company, has joined the main board of Inspired Pet Nutrition – the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food with major brands such as Wagg and Harringtons.
Direct Food Ingredients is consolidating its team with the appointment of five new employees.
Natures Menu has made several appointments in its marketing and sales teams.
Founder and company director Samantha Marsh has joined the team at Tigga Towers full-time, alongside sister Lizanne Shew and cousin Tommy Spurling.
Peregrine Livefoods has recruited Shaun Madder as the fourth territory sales manager covering East Anglia, Lincolnshire and the A1 corridor from the M25 north to Doncaster.
The new management team at Vital Pet Products has confirmed more key appointments and is moving to regional teams and a new express pick service for smaller orders.
Burgess Pet Care has appointed three key staff members to support the company’s growth throughout the UK and overseas.
Naturediet Pet Foods is investing in its sales and marketing teams to support the company’s new business development strategy.
Ancol Pet Products has appointed Tom Gwilliam as product manager.
Pet pharmaceutical and healthcare manufacturer Beaphar is strengthening its global brand and marketing output, resulting in two promotions and one new recruit for the UK marketing team.
3P Enterprise has expanded its Gloucestershire-based team.
Pet accessories specialist Trixie has recruited two new area sales managers in the UK.
Pets Choice has strengthened its sales team with the addition of a new member.
US chilled pet food brand Freshpet, one of the fastest growing pet food companies in North America, is strengthening its UK team with the appointment of Hannah Edwards as senior marketing manager.
Naturediet has appointed Aaron Burton and Emily Cannon to its senior management team as head of sales and head of marketing respectively.
International Cat Care has welcomed two new members of staff – Ginette Bryant, who joins the Business Department, and Sarah Endersby, who joins the Veterinary Department.
Leading equine feed balancer producer TopSpec has appointed Jodi Finucane to the role of graduate equine nutritionist.
Petcor, the producer of Veni-Dog products, has appointed Laura Bain as its marketing executive with responsibility for developing the company’s UK market and network of stockists.
Natures Menu has strengthened its senior team with three additions to its management team.
Group55 has appointed Caroline Hill as marketing manager. Caroline joins the business from the FMCG sector where she managed the pan-European marketing activities for one of the most recognisable confectionery brands in the UK.
Natures Menu has appointed Tina Byrne in a new role of UK sales trade manager responsible for sales, education and merchandising in the trade and vet sectors, to help drive and manage growth within the raw sector.
Agria Pet Insurance UK has appointed Tom Vaughan to the role of head of direct marketing.
Dog Rocks USA and Dog Rocks UK Distribution has appointed Daryl Bailey as head of North American sales.
Trilanco has wlecomed Jane Hadley to its team of area sales managers. Jane is covering for Heather Chapman, who has started maternity leave.
The Accapi Group, Europe’s fastest growing premium dog equipment distributor, has added to its team after reaching record sales in 2016.
Online aquatics wholesaler All Pond Solutions has welcomed a new trade sales representative, Andy Lister, to its expanding team. 
Online pet retailer MedicAnimal has welcomed Justin James to the team as new head of product. Justin will play an integral role leading purchasing, range development and category strategy.
Victoria Knowles-Lacks, head girl and founder of the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club, has joined the team at Hiho Silver as brand ambassador.
Richard is now responsible for CASCO subsidiary businesses and their integration within the global CASCO pet business. This includes the recently-established German business and the evaluation of future global expansion opportunities.
North Wales-based Pero (Foods) has appointed Steven Dennard as its new UK sales manager for the southern regions, which cover anywhere below the M4.
The Vet, which provides ‘affordable, accessible’ veterinary healthcare for pets, has appointed Jessica Frame as chief executive and Sally Bailey as chairman.
Skinner’s has a new managing director from November 1. Current finance director Lee Phillips will take over the reins from outgoing MD Greg Panter, who is stepping down after 16 years.
Walsall-based Ancol has appointed Charlotte Parkes as its new database and website co-ordinator.
Luxury treat manufacturer The Innocent Hound has expanded its team with a new director, Justin Heaton.
Pets at Home has appointed Mike Iddon as group chief financial officer with effect from October 17.
Trilanco employees Lydia Brenton and Sam Spencer (née Weir) have passed their R-SQP qualifications. This means that there are now seven R-SQPs working for the Lancashire company.
A cat lover with a wealth of public sector and voluntary experience has been selected to join the Board of Trustees at Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity.
Lily’s Kitchen has forged the final link in its senior leadership team with the appointment of Gary Lake as supply chain director to lead its supply chain strategy and be a key point of contact for customers and suppliers during a period of growth for the business.
Abi Boulton, from Tic Toc Eventing, has become a brand ambassador for Hiho Silver.
Royal Canin has appointed Katy Smith as veterinary support manager at its head office in Castle Cary, Somerset.
Lily’s Kitchen has further strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Chris Lock as marketing director to lead its marketing strategy and to support continued business development and growth.
Multi award-winning pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen has further bolstered its team with the appointment of a new product director.
Terri-Ann Rowe has joined Lintbells as senior business development executive.
CASCO Pet has welcomed Paul Jones as head of operations, Alan McArdle as head of finance and Matt Ives as marketing manager to its management team.
Premier Veterinary Group has appointed Will Evans as chief financial officer and executive director from September 19.
Holistic vet Dr Nick Thompson is to join Benyfit Natural’s advisory team as an independent nutrition advisor.
John Bowen has joined the team at Aquaja as its new sales representative in the UK.
Feed balancer and horse feeds business Topspec has expanded its veterinary nutrition team with the appointment of industry professional Sarah Stoneham.
Keith Summers and Victoria Cooper have joined the team at Igloo Pet Products.
Nottinghamshire-based manufacturer Grove Pet Foods has welcomed Marie Rowden to its team.
Veterinary practices in East Anglia and the South East are welcoming a familiar face as Andy Wellsteed returns to the area in the role of territory manager for Agria Pet Insurance.
Gillian Thomas-Jones has joined Natures Menu as a UK key account manager.
Former Britvic and Elizabeth Arden national account manager Deborah Jones has joined Pet Food (UK), taking up a similar position as key accounts manager for both UK and international customers.
Michael Weedon, deputy CEO and communications director of the British Independent Retailers Association, is leaving bira at the end of June.
Trilanco has recruited 12 new team members to help support continuing growth.
Peewee the parrot welcomed newcomer Kirk Rothwell during his first few weeks as Bucktons brand manager. Kirk is the latest addition to the pet division and is based in Driffield, in Yorkshire.
Territory sales manager Michael Stanyon is bringing new drive to 200-year-old Burgess Pet Care as he travels more than 1,000 miles a week to reach the company’s growing customer base.
AmPet Products has appointed Kate Muncaster as its national account manager.
Pet Food (UK) has added five new recruits to its growing team.
Vicky Skinner has joined the team at the Pet Industry Federation as education manager.
South East-based EAF has appointed David Taylor to help expand all sales and promotions for bedding and haylage brands BedSoft and HaySoft.
CASCO Pet has welcomed Kevin Shove as the company’s new head of sales.
In this newly created role, Kevin will be responsible for sales team leadership, customer engagement and for driving sales revenue globally. In addition, he will be a contributor in the area of marketing and business strategy.
Veterinary lecturer and former veterinary nurse Kären Smith has vowed to ‘keep Burgess Pet Care at the forefront of nutrition’ as she takes on her new role as nutritional advisor at the Yorkshire pet food firm.
Louise Rudderham and Ewan Lavender have joined Pooch & Mutt as the company continue its rapid growth.
Kelly Davis has been unanimously elected to chair The British Dog Groomers’ Association.
Former head of marketing communications Fiona Wallin has joined as its first head of marketing.
Nottinghamshire-based pet food manufacturer Grove Pet Foods has welcomed Amy Watson to the team.
All Pond Solutions has welcomed a new trade sales account manager, Paul Galer, to its expanding team.
TopSpec has welcomed two new business development managers to its team with the appointment of Jessica Burbage and Sarah McAndrew.
Jessica Balmer has joined Trilanco as brand manager – which means three generations of the same family are now working for the award-winning wholesaler.
BARF diet specialist Benyfit Natural has appointed Alex Light as a sales account manager. He will be responsible for looking after the needs of Benyfit’s retailers and stockists and will also be helping to further expand the brand’s presence in the retail sector.
Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin has joined Equisafety as a sponsored rider.
The latest recruit to join the AmPet Products team has certainly made her mark on the business with her pet knowledge and prowess at championship level dog shows.
Pet pharmaceuitical and healthcare manufacturer Beaphar UK has appointed  Vicky Le Fanu as marketing communications executive.
Lyndsey Gornall has joined the GA Direct Team as a South East account manager.
Harriet Lodge has joined her father, Steve Lodge, MD of Hertford Shelving, for two days a week to ‘escape’ her 18-month-old twin boys and take over the company’s marketing and social media and help out with the ever-increasing amount of paperwork associated with a growing business.
Blackpool-based Wholesaler Trilanco has appointed Craig Mackinnon as head of finance.
Garry Johnson has taken on the role of UK/Eire area sales manager for Versele-Laga. He has been in the trade for more than 30 years.