Allan Sim


Allan Sim is currently the chairman of the Trustees for Canine Concern Scotland and has been a Trustee since 2004.

Allan is a Chartered Accountant and was the senior director of an Edinburgh firm of accountants and business advisers. He first became interested in dogs following his appointment as Secretary and Treasurer of The Scottish Kennel Club, a position which he held from May 1977 to December 2003. During that time, he developed a considerable knowledge of and interest in all aspects of canine matters and he held various positions at The Kennel Club in London. His marriage to Anna introduced him to ‘living with Scotties’ but they now have rescued Greyhound “Barley” and rescued Whippet “Duke”. A close interest in the work of Canine Concern Scotland developed over the years and it was therefore a considerable honour to be appointed as a Trustee in 2004.Although his principal input comes from his expertise in charities, finance and canine matters generally, he hopes to have more time in the future to offer more practical support.

Stewart Donald


Stewart is a retired veterinary surgeon and was a partner in a mixed, latterly small-animal, practice in Inverness for many years. Realising that he missed working with farm animals and having been seconded to the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak of 2001, he left the partnership to work as a Veterinary Officer with the government agency Animal Health where he developed his interest in Animal Welfare becoming the Scottish lead for the agency in that discipline. He returned to the practice, by then in the ownership of a corporate group, for the last few years of his career ostensibly to wind down but instead finding himself in the role of Clinical Director!

Stewart’s initial retirement project, borne out of his long-term interest in the Highlands and Islands, was to complete a Master of Letters degree in Island Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands. He has also recently completed training to become a Panel Member for Children’s Hearings Scotland. His hobbies include running and cycling.

Stewart is delighted to become a trustee of Canine Concern Scotland Trust where he hopes his veterinary experience together with a lifelong interest in and respect for dogs evolving from ownership of various breeds and crosses of all shapes and sizes might benefit the organisation. Pippin, the current family dog, is a Therapet.

George Leslie


George is a retired veterinary surgeon and had run his own practice in Glasgow called Pets 'n' Vets since 1971. He lives out near Fenwick where he and his wife run Boarding Kennels and he has a Dog Training Club. He has three Great Danes all of them direct descendants of his first Great Dane which he obtained in 1961 and a canine nut-case called Sula who is half Rottweillor and half Flat Coat Retriever.He is particularly interested in protecting the position of dogs in modern society and as a representative of CCST has contributed to the consultations which have led to the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Animal Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and in the discussion surrounding the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill and opposition to the use of snares in Scotland.George has produced our Therapet Health Protocol to establish the highest standards of health and welfare for our Therapets, and has organised two research projects - the first on the effectiveness of regular deworming on the control of worm parasites in the dog and the second on the risk of Therapets acquiring MRSA during their visits to hospitalised patients.

James Macdonald


James has been a member of the Canine Concern Scotland Trust since its inception in 1988.


He retired from the fire service in 2006 after serving 32 years as a firefighter with Strathclyde Fire & Rescue. He has a great interest in Old English Sheep Dogs and works for their Rescue & Rehoming in Scotland as well promoting the work of CCST.


All of his Old English Sheepdogs dogs have been registered as Therapets, starting with Bramble then Kettles, Echo, Bonnie, Lacy, Willow, Tallie and now Apple. We also have had the lovely Pebbles too. Bonnie, Lacy, Pebbles, Willow and Tallie are all rescued Old English Sheepdogs. Kettles, Echo, Bonnie, Lacy, Willow and Tallie have all been involved in our school visiting scheme in which the dogs and James all thoroughly enjoy. With Willow and Tallie taking part in the “Reading With Dogs” Project.  James is also very interested in our dog phobia work with children and children with additional support needs.


Further to this James gives talks and presentations promoting the work the Trust is involved in Scotland, England and Ireland, along with carrying out his various Therapet visiting duties which at present include visiting The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. James' involvement with the Trust extends to holding the position of Trustee. He is one of the Area Representatives for Glasgow & Strathclyde and is currently chair of the Therapet Committee.

Dr Val Marrian


Val was born in London, England and was educated in Canada, France and Scotland. She is a retired Consultant Paediatrician and Senior Lecturer in Child Healthand was also a former international swimmer and diver in the amateur era.


Val has numerous other sporting interests and was a former Vice Chairman of the Scottish Sports Council (now sportscotland) and is a member of the UK Sports Council.


Val is a life long animal lover and showed Abyssinian cats. "I was allowed to have my first dog of my own on condition that I took it to training classes, which introduced me to showing, obedience, & working trials, and then, when it was invented, agility which remains an abiding interest. I have been owned by GSDs, a yellow labrador, Border Terrier and now, two Border Collies."


Val is a member and former committee member of several dog training clubs, the Scottish Kennel Club and the Kennel Club and is currently a KC Agility judge trainer and a Vice President of the Scottish Kennel Club.

Douglas Ruthven


Douglas retired some years ago after a career in analytical chemistry, mainly working for the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, on the analysis of pesticide residues in crops, foodstuffs and animal tissues. He was also involved in the regulation and control of pesticide use in Scotland. Douglas was brought up in a doggy family and owned his first dog at age 12 - a lab./collie cross from the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home. Since then he has rarely lived without one or more dogs.


Douglas has been a member of Dogs Trust for the past 15 years or so and worked as a dog walker and dog socialiser at the West Calder Centre for several years. He joined CCST after meeting up with the local representative at a meeting run by Dogs Trust.


He currently has two Border Collies (both re-homed from previous owners or rescue centres); Keira, a 4 year old bitch, was registered as a Therapet last year and is gaining experience in nursing home visits, publicity events and student stress relief sessions, and Milo, a friendly 3-legged dog that is currently too noise sensitive to be a Therapet


Douglas is particularly interested in Therapet work with patients with mental health problems and with children, especially those with a dog phobia.

Lynsey Thomson


Lynsey is a working mum of two.  She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 and it was while working that she encountered a Therapet and saw first-hand the benefits of Therapets for her patients.


Lynsey joined CCST in 2002 when she became a Therapet volunteer with her Caviller King Charles Spaniel, Cory.  She became the Area Representative for Stirlingshire in 2003.  In 2006 Lynsey registered her second Caviller King Charles Spaniel, Jynx as a Therapet and continued to visit until 2008 when, with a young family and working part-time, spare time was limited.  She did however continue as the Area Rep and has been assessing the dogs and organising the volunteers in her area since.


Lynsey actively promotes the trust through regular PR events and has also had an article about the Therapet service “Paws for Thought” published in her professional journal.  She organises and runs the Paws Against Stress events at Stirling University as well as organising a Reading with Dogs event to aimed at young, reluctant or struggling readers.  Instead of reading to a person, the children read to a dog. The idea being that the dog will listen to them and not judge, allowing them to relax and gain confidence in reading out loud.  This is something which she is keen to develop CCST’s involvement with. 


Diane Wood


Diane spent 16 years as an electron microscopist working on intestinal diseases at a nutritional research institute before starting her own consultancy business where she now manages the Aberdeen Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


She has been an Area Representative for the Trust since 2000 when she started gathering volunteers in Inverness and the Highlands and promoting the work of the Trust with her then Therapet Ellis, she moved to Aberdeenshire in 2006 and continued as the area rep for Aberdeenshire north with her current Therapet Breagh.

Diane has a particular interest in working with dog phobic children and is passionate about educating children about dogs and how to react around them. 

Diane has been involved with dog rescue and rehoming for 25 years and her passion is Golden Retrievers of which she has had 3. 

When she is not working full time for SPE or assessing and placing dogs for CCST, she is on the committee for Breast Cancer Now and the PR and Marketing chair for the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum - she is mum to Alex and wife to Tim.

Simon Young


Simon has been in the company of Labrador Retrievers for most of his life.  He volunteered with his Labrador, Ness, for the Therapet Visiting Service in 2011 and has been visiting a care home in Musselburgh since then.  He became the Therapet Area Representative for East Lothian in 2013 and a Trustee in 2015. During this time he has undertaken many assessments of owners and dogs who wish to become Therapet visitors.  Simon has also been involved in the initiative to introduce Therapet dogs as stress relievers to University students and presenting the work of the Trust at Kennel Club and other organisations across the Lothians. Simon has experienced at first hand the benefits of Therapets to all those who come into contact with them.

Simon is a Head of Internal Audit for a large financial services company based in Edinburgh. He is married with two children. 

Nicholas Henley Price


Nicholas (Nick) Henley Price was appointed Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer when the Trust was established in 1988, he also acted as the Administrator from 2002 – 2013 and the first Chief Executive Officer from 2015-2019.


For most of his life Nick has been in the company of dogs and the first Boxer came into his life when he was in his early teens. With his wife Marjorie, who died in 2012 and who was the inspiration behind the establishment of the Trust, he took an interest in showing and breeding Boxers. For a number of years he was the Treasurer of the Scottish Boxer Club. The majority of Nick's working years have been spent in the financial services industry and he was a director of a Glasgow based company from 1972 to 1995. Today he is the Pensions Manager of a major offshore drilling company.

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Canine Concern Scotland Trust (Scottish Charity No. SC014924)

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 Celebrating over 30 years of service 

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