Street Paws Charity Patrons

Dr Pete Wedderburn

Dr Pete Wedderburn  qualified as a vet from Edinburgh in 1985 and has run his own 4-veterinarian companion animal practice in County Wicklow, Ireland, since 1991. Pete is well known as a media veterinarian with regular national tv, radio and newspaper slots, including a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph since 2007. Pete is known as "Pete the Vet" on his busy Facebook and Twitter pages, and is pete.wedderburn on Instagram,regularly posting information on topical subjects and real-life cases from his clinic. He also write a regular blog at His latest book: “Pet Subjects”, was published by Aurum Press in 2017.

Street Paws Charity Patrons

Connor Byrne

Connor was born and reared on the west coast of Ireland, in a house full of dogs.

There were parents and siblings too, but they were not as much fun.In his bed every night, under the covers to warm his feet slept Dick, the grumpiest pointer cross that ever lived. Dick was short for Spotted Dick, the pudding. He is an alumni of Scoil Idé primary school and Cresent College Comprehensive in Limerick.

He didn't like school much, cos they didn't allow dogs to do algebra. He left Ireland to seek his fortune in London, studying Ballet for 3 yrs at Arts Educational. He joined the Dance Company Bat Dor in Tel Aviv in 1988. On his return from Israel, he appeared in many West end productions, like "Cats" (he'd have preferred a show called "Dogs"), Joseph and his amazing coloured dreamcoat".

The National Theatre was his home for a while, doing shows like Carousel and Guys and Dolls. During his time at the Open air theatre in regents park, he met the current Mrs B.  Who won his heart because, she had Hamish, the wonder cairn. He'd not had a dog since leaving Ireland so he fell fast and hard.  The current Mrs B is still with him, but Hamish isn't. Since then Connor has worked in theatre and Television far too many to mention but he's best known for London's Burning,  The Story of Tracy Beaker, William and Mary, Tracy Beaker Returns,  and The Dumping Ground. He has 3 young humans, 2 dogs and a cat in his care, the cat is the boss of everyone 

When asked how she felt about the honour and privilege of me being a patron, Mrs B replied  "What an amazing way to use your Infamy"

And it sums up my feelings perfectly; 

Michelle Southern Founder and Director

Michelle founded Street Paws in April 2016 working with a local group in Newcastle who provided food, she saw dogs at the outreach and wondered what she could do to help.  As she was working as a veterinary practice manager she was able to recruit a team of volunteers.  Working for the charity full time Michelle has expanded the team further across the UK and has even bigger plans for the future. 

Natasha Newson Specialist Advisor

Natasha is our Specialist Advisor, supporting us with charity governance and funding.  She is based in the North East and runs her own business development consultancy, Candour Collaborations, through which she has helped organisations of all shapes and sizes win over £150m of funding.

Caroline Scobie Executive Veterinary Director

Caroline qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 and since then has been working for Westway Vets in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  She now works as a Clinical Director within this practice.  Caroline has a strong interest in medicine and last year achieved a post-graduate certificate in small animal medicine.  She is currently Chairperson of the medicine board of VetPartners. 

Street Paws Trustees

Rachel Bean

Rachel is our trustee  and coordinator for Manchester. She is an RVN with a wealth of experience including canine behaviour, behaviour consulting at Soi Dog Foundation and teaching canine first aid. 

Rachel helped set up operations in Manchester and provides support to the team in her area. 

Rebecca Lawrence

Rebecca is an RVN and Street Paws trustee who leads and coordinates the teams in Newcastle and Sunderland. Rebecca has been involved in charity work for several years and joined Street Paws in January 2017.  Rebecca is passionate about the charity and is invaluable in her many fundraising ideas and activities. 

Fiona Willis Chair of Trustees

Fiona is our trustee who leads and coordinates  the teams in Yorkshire. Fiona is a Senior Veterinary Receptionist and joined York Street Paws at the very beginning in February 2017.

Fiona attends the monthly outreach and supports the veterinary team and volunteers in her areas; York, Leeds and Wakefield 

Leah Southern

Leah is a First Class Business Graduate Newcastle trustee and Secretary. Leah provides business support to the charity, which has been instrumental and invaluable to Street Paws. 

Leah attends monthly outreach in Newcastle. 

Sue McCabe

Sue is a Newcastle Street Paws trustee. Sue is a KCAI CD A* certified dog behaviourist with certificates in canine psychology and is a member of the association of pet dog trainers UK. 

Sue's passion to help the homeless began many years ago in Ireland and she was keen to be a part of the board of trustees after judging our annual charity dog show.

James Collins Treasurer

James is originally from Edinburgh, but now lives in Gateshead and works as a financial analyst in Sunderland. He's worked in various roles in finance since 2005, and has been a CIMA Chartered Management Accountant since 2014. He's excited to be able to use the skills he's picked up in finance and accounting to support Street Paws grow and help as many animals as possible!

Supporting Veterinary Practices

North East England

Westways Veterinary Practice

Grange Veterinary Surgery

Rosslyn Veterinary Centre

North West England

Moy Vets

My Pets Vets

Vets4Pets Lancaster

Tameside Veterinary Clinic


Minster Veterinary Practice

Beechwood Veterinary Practice

Chantry Vets


Valley Vets Ltd

Northern Ireland

City Vets