The Kennel Club is excited to announce that Helen Kerfoot has accepted the new position of Interim Chief Operations Officer (Canine Activities) and will join us in April 2023.

This new position at The Kennel Club will oversee canine activities, part of the role being left by Kathryn Mansfield on her retirement at the end of year. The role will also incorporate other canine events such as Crufts, the International Agility Festival and Field Trials following Events and Education Executive, Vanessa McAlpine’s retirement in June.

Mark Beazley, Chief Executive of The Kennel Club said: “Helen brings much knowledge in project management and leadership as well as many years of canine experience including breeding and showing dogs to The Kennel Club and I am very much looking forward to working with her.  Helen will begin her work within the canine activities team from April while working alongside Vanessa before she retires in June.

“The Kennel Club has also recently appointed Tom Kelman as our interim Finance Executive and we welcome both Helen and Tom to The Kennel Club.”