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Canine Partners welcomes new Chief Executive

IN A few weeks’ time Terry Knott, Chief Executive of Canine Partners, will step down from his role after seven years with the charity, passing the baton to his successor Andy Cook who has twenty years’ experience in the assistance dogs field.

Andy has been Vice-President of Assistance Dogs Europe which is an organisation dedicated to supporting the work of assistance dog programmes across the continent, as well as being Honorary Secretary of Assistance Dogs UK. He has played an important role in developing Hearing Dogs For Deaf People, originally working for them in 1988 as a trainer but over the years rising to the post of Deputy Chief Executive.

Andy joined Canine Partners as Director of Operations. In his current role Andy is responsible for all aspects of the operational work of Canine Partners, a progressive charity that aims to transform the lives of people with disabilities, enabling them to live more independently by partnering them with highly trained assistance dogs. Andy said: ‘It has been a pleasure to lead the Operations Team over the past two years to drive up Canine Partner’s ability to respond to an ever-growing demand from people with disabilities for our trained dogs. Having worked within the assistance dog world for over 20 years, I see Canine Partners at the cutting edge of its field. I look forward to building on this momentum going forward as Chief Executive.

‘Canine Partners is an inspiring place to work and it will be an honour to lead the team into what promises to be an exciting future for us all. ’

During his seven years of service to the charity, current Chief Executive Terry Knott has made a tremendous contribution to the ongoing success of Canine Partners.

Terry said: ‘For the past seven years I have had one of the best jobs in the world. It has been a joy and a privilege to work for Canine Partners with such a dedicated team, but now is the time to move on and allow my successors to carry forward the banner. The charity has a very bright future.’

Simon Clare, Chairman of Trustees, commented: ‘We pay tribute for the tremendous contribution that Terry Knott has made to Canine Partners. He has dedicated his time and energy into helping move the charity forward and we wish him all the best in his retirement. At the same time, we are delighted that Andy Cook will be taking up the role of Chief Executive and we look forward to an exciting new chapter in the development of Canine Partners.’

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