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Mrs Diane Norman-Cowley

Mrs Jeanette Park

Pat Jacobs

Helen Laidlaw
Honourable Secretary

I owned my first Great Dane Talula, a fawn bitch, in 1989. I breed very occasionally and have been very lucky to qualify one of my pups for D.O.T.Y. and another to make the Kennel Club Junior Warrent Finals at Crufts. I am owned by six Great Danes at the moment, three generations, all living in the house with myself and my partner Denys. Currently I show two very naughty youngsters, to everyone’s amusement.

Raj Ellis-Khanna
Vice Chairman, Championship Show Manager, Webmaster & Newsletter Editor

I fell in love with the breed when I had my first Great Dane, Harvey, in 2001. I have been around the show world since 2003 and was given the opportunity to join The Great Dane Club Committee in 2010. I help run The Great Dane Club Championship Show that is held at Crick (Northamptonshire) in August, and have taken over the clubs website, I am also the editor of our annual newsletter. If you have any special events or would like us to share anything with the Great Dane community please let us know.

Anna Ellis-Khanna
Limited Show Manager & Membership Secretary.

Joanne Walton
Discover Dogs Co-Ordinator

I breed and show Great Danes and French Bulldogs, something I have done for well over 30 years. My dogs are health tested, and I am a Kennel Club Assured Breeder with Accolade of Excellence. 
I have bred many champions, both UK & International – and made breed history on a number of occasions, breeding the very first Great Dane born by AI in the UK who went on to become a Champion and to take Best of Breed at Crufts 2010 and then 10 years later bred the first ever Mantle Champion in the UK who went on to take Best of Breed at Crufts 2020 – things that I am extremely proud of. I am a championship show judge awarding CC’s in the breed. These days I spend time giving something back to the breed I love so much by participating in The Great Dane Club as a committee member and coordinator of Crufts Discover Dogs for Great Danes every year. 

Tracy Rowe
Steward Officer

I have been a Dane slave for 29 years thanks to my first black rescue girl introducing me to this wonderful breed. I then fell in love at Crufts with Blue’s which is where my passion now lies although I currently share my life with a Blue male and a Harlequin girl. I look forward to handing over some fabulous trophies to you all at our club shows.

David Simpson
Treasurer & Club Health Officer

Having grown up with Rhodesian Ridgebacks in my family I finally got my first Dane a Brindle Male in 1999. We now lucky to have 4 generations Blue and Black Danes living with us and regularly travel to Europe to show them. I first joined the GDC committee in 2003 and served in several positions including Treasurer before leaving the committee in 2009 then rejoining in 2016.

Audrey Haigh
Committee Member

Petrona Allen
Committee Member

Joanne Flanagan
Breed Appreciation Day Co-Ordinator

Tess Concannon
Committee Member

I breed and show Great Danes with my best friend Lisa Page, also a committee member.  I am really interested in all health, genetic & colour testing for Great Danes.
We are very proud to have been awarded our very first Championship Certificate at the Bournemouth Championship Show in 2022 by the renowned all rounder Judge Mr Frank Kane (the voice of Crufts!) 
I have only been on the committee a short time but am really enjoying it.
My next challenge is to become a Judge.

Lisa Page
Committee Member

Vivienne Chandler
Committee Member

I have been around Great Danes since owning my first in 1993. I am dedicated to the breed and even have a Great Dane Tattoo.

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