Together we can

Mandy Ferguson


With over 30 years commercial and general management experience operating at executive and board level, Mandy has a wealth of experience in both the food and media industry. Her roles have included Managing Director of Ambrosia; Managing Director of Ryvita; Managing Director of Harlequin Mills & Boon and VP – Overseas, Europe for HaperCollins. Since January 2018 she has operated as a freelance Business Consultant, Board Advisor and Board Trustee.

Allen Parton

Allen Parton with his assistance dog EJ, wearing a Hounds for Heroes dog coat.

Founder and Vice-Chair

Allen was inspired to set up Hounds for Heroes after being partnered with Endal, a yellow Labrador assistance dog, following an injury while serving in the Royal Navy. Read more about our history 

Katrina Young

Katrina brings a wealth of medical and management experience to the charity. She trained as a general and paediatric nurse before working for many years managing care homes in the elderly care sector. Katrina retired to help look after her grandchildren.

Claire Newman

Claire has worked in health and social care for over 25 years. She has worked for a variety of organisations including Age UK, Hampshire Social Services and Mind. Claire has worked in service development, charity management and as an adviser to CEOs/Trustee Boards.

Jade Norman

Jade is a chartered accountant currently working in a Financial Controller role for an American software company. Jade qualified as an accountant in private practice and has previous charity experience as an audit manager of various charities.


Air Commodore Peter Grinsted OBE RAF (Retd)

Peter is an experienced manager and consultant specialising in developing strategy and delivering transformational programmes.  Before starting his own management consultancy business in 2015, Peter enjoyed over 30 years in the Royal Air Force.

Liz Ridgway

Liz has worked for over 30 years developing and delivering marketing strategies across many different sectors. She brings as wealth of experience gained through working both in marketing agencies and corporate organisations that include The Royal Navy, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Lloyd’s Register, international Olympic Committees in Madrid and Lima,  and more recently BAE Systems.