Our dedicated members

Find out who works hard to run Working Flatcoats as part of the FCRS. See who your local representative is and find out how to contact them here.

On this page you will find out the members of the Field Trial sub-committee, and the area gundog working test and training organisers for all regions of the UK.  We know that for many, training needs to be provided locally. Through our sub-committee and the support of others in our society we encourage training to as many Society members as possible. When we are unable to provide local training we will work with outside Gundog Clubs, Trainers, and others to provide these important training opportunities.

Chairman
Mr Graham Stanley

Hon Field Trial Secretary
Mr David Savory
T: 01283 763925

Hon. Working Test Secretary
Mr Graham Clelland
T: 01386 832500

Area working test organisers

Special Notice: There is currently a vacancy for an Area Organiser in Eastern Region which we are anxious to fill as soon as possible. If this is something you might be prepared to consider but need more information on what is involved, please contact Graham Clelland by email (gclelland1@gmail.com) or telephone (01386 832500) to ask questions and register your interest in the position.

Hon. Working Test Secretary
Mr Graham Clelland
T: 01386 832500
E: gclelland1@gmail.com

Central (formerly Bucks) Area
Mrs Vivienne Gatter
T: 01865 735548
E: vigatter@yahoo.com

Cotswolds Area
Mr Graham Clelland and Heather Harley
T: (Graham) 01386 832500
T: (Heather) 01789 400501
E: gclelland1@gmail.com, hanharley@gmail.com

Eastern Counties (formerly East Anglia) Area
Position Vacant and we are looking to fill as soon as possible. Please contact Graham Clelland (details to the left).

Midlands Area
Mrs Pat Bell
T: 01509 556668 
E: patriciambell@hotmail.com

Southern Area
Mr Dick Pettett
T: 01233 731174
E: countrysideimages@outlook.com

South West Area
Mrs Helen Ford
T: 01647 231526
E: haford@btinternet.com

Wessex Area
Keith and Jane Manley
T: 01425 673108 
E: jandkmanley@hotmail.co.uk

Members of the Field Trial Sub-Committee

Mrs Pat Bell – Midlands Area Working Test Organiser
T: 01509 556668 

Mrs Roz Bellamy
T: 01623 411489

Mr Paul Burr
T: 01444 892357

Mrs Madeleine Burr
T: 01444 892357

Mrs Pat Dingemans
T: 01243 814676

Mrs Helen Ford – South West Area Working Test Organiser
T: 01647 231526

Mrs Vivienne Gatter – Central Area Working Test Organiser
T: 01865 735548

Mrs Heather Harley
T: 01789 400501

Dr Diane Heywood
T: 01494 763553

Mr Keith Manley – Wessex Area Working Test Organiser
T: 01425 673108

Mr Richard Pettett – Southern Area Working Test Organiser
T: 01233 731174

Mrs Fran Robb
T: 01525 240389

Mr Andy Snow
T: 01634 253981

More about our members

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Mrs Helen Ford

South West Area Working Test Organiser Flatcoats have been part of my life since 1989, I have loved the breed ever since. My passion to train my dogs to the highest standard for working tests and field trials began in 2001, and since 2011 it has been to breed dogs that have that working potential, a kind temperament and bred to standard. 

 I was invited to join the FT Sub-Committee in 2018 as the South West representative. I hope to promote the working side through running working tests and training for flatcoats in the SW area, encourage new handlers to work their dogs, ultimately competing with their dogs and/or pick up with them.

Mrs Pat Dingemans

Sub-Committee Member

My relationship with Flatcoats started over 30 years ago when a colleague of my husband’s had a litter. We had our first flatcoat puppy - a black bitch ’Rosie’. We were totally captivated by her joyful outlook on life and her exuberance and intelligence. She was too clever for me but we learnt together from indoor obedience to eventually gundog training. Flatcoats are gundogs I was told!

I was asked to join the Field Trial sub committee some years ago and I was delighted to have the opportunity to help to promote the considerable working ability of our breed. Flatcoats make wonderful family dogs and pets but they love to work in whatever way you choose - for example obedience, agility or as gundogs. To meet and work with other experienced flatcoated retriever owners who sit on the Committee seemed an ideal opportunity to share our experience and provide opportunities for others to enjoy developing the abilities of their dogs.

Mr Keith Manley

Wessex area working test organiser

I saw my first Flatcoats in 1967, the Gamekeeper I was working with had 3, 2 livers and 1 black. The next year I bought a bitch pup for 8 guineas!!! Sadie of Snipe:-) Ryshot Snipe x Halstock Josephine.

Since then I have always kept at least 1 Flatcoat as well as Labs, Springers and Cocker Spaniels, though Flatties have always been my first love. We are now on our 4th generation of the Lenyam Line.

I Joined the Field Trial Sub Committee to help promote the working side of the breed, as they are never happier than when they are! And we should always remember that was what the breed was developed for in the first place. 

Mr Andrew Sweeney

Sub-Committee Member

My passion for Flatcoats came through a misunderstanding, for which I have Sue to thank and blame. I thought for my 50th birthday I was getting a sports car, but instead she got me a puppy! She completely understands my OCD and knew I would be completely hooked.

Mr David Savory

Hon Field Trial Secretary
My life with dogs was initially tentative, starting with a GSD, then two Irish Setters, where I cut my teeth in Obedience as a handler and then trainer. After attempting to train one on game, and failing, it was off to Olympia’s Crufts in 1984 to choose another gundog breed, and my love affair with FCRs started with pups from Dave Bellamy and the late Paddy Petch.

I joined the Society’s General Committee in 2015, I guess wanting to put something back, but never expecting to be filling the Field Trial Secretary’s boots just one year later. We have a simple aim; to make things better for the working side of our breed and for all those who work their Flatcoats.

Mrs Vivienne Gatter

Central Area Working Test Organiser

I saw my first Flatcoat in 1992, was smitten, and have owned them ever since.  I love their fun loving and exuberant nature.  In 2004 I discovered the joy of working them and started to train for and enter working tests.  Taking them picking up followed several years later, if somewhat reluctantly on my part but with great enthusiasm on theirs.  It is a pleasure to watch them do what they were bred for.

I joined the FT Sub-Committee in 2017 having been an Area Working Test Organiser since 2014.  Until then I had thought it was not for me, never having entered nor, at that time, having aspired to enter a field trial.  I discovered this Committee is about so much more than field trials.

Mr Graham Stanley

Chairman

I joined the Flatcoated Retriever Society in 1971. Since then I have always had at least one Flatcoat, picking up with them a couple of times a week on local shoots. I am “B” Panel Retriever Judge and a KC Approved Presenter for retriever field trial seminars. I served on the FCRS General Committee from 1995 to 2000.

I first joined the FCRS Field Trial Committee in 1995. In those days I was the novice voice on the Committee, surrounded by legendary names in the breed. I became Chairman in 2011, a position I still hold. The present committee members, like those before them, bring great enthusiasm for the working side of our breed and it’s a pleasure to be part of that.
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Dr Diane Heywood

Sub-Committee Member

Mr David Savory

Hon Field Trial Secretary
My life with dogs was initially tentative, starting with a GSD, then two Irish Setters, where I cut my teeth in Obedience as a handler and then trainer. After attempting to train one on game, and failing, it was off to Olympia’s Crufts in 1984 to choose another gundog breed, and my love affair with FCRs started with pups from Dave Bellamy and the late Paddy Petch.

I joined the Society’s General Committee in 2015, I guess wanting to put something back, but never expecting to be filling the Field Trial Secretary’s boots just one year later. We have a simple aim; to make things better for the working side of our breed and for all those who work their Flatcoats.

Mrs Vivienne Gatter

Central Area Working Test Organiser

I saw my first Flatcoat in 1992, was smitten, and have owned them ever since.  I love their fun loving and exuberant nature.  In 2004 I discovered the joy of working them and started to train for and enter working tests.  Taking them picking up followed several years later, if somewhat reluctantly on my part but with great enthusiasm on theirs.  It is a pleasure to watch them do what they were bred for.

I joined the FT Sub-Committee in 2017 having been an Area Working Test Organiser since 2014.  Until then I had thought it was not for me, never having entered nor, at that time, having aspired to enter a field trial.  I discovered this Committee is about so much more than field trials.
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