Meet the Team

  








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    James Farrell

    Managing Clinical Director

    BVetMed CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner

    James qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1998, gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2007 and was listed as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in 2015, demonstrating his abilities to date, and an ongoing commitment to further development of his skills and clinical evaluation amongst his peers. James gained extensive experience in trauma cases involving skin reconstruction and fracture repair during his five years at the PDSA charity before moving back into private practice where he began to accept referrals. Therefore, he is acutely aware of the pressures facing referring vets in busy practices and is always happy to chat informally about cases you require advice on, or that may be suitable for referral. The extent of case follow up and support can be tailored to your individual needs and desires as the referring vet. His special interests include canine cruciate ligament disease, ear surgery, management of aggressive tumours (surgical and chemotherapy) and minimally invasive surgery. The latter gives clients worried about major surgery a ‘keyhole’ option, providing the opportunity to examine the abdomen or thorax, obtaining video evidence of abnormalities within and performing biopsies of major organs for diagnosis without the need for full exploratory surgery.

    In addition, from early on in his career, James has had a passion for teaching. He was a clinical teaching associate for the Nottingham Vet School between 2010 and 2012, supervising final year vet students’ surgery and continues to provide CPD for vets and nurses in practice. So if your practice has a surgical topic they would like covered in an evening session, please feel free to contact James. He also writes a monthly column for a dog magazine. At home, James and his wife, Ruth, enjoy a busy time with their family of three children, three dogs, three cats, two tortoises.

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    Jenny Walsh

    Managing Clinical Director

    BVSc MRCVS

    After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2006 Jenny worked in practices in Derbyshire, Cheshire and Lancashire before joining WVG in April 2014. She enjoys the variety that working in general practice brings - never quite knowing what will be coming through the door next. In her spare time Jenny is an outdoor enthusiast and can often be found up a hill in the Peaks or the Lake District.

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    Tom Foster

    Managing Clinical Director

    BVM BVS BVMedSci(Hons) CertAVP MRCVS

    Tom graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012, and begun the first two years of his veterinary career as a small animal practitioner in a busy Nottinghamshire clinic. After a period of travelling and voluntary work at animal charities in Thailand and Indonesia, Tom began work as a locum vet in clinics across Australia and the UK. From 2016, Tom was based in a small animal practice in Lancashire, becoming their Clinical Director. More recently, Tom returned to the UK from a year as Senior Veterinary Surgeon for a practice in Bermuda, and has joined Jenny and James as Managing Clinical Director at Woodcroft.

    In 2020, Tom completed an RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, and hopes to further study to become an Advance Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery.

    Tom lives with his wife, Charlotte in Manchester, who both look forward to moving closer to the countryside and having a dog (and maybe some chickens!). Outside of work, Tom enjoys rugby, triathlon and travelling.

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    David Tymms

    Clinical Director of A&E

    BVSc PGCertSAS MRCVS

    David graduated from Liverpool in 2004. He initially worked in a busy mixed practice in Preston, before giving up on farm animal work (after breaking his back whilst calving a cow in 2008 - ouch!)

    He joined Woodcroft in 2010 and gained his surgery certificate in 2015. Alongside soft tissue surgery, he is responsible for emergency and critical care at the hospital.

    David lives with his wife, two young children, a cat, a hamster and ten stick insects. They enjoy spending time outdoors, including camping and foraging for tasty mushrooms and plants.

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    Aisling Ryan

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MVB MRCVS

    Aisling graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in University College Dublin, Ireland and has since been working as a small animal vet in the England. She joined the Woodcroft team in 2017 and is enjoying living in Manchester. Aisling enjoys working with all companion animals but has a special interest in feline medicine and is currently undertaking a certificate in small animal surgery. Aisling wants to further her surgical abilities and perform more complex surgeries.

    Aisling has two lovely cats, Apollo and Benji who have stayed at home in Dublin with their family dog Boodles the Bichon Frise. Aisling enjoys travelling and loves visiting new places.

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    Amber Morley

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S MRCVS Cert AVP (ECC)

    Amber graduated from Edinburgh University in 2005. Since then she has worked largely in small animal practice, most recently at the PDSA in Nottingham. She gained her certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in 2018 and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner. At Woodcroft Amber is responsible for care of the hospitalised patients as well as working in the out of hours service.

    Amber has 2 cats and in her spare time enjoys riding her horse, swimming and pilates.

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    Charlie Mellor

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS

    Charlie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London. He grew up locally and joined the Woodcroft veterinary team in 2016. He enjoys all areas of small animal clinical practice, but has special interests in orthopaedics and internal medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys tiring out his bouncy Wheaten Terrier named Max, experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen and wakeboarding

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    Gabe Wertheimer

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Gabe graduated from the university of Bristol in 2006. He spent his first few years in mixed practice in Herefordshire and Bedford before moving to Watford to concentrate on small animal work.

    Gabe joined Woodcroft Vets in July 2015. He enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a keen interest in surgery.

    Gabe lives with his wife and two young children, as well as rescue cat Ivan (aka Ivan the terrible). In his spare time he enjoys football, swimming and cooking.

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    Gareth Whitby

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BvetMed (Hons) MRCS

    Gareth graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007 and after 2 years working in small animal practice, in the south of England, joined the practice for the first time in 2009. After 5 years with the group, Gareth moved to New Zealand to try life and work down under but feeling the pull of home he returned to rejoin Woodcroft in June 2015. He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but particularly surgery and plans to study towards a certificate in this area. When not at work he's usually engaged in some sport or other, enjoying kitesurfing, cycling and fishing.

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    Georgia Baldwin

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS

    Georgia graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London and joined the Woodcroft team in August 2018. She is interested in all aspects of small animal general practice including medicine and surgery. Outside of work Georgia enjoys travelling, running and spending time with her dog, Jess.

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    Rebecca Sneddon

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S CertAVP(ECC) MRCVS

    Rebecca graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2000, and has worked in dedicated Emergency "Out of Hours" practice since 2007. She joined Woodcroft in 2013, and gained her postgraduate certificate in small animal Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) through the RVC/RCVS in 2016, and has also been awarded "Advanced Practitioner Status" by the RCVS which further recognises her expertise in her chosen field.

    Outside of work Rebecca enjoys horse riding, scuba diving and travelling.

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    Shana Dugdale

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MA MVB PhD MRCVS ISFM Adv Cert FB

    Shana graduated from University College Dublin in 2007, having already read Zoology at Cambridge. She joined Woodcroft Veterinary Group in July 2016 as a weekend vet, working both at Cheadle Hulme A&E and at Cheadle Veterinary Centre. Before joining Woodcroft, Shana worked as a small animal vet in general practice in Hertfordshire and Cheshire and also spent time volunteering at a charitable veterinary clinic in Thailand.

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    Yifeng Jin

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S MRCVS

    Yvonne graduated from the University of Edinburgh and joined the Woodcroft team in August 2018. She is interested in all aspects of general practice with a particular interest in surgery. Outside of work she enjoys baking and spending time outdoors.

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    Emma Priestley

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Group Head Nurse

    Emma is the Nurse Manager for Woodcroft Veterinary Group. She joined us in 1989 and qualified as an RVN in 1996. She then became Head Nurse of our Cheadle branch in 2001 before eventually moving into the Nurse manager role for the group. In her role she supports and oversees the head nurses, nurses and apprentices in all branches.

    In Emma's spare time she enjoys looking after and riding her horse, walking her dog, going on holiday and listening to music.

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    Annie Smedley

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Dip(Nut) Ncert (Anaesth) Head Nurse

    Annie is part of our nursing team at our Councillor Lane surgery.

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    Zoe Oatway

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Head Nurse

    Zoe joined Woodcroft Veterinary Group in 1996 on a YTS scheme and qualified as an RVN in 2000. During her time at Woodcroft she has worked within all of the practices and various disciplines but moved to Councillor Lane when it opened in 2012. Here she holds the position of Head Nurse alongside Annie. 

    After working within the Orthopaedic department Zoe developed an interest in Rehabilitation and has gained qualifications in Canine Rehab and Hydrotherapy. After 25 years in the profession Zoe loves that there is always something new to learn.

    In her spare time she enjoys walking, running and caravanning with her family, including her 3 children and sausage dog Slinky! 

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    Vicky McConville

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Head Nurse

    Vicky is our the head nurse of our Handforth Branch

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    Camilla Deamer

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Head Nurse

    Camilla is the Head Nurse of our Offerton branch. She started her veterinary career in 2003, and since then has qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Camilla also has a keen interest in dentistry and is currently doing a certificate in veterinary dentistry to further her knowledge.

    In her spare time Camilla enjoys spending time with her daughter, walking in forests and as she is half Italian loves all things Italy (especially the food).

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    Alex Rowlands

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Head Nurse

    Alex joined the Woodcroft team back in 2006 as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse and then went on to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014. Working in practice, Alex developed a professional interest in animal behaviour and so went on to study for a Certificate in small animal behaviour, which she completed in 2020.

    Alex enjoys working in our first opinion branches, and runs the puppy parties and weight clinics out of our Handforth branch.

    Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She has a dog, cat and an African pygmy hedgehog that keeps her on her toes and she enjoys gaming, reading and doing arts and crafts.

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    Carla Costello

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Carla is part of our nursing team at our Councillor Lane surgery.

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    Louisa Grimsley

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Louisa is a Registered Veterinary Nurse primarily based at our Offerton branch. She joined Woodcroft Vets 6 years ago, completed all of her training and qualified in 2018.

    Even though Louisa is primarily at our Offerton branch, she does do some days at our hospital with the referral team and on the hospital ward.

    In her free time, Louisa likes to spend time with her 2 horses who she used to compete, although now she just hacks them out.

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    Aimee Alcock

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Aimee is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital, they work as part of our Ophthalmology team.

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    Caitlin Atkinson

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Caitlin is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital

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    Cara Lewis

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Cara is part of our nursing team at our Heaton Moor surgery.

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    Charlotte O'Neill

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Charlotte joined us in 2017 as a trainee, based mostly at our Heaton Moor branch but also working at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital and doing out-of-hours shifts in the A&E department. She qualified in 2021 and is now a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She finds her job as a Veterinary Nurse very rewarding.

    She loves spending time with her family and after her day is done providing first class care for the animals at work, she likes to come home, settle down and get into a Netflix series with her husband and 2 dogs. She likes to eat out (or in!) with her favourite foods being Italian and Indian.

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    Eve Scanlan

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Eve is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital.

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    Eve Sanders

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Eve is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital.

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    Millie Liston

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Millie is part of our nursing team at our Councillor Lane surgery.

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    Natasha McLelland

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Natasha is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital, she works as part of our Orthopaedics team.

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    Lindsay Johnson

    Reception

    Group Head of Reception

    Lindsay is the head of our reception team for the Woodcroft Group.

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    Karen Malhotra

    Reception

    Head Receptionist

    Karen is the head receptionist at our Heaton Moor branch.

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    Sharon Billinge

    Reception

    Sharon is part of our reception team at our Summerfields surgery

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    Amanda Garforth

    Reception

    Amanda is part of our reception team at our Councillor Lane surgery in Cheadle.

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    Gemma Iwanowytsch

    Reception

    Gemma is part of our reception team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital and our Bramhall branch.

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    Rachel Grime

    Reception

    Rachel is part of our reception team at our Offerton surgery

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    Lisa Mullins

    Reception

    Head Receptionist

    Lisa is the head of our reception team at our Bramhall surgery.

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    Fiona Knight

    HR

    Assoc CIPD - Human Resources Manager

    Fiona has worked with Woodcroft for over 33 years, she began as a nurse and has since moved worked on reception, eventually moving on to become our Human Resources Manager.

    Her role as HR Manager involves her working closely with every team at Woodcroft, looking after staff wellbeing, recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of new team members, as well as performance management and employee retention. Fiona recently completed her CIPD Level 5 in HR to enhance her skills and knowledge.

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    James Andrew

    Administration

    Administrative Assistant

    James works as an Administrative Assistant at our Cheadle Hulme Office.

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    Matthew Rolph

    Administration

    Stock Administrator

    Matthew works at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital as our Stock Administrator. His role supports all of our teams by ensuring that everything required for every role is available when needed.

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    Ashleigh Bates

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS

    Ashleigh graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London and joined Woodcroft Veterinary group in January 2015. She enjoys all aspects of clinical practice with a particular interest in internal medicine and is currently studying for the certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Ashleigh spends a lot of her free time horse riding, eating out and occupying her cheeky springer spaniel!

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    Kimberley Hildrew

    Qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist/Hydrotherapist

    Kimberley qualified as a physiotherapist in 2017, and completed her Hydrotherapy in 2019. In January 2020 she started work as a Locum for Woodcroft Veterinary Group and then was taken on permanently in March 2020. Kimberley has grown up with dogs and developed a love of horses early on. It was her first horse that inspired her to become a veterinary physiotherapist after requiring a lot of rehabilitation in their early days together. She currently has two dogs, Willow and Simba a rescue, three rescue guinea pigs and a young horse in training that she has owned since being one year old.
    Away from the animals Kimberley fills her time with continued professional development as she takes pride in improving her knowledge and skills. Her downtime is spent reading, sketching or some form of DIY and not forgetting for long walks with her dogs.

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    Casey Dillon

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Head Nurse

    Casey started with Woodcroft straight out of school 12 years ago and has worked in all of our branches focusing mainly on Orthopaedics when at the hospital. Now she is the head nurse at our Heaton Moor branch, heading up a team of registered veterinary nurses, student nurses and trainees.

    Casey has a 3 year old border terrier called Skye who is a known to be totally crazy and two beautiful children. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family in Anglesey as they love the beach!

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    Amy Readthorn

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Amy is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital, she works as part of our Emergency & Critical Care team.

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    Helen Hill

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Helen is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital, she works as part of our Emergency & Critical Care team.

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    Julia Hammond

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Julia is part of our nursing team at our Councillor Lane surgery.

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    Lysbeth Fowler

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Lysbeth is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital, she works as part of our Emergency & Critical Care team.

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    Rion Martin

    Nurse

    Auxillary Nurse

    Rion is part of our nursing team at Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital, she works as part of our Emergency & Critical Care team.

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    Harry Walker

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Harry is part of our nursing team at our Offerton surgery

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    Sarah Massey

    Nursing Apprentice

    Sarah is one of our nursing apprentices.

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    Holly Brierley

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Holly is part of our nursing team at our Councillor Lane surgery.

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    Keeley Taylor

    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Keeley is part of our nursing team at our Heaton Moor surgery.

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    Colette Gallagher

    Reception

    Head Receptionist

    Colette is the head of the reception team at our Handforth surgery

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    Danielle O'Brien

    Reception

    Danielle is part of our reception team at our Councillor Lane surgery

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    Ellie Horton

    Reception

    Ellie is part of our reception team at our Handforth surgery .

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    Jo Brown

    Reception

    Jo is part of the reception team at our Heaton Moor surgery

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    Lucie Parker

    Reception

    Lucie is part of our reception team at our Offerton surgery

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    Sara Rolph

    Reception

    Sara is part of our reception team at our Summerfields surgery

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    Tina Eadie

    Reception

    Tina is part of our reception team at our Heaton Moor surgery

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    Rebecca Henshall

    Administration

    Bsc(Hons) HND NVQ Office Manager

    Rebecca has been a long standing member of the team at Woodcroft, beginning her career here as a receptionist and gradually working to become the Office Manager.

    Her role involves overseeing the day to day runnings of the administrative office, and providing support to each of our 7 branches in the Stockport area.

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    Frank Lloyd

    Maintenance Operative

    Frank works for Woodcroft Vets as a Maintenance Operative, looking after the upkeep of our branches. He also works as our Ambulance Driver and transfers patients and materials between sites when required.

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    Gary Knight

    Maintenance

    Maintenance Supervisor

    Gary works for Woodcroft Vets as our Maintenance Supervisor - his role covers any maintenance and installation tasks that are essential to the running of a Veterinary Practice.

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    Lisa Brougham

    Administration

    Senior Insurance Administrator

    Lisa is a Senior Insurance Administrator based at our Cheadle Hulme Office.

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    Lisa Hurst

    Administration

    Senior Administrator

    Lisa is one of our senior administrators at our Cheadle Hulme office