5 speakers 15 minutes each

Thu 23rd Mar 2017

Dogs!

Royal Geographical Society

7pm

Barny Revill

Barny Revill

Barny Revill is a television director who has filmed in some of the earth's most extreme locations throughout his career. He's filmed on Mount Everest, deep in the Congo and even under the North Pole on a military submarine. However a few years ago he was asked to use his skills as a wildlife filmmaker to create a documentary about domestic dogs. The subsequent film Secret Life of Dogs became one of the world's best selling documentaries of 2013 and started a trend for TV shows about dogs that shows no signs of ending. He has since filmed the Dulux dog for a commercial, and most recently completed a new popular factual format for the BBC Me and My Dog - the Ultimate Contest that will air in April of this year.

Wild at Heart Foundation

Wild at Heart Foundation

Wild at Heart Foundation was set up in 2015 by Nadine Kayser, global head of communications for an award-winning management consultancy and Nikki Tibbles, founder of London's most sought-after florist and events company, Wild at Heart. The founders met when they both adopted dogs from Romania. They share a passion for addressing the issues relating to the world’s stray dog population and began talks to set up a charity together. In May 2015 the charity was officially registered by the UK Charity Commission. The Wild at Heart Foundation now fund and support animal welfare projects all over the world. In particular, they aim to reduce the world's 600 million stray dog population. They do this by organising and sponsoring rescue projects, neutering programmes, awareness campaigns and education initiatives.

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff is the multi-award winning author of How I Live Now, Just In Case, What I Was, The Bride's Farewell, There Is No Dog, Moose Baby and Picture Me Gone. She is the author of numerous children's books, though their appeal is widespread. She achieved great success with her debut novel How I Live Now in 2004, winning the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Michael L. Printz Award for Young Adult Fiction. It has been adapted into a film featuring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan in the lead, and directed by the Academy Award and BAFTA winner Kevin Macdonald.

Peter Gorbing

Peter Gorbing

Peter Gorbing is the Chief Executive of Dogs for Good, a charity that brings trained dogs and people together to help them overcome specific challenges. It offers three core services – assistance dogs, family dogs and community dogs.

Peter is a board member and a past President of Assistance Dogs International (ADI), the body responsible for setting standards and accrediting the international assistance dog industry. He has played a significant role in campaigning for better access rights for assistance dogs in the UK and internationally. He is also a founder director of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII), the international umbrella organisation for practitioners in the field of AAI.

Peter has an BA in Government, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Helen Kirwan-Taylor

Helen Kirwan-Taylor

Helen Kirwan-Taylor is a journalist, artist and dog mother. Five years ago, she adopted a cairn terrier, Wilson, which has come to play a central role in her, and her family's, life, a role which goes further than that of most pets. For Wilson has developed an avatar, a physical and digital representation of the real thing, whose considerable personality and actions Helen chronicles in the Notting Hill Post and elsewhere online. This other Wilson looks increasingly likely to subsume both his real world counterpart and Helen herself. Wilson's World impinges increasingly on our own and is likely shortly to become a major motion picture, based on the wildly successful book of the same name.

John Bradshaw

John Bradshaw

John Bradshaw is a biologist who founded and directs the world-renowned Anthrozoology Institute, based at the University of Bristol. He has been studying the behaviour of domestic dogs and their owners for over twenty-five years, and is the author of many scientific articles, research papers and reviews, as well as the bestselling In Defence of Dogs, Cat Sense and The Trainable Cat.