Samantha Hedges

Samantha Hedges

Pro Business Manager Australia & New Zealand

After 16 successful years growing the Royal Canin business in New Zealand I relocated to Melbourne in 2013 to manage the Professional Business Unit for Australia and New Zealand – managing the breeder, kennel and cattery, government agency and shelter business for Australia and New Zealand.

I am passionate about my work at Royal Canin and one of the reasons is that I have experienced the benefits of feeding it first hand for over 20 years. Royal Canin has enabled me to combine my passion with my career, as I have been breeding and showing winning Dobermanns for almost 30 years. I have represented New Zealand at Crufts and my dogs have won many “Best in Show” awards in NZ and Australia, as well as winning Dog and Puppy of the Year, and five of them becoming Grand Champions.

Claire Heuillet

Claire Heuillet

Assistant Brand Manager Pro Business Australia & New Zealand

Coming directly from France I have been working with Royal Canin for nearly two years. In 2013, I joined Royal Canin after completing my International Marketing Master’s degree. During my time working at our French office I’ve had the pleasure to work with the American Regional Marketing Team as a Marketing Assistant. I really enjoyed working in our head office of this marvellous brand and discovered a fully passionate company that works very hard towards working on the well-being of dogs and cats thanks to this great nutritional approach. I left France energised and excited by the passion and dedication I could feel with my interactions with experts and passionate associates.

Today, I am working as an Assistant Brand Manager for the PRO business in Australia.

The PRO is what we call the cement of Royal Canin and I believe there is still a lot to do in this field! I will continue this commitment of the Royal Canin purpose to make the world a better place for pets through health nutrition, and putting cat and dog at the centre of everything we do.

Michele Ristuccia

Michele Ristuccia

Administrator Pro Business Australia & New Zealand

I started showing and breeding Pedigree cats under the Miamber prefix over 20 years ago, and even though I started out with Burmese I am best known for my Burmillas and Mandalay, two very little known breeds and both developed from Burmese. I have been honored with recognition for my work by show wins not only for my own cats but for those really lovely examples of the breed in Europe and New Zealand which have been bred down from my cats. In recent years I have sent Burmillas to the USA where they became one of the fastest tracked breeds for recognition in CFA, shortly followed by recognition in TICA, now they are truly an internationally recognized breed, I am a passionate experimental breeder who enjoys the challenge of developing a true breeding, healthy , beautiful well-tempered companion cat. As if the cat breeding and showing wasn't enough I became an All Shorthair judge some years ago and spend quite a few weekends of the year travelling and judging at Cat shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Dogs are a relatively new adventure for me, when I met the Griffon Bruxellois at a dog show I decided that I couldn't be without one. I am now owned by two smooth red Griffons. Breeding healthy animals with a few as possible genetic issues is very important to me, and equally important is supporting that health with a great diet. Employment with Royal Canin gives me the opportunity to communicate the benefits of feeding a great diet to breeders and pet owners alike.

Michelle Hill

Michelle Hill

PRO Development Executive VIC

My passion is breeding and showing Samoyeds and I was lucky enough to join Royal Canin as Retail Sales Executive in May 2004. Since then I have been able to combine my passion for dogs with my role at Royal Canin.

I have been successfully working on the retail side of the business for the past 10 years, dealing with our chain and independent store customers, an area where we have seen huge growth of our brand. I am now excited to also be working with our PRO customers including Breeders. I’m also a strong believer in the philosophy of “cat and dog first” which is in line with Royal Canin beliefs.

I have been showing and breeding Samoyeds for 18 years, during this time I have bred and shown Best in Show winners, Champions and Grand Champions. We have also been lucky enough to export some of our beautiful dogs overseas. I have served on numerous dog committees and played major roles on these committees over the years. I have also been instrumental in organising and running events to raise money for charity.

I also own two cats – British Shorthairs, Bronson and Chad, we don’t show them, however they are a major part of our family.

Stacy Guilfoyle

Stacy Guilfoyle

PRO Development Executive Qld

In 1989 I purchased and started showing my first St Bernard and hence the “Draycan” prefixed was established. The kennel has amassed 29 Champions including 20 homebred plus three homebred Grand Champions, with Best In Show All Breeds and Specialties and Best of Breed Royals along the way; in addition to obedience titling five Companion Dog St Bernards and Australia’s only Agility titled St Bernard.

The kennel is also home to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and more recently I have been involved with Australian Cattle Dogs. I have grown up with cats and was fortunate enough to have lived with a Persian Cattery for a short time. My home now has the company of a British Shorthair. I have obtained my Championship Group six and Open Show Group seven Dog Conformation Judge’s licence and am now Studying Group one also.

I am fortunate to have been able to combine my work with my passion since 2002. I enjoy helping people achieve that ‘edge’ in conditioning their dogs or cats by developing muscle tone, healthy coat with great colour definition and most importantly a sense of wellbeing through feeding the best nutrition.

Cara Hawkins

Lisa Robinson

NSW Show Representative

I have been breeding and showing British Bulldogs for the past 7 years with success.  Prior to showing dogs I was busy showing my horses.  I am a member of Dogs NSW, The British Bulldog Club of NSW and The Northern British Bulldog Club.Outside of the dog world, I have a long history working in the medical profession as a nurse and now working as a secretary for a Gastroenterologist. From my medical background I have a keen interest in nutrition and this has carried through into my animals.I am very glad to work with Royal Canin and get out to shows to meet fellow exhibitors to discuss the nutritional requirements for their dogs and cats.

Kate McLaughlin

Kate Frost

VIC Show Representative

I joined Royal Canin in 2014 and have a passion for dogs and cats which is fulfilled in my role with Royal Canin and also in my other role as a Senior Vet Nurse at Maribyrnong Vet Clinic where I have been since 2012. I have been a Senior Vet Nurse since 2006.

Rachel Wright

Rachel Wright

WA Show Representative

Rachel has been involved in the WA Dog Show scene for almost 7 years which started with the purchase of a Dobermann bitch. She has successfully achieved numerous titles in the show and performance rings with her own and other dogs that have been entrusted to her. She has also served on the Dobermann Club of WA and the Utility Dog Club of WA committees where her responsibilities have varied from coordinating sponsorship deals, fundraising, to event coordination and execution.

Outside of the canine world she has been involved in event management for over 10 years, having owned her own event company which produced large scale music events in Western Australia and Indonesia. In more recent years she has worked in coordinating the infrastructure component of well known West Australian events such as City of Perth Australia Day Skyshow, Tough Mudder and the Weetbix Kids Triathlon.

Rachel is very excited to be able to combine her two loves of events and dogs in this exciting new role with Royal Canin and looks forward to a challenging 2016!