meet the team

Jess Fox

Founder and owner of the business

Fresh off the boat from New Zealand, Jess set up Jess Fox & Hound in 2020, as we were emerging from the pandemic. Having spent time pre-pandemic working for the excellent Dogs Day Walking, Jess knew after a few short months that dog walking was the career for her (a slight career change for someone whose background is in business development!).

Inspired by the outdoors lifestyle enjoyed in New Zealand, and the views of the mountains from her apartment in Queenstown, Jess knew that she wanted to bring some of that Kiwi ethos to her clients in the UK, and so set Jess Fox & Hound up with the intention of providing first class, adventure-based care to the hounds of Newcastle. Embarking on her first walk with a small gang of Heaton-based hounds, Jess Fox & Hound has since gone from strength to strength, and now walks close to 100 dogs on a weekly basis!

In the rare moments when she’s not walking dogs, Jess can be found embracing the surf at Longsands beach, or otherwise chasing her lurchers, Angus and Willa, through the forest.


Jord was Jess Fox & Hound’s first staff member, where he joined us off the back of a client recommendation. Growing up in Cumbria where he refined his craft as a World Champion mountain biker, Jordie’s love of outdoor pursuits mean he’s always ready for adventure with the pack. Sometimes accompanied by his rescue dog Elmo, Jordie usually walks Jess Fox & Hound’s ‘big guns’ dogs, so can frequently be spotted in the wild surrounded by our German Shepherds, Pointers and Great Danes.

When not walking dogs, Jordie teaches guitar, and is also part of two bands, the psychedelic Punk Jazz Ponyland and Noise Rock group Yes, Grasshopper. So if you don’t see him walking dogs, you’ll likely encounter him on the festival circuit before too long!


The only member of our staff to actually apply for a job with us, the Jess Fox & Hound team would not be complete without Lee! As a sound technician, and co-founder of Newcastle’s Cathedral of Comedy (hosted through his company Lee & David Productions, Lee is the team’s hostess with the most-ess, and has been the regular organizer of the Jess Fox & Hound sponsored walks (in conjunction with the Brandling Villa).

Dogs always have a blast when in Lee’s company, and with his mad photo and video editing skills, clients whose dogs are walked by Lee can always be sure to receive the most Instagram-worthy images of their hounds at the end of the walking day. Lee’s tiny rescue dog Max is also a frequent accompaniment on walks, where he teaches all the young dogs good manners, and has the big dogs running ragged after him.


Our tallest team member, and ironically the walker of the smallest dogs, Nathan joined the team in Autumn 2021, after approaching Jess for a job through a friend. With a particular interest in dog behaviour and training (inspired by working with his own rescue dog Charlie), Nathan particularly enjoys working with Jess Fox & Hound’s more nervous dogs.

Outside of dog walking, Nathan has become an avid fisherman, and is always collecting stray feathers when on walks for his homemade tackle. When out dog walking, he’s likely to be found chilling by one of Northumberland’s most fish filled river or lakes, patiently waiting for a bite. This also makes him Jess Fox & Hound’s most favoured BBQ guest!


The only other lass in our group, Dina started work with Jess doing a few casual shifts over a busy summer period. These soon translated into a more permanent role for Dina, where she acts as the main walker’s ‘assist’ on busy days, and is an essential second handler for the Friday Nothumberland Adventure Days.

Dina’s other jobs also see her spend all her time in the outdoors, come rain or shine. She is currently a Park Warden for North Tyneside Council, but has also spent time working as an Outdoor Education Officer for Gosforth Nature Reserve and for Newcastle’s Forest School programmes. A bona fide Arizonian, the absence of the desert sun hasn’t put Dina off working for us in the Newcastle winters, where she always acts as the smallest dogs’ personal weather protector when the elements descend!


Matt is a firm fixture of Jess Fox & Hound, joining us in 2022 after waving down one of Jess’s vans to ask if we had any jobs going. With his background in doggy daycare, and all round calm and patient manner, Matt is ideally suited for our larger packs and works alongside Jess to deal with some of our more complex dogs.

Before coming to Jess Fox & Hound Matt worked as a props maker for TV and film. According to Matt, his weirdest day at the office was when he was asked to make foam apples to throw off a famous actor’s head. Whilst he may have left behind the TV industry for now, Matt’s ability to construct something useful out of nothing is unrivalled in the Jess Fox & Hound team and he’s been known to transport whole tree roots, bird skulls and vintage glass bottles home at the end of his working day for any number of mysterious prop-making projects.

Jo hall (BSC MSC RVN)

Jo is Jess Fox & Hound’s resident behaviourist and dog trainer and the one with all the qualifications! Jo joined our team in 2023 after spending 8 years of working as a dog behaviourist and trainer across the North East. She’s a provisional member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians, and the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, has an MSc in Applied Animal Welfare and Behaviour, a BSc in Equine Sports Performance and is a registered veterinary nurse (RVN). These skills mean that not only is Jo uniquely qualified to work with dogs experiencing behavioural or training related issues, but that she is also able to offer referrals for behavioural-related medication or veterinary treatment for dogs in her care.  

 Jo takes the lead on all of our complex behavioural cases and is responsible for the one-to-one training walks and training puppy visits. She works closely with the rest of the team to develop awareness of dog behaviour and body language, and to ensure that we are always maintaining best practice in our approach to our walks.

 When not walking or training dogs, Jo can be found giving lectures in Animal Care at East Durham College, or alternatively curled up with a good book and her two cats Brie and Freddie.


Tom came to us with a love of dogs and a family background of breeding working dogs. Tom is fully committed to the Jess Fox & Hound adventure lifestyle and lives all year round in his own converted van. He also happens to be a highly talented saxophonist, and when not walking can be found organising improv music nights, or playing with a range of different local bands, including his own brass party band Dilutey Juice.

Tom currently works with us part time, but also does dog sitting for some of our Jess Fox and Hound clients, so if you’re looking for a true staycation for your dog whilst away, Tom will be your guy! 



Ollie is the newest member of the Jess Fox and Hound gang, where he joined us after working for another local dog walker. Ollie specialises in working with larger packs of dogs and usually works for us on an ad hoc basis, covering staff holiday and leave and helping out on our extra busy days. 

Like the rest of the team, Ollie is also a musician and has his own band and also happens to be a made keen surfer!