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Board of Directors

Paul Metcalf (Chair)

Guide Dog Manager
Guide Dogs Victoria, Australia

Paul Metcalf

Paul Metcalf is Guide Dog Manager for Guide Dogs Victoria (Australia).

Paul’s career within the field of ‘blind welfare’ started in 1980 when he helped set up a talking newspaper with a voluntary society in the north east of England.

Having trained as a Rehabilitation Worker with the North Regional Association for the Blind, Paul worked for the local Social Services before joining GDUK at the end of 1988.

Paul worked with a number of teams within GDUK before leaving for New Zealand in 2009, where he worked as National Manager for Blind Foundation Guide Dogs.

Paul joined Guide Dogs Victoria in 2018.

Paul has served as a local Councillor and also chaired the Governing Body at the school attended by his three children.

Paul completed his MBA in 2001 at the University of Teesside and was elected to the IGDF Board in 2012 at the Seminar in Paris.

Christine Turc (Vice Chair)

Les Chiens Guides d'Aveugles de L'ouest, France

Christine Turc

Christine TURC joined les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de l’Ouest in July 1995 as Administrative Manager and then became Communication and Fundraising Manager in 2001.

Before entering the guide dog field, Christine managed a temporary workers agency for 5 years in Angers , after 5 years in charge of international statistical studies for the pharmaceutical industry in Paris.

Christine is now Director and CEO for the guide dog school, from the 1st of July 2014, in charge of supervising all activities in the guide dog school from communication and fundraising to breeding, puppy raising and guide dog education and strategic development with the Board.

Christine graduated from a French management school and fluently speaks French, English and Spanish.

She was elected to the IGDF Board at the 2014 Seminar in Tokyo.


Wells Jones (Treasurer)

Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer
Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs, USA

Wells Jones

Wells Jones has spent his 40-year career working for not-for-profit organisations that serve people with disabilities.  He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Guide Dog Foundation since 1989, and of America’s VetDogs since 2006.  Wells is committed to the accreditation of guide and service dog schools and has been actively involved in advocacy and access issues in support of the right of individuals with disabilities to be accompanied by their guide and service dogs in all places open to the public.

Wells serves on the board of directors of the VisionServe Alliance in the US, and as vice chair and treasurer of the Council of US Dog Guide Schools.  He previously served as a member of the boards of directors of Assistance Dogs International and Assistance Dogs North America.

Wells was elected to the IGDF board at the 2016 IGDF Seminar in Hvar, Croatia.

Kazumasa Oda

Board Director
Japan Guide Dog Association, Japan

Kazumasa Oda

Kazu Oda is one of the board directors of Japan Guide Dog Association since 2011.

He is currently also the principal of JGDA Guide Dog Trainer’s School. Out of 63 graduates, 45 are currently working at JGDA.

He left Japan Airlines Co, Ltd Group in 2010 after working for 41years. He is very well travelled, and has lived in UK, Singapore and Hong Kong through his career.

He is excited to serve IGDF as a board member and is looking forward to the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020, as it’ll be a great opportunity for the improvement of public awareness of our Guide Dog movement around the world.

Kazu was elected to the IGDF Board at the 2016 IGDF Seminar in Hvar, Croatia.

Tim Stafford

Canine Assisted Services Director
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, UK

Tim Stafford

Tim joined Guide Dogs UK in 1985, qualifying as a guide dog mobility instructor in 1989 and has progressed through a succession of operational management roles before joining the senior leadership team in 2014. 

Tim leads a senior team responsible for breeding operations, dog care and welfare, puppy raising, dog training and supply and an increasing range of canine assisted services designed to meet the needs of people with sight loss.  

From 2014 Tim served as an Assessor of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and was invited to join the development committee in 2016.  He was elected to the IGDF Board of Directors at the 2018 Seminar in Sydney.

Tim is passionate about enabling more people who are blind or with low vision, wherever they live in the world, to experience the benefits of building a positive relationship with a well-trained guide dog.