Current Team

The four team members for 2018/2019 are:

Amy Manser – Nottinghamshire – representing the Spaniel & Setter Class
Denise Westbrook – Essex – representing the Poodle Class
Cheryl Howard – London –  representing the Pure Breed Scissor Class
Julie Lalou -Simpson – London –  representing the Hand Strip Class.

Amy Manser

I have been involved in both the dog showing and the grooming industry for 22 years. I own a busy training centre and grooming salon where we offer professional grooming courses and city and guilds qualifications, I hold my city and guilds diploma and higher diploma and am a member of the Guild of Master a Groomers. I started competing around 10 years ago and have competed not only in the UK but in Europe and the USA also. I am a multi BIS winner and a list of my Principle wins is below:
BIS Premier Groom 2011
BIS Mastergroom 2013
BIS Premier Groom 2014
BIS Groomania 2014
BIS British Dog Grooming Championships / GOTY 2014
Liz Paul Awards Groomer Of The Year 2015
Best All Round Groomer MasterGroom 2016
BIS UK Groom Off 2016
BIS Premier Groom 2016
Best All Round Groomer Premier Groom 2016
BIS British Dog Grooming a Championships / GOTY 2016
BIS Cymru Groom 2016
Liz Paul Awards Groomer Of The Year 2017
Liz Paul Awards Grooming School Of The Year 2017
BIS Mastergroom 2017
BIS Groomania World Championship Special Edition 2017
4th Place World Groom Team Championships.

I have also bred, owned and finished multiple champion show dogs in partnership with my husband. We have exhibited at dog shows worldwide and worked alongside top handlers in the UK, Europe and the USA.
I have a great passion and drive for competitive grooming and showing dogs and am excited to see what the future brings.

Denise Westbrook

Dee is the only groomer to ever have been place in 3 out of the 4 categories to  become a Groom Team England Member. She is a member of the Guild of Master Groomers which is a lengthy qualification to an extremely high standard, a qualification held by only 28 groomer in the UK. She is also an examiner for City & Guilds practical exams.

Dee is extremely passionate about the industry and is heavily involved within the industry and is regularly invited to talk and demonstrate her skills at seminars and events.

Dee is a national and international award winning dog groomer and has won many placements with a variety of breeds.
Always an animal lover, my grooming career started in 2002, a job that would add additional funds to my family’s income and a job that I could work around my young children and groom our family dogs which was an added bonus.

What started as a hobby has ended up taking over my life, it is a passion and a job that I love dearly.


Cheryl Howard

I have been grooming for 20 years since the age of 17, after leaving college. I soon realised dog grooming was the career for me, I was offered a job as a trainee and spent the following 8 years with the same salon.

In 2005, aged 25, I decided to open my own salon in South West London, which is now a successful and busy salon.

I have 2 young children and an amazing husband who are my biggest fans, they love to see me succeed and this drives me to work hard and aim high.

In 2014 I decided I would enter the Competition world and took along my young Kerry and placed 2nd in open Pure Breed, from then on I was addicted and tried to compete as often as possible in the UK and Europe.

I have also won places in Poodle and Hand Strip Terrier classes.

To date my biggest wins in the UK and Europe have been:
BIS Premier Groom 2015 – UK
RBIS Cymru Groom 2016 – WALES
BIS GroomArts 2017 – BELGIUM
RBIS Premier Groom – 2017 UK
BIS Cymru Groom – 2017 WALES


Julie Lalou-Simpson