Meet our Retail Team

Everyone Should Have a Tail

Store Colleagues

Our Store Colleagues are passionate about what they do. Not only do they get a buzz from working in a fast-paced retail environment, but they get to combine this with their love for pets!

You really do need to be a people person to work in our stores, and you’ll love talking to our customers. With the expertise to quickly identify their needs, you’ll provide an excellent standard of customer service by demonstrating just how much you know about their pets and the products that we sell in store. We don’t expect you to have lots of pet knowledge before you join us (although it’s great if you do) – just a passion for pets and people, and a can-do attitude!

Store Management Teams

Our Store Management teams are made up of a Store, Deputy and an Assistant Manager, all of whom play a key role in ensuring that our store teams are engaged, motivated and that they continue to love working for us.




Our Managers are hands-on people with a love for retail and a passion for delivering world-class service. To be a successful Manager here, you’ll be driven, commercially- focused and able to thrive on the challenges that come with working in the world of retail.

Our Colleague Tails

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Mike Barker Regional Director

Louise Springer Store Manager

Joe Whitaker Store Manager

Mitchell Butler Deputy Manager

Lubna Hussain Deputy Manager

Phil Crisford Deputy Manager

Mark Deighton Store Manager

Mike Barker

Regional Director, South West Region

“I joined the Pet City business as a Store Manager in Bristol in February 1992, and moved into Pets At Home when they were bought first by PETsMART and then by Pets At Home in 1999. When I started, the weekly communications were written in pencil and sent by fax, and ordering was achieved using a manual stock and order card system!

Within two years of joining the business I became a Senior Store Manager in the Bristol Brislington store, and then progressed through the management team to become a Regional Controller in 1997, looking after 10 stores in the area. My job title and role changed with the move over to PETsMART and in 1999 I became a Divisional Business Manager

In 2003 I was promoted to Regional Director, where I’ve been ever since – continuing to drive the business forward and support the performance of my 84 stores.

I’ve seen many changes over the years but some things remain the same, with rapid promotion opportunities for all and Colleagues that are great fun to work with. It has to be fun to stick around for over 20 years!”

Mike Barker's Pets at Home Journey;

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Aug 2003

Became Regional Director

Louise Springer

Store Manager, Byfleet

“I started my career with Pets at Home in September 2008 as a Deputy Manager in Slough. My Area Manager praised my organisational and leadership skills whilst running day-to-day store operations, and this led to me undertaking a 6 month Fast-Track Management Programme. The programme consisted of monthly group training sessions with the training department, coursework and a presentation of my own store project. By the end of 2011 I had graduated from the programme which meant that I was ready to take on my own store, and six months later I had the keys to my own store!

The most rewarding part of my job is learning something new and passing this on to my Colleagues and customers. Since joining Pets at Home I have had the opportunity to complete a number of externally recognised courses such as Licensed Animal Medicines (SQP) and OATA fish-keeping. This year I’m studying to qualify for Pet Care in Management which is run by the Pet Care Trust. Applying for a job with Pets at Home was the best decision of my retail career and I’ve never looked back.”

Louise Springer's Pets at Home Journey;

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Mar 2013

Currently studying to become qualified in Pet Care Management – a Pet Care Trust accredited course

Joe Whitaker

Store Manager, Shrewsbury

“I started my career with Pets at Home in 2005, working in the Telford store as a part-time Colleague whilst I was studying at college. As I was about to finish college I was offered a full-time position in the Stoke Festival Park store, which shortly developed into an Assistant Manager role. I was then offered a secondment to our Support Office for six weeks where I was working with the Merchandising team to maximise product awareness in-store.

Six weeks turned into nine months, and I then continued my career in retail as a Deputy Manager at one of our flagship stores in Leicester Fosse. After developing my skills as a Deputy Manager, I undertook one of my biggest challenges to date and began the Fast Track Training programme in order to become a Store Manager. I was delighted to pass the course and I actually came full circle as I was appointed as the Store Manager in Telford, seven years after my first day with the company! I’ve since taken on the Shrewsbury store and look forward to all the future with this great Company will bring.”

Joe Whitaker's Pets at Home Journey;

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Seconded to the Support Office in Handforth to work in the Merchandising team

Mitchell Butler

Deputy Manager, West Drayton

“I joined the company in 2008 as a full-time Colleague in the West Drayton store. In my 2 years at this store I worked my way through the Steps 1 and 2 internal training programmes as well as numerous other training materials, including a college course which enabled me to become a Nutrition Consultant. I was then promoted to be the Assistant Manager of the Feltham store, where I completed my animal husbandry course and qualified as an SQP, allowing me to sell licenced medicines for dogs and cats.

I was promoted to the role of Deputy Manager in the Hayes store, and eventually I transferred back to West Drayton as their Deputy Manager. From humble beginnings! I have worked with many different people in my time with the company, all of whom have passed on a lot of their own knowledge to help me progress. I’m now working towards my Pet Care in Management qualification which is established and accredited by the Pet Industry Federation, and I hope to qualify as a Store Manager soon. One of my interests is the recruitment of new store colleagues and as a Store Manager, I would be able to support my Area Manager with the recruitment needs on the patch.

When I attended the interview for Pets At Home I was just looking for a job but I now have a career with one of the best employers in the country.”

Mitchell Butler's Pets at Home Journey;

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April 2010

Completed reptile training, enabling me to sell reptiles and train other colleagues

Lubna Hussain

Deputy Manager, Beckton

“I started with Pets at Home six years ago when I was 23. I came into the business as an Assistant Manager and started my Pets At Home career at the Romford store, and completed my Steps 1 and 2 internal training within four months. This taught me more about the company, the animals and what to discuss with the customers when selling them. I then moved onto the Beckton store for a further four months, until the Chingford store opened in November 2008. I was at Chingford for six months, then moved onto the Charlton store where I was promoted to Deputy Manager.

Whilst I was at Charlton I completed my SQP course, which allowed me to sell licensed medications for dogs and cats. I also completed a reptile course where I gained knowledge about their health and welfare, allowing me to advise customers. I stayed at Charlton for 3 years and spent a little time supporting the Blackheath store before returning to Beckton. I enjoy my role as a Deputy Manager, and I’m in the process of completing the Fast Track Management programme to become a Store Manager in the future.”

Lubna Hussain's Pets at Home Journey;

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Oct 2008

Completed my SQP course so that I was able to sell licensed medications for pets.

Phil Crisford

Deputy Manager, Stoke Festival Park

“I’m the Assistant Manager at our Stoke Festival Park store and I began my career with Pets at Home back in December 2010 as a part-time Colleague in the Crewe store, as at the time I was still at college. Within six weeks of working for the company I had completed both Steps 1 and 2 of our internal training programme, and was offered a full-time position.

The training that I have received over the past two years has been very thorough, and the company has been extremely supportive along the way. I have now completed training in Aquatics, Reptiles, Small Animals, Dog and Cat nutrition and most recently I have acquired my SQP qualification, making me an expert in fleas and worms.

One of the core values at Pets at Home is that work should be fun, and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy working for the company so much. I find that because work is enjoyable and no two days are ever the same that I have the motivation and support to keep progressing through the ranks and hopefully, at some point, be appointed as a Store Manager.”

Phil Crisford's Pets at Home Journey;

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Enrolled on the Pet Industry Federation Pet Care in Management qualification

Mark Deighton

Store Manager, Darlington

“I started with the company in 2001 as a Store Colleague and progressed my way up into management with the Pets at Home training program. After being promoted to Assistant Manager and then Deputy Manager, it’s now me that’s managing our store and team as a Store Manager, making Pets at Home a great place to shop, work and develop. As well as managing my own store I am also a project manager for new stores in the North region, making sure the set-up and fitting out of the new store goes to plan.

I love working for Pets at Home because each day is never the same – it’s exciting, educational and rewarding. The training courses are fantastic and it’s great that the more you learn the more you earn. The best thing I like about my job is engaging with our customers, giving them the knowledge and advice I have learnt over the years and making sure that each customer receives that Pets at Home experience.”

Mark Deighton's Pets at Home Journey;

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Tied the knot and received a gift and additional annual leave from the company!

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