Staff Profiles

Stuart Phillips

Managing Director

Since 2009 Stuart has built up an amazing portfolio of detection success stories, thanks to his expertise in training and working with drug, explosive, firearms, cash, live body (illegal immigrants) and tobacco detection dogs.

Stuart’s passion, proactive approach, and vast operational knowledge and experience for working with dogs have helped B.W.Y Canine to develop into a thriving and reputable UK company.

Inspired in his future career by a visiting dog handler at primary school, Stuart’s journey began in the Ministry of Defence Police & Guarding Agency at age 20, having previously started his law enforcement career with Dyfed-Powys Police.

He trained at the Defence Animal Centre (DAC), home of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, and regarded by many as the leading dog training school in the UK. During his time with the MOD, Stuart trained and worked with German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois dogs and competed at trials at a national level with his Military Working Dog.

Career highlights:

  • In 2008 Stuart received a medal from the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police for his contribution to policing. 
  • Tobacco detection dogs trained by Stuart successfully located over £3 million pounds-worth of illegal tobacco in one year (2016).
  • In recognition of his outstanding work as a dog handler and trainer for assisting law enforcement agencies to locate and seize millions of pounds-worth of illegal tobacco and cigarettes, Stuart received a commendation from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) in 2017.

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John Codd

Senior Search Dog Instructor and Search Advisor

With an incredible career in dog handling, B.W.Y Canine were thrilled to welcome John to the team in 2014. 

John’s experience of dog handling stems from a farming background in West Wales training and working sheepdogs and gundogs. After joining South Wales Police as a uniform officer in 1978, he transferred to the Dog Section five years later. 

From then, he has provided a wealth of practical and consultative support through various roles and has trained and been responsible for over one hundred general and specialist dog teams, from firearms to explosives to search and rescue.

 Career highlights:

  • Introduced tactical firearm support dog capabilities to the Welsh region.  
  • Seconded to A.C.P.O to re-write the National Explosive Search Dog Manual in conjunction with the National Police Search Centre at Bramshill.
  • Responsible for regional refresher and continuation training 
  • High profile searches in Edinburgh and Glasgow for the Commonwealth Conference, the European Summit and Lords Cricket Ground.
  • Inspected the main high profile private security companies involved with the 2012 London Olympics. 
  • Officer in Charge of South Wales Regional Dog Training School 
  • Pioneered a puppy development programme for the replacement of operational police dogs. 
  • Trained a border collie to assist Southampton/Bournemouth University to investigate the exact substances and variance between live scent, cadaver and blood scenting capabilities.  

Since retiring from the Police Service in 2010, John is now a highly sought-after consultant, working on high profile events nationally and internationally for both the public and private sector.

John’s accolades include numerous professional dog training qualifications, membership of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, Inspector/Instructor for the National Inspectorate for Professional Dog Users and many commendations including the Chief Constable’s Certificate of Commendation.

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Dave Padfield

Search Dog Instructor, Search Advisor & CBRN Specialist

Explosive Search Dog Specialist, Counter-Terrorist Advisor and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Specialist. 

Joining B.W.Y Canine in 2016, David’s specialist experience in explosive search dogs,  counter-terrorism and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRN) complements the team perfectly. 

After working as a response police officer for Thames Valley Police, David began general purpose dog handling in 1983, before moving to the explosives dog search unit. He brings knowledge and experience gained from over 27 years of dog handling.

Career highlights:

  • As a Counter Terrorist Advisor, averaged over 220 explosive searches a year 
  • Police Search Advisor (PolSA) responsible for planning Counter Terrorist and high risk missing person searches within Thames Valley 
  • Dealt with complex and critical issues during planning and operation of high profile events in the Windsor and Maidenhead Police area, including state visits, royal weddings, royal funerals, Royal Ascot and the Royal Windsor Triathlon
  • Qualified to use a variety of specialist equipment, including portable x-ray equipment, HazMat ID and breathing apparatus.

David has received three Chief Constables Commendations, for courage and professionalism during a terrorist attack at Reading Railway Station, for commitment and professionalism when off duty, and for exceptional commitment to duty and extremely high professional standards. 

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BWY Canine

Formed in 2009, B.W.Y CANINE is now a leading supplier of specialist detection dogs for UK and international clients. B.W.Y CANINE provides a range of sniffer dog services to a very diverse range of clients for detecting Drugs, Explosives, Firearms and Counterfeit Tobacco. Our clients include Police Services, Trading Standards, Private Companies, NHS Trusts, Oil Refineries and the 3rd largest Port Authority in the UK.

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