Midlands Rat Club

Meet the Committee

Lauren Clarke


Hello, I am Lauren, treasurer of the MRC. I have recently taken over this position. I have been keeping rats since 2015 and been a member of the club for the last five years.

Graham Mobbs


I’m Graham, chairman and a founder member of the MRC. My wife Sandra and I started keeping rats in 1997 and have been active in the rat fancy ever since. We are both NFRS championship judges. For various reasons, we have not kept rats for a few years now but I remain passionate about rats and their welfare and I continue to work tirelessly for the promotion of rats as pets and exhibition animals.

The pathology of rats also holds a deep interest to me and I have written numerous health articles for the club magazine, Rat-A-2-E.

The MRC has always held the promotion of rats as pets and show animals at its heart and over the years we have built a reputation for friendly and welcoming shows. We have, as a matter of principle, aimed to encourage and educate as well as provide a fun social environment for all our members.

As chairman, I see my task as ensuring these and all our principles are maintained and enhanced throughout all aspects of our club and its activities.

Meg Hurt

Rosettes Officer

Hi I'm Meg and I'm the rosettes and trophies officer. I've owned rats since 2017 and have been coming to shows since 2018. Rats and Rat shows are obviously my number one hobbies but I also enjoy crafts, nights out on the town and watching TV with a nice glass of wine.

Sandra Mobbs

General Show Secretary

Hi, I’m Sandra Mobbs, general show secretary of the MRC and editor of the club’s magazine, Rat-A-2-E. I was one of the founding members of the club and held the position of treasurer on the committee from 2001 to 2007. I took a break from committee life for five years and then returned as treasurer in 2013. I moved to the position of general show secretary in 2017. My husband (Graham) and I don’t currently have any rats, but we used to breed as Tennyson Stud, mainly British blue and British blue agouti.

I am a National Fancy Rat Society championship judge and have judged in Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as at MRC shows and for other regional rat clubs and the National Fancy Rat Society at various shows throughout the UK.

I am a retired Senior Systems Analyst, now living in the Limousin region of France. My interests outside of rats include gardening, hiking, watching football, reading and cooking.

Lisa King

Shop and Stalls Co-ordinator

Hiya, I'm Lisa and I'm the Shop and Stalls Coordinator. I have been a member of the MRC since 2007 after coming along to a couple of shows after I got my first rats in 2006.

I have been on committee in a couple of different roles over the years . Outside of MRC life I have many hobbies (some I have more time for than others thanks to my 4 children ) mainly crafty type things such as sewing and crochet but I also love to read.

Hayley Wainwright

Membership Secretary

Hello! I’m Hayley, I have been membership officer for the MRC since early 2022. I had my first trio of rats back in 2004 at the age of 15 and there isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t learn something new about rats or their care.

I also breed shaded rats over at Rainmaker Stud and have been breeding since 2020.

If you spot me at a show, come and say hi!

Louise Durose

Club Secretary

Hello, I am Lou, I've been a member of MRC since 2018, having got my first rats around then. I am brand new (and shiny) to the committee in 2022. I am still very much learning about the world of rats and rats in general. In my personal life I am married to Scott and mum to twin 9 year olds, enjoy crafting of all sorts,and love a good murder mystery book

Reece Maxwell

Publicity Officer

Hi I'm Reece, the current publicity officer. I've been a member since 2018 and having been loving it since. I've kept rats for most of my adult life but found the MRC after moving house and wanting to increasing my mischief. I haven't looked back since. I'm new to publicity but feel free to come over at a show to have a chat and hear my ideas for the future. I have a passion for DIY and have built parts of or all of the current enclosures my animals live in which I'm happy to show off. I enjoy a variety of things that gets my adrenaline running and keeps me active. Can't wait to put my own spin on things, see you at the next show.

Fiona Barnes

Fun Events Co-ordinator