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Board of Trustees

We are an independent charity governed by our own Board of Trustees. 

The majority of current Trustees are experienced veterinary surgeons, and several are non-veterinary experts in their own fields. Amanda Boag was elected Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Board of Trustees in 2020. 

 

Ms Amanda Boag MA VetMB DipACVIM DipACVECC FHEA MRCVS (Chair)

Liz Branscombe DipAVN(Surgical) RVN

Mrs Helen Cartlidge RVN

Mr Danny Chambers BVSc MSc MRCVS

Mr Graham Dick BVSc MRCVS

Dr Joanna Dyer BVSc MSc MRCVS

Dr Mandisa Greene BVM&S MRCVS

Lizzie Lockett (Secretary)

Dr Tim Mair BVSc PhD DEIM DipECEIM DESTS FRCVS

Mr Brian Pound FCIM (Treasurer)

 

Amanda Boag MA VetMB DipACVIM DipACVECC FHEA MRCVS (Chair)

Amanda BoagAmanda graduated from Cambridge University in 1998. She then undertook two consecutive small animal internships first at the Royal Veterinary College, London and then at the University of Pennsylvania.

She returned to the RVC to do a residency and remained as a Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care from 2003-2008. 

In September 2008, she took up the post of Clinical Director at Vets Now where she has a wide-ranging role overseeing clinical and professional standards within the business.

Amanda acts as a veterinary consultant for Pet Blood Bank and was President of the European Society of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (EVECCS) from 2011-2014. She was Founding President of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC) from 2014-2018 and is currently the Past President of that organisation. She is a board member of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation representing ECVECC. She was a Founding Trustee of the British College of Veterinary Specialists (BCVSp) from 2014-2018. She received the BSAVA Melton Award in 2011.

Declaration of Interest is available in the 'Related documents' box.

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Liz Branscombe DipAVN(Surgical) RVN

Liz BranscombeLiz qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1986, initially working in small animal and mixed practice until she joined a private referral practice in 1989, subsequently she worked at the Royal Veterinary College as a Senior Surgery Nurse between 1993 and 1997. Liz has been employed at Davies Veterinary Specialists since its inception in 1998 undertaking a variety of clinical nursing roles. Liz is currently the Training Manager with responsibility for development of induction training programmes for all new employees and the planning and implementation of in-house and external training for team members.

Liz is proud to have been an elected member of RCVS VN Council from 2006 to 2015 (Chairman 2009-2012), during which time significant milestones for the Veterinary Nursing profession were achieved culminating in Statutory Regulation.

Declaration of Interest is available in the 'Related documents' box.

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Helen Cartlidge RVN

Helen CartlidgeHelen qualified as an RVN in 2008 after completing her degree at Harper Adams University. She worked in mixed animal practice for a number of years before returning to Harper Adams in 2011 as a Research Assistant and then later a Lecturer. Since returning to Harper Adams Helen’s focus has been towards research and EBVM with her supporting both staff and students with final year research projects. In addition in 2017, Helen completed a Masters in Research in Veterinary Hydrotherapy for which she undertook two individual research projects.

Helen has a keen interest in EBVM and promoting this to her students and future members of our profession.

Declaration of Interest is available in the 'Related documents' box.

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Mr Danny Chambers BVSc MSc MRCVS

Danny ChambersDanny Chambers graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2008 with an intercalated MSc in Veterinary Infectious Disease Control. He has spent his career in mixed, equine and small animal practices all over the UK and New Zealand. Danny is regularly involved with One health projects involving rabies eradication, working horses and livestock in India, Iraq, Morocco and The Gambia.

Declaration of Interest is available in the 'Related documents' box.

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Mr Graham Dick BVSc MRCVS

Graham Dick

A Bristol graduate, Graham spent 15 years in mixed veterinary practice, first in Somerset then as a partner in Norfolk, before a change of track led to the world of animal therapeutics both in the UK and overseas with Bayer Animal Health. His overseas roles included that of Global Head of Livestock Business and Head of European Marketing before returning to the UK as Head of the Animal Health Division of Bayer for the UK and Ireland, from which he eventually retired in 2013.

Graham served for 10 years on the Board of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), of which he was elected Chairman for a period of three years and later made an Honorary Life Member for services to the animal health industry. As well as chairing the Finance and General Purposes Committee of RCVS Knowledge he provides consultancy services to international veterinary business, is Chair of the Board of Premier Veterinary Group plc., serves as Honorary  Treasurer on the Board of Vetlife (formerly Veterinary Benevolent Fund) and is a councillor on the parish council of East Woodhay, Hants.

Declaration of Interest is available in the 'Related documents' box.

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Dr Joanna Dyer BVSc MSc MRCVS

Biography and Declaration of Interest to follow

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Dr Mandisa Greene BVM&S MRCVS

Biography and Declaration of Interest to follow

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Lizzie Lockett (Secretary)

Lizzie LockettLizzie joined the RCVS in February 2005 bringing with her 13 years' experience working in marketing, public relations, communications and public affairs.

At the RCVS, the role of Lizzie and her team is to develop and maintain a customer-focused approach to the College’s communications, and to improve the effectiveness of RCVS communication both within and outside the veterinary profession. The team looks after press office, publications, events, web and digital, design and public affairs.

In autumn 2014, Lizzie set up the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), alongside its then Chair, Neil Smith. MMI aims to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of members of the veterinary team and Lizzie runs the programme on a day to day basis.

Lizzie took up the role of Deputy CEO in September 2016 and has responsibility for the development and implementation of the College’s strategic plan, as well ensuring delivery of the RCVS-powered activities of the Vet Futures Action Plan.

In November 2017 she became Chief Executive of the RCVS.

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Dr Tim Mair BVSc PhD DEIM DipECEIM DESTS FRCVS

Tim MairTim Mair graduated from the University of Bristol in 1980. Following a spell in general practice he returned to Bristol as a Horserace Betting Levy Board Research Training Scholar to undertake research into equine immunology and respiratory diseases. He obtained a PhD in 1986 and then stayed at Bristol as a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in equine medicine.

He returned to equine practice in 1989, joining Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in 1993 and becoming a partner in 1995. His main interests are equine internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and MRI. He has Diplomas from the RCVS in Equine Internal Medicine and Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and is a founding Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. He became an Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2011. He became Equine Veterinary Director of CVS in 2018 and is currently Senior Vice President of the British Equine Veterinary Association.

He has been editor of Equine Veterinary Education since 1996. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as other articles and book chapters. He has co-authored or co-edited a number of textbooks on equine medicine and surgery.

Declaration of Interest is available in the 'Related documents' box.

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Mr Brian Pound FCIM (Treasurer)

Brian PoundBrian Pound came from a farming family.  He initially trained to be an accountant with ICI before moving into the poultry industry in 1970. His work in helping resolve the devastating Newcastle disease outbreak put him in touch with the pharmaceutical industry where he moved in 1975 to take over as Managing Director of Duphar Veterinary Limited (now Zoetis).

He was Chairman of ABPI veterinary sector (now NOAH) and worked alongside Des Thompson to help set up National Pet Week (now National Pet Month). He also worked alongside Andrew Higgins from the Animal Health Trust to establish the Annual Equestrian Awards ceremony.  He assisted in setting up SPVS Snowscene where he was one of the initial speakers alongside Dixon Gunn in providing business training to the delegates. His career with Duphar (taken over by Solvay in 1981) included CEO of group companies in Wales, Warrington and the USA before he returned to Hampshire to set up CVS (UK) Ltd, in 1999. Brian retired in 2017.

As well as RCVS Knowledge Treasurer, he is on the Editorial Board of Veterinary Evidence.

Declaration of Interest is available in the 'Related documents' box.

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