Our Trustees

We are managed by a board of Trustees who are well respected within their field of expertise. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to support us, and it is our Trustees who oversee the governance of the charity. As with many charities, our Trustees are not paid for their service to Pet Blood Bank UK.

John Michael Hill MVB MRCVS

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John qualified from Trinity College in Dublin in 1975. After spending four years in large animal and mixed practices in Northern Ireland and Lancashire, John bought a predominantly large animal practice in Crumlin, Co. Antrim in 1979. The practice now has three surgeries with six vets working mainly in companion animal practice.

John has also held the following posts:

President of the Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practising in Northern Ireland (1993)

President of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association (2004)

Chairman of the Northern Ireland Veterinary Education Trus (1996 - present)

Board member of Veterinary Northern Ireland (2005 - present)

President of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (2007)

 

Wendy Barnett Website.JPGWendy Barnett DipAVN (Surgical) VN - Executive Director

Wendy qualified as a veterinary nurse in December 1992.  She started in mixed animal practice in Cornwall before spending two years locuming in the UK.  In 1996 she took a head nurse position in Sussex to pursue a Diploma in Advance Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) which she gained in March 1999.

In 2000, Wendy moved into the emergency and critical care field, eventually taking a position as clinical manager with Vets Now at their Bristol clinic.  Wendy used her time off from the emergency shifts to train as a human phlebotomist for the National Health Service.  this phlebotomy interest led to Wendy being given the post of Pet Blood Bank researcher for Vets Now in January 2006.  The research has taken Wendy far and wide from the USA to Australia.  Vets Now agreed to raise the funds to support the UK's first pet blood bank charity on completion of the research programme.  Wendy currently resides as a trustee and is the authorisation holder of the VMD licence for Pet Blood Bank UK.

 

Colin Grant Website.pngColin F Clark BA CA

Colin is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and has over the last twenty five years held a number of general and financial manangement positions within a variety of high growth companies in Scotland.

Colin currently runs his own corporate finance business and holds a number of non-executive positions with companies across a variety of industry sectors.

 

 

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Christopher James Laurence MBE QVRM TD BVSc MRCVS

Chris Laurence qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1968 and went into mixed practice in Somerset.  A year later he moved to Chippenham in Wiltshire to take up purely small animal practice at the Hale Veterinary Group.  He became a partner in the practice in 1972 and the practice achieved Veterinary Hospital status in 1990.

Chris left the practice in 1998 to take up the post of Assistant Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA.  He was promoted to Chief Veterinary Officer in 1999 and dealt with all veterinary issues for the Society.  In 2003 Chris moved to take up the post of Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust where he was involved in their work both nationally and internationally. He played a significant part in the work to produce the Animal Welfare Act and was awarded the MBE in 2007.   He retired in August 2011.

Chris has been active in veterinary politics since the 1970s and has been Chairman of Southern Region BSAVA, President of BVHA, Treasurer of the Links Group, and on the Veterinary Policy Group of BVA.  Chris is currently a Director of FAB, Senior Vice President of the Central Veterinary Society, and a Trustee of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation.  He is also a member of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding.

Chris is also involved in a number of other charities. He is an elected Trustee of the national RSPCA, Chairman of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust and a Director of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust Ltd.

Chris also had a lengthy career in the Territorial Army, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2002.  He was awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2002.

Chris has been married to Sheila since 1969 and has two children and four grandchildren.  He has a dog and a cat - Maggie and Prudence.

 

Harvey Locke Website.JPGHarvey Locke BVSc MRCVS

Harvey graduated from Liverpool University in 1969 and has been in full time clinical practice ever since.

After spending the first 3 years after graduating in mixed farm practice in Staffordshire he became the founding partner of Woodcroft Veterinary Group, which is now a 20 vet small animal hospital practice in Cheshire offering first opinion, referral and emergency clinic services.

Harvey has been actively and continuously involved in veterinary politics for over 25 years. He is a past president of BSAVA and has served on numerous BVA and RCVS committees.

He is also a past vice president of the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners and was President of the British Veterinary Association in 2010-2011.

Harvey is married to Margaret and has two daughters Rachel and Helen. Helen has followed her father into the veterinary profession and now works at Woodcroft Veterinary Group.

In his spare time Harvey enjoys hill walking, gardening and off shore sailing.

 

Jenny Helm (Resized).jpgJenny Helm BVMS Cert SAM Dip-ECVIM CA MRCVS

Jenny graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow in 2005. Following this, she has undertaken a small animal rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College in London.

She then spent a short spell in small animal practice before returning to Glasgow to undertake a residency in Oncology and Internal medicine. Jenny obtained her RCVS certificate in small animal medicine in 2008 and passed her ECVIM certifying examination and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in September 2012. 

In 2010, Jenny accepted a position as Oncology clinician at the University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital. She has a keen interest in veterinary haematology and has seen first hand the life saving effects that blood transfusions can have in many of her own patients over the years.

Jenny has been married to Dermot (who is also a vet) since 2010 and they have two little girls. They enjoy getting out in the Scottish countryside with their jackadoodle "Rosie" in their spare time.