Liz Kelly





Liz graduated from the University of Glasgow with both a veterinary degree and a PhD. She then spent several years working at a variety of jobs available to vets including mixed practice (both small animal and cattle specialist), as a veterinary investigation officer for the West of Scotland Agricultural College and as a veterinary officer for a research and development dairy farm in Dumfries. She then moved down to England to work firstly in product development, followed by technical adviser, for a pharmaceutical company. A twelve year maternity break followed which included studying at the Open University (Diploma in French) and working on the farm at home. Liz returned to her veterinary career with a short stint as a casual veterinary officer for the SVS in Reigate (brucella and TB testing) and then joined Defra in London to work as a veterinary adviser in the surveillance team. She remained with Defra for 13 years, her longest spell anywhere, working in animal welfare, research and development and latterly as policy lead in zoonoses. She has now returned to the farm and works as an independent veterinary adviser to World Horse Welfare, is Junior Vice President of the Veterinary Research Club, council member and secretary for AGV and a trustee for a local charity.


Junior Vice President




Mick Park




Mick graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1988 and spent a year in farm animal practice before returning to Glasgow as a pathology resident and then took on a research fellowship on genetic resistance of sheep to gastro-intestinal parasites leading to a PhD.  Mick then left Glasgow for seven years of mostly farm animal practice in Aberdeenshire and then Lanarkshire.  Both the practices had MHS contracts and he contributed to the Official Veterinarian work.

 Mick joined the State Veterinary Service in 2003, and has had a number of roles including Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Business Partner for Scotland, Veterinary Head of Exotic Disease and Welfare, and now Veterinary Lead for Scotland, covering South East Scotland.  Key achievements have been working on exotic disease outbreaks including leading the tracing team in the response to FMD in 2007 and various roles in avian influenza outbreaks from field inspector to LDCC Veterinary Manager, delivering risk-based TB surveillance changes in Scotland and rolling out changes on welfare at time of killing in Scotland and England.  Mick is now committed to developing the veterinary and technical teams in APHA and improving animal health and welfare through his role in APHA, delivering an effective multi-agency approach and actively engaging with stakeholders and industry.

Senior Vice President




Kate Sharpe

(Home Office)




Kate graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London and spent nine years in a very mixed practice in Lincolnshire and Cumbria. She moved to the then State Veterinary Service as a Veterinary Officer and obtained an MSc (Veterinary Epidemiology) at the RVC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. At AHVLA (now APHA) she has worked as a Field Veterinary Adviser then Divisional Veterinary Manager. She was Head of Research and Field Epidemiology through 11 notifiable disease outbreaks from FMD 2001 to 2013. Her last role at the agency was Head of AHVLA Scanning Surveillance. Kate is now an Inspector under the Animals (Science Procedures) Act at the Home Office. She is a Council member and Past President of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire BVA and Council member and currently President AGV and our BVA Policy Committee member





John Marshall 

(Home Office)





Treasurer and Webmaster




Anthony Ridge




Anthony graduated in 2013 from the University of Cambridge with degrees in Veterinary Medicine and Zoology. He worked for 8 months at the RSPCA’s flagship Birmingham Animal Hospital providing veterinary care for stray animals, pets and wildlife before spending a year working as a veterinary surgeon at a large private small animal practice in Birmingham. He subsequently spent two years as the Parliamentary Veterinary Intern in the House of Lords working closely with Lord Trees (a vet and crossbench peer) to help provide a strong veterinary voice in Parliament. In 2017 he joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as a Senior Veterinary Inspector. He now works as a Defra Veterinary Advisor for international trade. Anthony is interested in policy and in promoting the roles of veterinarians in society particularly in relation to animal welfare, environmental sustainability and One Health.

EASVO Representative and President




Jane Clark




Jane is a Past President of AGV, and currently a member of BVA’s Welsh Branch Council and AGV’s representative to, and President of, EASVO (European Association of State Veterinary Officers). This means that she is a member of the UK’s European Coordination Group led by the RCVS and BVA and attends EASVO and FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe) General Assemblies on behalf of AGV, and FVE Board meetings in her role as EASVO President.


Jane is currently the Food Standard Agency’s Director of Veterinary Services and is a farmer’s daughter from Yorkshire who graduated as a vet from Edinburgh University in the 90s. Since then she has had an interesting and varied veterinary career starting with a post graduate project in Oman, working in general practice in the UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and studying veterinary acupuncture before working as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector for the then State Veterinary Service (SVS) during the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak.


Within Defra and APHA she held roles in the operations, policy, veterinary and science directorates. This has included working as Defra’s Head of EU Relations for Animal Health and Welfare during 2012-15, as the Veterinary Lead for Avian Virology in the UK’s National Reference Laboratory at APHA, Weybridge and, most recently, one of APHA’s Veterinary Leads in Wales.

BVA Representative




Adrienne Conroy




Adrienne graduated from UCD and has gained broad ranging experience from across the Profession having worked in private practice, large charity organisations, the food and pharma industry and a number of Government organisations including Local Authorities, Defra and the Food Standards Agency (FSA). At the FSA she was involved in formulating policies and strategies to address public health controls. These included crises resulting from foodborne illness such as E.coli, BSE and nvCJD and required her to represent government at EU negotiations throughout the BSE crises. She has also been a member of the Editorial Panel for the Government Veterinary Journal, Chair of the GVS Communications & Networking Group and past president of AGV. Adrienne has been actively involved in initiatives for various Professional organisations including BVA, RCVS and VPHA and for both farm and companion animal veterinary associations. Currently she is Head of Policy for a membership organisation and continues to contribute to AGV activities whilst undertaking the role of BVA Council Representative for the Association. 

Council members




Amanda Carson





Joana Crisotomo




Joana graduated in 2008 from Porto University in Portugal. She worked in small animal practice and veterinary sales before she moved permanently to the UK in 2012. She worked initially as a meat inspector and later joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). She currently works as an APHA field vet in Devon. As a student she took active part in her local and national veterinary students associations in Portugal and she is very happy to be able to contribute again to the veterinary profession through her representation at the AGV council.




Jane Gibbens




Jane qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and spent two years in mixed practice in Britain. She gained an MSc in Tropical Veterinary Science in 1984, and then worked in British Aid projects in Belize and Yemen. She joined the GB Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1991, as a Veterinary Investigation Officer and diagnostic pathologist.  In 1996 Jane gained an MSc in Epidemiology (with distinction) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She continued to work in MAFF (later Defra), first in VLA Weybridge on epidemiological studies on non-statutory zoonoses including an intervention trial on Campylobacter in broiler chickens and developing an epidemiological approach to scanning surveillance. She later moved to Tolworth and then central London to work as a veterinary adviser on surveillance and exotic disease policy and control. She was a member, and later leader, of the national epidemiology teams created for the control of Classical Swine Fever in 2000, Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001 and 2007, bluetongue in 2007, and several outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, and Equine Infectious Anaemia. She became Head of the Epidemiology and Risk team in 2008, developed and chaired the Veterinary Risk Group and established a sustainable structure for the National Epidemiology Emergency Group (NEEG) to provide rapid response to exotic disease outbreaks. Over the last two years of her time in APHA she created and lead the bovine TB Epidemiology Assessment Centre, a multidisciplinary team focused on developing and sharing a better understanding of bTB’s determinants and distribution, and the efficacy of controls. From 1999 to 2017 Jane was a lecturer, course organiser and examiner on the Veterinary Epidemiology MSc run by the RVC in collaboration with LSHTM. Jane left APHA/Defra at the end of 2017 and now provides veterinary epidemiology consultancy including teaching on the veterinary undergraduate course at the University of Guildford.




Katherine Grace




Katherine graduated from the RVC in 2008 then worked in practice in Queensland, Australia for 2 years. She did another two years in practice in the UK before completing a masters in Veterinary Epidemiology at RVC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Following the masters she joined the VMD, initially in the Pharmacovigilance team and then the AMR team where she managed the surveillance, R&D and evidence needs. In January 2017 she joined APHA as a veterinary adviser in exotics and notifiable disease and she is now also advising for Epidemiology and Risk. She also works as a small animal veterinarian.




Kate Richards




Kate graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and worked initially as a farm animal vet in Aberdeenshire for fifteen years, a partner in a large mixed practice. Moving into the pharmaceutical industry Kate worked as a livestock veterinary advisor then livestock brand manager, gaining a Diploma in Marketing. After working on Defra's Disease Emergency Control Centre during the Foot & Mouth Outbreak in 2001, Kate joined Defra in 2003 as a veterinary adviser. She progressed to senior civil service positions across Whitehall including managing the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee which was funded by Defra, FSA and Department of Health and considered risks surrounding BSE and vCJD. Kate was Principal Private Secretary to three successive Secretaries of State for Scotland whose portfolios spanned numerous policy areas and not limited to animal health and welfare.

Kate has been a Council member of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, Chair of RCVS' Standards Committee, member of RCVS' Legislation Working Party, RCVS' Certification Sub-Committee and Register & Registration Sub-Committee. 

Kate sits on the Council of the RCVS, is Vice Chair of RCVS' Education Committee, member of the Veterinary Nurses’ Council and holds Non-Executive Directorships on SRUC's Scottish Agricultural College Commercial and Moredun Foundation Boards.

Kate divides her time between London and Scotland and, having gained a MA in Creative & Life Writing, writes when not working. 




Osiris Ointa

(Food Standards Scotland)



Osiris graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Thessaly in Greece. He started his academic and professional career as a veterinarian, working in veterinary hospitals and doing long term research projects in laboratories within university, government as well as private settings internationally. After finishing his veterinary studies, he got a Master’s degree in Medical Science -the main field of study being Infection Biology- from Uppsala University, whilst his Master’s thesis at Karolinska Institute enabled him to work with animal experimental models in Sweden.

He now works as a Lead Official Veterinarian (OV) for Food Standards Scotland (FSS), protecting Public Health, Animal Health and Animal Welfare and ensuring compliance with the relevant legislation. He is also currently getting trained as a Certifying Officer (CO) for Export Health Certificates.

His great interest is in elements that intersect and combine different aspects of State Veterinary Medicine in a multidisciplinary manner. This boosts up his motivation to a high degree, and makes him keen on innovative vision, in-depth knowledge expansion and research in Science, Policy and Trade.

Past Presidents

Year President



Year President
1979-80 Trevor J Blackburn   2000-03 John A MacKenzie

Bernard  M Williams

  2003-04 Alan B MacPhee
1981-82 David J Lucas   2004-05 Mike (JMW) Jones
1982-83 Frank H Whaley   2005-06 Sarah Jackson
1983-84 Alex Dudgeon   2006-07 Sophia Rizvi
1984-85 David (RD) Locke   2007-08 Neil Smith
1985-86 Janet Bach   2008-09 Jane Clark
1986-87 Mick (MET) Watts   2009-10 Adrienne Conroy
1987-88 Mike H Lamont   2010-11 Cath M McVicar
1988-89 Robin A Bell   2011-15 Linda Smith
1989-90 Mike Kelsey   2015-17 Kate Sharpe
1990-91 Richard D Drummond   2017-20 Rebeca Garcia
1991-92 Alan (FA) Eames   2020 Liz Kelly
1992-93 Tony (JA) Keele      
1993-94 John M Williams      
1994-95 Paul A Manser      
1995-96 Mike J Prince      
1996-97 Robert A Paul      
1997-98 Theresa Phillips      
1998-99 Cath M McVicar      
1999-00 Nick M James