Rosie Allister, Vetlife
Rosie is Chair of Vetlife Helpline and a Director of Vetlife, the veterinary support charity. She has been researching veterinary wellbeing since 2008 and has particular interest in mental health, workplace wellbeing, supporting vet students during the transition to practice, and veterinary identity. She runs workshops and training, publishes, and regularly speaks in the UK and internationally on veterinary mental health. She is a member of the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative Taskforce and has also volunteered with Samaritans for eleven years.
Carolyne Crowe, The Veterinary Defence Society
Carolyne is an experienced equine vet, a personal performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher, lecturer and was awarded the prestigious title of “Life Coach of the Year 2015” at the International coaching awards. Recognising that many of the challenges faced by today’s veterinary surgeons and veterinary teams are non-clinical, Carolyne helps others overcome the personal and professional challenges they face on a daily basis. She runs 1on1 coaching programmes, workshops on stress management, personal effectiveness, resilience, assertiveness, team dynamics, communication skills, conflict management, leadership and management skills. She lectures both at universities and industry events. Carolyne is a master trainer in DISC behavioural profiling, a CPCAB trainer in Stress management and Wellbeing and an Honorary Lecturer of the University of Liverpool. Carolyne has a Masters degree and is currently a Post Doctoral student in Workplace Health and Wellbeing at Nottingham University Medical School. Outside of work Carolyne is a wife of a vet, mother of 2 children and a keen runner.
Brian Faulkner, SPVS President
Brian is the SPVS President and has worked in over 300 practices in the UK both as a clinician and a practice management consultant. His MBA focused on the role of leadership and organisational culture on financial performance within veterinary practice. His practices were runner up finalists in The Pet Plan Practice of the Year competition and Brian was their Vet of the Year in 2008. He has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and is a lecturer in Veterinary Entrepreneurship at Nottingham University and Vice Chair in Business and Professional Studies at the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate studies.
Lizzie Lockett, RCVS Mind Matters and Vet Wellbeing Awards
Lizzie joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in February 2005. She brought with her 13 years’ experience working across Europe in marketing, public relations, corporate communications and public affairs, in sectors including animal health, agriculture and the environment. In autumn 2014 Lizzie set up the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), alongside its then Chair, Neil Smith. MMI, which is now partnering with SPVS to run the Vet Wellbeing Awards, aims to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of members of the veterinary team. MMI is a well-established brand in the UK veterinary sector, stimulating a change in culture and openness around mental health and wellbeing.
Elinor O’Connor, Alliance Manchester Business School
Dr Elinor O’Connor is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the University of Manchester’s Business School. Her interests include occupational stress and wellbeing at work, and she has previously conducted research on stress among community pharmacists in the UK. Elinor is currently working with the British Veterinary Association and the veterinary profession’s Mind Matters Initiative to investigate sources of work-related stress in UK veterinary practice and to identify workplace wellbeing interventions for veterinary surgeons.
Stuart Reid, Chair, Mind Matters Initiative
Graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1987, Stuart started his professional career in practice in Aberdeenshire before returning to graduate studies at his alma mater, and completing his PhD in 1992. Stuart has worked in Africa, Australia and the USA and has published over 130 papers. Appointed first to Associate Dean (Research) in 2004 and subsequently as Dean in 2005, Stuart led the Glasgow school for six years before becoming Principal of the Royal Veterinary College at the start of 2011.
An RCVS Specialist in veterinary epidemiology, Stuart is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, of which he was the first elected president.
Renay Rickard, VPMA President
Renay joined Pelyn Veterinary Group from school as an animal care YTS trainee. She went on to become the first veterinary nurse to be trained by the practice after qualifying in 1989. She eventually became Head Nurse and was promoted to the role of Practice Manager. She has recently studied for a Level 5 Diploma in Management and in 2016 she took on the role as President of the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA). Renay is a firm believer in the local veterinary practice being a part of the local community.
Nick Stuart, Vet Wellbeing Awards
Nick, one of the founders of the Vet Wellbeing Awards, worked variously in mixed practice, as the sole vet for a large farming group, before settling on small animal practice. He became the Director and owner of Vale Vets and Vale Referrals, a small animal and referral practice operating out of two RCVS accredited hospitals in Dursley and Portishead. Nick is a past President of SPVS (Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons) and is currently an assessor for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme.
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