Our 2018 judging panel will include:
Our 2018 judging panel will include:
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.
Sophie Aylett qualified from Liverpool Vet School and briefly worked for the PDSA before settling into mixed practice work in Shropshire. In 2010, she and her non-vet husband decided to start their own farm only practice in Worcestershire. Currently running a team of 7/8 full-time vets, Sophie is very keen to promote well-being and job satisfaction as well as nurturing new graduates, not an easy task in farm animal practice where most of the work is solitary. Her practice were the first farm animal winners of the SPVS Wellbeing Award (small practice) in 2017, and are also the only farm practice to hold three Practice Standards Awards at Outstanding (Team and Professional Responsibility, Client Service, Advisory/Consulation Service. Recently, Sophie has joined the RCVS team of PSS assessors, enabling her to escape her overflowing in-tray and visit other exceptional practices around the country.
In 1995, following a career in the NHS, a science degree and maternity leave, Julie took a part-time job at a veterinary practice. She planned to return to ‘a proper job’ a year later. However, she was soon hooked and became Practice Manager of Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre, a large independent mixed practice in Buckinghamshire in 2009. This led to her joining the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) in 2006 and she gained the Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management. Now rebranded as the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), Julie is honoured to be its first President. She is also a member of the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative taskforce. She feels blessed to be part of a practice team with a positive and supportive culture and is looking forward to being one of the judges of the 2018 Vet Wellbeing Awards.
Peter Brown qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1982 and after 3 years in mixed practice bought a small animal practice on the South Coast, where he stayed for nearly 30 years, overseeing its development from a single-handed business to a five vet, three centre first opinion practice. Peter has been a member of SPVS Council/Board since 2010, serving as PRO and Treasurer and running the Society’s surveys from 2012 to 2017. He is currently President, overseeing a strategic review of the Society’s business plans. Peter also enjoys charity work and is a trustee of the Greek Cat Welfare Society (UK). He makes regular trips to the Greek Islands, which he admits are as much for pleasure as for business. Outside of practice Peter and his wife Teresa enjoy reading, travelling and the arts as well as being keen walkers and cruciverbalists.
Carolyne is an experienced equine vet, an award winning personal performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher and lecturer. Recognising that many of the challenges faced by today’s veterinary surgeons and veterinary teams are non-clinical, Carolyne and the team at VDS Training helps others overcome the personal and professional challenges they face on a daily basis. Delivering 1on1 coaching programmes, workshops on stress management, personal effectiveness, resilience, assertiveness, team dynamics, communication skills, conflict management, leadership and management skills, she is passionate about equipping others with skills and techniques that make a positive difference to their personal and professional lives. 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 and has a Masters degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing. Outside of work Carolyne is a wife of a vet, mother of 2 children and a keen runner.
Maria Lowe Qualified from Bristol in 1994, after six years working in a small animal hospital, she started Viking Vets in 2000. Her main interest is to be a GP vet, embracing all its challenges, and helping the team to provide excellent service for pets and clients.
Blacks Vets is an award winning 5 site Independent Practice in the Black Country with an Accredited Veterinary Hospital and own OOH. Tracey’s passion is to create sustainable competitive advantage through strong, inspiring leadership across all business functions using an inclusive, ‘people first’ approach. Prior to the veterinary world she had her own management consultancy tackling key issues for her clients and creating blueprints for their success utilising past experience in the corporate, SME, manufacturing and retail markets.
Pam was in practice for 38 years as assistant, partner in a Veterinary Hospital & latterly as a locum. She has worked in or visited hundreds of veterinary practices and is really interested in how practices consider their team members wellbeing and how they treat the greatest practice asset, the people who work there. Pam is currently Lead Assessor for the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme. She is also an SQP assessor for AMTRA & organise CPD for SQPs; she edits the BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines and organise the BSAVA Dispensing Course; and is on the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Board
Dr Elinor O’Connor is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and 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 on a number of projects with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Mind Matters Initiative to investigate sources of work-related stress in UK veterinary practice and identify workplace wellbeing interventions for the veterinary profession.
Lisa Quigley is responsible for the day to day running of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Mind Matters Initiative. She has a background in mental health and employer engagement and previously worked for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, particularly in the workplace, and believes that breaking down stigma and raising awareness are key to addressing mental ill health in the veterinary sector.