VMG Board of Directors 2018-04-19T15:34:21+00:00

The VMG Board

The VMG exists to support its members and the wider profession in driving excellence in veterinary practice management. The VMG Board is made up of up to 15 elected members who help to steer the organisation and help it achieve its key aims. Board members serve a minimum term of 3 years. The Board of Directors is chaired by the VMG President who usually serves a term of 1 year.

VMG Board of Directors 2018/2019

JULIE BEACHAM JUNIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND COMPANY SECRETARY

Julie Beacham 
VMG President

Following a career in the medical world as a nurse and a Clinical Scientist, and a spell of maternity leave, I took a part-time reception role at a local veterinary practice in 1995. It was supposed to be short term, with a view to returning to ‘a proper job’ a year later. However…….

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RENAY RICKARD PRESIDENT OF THE VPMA

Renay Rickard
VMG Senior Vice President

I am the practice manager of the recently merged Kernow Veterinary Group which is a multi-centred mixed practice in mid Cornwall.  Qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse …

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GILLIAN PAGE VPMA DIRECTOR

Gillian Page
VMG Junior Vice President

I joined the VPMA Board of Directors in June 2016 and at that time, was co-owner and Business Manager of Ayrton Veterinary Hospital near Edinburgh…..

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CATH GRIMSEY FINANCE DIRECTOR

Cath Grimsey
VMG Finance Director

I have a background in equine veterinary practice, where several years working my way up from a junior position to that of practice manager, gaining my masters …

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GEORGINA HILLS VPMA DIRECTOR

Georgina Hills

VMG Director

I started as a student Veterinary Nurse in 1995, and progressed to Nurse and then Head Nurse in various practices in the South West. Looking for the next challenge I moved from …

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IAN WOLSTENHOLME VPMA DIRECTOR

Ian Wolstenholme

VMG Director

I have been a small animal veterinary practice manager in the Greater Manchester area since 2005 and before that enjoyed a long career in independent electrical retail management …

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RUTH MACKAY VPMA DIRECTOR

Ruth Mackay

VMG Director

I am a veterinary surgeon, who qualified in 1991 and spent the first three years of my career in mixed practice in the North of Scotland. In 1994 I ventured across the border to …

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STUART SAUNDERS VPMA DIRECTOR

Stuart Saunders

VMG Director

I have been a practice manager for veterinary practices since 2007 and currently look after a small animal Hospital and branch practice in beautiful rural Devon.

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Janie Clare, VPMA Director

Janie Clare

VMG Director

I trained and qualified as a Nurse at a busy mixed practice in Cheshire. I have been the practice manager of Rutland House veterinary hospital & referral centre for …

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RUTH MACKAY VPMA DIRECTOR

Ashley Gray

VMG Director

I am the founder of Vetsure Pet Insurance. Since qualification, from Cambridge Vet School in 1997 I was a practicing vet and in 2009 whilst working in practice in North London I decided to start Vetsure…………….

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RUTH MACKAY VPMA DIRECTOR

Joanna Mallia

VMG Director

I made the leap from banking to companion animal practice in 2002 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse back in 2005…..

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RUTH MACKAY VPMA DIRECTOR

Miles Russell

VMG Director

I entered the veterinary profession in April 2008 as Practice Manager of The George Veterinary Group, a large mixed practice in Wiltshire, and joined the board of Directors in 2016…….

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RICHARD CASEY VPMA DIRECTOR

Richard Casey

VMG Director

Before joining the veterinary world seven years ago I spent a number of years working in HR and people development for a variety of companies like First Choice Holidays, Amazon and T-Mobile. However pets and working with others have always been two great passions

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THE OFFICE

THE VMG OFFICE

The predecessor of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG) was the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) that was established in 1993. The secretariat was originally undertaken by the Council of the time, and for the first few years after inception.  Once the membership started to grow help was sourced from an external company to give admin support to the Council and this was originally provided by Malcolm McCoy Administration Services.  Christine McCoy was the face of the secretariat and sub contracted the work to others including Linda Marshall and Maria Barratt who, having provided the admin support for a number of years already, were asked to take over and run the secretariat in 2002.

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Past Presidents (since VPMA launch in September 1993)

  • Renay Rickard: 2016 – 2018

  • Howard Brown: 2015 – 2016
  • Helen Sanderson: 2013 – 2015
  • Pauline Graham: 2012 – 2013

  • Rebekka Fiorani: 2010 – 2012

  • Iain Lorraine: 2009 – 2010

  • Sarah Hibbert: 2007 – 2009

  • Rita Dingwall: 2005 – 2007

  • Brian Wright: 2004 – 2005

  • Fiona Baxter: 2003 – 2004

  • Maggie Shilcock: 2002 – 2003

  • Carole Clarke: 2001 – 2002

  • Hanno Payne: 2000 – 2001

  • John Bower: 1998 – 2000

  • Nancy Fox: 1996 – 1998

  • John Sheridan: 1993 – 1996