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 2019/2020

GILLIAN PAGE VPMA DIRECTOR

Gillian Page
VMG 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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JULIE BEACHAM JUNIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND COMPANY SECRETARY

Julie Beacham 
VMG Senior Vice 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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RICHARD CASEY VPMA DIRECTOR

Richard Casey

VMG Junior Vice President

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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RUTH MACKAY VPMA DIRECTOR

Miles Russell

VMG Finance 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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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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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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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.  Cath Grimsey (formally a director of the VMG) is now in charge of the administrative duties.

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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