Council & Council Committee Structure

The Academic Year runs from 1st August - 31st July 

Council Members and other trusteeships held by them:


Chairman - Baroness Young of Old Scone MA FRSGS AHM FRSE

RVC Council (Chairman) The Baroness Young of Old Scone
The Baroness Young of Old Scone

Barbara, Baroness Young of Old Scone

Barbara Young was appointed as a Member and Chairman of the RVC Council from 1st August 2019.

She has had wide experience as chief executive or chairman in leading large complex public sector, charitable and educational organisations in environment, media, education and health.

Her chief executive positions have included leading NHS healthcare groups in Scotland and London, and as Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Environment Agency and the charity, Diabetes UK. She has also been Chairman of English Nature and the Care Quality Commission, Vice-Chairman of the BBC and is currently Chairman of the Woodland Trust, which is growing in its role of protecting, promoting, restoring and increasing woodland cover in the UK.   For ten years she was Chancellor and member of the Council of Cranfield University, during which it grew further in reputation and funding with a substantial academic, research and campus development programme.

Internationally she helped found Birdlife International, the global species and habitat conservation partnership and is still Vice-President. She is President of the South Georgia Heritage Trust which has completed a ten year programme to eradicate rats from South Georgia in the South Atlantic to protect the unique assemblage of albatrosses and other birds.

She has honorary degrees from a range of universities and is an Honorary Fellow of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

A Labour life Peer since 1997, Baroness Young sits on the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee and is an officer of the Agroecology, Game and Wildlife and Water All Party Groups.

She lives in rural Bedfordshire and competes unsuccessfully at dressage. Her aged Irish Sports Horse has a close relationship with his equine vet practice!

Other Interests Held Position
Cranfield University Chancellor
Cranfield University Member of Council
Woodland Trust Chairman
RSPB Birdlife International Vice President
South Georgia Heritage Trust President
St Mary's Hospital Development Charity Trustee

Vice Chairman and Hon Treasurer - Mr R M F Bright CB MA

RVC Council (Independent Member) Mr Roger Bright
Mr Roger Bright

Roger Bright was appointed to the RVC Council in 2013. He was appointed Honorary Treasurer from 1st August 2016 and is the Chairman of the F&GP Committee and the Major Strategic Projects Oversight Sub-Committee (MSPOSC). In 2019, Roger was appoint as Vice Chairman of RVC Council.

Roger's career spans some 40 years at the public/private sector interface, with a particular focus on the property sector. He began his career as a Whitehall civil servant in the Department of the Environment, where he held a number of senior positions, before becoming Deputy Chief Executive at the Housing Corporation in 1991. After a stint in financial services regulation at the Financial Services Authority, he was appointed Chief Executive and Board member of The Crown Estate in 2001, a position he held until his retirement in 2011. Roger was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009.

Between 2012 and January 2019, Roger was the Chairman of the Advisory Board at public affairs specialist Curtin & Co. He continues in a number of non-executive roles including Chairman of Private Rented Sector Operations Ltd and Chairman of the West and North West Cambridge Development Project.

Other Interests HeldPosition
Private Rented Sector Operations Ltd. Chairman

West & North West Cambridge Estates Development Board

(Subsidiary of the University of Cambridge)


 St John's Winchester

Chairman of Trustees

Independent Member - Ms J Alexander

RVC Council (Independent Member) Ms Jane Alexander
Ms Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander was appointed to Council in 2017 and also joined the Finance & General Purposes Committee.  

Jane has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate finance lawyer with Norton Rose and then 3i, a FTSE 100 investment business, where she was responsible for legal strategy, deal risk management and legal outsourcing across its European investment business.  

In 2011 Jane joined The Royal College of Art, the world’s leading postgraduate art and design university, as Pro-Rector (Operations) with responsibility for strategic planning, financial and estate issues, governance and risk management. She was Chair of the RCA’s Equality & Diversity Committee and a member of the Advisory Board of InnovationRCA, the student business incubator.  

Between 2010 and 2014 Jane was a trustee of The National Association of Youth Theatres, the sector development agency for youth theatre in England.  

She is currently a Governor and the Vice Chair of the Board of the Contemporary Dance Trust (The Place), home to the London Contemporary Dance School, a founding affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama, and the Richard Alston Dance Company.

Other Interests HeldPosition
 Contemporary Dance Trust (The Place) Governor and Vice-Chair
Contemporary Dance Trust LimitedDirector

Independent Member - Dr A-M Coriat PhD

RVC Council (Independent Member) Dr Anne-Marie Coriat
Dr Anne-Marie Coriat

Anne-Marie Coriat is Head of UK/EU Research Landscape at Wellcome. She has over 20 years experience working across research funders in strategic planning, policy, operational delivery and funding. Anne-Marie currently works on issues affecting the research environment with a particular focus on developing a more positive culture for careers in research and research quality.

She received a degree in chemistry and environmental science from Cardiff University, was a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine and worked as a hospital biochemist in Manchester before completing a PhD in developmental biology.  Prior to joining Wellcome, Anne-Marie held a range of management positions with the UK Research Councils including Director for Capacity, Skills and Infrastructure at the Medical Research Council, and Chair of the Research Councils UK Research Group.  She is a member of the Executive Board for the UK Council for Graduate Education.

Anne-Marie was appointed to RVC Council and is as a member of the Nominations & Fellows Committee with effect from 1st August 2019.


Other Interests Held Position
Wellcome  Head of UK/EU Research Landscape
UK Council for Graduate Education  Executive Board Member

Independent Member - Mr R Hargreaves BVSc MRCVS

RVC Council (Independent Member) Mr Robin Hargreaves
Mr Robin Hargreaves

Robin Hargreaves was appointed as an Independent Member of RVC Council in August 2017

Robin was born on a hill sheep and beef farm in the Yorkshire Dales and from there attended the veterinary school at Liverpool University. Following graduation in 1985, he has been in general practice and since 1988 has worked exclusively with companion animals within a large mixed practice in East Lancashire. He is a Director of the 18-vet practice and works full-time in first-opinion clinical work.

Robin is a past president of the Lancashire Veterinary Association and was President of the British Veterinary Association 2013-14. He is the current Chairman of Liverpool University’s Veterinary Alumni Association.

Other Interests Held Position
Stanley House Veterinary Group Director
RVC Veterinary Practices Ltd Director
Liverpool University Veterinary Alumni Association Chairman
Agri Pet Insurance Veterinary Consultant and Veterinary Panel Lead

Independent Member - Mr J Heawood BSc MSc

John Heawood was appointed as a Member of the RVC Council from the 1st August 2019 and, having served as a Co-Optee to the Finance & General Purposes Committee for the past six years, was also elected as a Member of this Committee from the 1st August 2019.

He has very broad experience of the real estate sector in a career as a Chartered Surveyor of over 40 years. For the first twenty years  he undertook a variety of advisory and consultancy roles until he joined SEGRO plc in 1996 as a main board director where he was responsible for the U.K. business until 2008 and then ran the Ashtenne Industrial Fund for Aviva Investors until 2013.

John has since 2001 been a trustee of Marshalls Charity, a Church of England charity established in 1631.

He is also a non executive director of Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income plc which was launched in November 2017 and which invests in warehouse and logistics real estate across Continental Europe.

Other Interests Held Position
Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC  Non Executive Director
4 Corners Industrial Asset Management Limited  Non executive Director
Marshalls (New River House) Limited  Director
Marshalls Charity  Trustee
John Heawood Consulting Limited  Director

Independent Member - Dr S Lishman CBE MA MB BChir FRCPath DSc(h.c.)

RVC Council (Independent Member) Dr Suzy Lishman
Dr Suzy Lishman

Suzy Lishman was appointed as an Independent Member of RVC Council in August 2017 and has chaired the Ethics and Welfare Committee since August 2020.   

Suzy studied medicine at Girton College, University of Cambridge and at the London Hospital Medical College. She is currently a consultant histopathologist at Peterborough City Hospital, with a particular interest in colorectal pathology, cancer screening and patient safety. 

As President of the Royal College of Pathologists from 2014-17, Suzy provided leadership for pathologists and healthcare scientists working in over 15 different specialties, including veterinary pathology. Suzy currently chairs the Royal College of Pathologists’ Medical Examiners Committee, as well as being Lead Medical Examiner in her hospital. 

Suzy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2018 for her contribution to pathology services. 

Away from work, Suzy is an amateur art historian and enjoys scuba diving. She is a trustee of several charities and a non-executive director of the Medical Protection Society.

Other Interests Held Position
Medical Examiners Committee, Royal College of Pathologists Chair
Bowel Cancer UK Scientific Advisory Board Chair
National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) Trustee
Medical Protection Society Non-Executive Director
Association for Art History Trustee
Burley Terrace Limited Director

Independent Members - Mrs A Pearce Higgins MA (Oxon)

RVC Council Independent Member) Mrs Amanda Pearce Higgins
Mrs Amanda Pearce Higgins

Amanda Pearce Higgins was appointed to the RVC Council and as a Member of the Audit Committee from 1st August 2019.

Amanda is a Chartered Accountant by training and has had a long and successful career with professional services firm PwC. In recent years, her primary focus has been advising organisations on risk management and Internal Audit. Her experience at PwC has provided her with a strong independent voice and the ability to deal with difficult issues at a senior level.

Since retiring from PwC in 2015, Amanda has held a number of Trustee and Non-Executive Director roles. She has also worked with RVC in an advisory capacity on a variety of distinct projects, including a governance review and a gender equality (Athena Swan) award.

Other Interests Held Position
Active Oxfordshire (CIO)  Trustee
Active Partnerships National Board  Trustee
Chinnor Rugby Football Club Limited  Non Executive Director

Independent Member - Mr P Reid

RVC Council (Independent Member) Mr Peter Reid
Mr Peter Reid

Peter Reid was appointed as a Member of the RVC’s Council since 1st June 2014, having served on the Council’s Audit and Risk Committee between May 2010 and 2015. Since  1st January 2011, he has also been a Director of the College’s wholly owned business incubator “London BioScience Innovation Centre”. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of the College’s department “RVC Business”, which brings together many of the college’s commercial and business facing activities.

Peter is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who has formed several technology-based start-ups, been the CEO of a company, which was subsequently sold to a PLC and has acted as a business coach and angel investor.

Since 2000, Peter has created a number of organizations all targeted at supporting the social and economic impact from the research base including: (a) the Digital Catapult (a national centre of collaborative R&D and innovation for digital technologies); (b) London Technology Network (a not-for-profit company which stimulated over 300 university-business collaborations annually from 2002-2012); (c) CSEL (a joint venture between London Business School and UCL whose goal was to stimulate and support technology-based entrepreneurship within the academic base).

He has held many other roles helping to deliver impact from the research base.

Other Interests HeldPosition
London Bioscience Innovation Centre Ltd Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Independent Member - Dr S Virdee

Sonia Virdee was appointed a Co-Optee Member of the RVC Audit Committee from the 1st August 2019. From the 1st August 2020, Sonia was appointed as a Independent Member of RVC Council and became, at this time, an Independent Member of the Audit Committee.

Sonia was award her PhD in Evolutionary Genetics by the University of East Anglia 1991. Since then she has gained wide experience of the HE sector, working firstly as an academic until 1999 and thereafter holding senior Strategy and Planning roles in a number of UK universities. 

Since 2005, as a Co-director of Okra Consulting, Sonia has also been providing consulting advice and support (regarding knowledge transfer /  enterprise / strategic planning etc.) to high profile clients in the national and international HE sector.

Other Interests Held Position
Strategic Planning Integration, University of London  Director
Orka Consulting  Co-Director

Ex-Officio - President of the Students' Union 2020 - 2021 - Mr Q Wedmore BSc

President of the Students' Union 2020-2021  Mr Q Wedmore BSc
Mr Quentin Wedmore

Quentin Wedmore  was elected RVC Student’s Union President for 2020-2021. He is in his fourth-year student studying veterinary medicine at RVC, before which he read biology at the University of Bristol. He sits as chair of the board of Trustees and chair of Council for RVCSU. He has previously held the position of Environment Officer for RVCSU and during this time he formed the Student Climate Change Committee which acts to raise awareness of environmental sustainability issues within RVC and facilitate student involvement in similar projects. During this time he also committed the SU and the RVC to declaring a climate emergency and setting a date for carbon neutrality. Quentin is also currently one of the student representatives on the Racial Equality Task Group which aims to investigate and address racial equality within the RVC.  

Around his studies Quentin takes a keen interest in many sports, including playing for and coaching the RVC’s hockey teams. His keenness for sports has led to him sitting on boards for several sports clubs.

Other Interests Held Position
Student Union, RVC Trustee & President 2020-2021

Academic Board of the College - Professor J E Maddison BVSc DipVetClinStud PhD FACVSc MRCVS SFHEA

RVC Council (Academic Board of the College)  Professor Jill Maddison
Professor Jill Maddison

Professor Jill Maddison was elected in June 2016 by members of the Academic Board to represent the Board on Council. Her term of office as an Academic Board Member of Council will be from 1st August 2016 until 31st July 2020.

Jill is a graduate of the University of Sydney. She completed an internship at the University of Sydney, spent 18 months in full time private practice in Sydney then completed a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Guelph, Canada. She returned to Australia and completed a PhD entitled Neurochemistry of Hepatic Encephalopathy at The University of Sydney. She was a senior tutor and clinician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Sydney from 1987 and from 1990-2000 was a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology. During this time, she also worked in general and specialist veterinary practice and was a consultant for a veterinary clinical pathology lab. In 2000 she became the Director of the Veterinary Science Foundation at the University of Sydney.

Jill moved to the UK with her family in April 2001. From 2002 she was a veterinary clinician and lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, based at the college’s first opinion practice and was appointed a Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge where she tutored in pharmacology. She is currently Professor of General Practice, Director of Professional Development and Director of Extramural Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. She is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and CPD at the RVC in the areas of small animal medicine, clinical problem-solving and clinical pharmacology.

Other Interests HeldPosition
None Held

Academic Board of the College - Professor A A Pitsillides BSc(Hons) PhD

RVC Council (Academic Board of the College) Professor Andrew Pitsillides
Professor Andrew Pitsillides

Andrew Pitsillides was elected to his first term on RVC Council in 2015 as representative of RVC’s Academic Board.

His international scientist/researcher career has spanned 34 years and he is a recognized teacher with Higher Education Academy Fellowship status for 20 years. He gained an Applied Biology BSc degree (1984) and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Assistantship for his PhD studies, conducted jointly at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and National Institute for Medical Research (London, 1988).

He successfully secured Arthritis Research-UK Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate positions, joining University College London Medical School (1990), a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded Post-Doctoral Research Scientist position (1993) and then Lectureship at the Royal Veterinary College (1994). His research is currently funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust and Arthritis Research UK. He previously acted as a consultant for Smith & Nephew, for Hopsteiner (S.S. Steiner, Research and Development) and for CellAct Pharma. Andrew is currently a consultant for Haoma Medica (venture capital backed biotech company).

Andrew has sat on British Society for Matrix Biology (BSMB) and Bone Research Society (BRS) Executive Committees. He has been elected Member of the Biosciences Federation and with Life Membership to the International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences and, most recently, elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB, 2014) and Fellow of the Anatomical Society (FAS, 2016).

Prof Pitsillides is currently an external appointee on the William Harvey Research Foundation Grants Review Committee. He is also an Independent expert for Science & Technology proposals to the Ministry of Education, Greek Governmental Agency, and Recognized Expert Reviewer for the National Fund for Scientific Research Belgium (FNRS), Platform SEMAPHORE Fund for National Research (France) and for European Commission Research Framework Program and ERC Starting Grants.

He has published ~115 scientific articles, recently received the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Award (2012) and a Development award from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2013), regularly gives many plenary lectures at major International Research Conferences, has received the RVC’s Jim Bee Educator Award, been appointed as External examiner advising UCL, Imperial Collage and Queen Mary’s Colleges, London and has been Chairman of RVC’s Teaching Quality Committee (2007-2013).

Other Interests HeldPosition
Arthritis Research - UK  College of Experts Member
Arthritis Research - UK  Fellowship Funding Panel Member
Arthritis Research - UK  Strategy Setting in Biomechanics & Bioengineering  Member
William Harvey Research Foundation Grants Review Committee Member
Willberrys Research, Expert Scientific Panel Member
Haoma Medica Limited Consultant

Ex-Officio - Professor S W J Reid BVMS PhD DVM DipECVPH FRSE MRCVS (Principal)

RVC Council (Ex-Officio) Professor Stuart Reid
Professor Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid 

Stuart Reid is Principal of the Royal Veterinary College, London.

With research interests in the application of quantitative epidemiological techniques to diseases of both animals and humans he has worked in Africa, Australia and the USA and has published over 130 papers and won over £15M in competitive grants. His most recent work, with others, on the One Health aspects of antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella appeared in Science and the Proceedings of the Royal Society and challenged some of the basic tenets of the origin and transmission of resistance.

He is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in veterinary epidemiology and a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, of which he was the first elected president. He has served on numerous committees including the Scottish Science Advisory Committee and the Veterinary Products Committee.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 2001 and was a member of the RSE inquiries into Infectious Salmon Anaemia, Foot and Mouth Disease and Avian Influenza. He has been recognised by his peers with the award of the Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific Award (2010), the Wooldridge Memorial Lecture and Medal (BVA, 2010), the McCall Lecture (2012) and is the 2016 recipient of the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal for the advancement of veterinary science.

A veterinarian who has worked in both the private and public sector, Reid has served on the executive committees of the professional regulatory bodies in Europe and the UK; he currently chairs the European Committee on Veterinary Education and he served as President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2014-2015, the governing body for the veterinary profession in the United Kingdom.

Other Interests HeldPosition
The Donkey Sanctuary Chairman of Trustees
RCVS Mind Matters Group Member
University of London, Board of Trustees Trustee
University of London, Collegiate Council Member
University of London, Safety Committee Chairman
University of London, Estates Committee Member
University of London, Academic Space Working Group Chairman
SEDRIC, Wellcome Trust Board Member
 Vet Schools Council Member
Animal Care Trust Trustee - ex-officio
LBIC [RVC Subsidiary] Director
RVC (Hong Kong) Ltd [RVC Subsidiary] Director
RVC Developments Ltd [RVC Subsidiary] Director

Secretary to the Council - Mr I Darker

RVC Council (Secretary to the Council) Mr Ian Darker
Mr Ian Darker

Ian Darker - Secretary to Council and Chief Operating Officer

As Secretary to Council, Ian advises the Chairman and Principal on governance issues, helping to ensure the College remains compliant with relevant legal and professional frameworks. He also assists Council in setting the strategic objectives of the College.

Ian graduated from the University of Hull in 1986 and has a postgraduate diploma in HR Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

After a period in administration at the University of Hertfordshire, he began his career in HR in the retail sector before moving back into higher education in 1998. He worked at the London School of Economics before returning to the University of Hertfordshire in 2004. He joined the RVC as Director of HR and became COO in 2014.

As COO, Ian supports the Principal in the operational management of the College and works with the Vice-Principals to help deliver the strategic aims of the three Mission Groups: Learning & the Student Experience; Research & InnovationClinical Services. He provides leadership to the Professional Services Management Team and works closely with the Director of Finance.

Other Interests HeldPosition
None held  

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