Speaker Biographies

Our speakers this year will include:

Anita Bates, VetShare / MiVetClub

Anita has worked with various veterinary manufacturing companies, a wholesaler, a health plan provider and now two buying groups as well as qualifying as a vet nurse originally. This extensive experience has helped Anita to understand profitability in practice, where it can come from, what factors hinder it and she has helped practices develop processes to facilitate profit increases nationwide.

Simon Biles, Moore Scarrott

Simon works solely with vets offering a superb service and a wealth of experience to is clients, including assisting with remuneration planning, partner buy-ins and exits, buying and selling practices, practice start-ups and many other areas of running a successful veterinary practice. Simon leads a team of accountants dedicated to helping veterinary practices to grow and develop, providing them a seamless compliance service as well as giving them real-time financial and commercial information and assisting them to interpret this information in order to benefit their practice.

Guen Bradbury, Innovia Technology

Guen Bradbury uses her training in pharmacology and veterinary medicine to bring fresh insight to clients of Innovia Technology, a global innovation consultancy. Before this, she worked in companion animal practice for several years, then in anaesthesia, both as a clinician at Edinburgh Vet School and in critical care on trials of a bio-artificial liver. Guen is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, and still lectures and does small-group teaching at the University of Cambridge. In her spare time, she runs a rabbit behaviour teleconsultancy and has just authored a textbook on the subject (5M Publishing – 2019). Her experience in biotech is also helping her develop the perfect sourdough culture.

Greg Dickens, Innovia Technology

Greg has the role of strategist and trouble-maker at Innovia Technology – his job is to create ideas, and guide companies through innovation, while also highlighting any weaknesses in their approach or plans. Pepsi, Boeing, Nike, Lego, Merck, Bayer, Ethicon, and DePuy Synthes have all used Greg’s outside perspective to generate market-leading concepts, and to stress-test their innovation processes. Before working at Innovia, Greg ran his own innovation company and was, for a short period, Head Vet at a primate conservation institute. He has also earned a living as a fire-breather on major motion pictures, and as a professional athlete. If he has spare time, he takes photos of insects.

Rafe Garvin, Virtual Veterinary Specialists

Rafe has had a long career in finance, where he has led teams and built businesses within leading financial institutions in the UK, Switzerland and the Channel Islands. Rafe spent over 20 years working with a remarkable set of entrepreneurs internationally and loves nothing more than solving problems and bringing new solutions to businesses. Rafe co-founded Virtual Veterinary Specialists with a similar ambition: to provide a genuinely ground-breaking and clinically focused step-change in the access to veterinary specialists.

Lynne Gaskarth, Drove Vets

Lynne Gaskarth is a Veterinary Surgeon and one of six business owners at the Drove Veterinary Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire. Drove is a first opinion small animal practice, with a hospital, 6 branch practices and its own OOH service. Lynne qualified from Liverpool in 1999, gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2008, and is an advanced practitioner in small animal medicine. Drove is an active member of XLVets UK Ltd and through Lynne’s ongoing involvement with the Leadership Programme she has developed an active interest in employee engagement and mentoring. Drove was the winner of the SPVS Wellbeing Award 2018 and with a team of 20 vets, each with varying requirements for flexible working patterns, Lynne is convinced of the benefits that part time working can bring to the business.

Mark Harwood, Hazlewoods

Mark has been with Hazlewoods since 2003 and works solely with veterinary practices. Mark advises on a whole range of matters including profit improvement, tax planning, valuations, ownership change and buying and selling practices. Mark regularly writes for the veterinary press and presents to the profession.

Tracey Morley Jewkes – Willows Referral Service & Veterinary Centre

Recently appointed as Hospital Director at Willows, the largest referral centre in the Midlands, previously Managing Director of Blacks Vets, a 5 site general practice in the Black Country with an Accredited Veterinary Hospital and own OOH.  Blacks Vets were winners of the Large Practice Category in the Vet Wellbeing Awards 2017. Tracey has contributed to both corporate and SME businesses including climbing the career ladder at BT, building her own manufacturing company into an award winning international business and latterly her own management consultancy.  TMJ loves making a positive difference to sustainable competitive advantage using her experience in leadership, people development, the development of high performing teams, coaching,  sales, marketing, business process re-engineering, business transformation, finance and project management.  

Alan Robinson – B.V.Sc. MRCVS DMS, Vet Dynamics

Alan Robinson has been a veterinary surgeon in practice for 20+ years, a successful business consultant for 18 years to over 600 practices and a director of Vet Dynamics.  His mission is helping independent practice owners improve performance and quality of life in practice.

“I believe most practice owners are working much too hard, for far too long and for much too little reward, because of inefficiency, frustration and poor profitability in your veterinary business”

Paul Short, Cert CII, Lloyd & Whyte

Paul is currently Head of Commercial Development at Lloyd & Whyte and has over 10 years’ experience advising clients around Commercial Insurance and Pet Healthcare Plans. Paul’s focus is to get to know our clients’ needs in order to help vets ensure their pet healthcare plan is profitable.

Nuala Summerfield, RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, Virtual Veterinary Specialists

Nuala is a veterinary cardiologist who has worked in referral practice for the past 16 years. Aware of how the traditional referral model can make close collaboration between referring vets and specialists challenging and seeing the need to address this issue, Nuala co-founded Virtual Veterinary Specialists (VVS) in 2017. The VVS service enables vets to improve their clinical skills and knowledge and to earn RCVS Approved CPD hours whilst working up their own cases in their own practices, under the real-time guidance of board-certified specialists. VVS currently supports an increasing number of practices throughout the UK and provides a multidisciplinary virtual referral service for first opinion practices wanting to keep more of their case management in-house and create a competitive advantage.

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