BVA Board

The Board is responsible for corporate and financial governance, setting the strategic direction and overseeing the performance of BVA.

Chief Executive David Calpin is responsible for operational delivery, leadership and management, and is accountable to the Board.  

Company Secretary is Derek Thorpe.

Election and terms of office

The Board consist of 9 members - 3 BVA Officers, 4 directors elected by Council and up to 2 non-veterinary directors appointed by the Board.

Non-veterinary directors are approved at the annual general meeting.

The Chairman is elected by the other members of the Board and is responsible for monitoring implementation of the Board's plans and decisions.

With the exception of the BVA Officers, the directors serve for a 3 year period, renewable once.

Board members

Philip Lowndes

Philip Lowndes, Board memberChairman

Philip graduated from Bristol and spent 7 years in mixed practice before embarking on a career in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. He has held national and international commercial roles in general management and global marketing leadership.

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos Santos head shot - board member


Daniella obtained a BSc (hons) in Molecular Genetics from Kings College London in 2007, before going to study veterinary medicine at the RVC, qualifying in 2012. Since then she has been in first opinion small animal and exotic animal practice and is currently working towards her CertAVP zoological medicine.

Simon Doherty

Simon Doherty (board pic)Senior Vice President

Simon Doherty is Director of Blackwater Consultancy Ltd and Animal Science & Aquaculture Specialist to the UK Government Department for International Trade (DIT). Simon was President of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association and of the Northern Ireland Branch of BVA from 2015-2016. He is a member of the UK Board of livestock development charity, Send a Cow, and a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation.

James Russell

Junior Vice President

James Russell.jpg

James is a veterinary consultant, and a Board member of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, representing the organisation on the Bovine TB Eradication Advisory Group for England. He has over 17 years’ experience working in mixed practice in Essex, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Judith Collings

Judith CollingsNon-Veterinary Director

Judith is a chartered accountant and spent 15 years as Finance Director for Vaillant, a multinational heating technology group. Prior to this she had roles in various companies ranging from a small sports management group to a newly established subsidiary of Granada PLC. Judith also has experience in IT, HR, contracts and facilities management. She currently runs a small business advice practice and is a non-executive director of a housing association.

Steve Anderson Dixon

Non-Veterinary Director

Steve Anderson Dixon

Steve Anderson-Dixon was until recently Chief Operating Officer of the enlarged Trinity Mirror Regionals division following it's acquisition of Local World Media Group. Prior to this Steve was the Managing Director of Trinity Mirror Regionals since November 2014 overseeing seven regional centres.

From January 2012 Steve was Managing Director of Trinity Mirror Regionals’ media businesses across Wales, Huddersfield, Manchester, Liverpool & Cardiff. Steve has nearly 40 years publishing experience and has spent the last 5 years engaged in the migration of print to digital publishing.

Steve is currently a Non Exec Director on a number of other boards including The Publica Group, JBP Westminster and InVesta Property. He has also held a number of non-executive director roles at organisations including Teletext, Extra Care Charitable Trust, Roosevelt Scholarship and has previous experience as Chairman of Nottingham Regeneration.

Kerstin Alford

Kerstin Alford, BVA Board memberCouncil elected

Kerstin has been working at director and senior leadership level for the past 14 years, most recently for Blue Cross as Director of Service Delivery. A ‘big picture’ person, with a track record of successful delivery, she has strong strategic planning and development skills and demonstrable ability in creating, articulating, and achieving delivery against organisational vision. 

Adi Nell

Adi Nell, BVA Board memberCouncil elected

Adi's business training and experience have given him a broad, deep and very practical understanding of the challenges of running a large organisation, managing the conflicting demands of diverse stakeholders, and delivering value. Adi's been a sole trader, a small business owner and, more recently, senior partner in one of the UK’s largest veterinary businesses. His particular interests are in strategic planning, business development, marketing and engagement.

Ruth Lysons

Ruth Lysons, BVA Board member

Council elected

Ruth worked in private practice before joining the Veterinary Laboratories Agency then Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where she managed policy and expenditure on veterinary surveillance, endemic and zoonotic diseases. Ruth is currently Senior Independent Director at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is a Trustee of the Charity ‘My Cancer, My Choices’. A BVA member since 1982, Ruth was on the Veterinary Policy Group prior to election to its Board.