BVA Officers

Electing BVA officers

The Electoral College

The Electoral College is the body of electors that assesses nominations and formally selects members for election to officer status.

Current members of the Electoral College:

Patricia Colville

Patricia works in the referral and out of hours environment as Business Development Director for Vets Now, having previously managed their Glasgow 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital. Patricia is also on the Council of BVA Scottish Branch, and a Director and Trustee of Vetlife.

“Now more than ever it’s important that we have talented and motivated individuals willing to work hard on our behalf and show leadership of the profession. I’m delighted to be playing a role in ensuring the appropriate balance of skills and experience across the BVA Officer team”

Paul Freeman

Paul retired in 2017 after 39 years in general practice, most of which was spent as a partner in a mixed practice in rural Northumberland. Paul enjoys an active retirement, maintaining his links with the profession as a member of BVA Council and as a Vetlife trustee and volunteer, studying for a history degree with the Open University, and training for competitive rowing.

“During my current term on the Electoral College, I instigated reform of the BVA JVP application process by suggesting that candidates should submit a short video presentation. This helped to level the playing field between the candidates, a few of whom were already known to some (but not all) of the College and allowed all members of the College to better form their own impressions of each candidate.”

James Bould

James is currently a full-time companion animal veterinary surgeon in a busy general practice in the Staffordshire Moorlands having qualified in the first cohort from the University of Nottingham in 2011. Prior to this he completed a BSc in Bio-veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool. Currently serving on our Member Benefits Committee, James is a strong supporter of BVA and has a genuine desire to contribute to the profession. Having already served one term of office on Electoral College he understands the importance of a robust process for selecting a Junior Vice President with the right skills, experience and character.

“I believe the BVA plays an incredibly important role in representing the profession; promoting the role of vets and improving animal welfare through its campaigns and government lobbying. The president is the face of the association and the profession. As such it is crucial we select the best candidate”

In addition to 3 BVA members, the Electoral College consists of:

  • Independent chair (Dr Judith Hulf) - non-voting
  • BVA Officers (Malcolm Morley, James Russell, Justine Shotton)
  • a BVA Past President (John Fishwick)
  • BVA Board Chair (Steve Anderson Dixon) - non-voting

For more information, see the Electoral College terms of reference.