Our structure

Our Board

The Board is responsible for corporate and financial governance, setting the strategic direction and overseeing the performance of BVA. David Calpin is BVA Chief Executive and makes management decisions for the Association and reports to the Board on a regular basis. Derek Thorpe is BVA Company Secretary.

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 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.

BVA Officers

The current BVA President (Daniella Dos Santos), Senior Vice President (Simon Doherty) and Junior Vice President (James Russell) all serve as members of the BVA Board.

Find out more about the BVA Officer team

Judith Collings

Non-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 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, and 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-executive 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

Council 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

Council 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

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 the BVA Board.