Pete Orpin is a partner in a large practice in Leicestershire with experience in delivering training and risk-based control models through myhealthyherd.com. Pete divides his time between business consultancy, cattle preventative medicine and disease reduction through myhealthyherd. Pete has a particular interest in Johne’s disease management and has worked with Dick Sibley to help develop a coherent approach to Johne’s disease at a national and regional level. Pete chaired the strategic review of BCVA in 1996 and was BCVA president in 1999.
Dick Sibley is the sole director of his Devon-based mixed practice. Dick co-directs myhealthyherd and has been integral in developing and delivering the infectious disease management programs used in major funded projects in the South West and other regions delivering better health to cattle farms and benefitting vets with new income streams. Dick is a past president of BCVA and previous winner of the Dairy Industry Award in 2006, recognising his contribution to the industry. He is a consultant for MDC / DairyCo and has worked with government to promote dairy cow welfare and the work of the dairy sector. His work with the EIG saw him chairing the Surveillance Strategy Sub-group and taking an active role within the BVD group.
James Russell is a partner in a large practice in Derbyshire. In 2007 James received his post graduate diploma in Cattle Health & Production through the Royal Veterinary College, where he also undertook his undergraduate training. He sits on both BVA Council as the East Midlands regional representative and Veterinary Policy Group where he holds an independent post. These roles have enabled James to gain an insight into the world of veterinary politics and understand more about the processes of government and their relationship to the veterinary profession.
Keith Hurst was previously an international systems manager for GE Capital Bank, with responsibility for improving business performance through quality and driving profitability across the globe. He specialises in quality, organisational processes and project management and continues to provide advice to multi-national companies as a business consultant. Since 2008, Keith has also been involved in the delivery of animal health and welfare training to farmers across England via their local veterinary practice and has worked on collaborative projects with APHA and the NFU to drive major TB awareness projects.
Sarah Royle, a zoology graduate, is a chartered accountant trained by Deloitte (one of the “big four”), where she spent 8 years as a senior audit and fiscal valuation services manager. Sarah gained her expertise in internal business finance and capital structures through her work with all types of business from small manufacturing to large multi-national PLCs and continues to work as a consultant to both industry and practice. Since 2010, Sarah has also worked with vets across the country to deliver animal health and welfare training and, more recently, has been involved in the redevelopment of myhealthyherd.com.