Our trustees

Julian Kupfer, Chair

Julian Kupfer, Chair

Julian Kupfer, Chair

BVSc LLM MRCVS

After graduating from Liverpool Julian worked in mixed practice concentrating on livestock and was a partner in a veterinary hospital in the South West.  Since leaving practice he has worked in senior management in the service sector industry and latterly spent several years in the pharmaceutical industry with major technical roles.  Julian brings knowledge of marketing, operational management, strategic planning and the charitable sector. He remains active in his local BVA subdivision and is a past president of WCVA.

Richard Hooker, Treasurer

Richard Hooker, Treasurer

Richard Hooker, Treasurer

BVMS (Hons), MRCVS

PDSA Director of Veterinary Services

Richard qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University and began his veterinary career in a private practice in Staffordshire. In 1996 he joined PDSA as a veterinary surgeon in Birmingham, before becoming Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the Stoke-on-Trent Pet Hospital.

Richard was then appointed Chief Veterinary Surgeon at PDSA, before being appointed as Director in 2008, having responsibility for PDSA’s 48 Pet Hospitals and wider veterinary network. Richard is accountable for the effective delivery or the charity’s public-facing veterinary work and shaping the strategy and delivery of all of the treatment, prevention and educational services that PDSA provides.

He has previously served on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Nurses Council, as well as being a Council member for the British Veterinary Hospital Association, and he continues to represent PDSA on the Canine and Feline Sector Group.

Malcolm Morley

Malcolm Morley

Malcolm Morley

BVSc MRCVS

BVA Senior Vice President and Clinical Director at Stable Close Equine Practice

Malcolm Morley is an ex-officio AWF Trustee.

A 1993 Bristol Veterinary School graduate, Malcolm has almost 30 years’ experience in equine medicine in the UK and Australia, with primary areas of focus including first-opinion practice, dressage horses and pre-purchase examination.

Upon graduation, Dr Morley started out as an intern at The Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, before joining an equine veterinary practice in Australia for a year. After returning to the UK, he worked as a locum vet at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire followed by a six-year stint back at Liphook. In this role, he also provided veterinary services to Marwell Zoo, treating species including ungulates, primates, cats, birds and reptiles.

In 2003, Dr Morley set up Stable Close Equine Practice in Winchester with fellow vet Alexandra Sergeant and together they built it into a leading first-opinion practice providing veterinary care to a wide range of horses across Hampshire.

Elizabeth Mullineaux

Elizabeth Mullineaux

Elizabeth Mullineaux

BVM&S, DVM&S, CertSHP, FRCVS

BVA Junior Vice President

Liz Mullineaux is an ex-officio AWF Trustee.

Liz is a 1988 Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies graduate with a varied career in small and large animal first opinion practice.

For many years she was a co-owner of a small animal veterinary Hospital in Somerset. Alongside this role, she completed a Clinical Doctorate which ultimately led to RCVS Specialist status in Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian).

She now works in a variety of British wildlife-related roles, including as an advisor to a large wildlife rescue charity and in academic teaching. She also locums for a small animal emergency service. She is a Past President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Charlotte Burn

Charlotte Burn

Charlotte Burn

BA(Hons), MSc, DPhil

Associate Professor in Animal Welfare and Behaviour Science

Charlotte is a biologist who has specialised in animal welfare and behaviour. She conducts scientific research to improve understanding of animal welfare at the Royal Veterinary College. She also leads a degree course in Animal Biology, Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics. Her expertise covers many animals, and has included research on laboratory rodents, dairy cows, zoo bears, and pet dogs. She has an interest in scientific communication and how to create evidence-based animal welfare improvements in the real world.

Deidre Carson

Deidre Carson

Deidre Carson

BVSc(Syd) MRCVS

Associate Partner, Rossdales LLP

Deidre has been working as a vet in a large equine practice for more than 30 years with her main areas of interest currently being stud medicine and general ambulatory work. She spent several years as chair and trustee for a small local charity which supports human/animal relationships during times of hardship or vulnerability.  She believes that much of the poor animal welfare we witness is due to ignorance rather than deliberate cruelty – although sadly there is still too much of the latter – and so education is the key to improving the way we treat, manage and interact with animals of all shapes and sizes.

Justine Shotton

Justine Shotton

Justine Shotton

BSc BVSc MSc MRCVS/RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine

Head Vet – Wildlife and Exotics, RSPCA and BVA Past President

Justine has been a vet for over fourteen years, initially working with farm animals, horses and domestic pets and now working with wildlife for the RSPCA following eight years as a zoo vet.  Justine is passionate about improving the welfare of all animals, both wild and domestic, and believes that public education is vital to improving knowledge and understanding around animal welfare issues.  As well as her veterinary degree, Justine has a BSc in Veterinary Pathology and an MSc in Wild Animal Health.  Justine was President of the British Veterinary Association in 2021-2, and chose a theme of Sustainability, which she is extremely passionate about.  She has recently been appointed as a Director of Vet Sustain and she continues to champion One Health and sustainability. In her downtime, Justine loves wildlife photography, travelling, learning Italian, baking and pretty much every sport she can try!

Karlien Heyrman

Karlien Heyrman

Karlien Heyrman

BVM&S, MRCVS

Head of Pets, Pets at Home

After graduating from Edinburgh, Karlien spent time as a practising vet in both mixed and small animal practice in Gloucestershire before moving into industry. Attending the AWF Discussion Forum in 2017 sparked her interest in animal welfare science and ethics which played a big role with taking on a role at Pets at Home a couple of years later. As Head of Pets, her responsibility is to safeguard and drive animal welfare within the business. Karlien really enjoys the variety this commercial role brings and the opportunity to improve animal welfare and pet owner education on a large scale.

Jane Clements

Jane Clements

Jane Clements

RVN, MSc

Head of Rehoming and Fostering Strategy, Blue Cross

Jane qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002, after originally studying Equine Science at the University of Central Lancashire.

Being passionate about vet nurse training, she then progressed her career lecturing in veterinary nursing and animal science and was the veterinary nursing approved centre Co-ordinator at Hartpury College during this time.

Jane joined Guide Dogs in 2009 where she was responsible for the health and welfare of working guide dogs and puppies in training across South Wales, the Midlands and the South-West.  In her next role as Head of Neutering at Cats Protection she oversaw the charity’s neutering programme and community engagement team.  In 2024 she joined Blue Cross as Head of Rehoming and Fostering Strategy.

Jane has co-authored a number of studies about attitudes and behaviours and she completed a Master’s in human behaviour change in 2020. Jane believes ardently in the application of behaviour change science to improve animal welfare.

Sandra Corr

Sandra Corr

Sandra Corr

BVMS, CertSAS, DipECVS, FHEA, PhD, MRCVS

Sandra Corr is the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Surgery in the School of Biodiversity, One Health and Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Glasgow.

Following graduation, she spent six years in general small animal and equine practice in the UK, before taking a lectureship in surgery in Zimbabwe for three years. On returning to the UK, she completed a PhD on gait analysis at the Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), and then a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at Glasgow. She has been a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) since 2005. After several years at the Royal Veterinary College in London, and Nottingham Vet School, she returned to Glasgow University in 2016.

Sandra is a clinician-researcher, spending 50% of her time seeing surgical cases, specialising in musculoskeletal trauma and joint disease. Aside from all things surgical, her particular interests include the human-companion animal bond, and ethical questions relating to keeping animals as companions. As well as publishing widely in the surgical field, she has contributed to several book chapters on ethical topics and co-authored a book on Companion Animal Ethics.

Nicola Gladden

Nicola Gladden

Nicola Gladden

BVM&S Dip.ECBHM PhD MRCVS

Farm Animal Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

 

Nicola Gladden qualified from The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2006 and spent nearly eight years working in mixed and small animal practice in different locations in the UK.  During this time she also spent time travelling and volunteering for veterinary charities across the world.

In 2014 Nicola returned to Scotland to take up a position as Senior Clinical Scholar (resident) in production animal health at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2019 she qualified as a diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management, becoming a European specialist in cattle practice.  Whilst at the University of Glasgow she also completed a PhD studying the effects of pain-relief at calving for both the cow and the calf, following the animals for several years and successfully demonstrating that pain-relief at calving benefits both welfare and productivity of cows and their calves.

In April 2022 Nicola moved south to take up a position as Farm Animal Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Vet School where she currently teaches farm animal practice to undergraduate veterinary students, as well as continuing to do some clinical work.

Gwen Rees

Gwen Rees

Gwen Rees

BVSc (Hons) PhD MRCVS

Gwen Rees is a Lecturer in Veterinary Science at Aberystwyth University, previously Senior Research Associate at Bristol Vet School. She is currently leading the Arwain Vet Cymru project, a Welsh Government-funded collaborative initiative to train and support a network of Veterinary Prescribing Champions across Wales. Her research interests include dairy cattle, AMR and antimicrobial stewardship, ethnography and evidence based veterinary medicine.

Qualifying as a vet from the University of Liverpool in 2009, she has worked in farm and equine practice in West Wales and New Zealand. She took up a role at Bristol Vet School as Teaching Fellow in Farm Animal Population Medicine in 2014 and undertook a PhD researching prescription veterinary medicine use by UK dairy farmers.

Gwen is Associate Editor and sits on the Editorial Board for the BMJ’s Veterinary Record Case Reports, Junior Vice President of the British Veterinary Association’s Welsh Branch Council and sits on Welsh Government AMR in Animals and the Environment Delivery Group.

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

MA VetMB CertSAM MRCVS

Caroline is Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA. She has over 20 years of small animal veterinary experience across the sector – charity, independent and corporate practice. Caroline holds the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, and has been on RCVS Council. She has a particular interest in pragmatic care and decision making in complex cases.