PDSA is governed by a Council (composed of Trustees) which approves all policies and major expenditure programmes within the charity.
Council meets every three months to monitor progress, to review the financial position and make any necessary policy decisions.
Council has three standing sub-committees:
- Audit Committee
- Finance & Investment Committee
- Special Purposes Committee
Council is composed of eminent people from varied backgrounds in business and the arts, who give freely of their time and expertise.
Michael Bolton became a PDSA Trustee in 1997 when he retired from practice as a Chartered Accountant. He was appointed PDSA Chairman in January 2010 and is also a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. Michael was Regional Managing Partner of BDO Binder Hamlyn before the firm merged with Deloitte Touche, where he continued as partner of the merged firm. Michael also served a term as President of the Birmingham and West Midlands Society of Chartered Accountants and for five years he was a member of the Education and Training Directorate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Richard Clowes became a PDSA Trustee in 2006 after retiring in 2005 as Group Managing Director, Corporate Development for global manufacturer at GKN. Prior to joining GKN in 1991, Richard held various positions with TI Group plc. He is a chartered engineer and former Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Richard chairs PDSA’s Finance & Investment Committee.
Mike Dernie became a PDSA Trustee in 2006 from an extensive background in public relations. He trained and qualified as a newspaper journalist before joining British Gas plc and then Midlands Electricity plc, where he was Corporate Relations Director. He then became an independent PR consultant, specialising in the arts and heritage sectors. Mike has considerable experience as a non-executive director and as chairman or member of charity boards. He is a fellow of the RSA, a Methodist lay officer and local preacher and a former member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Mike is also Chairman of the PDSA Retirement Benefits Plan.
Catherine Dixon became a PDSA Trustee in 2011. She is a solicitor and currently Chief Executive of the NHS Litigation Authority. Previous appointments include General Counsel & Company Secretary for the NSPCC, director of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in Canada and commercial director at Bupa Care Services.
Gary Ennis became a PDSA Trustee in 2010 and is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. He is Regional Managing Director for Barratt Developments plc in the South of England. His career progression in the property and house building industry embraced line and specialist management roles, culminating in Divisional FD and MD positions, prior to his current appointment in 2006. With strategic, financial, people, operational and sales responsibility for five geographically diverse Business Units, Gary leads a devolved senior management team.
Noel Guilford became a PDSA Trustee in 2009 and is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee and the Audit Committee. He is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the accounting profession, the past 25 of which have been in corporate finance and business consultancy. Noel is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a Member of the Securities Institute and a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. He is a former Regional Chairman of the Institute of Directors in the North West of England and is the managing partner of Guilford Consulting.
Noel was formerly a senior partner at Baker Tilly where, in addition to his client responsibilities, he was National Corporate Finance Technical & Compliance Partner. He was also a member of the firm’s National Corporate Finance Steering Group. Noel was also previously a corporate finance partner at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance, with whom he spent a large proportion of his time, over a four-year period, working in the Middle East.
Roger Hills became a PDSA Trustee in 2004. Prior to his retirement in 1999, Roger was Executive Director of Schroder Investment Management Ltd, and Chairman of Schroder Personal Investment Management Ltd. He has subsequently been appointed a Trustee of the Schroder Charity Common Investment Funds and is a Trustee of two charities associated with Roald Dahl. He has been a keen PDSA supporter for many years and is dedicated to helping preserve African wildlife. Roger is a member of PDSA’s Finance & Investment Committee.
Laurie Mayers became a PDSA Trustee in 2010 and is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. Her early career was built with some large financial companies in New York, before transferring in 1990 to Morgan Stanley’s European division in London where she was Head of Credit for Europe. She moved to ING Barings in 1996 and then to NatWest Global Financial Markets where she was Global Head of Counterparty Credit Risk. After its acquisition by RBS, Laurie was appointed Group Head of the bank’s Basel 2 programme. In 2004 she joined Ernst & Young as Partner in the Financial Services Risk Management Practice, before moving to Barclays Bank in 2007 as COO of its global Internal Audit function. In July 2012 Laurie joined Moody’s Investor Services as Associate Managing Director in its European Banking Division following just over two years as Manager of the Capital Management team at the FSA heading up a specialist unit responsible for evaluation of banks' overall capital requirements and firm wide stress testing processes.
John Miller became a PDSA Trustee in 2010 and is Trustee of the PDSA Retirement Benefits Plan. John’s initial career in education progressed from teacher training to leading major organisational change projects for FE colleges. He grew his consultancy business and specialised in people-led change programmes for a portfolio of clients across the private and public sectors. In 2001 John was appointed Group Development Director of Brammer plc, an industrial services group. A wide-ranging role, he had responsibility not only for HR, change, people and organisation development, but also marketing, systems, logistics and operations for the company’s emerging markets across Europe. Having retired from corporate life last year, John now runs his own change consultancy in London.
John Murphy became a PDSA Trustee in 2010. He is a retail professional whose career has incorporated a succession of senior executive appointments with Metro, the multi-national wholesaler and retailer. After holding Operations Director and Purchasing Director positions in Makro, the Group’s UK business, John was appointed VP Sales & Marketing for Metro’s start-up in China. In 2003 he moved to run the Group’s businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. After deciding to take early retirement in 2009, John took up his first voluntary position as a trustee of his local Cricket Club and he is also a non-executive director on the board of a logistics company.
Mike Radford became a PDSA Trustee in 2002 and is a member of the Audit Committee. He was Deputy Chairman from 2008 – 2011. He is a Lecturer in Law at Aberdeen University and has also lectured at the University of East Anglia. Mike is an advisor to many veterinary and animal welfare organisations, including the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (‘RCVS’). He is a member of the Companion Animal Welfare Council, the RCVS Animal Welfare Science and the Ethics & Law Board. He also sits on the Independent Advisory Council. Mike is a Trustee of Dogs Trust, and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.
Brigadier Warde became a PDSA Trustee in 2007 prior to his retirement as Director, Army Veterinary and Remount Services, in October 2007. He became Deputy Chairman of PDSA in June 2011 and chairs the Audit Committee. Brigadier Warde was commissioned into the Royal Army Veterinary Corps as a Lieutenant, after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 1973, and served in a variety of posts in Europe and the Middle East, working principally with military dogs. In 1997 he became the first Veterinary Officer to be British Liaison Officer Medical on the Army Staff of the British Embassy in Washington DC, USA, in the rank of Colonel. He is currently an independent member of the Veterinary Policy Group of the British Veterinary Association.
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