Chris Laurence MBE QVRM TD BVSc MRCVS was elected chairman in 2017 by CFSG members.
Chris qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1968 and went into mixed practice in Somerset. A year later he moved to Chippenham in Wiltshire to take up purely small animal practice at the Hale Veterinary Group. Chris subsequently was Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA and Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust.
Chris is involved in a number of charities. He is chairman of the Animal Welfare Foundation and the Pet Blood Bank, Chairman of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust and a Director of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust Ltd.
Paula Boyden BVetMed MRCVS
After joining Dogs Trust in 2010, Paula became Veterinary Director in 2011.
She is Representative at the European Commission’s Animal Health Advisory Committee, Chair of the Links Group, Member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Rabies Core Group, Member of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, and a Board member and treasurer of the Blue Dog Trust.
Paula has sat on working groups for both the British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and is a founder member of the Association of Charity Vets.
CFSG is run by Marisa Heath who is responsible for writing consultation responses, reports and letters to Government on issues affecting dogs and cats in England.
Marisa has over ten years experience working in local and national Government and 6 years working in the animal welfare field having run the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare since 2008. She has written a number of reports and articles on animal welfare topics and has worked extensively with third sector organisations and industry.