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.
Richard Hooker, BVMS (Hons) MRCVS, is the vice-chairman of CFSG having been elected in 2013 by members.
Richard is the Director of Veterinary Services at PDSA. A graduate of Glasgow University Veterinary School, Richard spent two years in a large mixed practice in Staffordshire before joining PDSA in 1996 as Veterinary Surgeon at Aston PetAid hospital in Birmingham. He later moved to Stoke-on-Trent PetAid hospital as Senior Veterinary Surgeon.
Richard led the introduction of preventive services in the PetAid hospitals including microchipping, vaccinations and neutering.
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.