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Steering Group Members

 Claire Horton (Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

Claire_Horton.jpgClaire joined Battersea in the role of Chief Executive in June 2010 having spent 16 years in senior management positions; the past 12 at CEO/Board level.    Previous charities include NSPCC where she was Area Appeals Manager, then Regional Press and Public Affairs Manager. She then spent six years as a Director for Cats Protection, working at national and regional level on strategic development and managing the charity's rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming operations. Claire is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Dogs & Cats Home.  She has lobbied on campaigns that have successfully changed legislation as well as dedicated public awareness campaigns relating to rescue, rehoming issues and general animal care. In 2014 Claire became a non-executive director of the Animal Health & Welfare Board England which advises Defra.

 David Bowles (RSPCA)

David_Bowles.jpgDavid Bowles is the head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA. He manages the RSPCA's strategy in 30 countries, the political work in Europe, Westminster and local government along with its campaign work.  David has worked for the RSPCA for 15 years and prior to joining the RSPCA, he worked for 15 years in zoos and with undercover organisations looking at the illegal trade in birds, ivory and endangered species.

 Margaret Roberts (Cats Protection)

Margaret_Roberts.jpgMargaret qualified as a vet at the University of Edinburgh in 1986. While pursuing her career in private small animal practices, she developed a keen interest in feline welfare, and her work included helping to neuter the feral cat population in Portsmouth Dockyard. She first came to work for Cats Protection in 1997 when she was appointed as the charity's first Veterinary Officer, then returned to the charity as Head of Veterinary Services in 2006. Maggie was made Director of Veterinary Services in 2008.  Maggie is also a founder member of the recently formed Association of Charity Vets.

 Paula Boyden (Dogs Trust)

Paula_Boyden.jpgPaula graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. She then spent 11 years in general practice before joining Intervet / Schering-Plough Animal Health as a veterinary adviser in 2003. She joined Dogs Trust as Deputy Veterinary Director in June 2010 and became Veterinary Director in August 2011.

 Richard Hooker (PDSA)

Richard_Hooker.pngRichard 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.

 Steve Dean (Kennel Club)

Steve_Dean.png​Steve is Chairman of the Kennel Club. He has authored the veterinary column in Dog World called 'A Vet's View' since 1993. He has also contributed veterinary chapters in various canine books. As a veterinary surgeon Steve has experience in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, as a general practitioner and has been a past lecturer in anatomy at the Royal Veterinary College. Steve retired in 2011 as the Chief Executive of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, an Agency of Defra. He still lectures veterinary students annually and is a special Professor at both The Royal Veterinary College and Nottingham Veterinary School and he also holds a Diploma in veterinary radiology.

 Steve Goody (The Blue Cross)

Steve_Goody.jpgSteve originally entered The Blue Cross as director of companion animal welfare having worked within the voluntary sector (animal welfare) at senior level for some twenty-seven years. Steve has worked as field director with Dogs Trust, and is now the director of external affairs with The Blue Cross. Additionally, he is chairman of the Northern Ireland Companion Animal Welfare Committee (NICAWC), vice chairman of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes and is a trustee of the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) and Pet Fostering Services Scotland (PFSS).