Andrew Curwen - Chief Executive & Training - Chairman
I qualified from Bristol Vet School in 1990 and worked in practice before moving into the pharmaceutical industry. During my time in industry, I was closely involved with the launch of the first BVD vaccine and gained from the experiences of the management training programmes of an international organisation. Prior to joining XLVets in 2006, I was Marketing Manager for Bayer Animal Health in the UK. As Chief Executive I am responsible for supporting the Board of Directors to ensure that we set the best strategy for the organisation and deliver on our goal. Through cooperative-competition we strive to achieve clinical excellence in what we do, grow our practice businesses through meeting our clients needs, increase our business efficiency and effective practice communications, and most importantly, delivering high quality training for all our practice teams. And whenever I can I enjoy mountain climbing and getting out on my bike.
Chairman, Business Management Director & Training - Director
Andy Adler - Chairman, Business Management Director & Training - Director
I am a director at Synergy Farm Health a large farm animal practice in the South of England. I have responsibility for the Sheep, Beef and Youngstock clinical development groups as well as being involved in the Marketing and Financial aspects of the business. Clinically all my work is with farm clients and having spent time abroad I enjoy working with farmers who aspire to deliver great farming with efficient utilization of resources whilst delivering exceptional animal welfare outcomes.
When not at work I become a glorified taxi driver to my three kids mainly persuading them that they do want to go down to the sailing club so we can all go sailing. I also maintain the family garden which involves deciding what the definition of a weed is.
I am managing director of Paragon Veterinary Group - we are a 3-centre mixed practice - based in Carlisle, Penrith and Hexham. We also have an associate practice in Aspatria - Beacon Vets. My clinical role within the practice is on the large animal side, with a particular bias towards herd health and bovine reproduction - I hold a DBR and am an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production. I represent the UK on the World Buiatrics Committee. Outside work, I try to spend time with my wife and three daughters, and enjoy time mountaineering, skiing, scuba and most outdoor activities.
I am a founding director of Tyndale Vets in Gloucestershire. The practice started with three vets in 1998 and now comprises a team of 8 farm vets, 2 TB testers, 2 SQPs and 1 para-professional. The practice workload is predominantly dairy, but with an increasing sheep and beef client base as the practice expands. I particularly enjoy working with my dairy clients in all aspects of herd health and management to improve the cow health, welfare and productivity. When not at work, I can often be seen on my mountain bike. Luckily, I can combine this with spending time with the family as we all have a love of the outdoors and travelling.
Bridget Taylor - Director Responsible for Farm Issues
I am one of five partners at Wright and Morten Veterinary Surgeons based in
East Cheshire. We are a 20 vet practice with separate farm, equine and small
animal departments. My clinical work is in the farm animal department with
an emphasis on preventive medicine and farmer training. We work with dairy
cows, beef cattle and sheep. I have management responsibilities across the
whole practice and enjoy working with our enthusiastic, capable teams of
vets, nurses and support staff.
When not working I act as chauffeur for my two children to their respective
social and sporting activities. I have recently taken up road cycling and
am a keen skier, mountain walker and ex-runner.
Tim Hutchinson - Director Responsible for Small Animal Issues
I am a born and bred Yorkshire man – though hail from the down-to-earth outskirts of Barnsley rather than the more picturesque parts of the county! I have always had an interest in surgery (especially orthopaedics), so spent four years in a busy city-centre small animal practice in West Yorkshire before moving down to help develop the small animal side of Larkmead, in 1998, where I continue to pursue small animal clinical work
Adrian Oliver - Director Responsible for Small Animal Issues
I am Managing Director of Penbode Vets in Devon and Cornwall responsible for ensuring that the board’s strategic vision is reflected in our projects and operations. My clinical work is becoming limited by this, my XL Farmcare Devon and Cornwall board role and my XLVets role – and my desire to spend some time with my family and to travel before I’m too decrepit to cope with the things I enjoy. But I am, at heart, still a small animal clinician who really enjoys the interactions between clients and staff and pets at all levels.
We have horses, sheep, pigs, cats and teenage children at home so there is always something to do there but I love skiing, enjoy hill walking and pretend to enjoy cycling occasionally.
Wendy Furness - Director Responsible for Equine Issues
I joined Scarsdale Veterinary Group in 1998 as an equine vet, gained my RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2003 and joined the partnership in 2006. My clinical work is 100% equine however from a business perspective I combine my clinical role with working on the Finance, Purchasing, Marketing, and Clinical excellence teams within our partnership. Working within these areas has kept me up to date with the needs and pressures of all aspects of mixed practice business.
RAFT Solutions is a research, advanced breeding, food futures consultancy and training company, owned by Bishopton Veterinary Group and Synergy Farm Health. I have looked after RAFT since its inception in October 2010.
I am also a director for XLVets Training Services Ltd having helped set up the Company and the FarmSkills training service.
I joined the XLVets team in January 2015 to provide maternity cover for the XLEquine business manager position. In October 2015, I moved into a new role within the XLVets operations team to lead the delivery of business process efficiency within XLVets, its affiliated businesses and member practices. Prior to joining XLEquine, I worked as a 100% equine vet within XLVets member practices following graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Outside of work, I enjoy walking my chocolate labrador 'Rolo' and attending group fitness classes.
Based in the XLVets office at Dalston as a Project Manager, I will be delivering a variety of projects which will benefit members. My background is project management, providing advice to business leaders/owners and providing learning and consultancy in leadership and management training. I have worked across all business sectors from farms to restaurants. I love being outdoors so in my spare time you will find me mountain biking, walking or fell running.
Olivia joined the XLVets Training Services team in September 2014 after moving from ASDA where she was a buyer for three years. She lives in Ripon with her boyfriend who is a farm vet from our Bishopton Practice, and so has a good understanding of the veterinary industry!
Olivia enjoys all things outdoor, including walking and shooting and spends her weekends helping on the farm!
Olivia looks forward to meeting all of the XLVets Practices and supporting them with their CPD requirements!
Based at Pride Park Veterinary Centre in Derby, I will be supporting the Small Animal and Equine Executives and coordinating a number of marketing projects for our XLVets members. My background is in marketing and includes six years as a Marketing Project Manager, working with various teams on a number of new product launches. I enjoy playing badminton every week and going for long walks with our seven year old Labrador Ruby.
As Farm Brand Manager, I work with the Farm Executive and Farm Board to champion the XLVets Farm Brand and deliver the farm activity plan which includes initiatives such as Calf Tracker and the Woolpack, and delivering the key agricultural shows that we attend. I am also editor of our publication Livestock Matters. In my spare time you might find me out on the farm, walking my springer spaniel Rocky or travelling.
Based at the XLVets office in Dalston, I joined XLVets in July 2015 on the business administration apprenticeship scheme after completing my A-Levels. In July 2016 I moved to my new role, Marketing Assistant working with Colm, Gemma and Ann implementing marketing activities on behalf the farm, equine and small animal executives. I have an interest in digital marketing so will be developing my skills further in this area to bring targeted electronic updates to members and help practices with their electronic communications to clients. I also provide the helpdesk support for enquiries relating to the BVDFree England database.
Based at Pride Veterinary Centre in Derby my role involves supporting John Turkington and Emma
Batson to communicate purchasing information within the small animal and equine group.
My background is in the textile manufacturing industry where I was a merchandiser for three years.
In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog Molly, cooking and retail therapy.
Based at Pride Veterinary Centre in Derby my role involves supporting the small animal and equine teams with medicine purchasing and reporting. I have joined XLVets from the aerospace sector where I was training to be a quality engineer, having previously worked in accounts and credit control. Outside of work I enjoy decorating and going on adventures with my two dogs Bailey and Bobby.
I joined the XLVets team in January 2011 as Farm Executive manager to help facilitate the needs and activities of the farm executive. late in 2014 my role changed to Meeting & Events Manager; functioning as part of the business process team, I work closely with colleagues and members across all species groups to co-ordinate the smooth and efficient delivery of all XLVet meetings. I have also developed an interest in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and following various courses during 2014/15 I achieved my NLP Business Practitioners qualification at the end of 2015.
I enjoy going to the gym, walking and spending time in France which of course means enjoying their delicious food and wine too!
Based at Pride Park Veterinary Centre in Derby, I will be administering bureau payments for Lifetime Care Club together with assisting Laura & Ann. My background is in banking, procurement and customer service. In my spare time I enjoy making jewellery and spending time with my family and friends.
I joined XLVets in August 2015 as an office administrator on an apprenticeship scheme. I have previously completed a business course at Carlisle College, I have an additional interest in accounts having completed my AAT level 2 qualification. In my spare time I enjoy taking part in a range of young farmer’s activities, I am currently the secretary of my local club. I also enjoy spending time with my family and dog, Alfie.
Tammy Brown - Training - Administrator & Accounts Assistant
Based in the Training Services office at Bishopton Vets in Ripon, I work part time, five days a week, 10am-3pm. In April 2015 I took on the role of Accounts and Administration Assistant. As part of my role, my main duties include the day to day accounting, processing payments and administration of the VetSkills, FarmSkills and EquineSkills courses. Before joining the Training Services team I worked for Wolseley UK in the finance department for three years. When I am not at work, I am kept very busy by my two little boys.
My role involves developing the XLVets IT infrastructure to enable effective and efficient communication between member practices. I provide IT support and development services to XLVets and try to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible! I spend most of my time working from home but attend weekly meetings with the team at the XLVets office in Dalston. In my spare time I enjoy playing football, cycling and walking in the Lake District.
Having joined XLVets in May 2013 as a full time IT Support Technician then into an IT Manager role, I help with the everyday running of anything to do with technology, from setting up hardware and software, to providing support for staff and member practices. My background is in hardware and networking having graduated from the University of Cumbria with an Applied Computing Bachelor of Science degree with Cisco CCNA credentials. In my spare time I enjoy hunting out new additions for my extensive film collection and taking day trips around the lake district.