Staff Profiles

Greg Warman

Chief Operating Officer & Chairman

Greg Warman is an experienced and driven Company Director with a passion for education. His duties encompass Chairmanship of the Board, Chief Executive and Responsible Officer (Ofqual/CCEA), and VetSkill SQP Registrar (Veterinary Medicines Directorate). He spent 41 years in Banking specialising in Agriculture and Horticulture prior to joining VetSkill in 2015. Greg is keen to develop qualifications that meet the needs of VetSkill clients maintaining its mission of “providing qualifications that inspire success.”


Barbara Drysdale RVN, CertEd

Director

Barbara is a qualified RVN, who went on to  gain her Certificate in Education after leaving practice to start teaching.  Barbara has been involved in many diverse areas of the Veterinary Nursing teaching world, from Animal Care to Veterinary Nursing and has been involved in programme development. She has taught in both Further and Higher Education and was instrumental in the development of the UK’s first Veterinary Nursing degrees. She is an accomplished Senior Manager and Company Director with a vast knowledge and background experience having worked for a major FE/HE provider. Barbara is passionate about the advancement of her own profession as well as the development of progression for learners in all fields of employment and study.


Sam Double BSc(Hons), VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), DipAVN(Med), RVN, CertEd

Programme Manager

Sam is an experienced educator and has previously worked in several Further and Higher Education institutions across a number of subject areas including Veterinary Nursing. Prior to joining VetSkill, Sam was a Programme Manager for Veterinary Nursing and Higher Education at a large Further Education College. Sam also has extensive clinical experience in Veterinary Nursing after spending 12 years in several university and private referral hospitals. Sam is passionate about advancing education and assessment and ensuring that VetSkill provide an inspirational range of qualifications and end point assessments.


Claire Kent CertEd, A1/V1, RVN

Standards Manager

Claire is an experienced veterinary nurse with extensive quality assurance involvement. With a career as a Registered Veterinary Nurse for over 30 years, including Head Nurse of a referral practice and Practice Manager, Claire has a wide breadth of leadership and management skills. Claire has a proven track record of leading quality assurance and improvement as Head of Centre for two veterinary nursing centres, with Lead IQA, Programme Manager and Chief OSCE Examiner responsibilities across FE and HE provision of veterinary nursing and associated qualifications.

Claire has overall responsibility for managing VetSkill’s quality assurance strategy. Incorporating operational implementation, audit and review of quality assurance processes. With a team of External Quality Assurers, Claire works with potential and existing centres to develop their processes and procedures to maintain high quality standards and to drive a culture of continuous improvement.


Nadine Thomson MCMI

Operations Manager

Nadine is an experienced Business and Operations manager who has worked within the public sector and further education for nearly 20 years. As our Operations Manager Nadine oversees all the operational functions of the VetSkill business and has a particular interest in business processes and procedures.

Prior to her managerial career Nadine’s worked in the Animal Care industry enjoying many years involved in Animal Rescue and she continues to be an animal welfare advocate who loves to spend time with her rescue dog Daisy.


Sairéad Wild BSc (Hons), PgDip, RVN, LIQA, CET

Qualifications Manager

Sairéad came to VetSkill from an FE and HE college, where she was a course director and lecturer, covering FE, HE and Access to HE, as well as leading the IQA team.  Prior to that she worked for another key veterinary-orientated awarding body as an education consultant, after having worked in a referral hospital and general practice.

Feline behaviour and welfare are Sairéad’s ongoing obsessions, and she is currently in the dissertation year of a Master’s degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour, with the University of Edinburgh.

Sairéad is keen to be integral in the development and management of the VetSkill portfolio of qualifications, which offer inspiration and aspiration for those who wish to work with, or around, animals.


Victoria Turner

Senior Administrator

After 14 years in banking Victoria took a career break to raise her young family, and has now joined VetSkill as one of our Senior Administrators. Her responsibilities include overseeing all administrative functions, staff line management, and maintaining a strong network of both internal and external stakeholders.  She is passionate about providing excellent customer service to the Centres and Training Providers we work closely with. Victoria’s competitive nature sees that she enjoys and participates in several sports, particularly running at present.


Rebecca Turner

Administrator

Rebecca is our office administrator. Her responsibilities include learner registrations, Centre administration, and health and safety. She has undertaken training to become VetSkill’s First Aider after her experience working for the NHS. Her duties also include maintaining accurate learner data, processing assessment bookings, and co-ordinating certificate claims from VetSkill approved Centres. She assists with the progress of Centre applications liaising with the Standards Manager and Quality Visitors regularly. Rebecca is also responsible for managing the administration of assessments working alongside the Qualifications Manager. After 7 years of bakery and food service experience, Rebecca also enjoys making cakes for the team!


Carol Palmer

Assessment Officer

Carol came to VetSkill with a background of having worked for seven years within the veterinary nursing qualifications sector. She has extensive experience in the organisation of practical assessment and the processes involved in the provision of theory examination. Prior to that she spent nine years working in the areas covering veterinary practice training and support and has also managed the production and publication of a range of veterinary journals. In these posts Carol has met, come to know and become friends with a number of clinicians and educators.


Emma Du Beke

Qualifications Officer

Prior to joining VetSkill Emma worked within the education sector as a Course Director for a Higher Education Veterinary Nursing programme. Whilst in this role she developed an interest for wellbeing and mental health which prompted her to go on to study a BSc (Hons) in Psychology – during which she has been actively working to improve mental health support within Veterinary Nursing. Emma has 15 years clinical experience, working in several private referral hospitals and has previously worked as a neurology nurse for the NHS. Emma works alongside the Qualifications Manager to enhance and improve a range of qualifications and assessments for VetSkill.


Ella Canham BVSc, PGCertMedEd, MRCVS, IQA

Standards Officer

Ella is a veterinary surgeon who joined VetSkill from a large Further and Higher Education training college, where her roles included FE Course Director, HE and FE Lecturer and Internal Quality Assurer. Prior to that she was Head of Centre for a small FE training college, after working within general practice. Ella will be working as part of the Standards team to support VetSkill centres.


Zoe Meads BSc (Hons), RVN, IQA

Standards Officer

Zoe is an RVN with experience in general practice, veterinary research, education and most recently, quality assurance.  Zoe joined VetSkill from a large FE college where she was a lecturer and undertook Internal Quality Assurance for both Higher and Further Education. Zoe’s experience in research and the education sector have taught her a valuable set of skills which help to ensure that high quality standards are maintained and improved.  Zoe will be working closely with VetSkill centres, alongside the Standards team.

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