Our Committee for 2022-2023

Tommy Doyle 

President (He/Him)

I’m Tommy, the President, and I’m gay and cis. I live in a small town in rural Sussex and work in a small animal practice, where I’m a partner.

I’ve been involved with the group since 2016. I joined it thinking I could help other people, but as it turned out I benefitted from the group far more than it needed me.

I came from an Irish Catholic school where being gay was not talked about, and when I went to university there were no visible veterinary LGBT+ role models. Being part of BVLGBT+ has helped me understand that I don’t need to be different people at work and at home: that there are many different and equally legitimate ways to be a vet.

Dan Makin

Senior Vice President (He/Him)

I’m Dan. I have been actively involved with BVLGBT+ since its inception and have held several roles on the committee which culminated in me becoming President of the group in 2019.

I am deeply passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion within the veterinary profession and I am proud to be a member of the RCVS Diversity and Inclusion Group. 

Helen Redpath

Secretary (She/Her)

Hi, I’m Helen, currently secretary for the BVLGBT+ group. My role is mainly assisting with arranging meeting dates, and recording/circulating agendas and meeting minutes.

The BVLGBT+ group are like another family; a fantastic, welcoming and approachable bunch of folks, providing much-needed support to those feeling isolated in the profession, which can be a lonely place. From the moment I met the group I felt accepted; and look forward to every meeting, especially the wonderful Pride events.

Peter Heather

Treasurer (He/Him)

My name is Peter and I’m the BVLGBT+ treasurer. I’m a vet and independent practice owner on the south coast. In my spare time I play golf, walk the dogs and do a bit of beekeeping at home.

Pride events and our other BVLGBT+ get-togethers are a great source of pleasure for me personally and professionally. Some wonderful friendships and support networks have flowed from these and connecting with other LGBT+ colleagues has been a particular joy these past years.

I hope to play my part in furthering the amazing work that BVLGBT+ has done to date.

Joe Simon

Publicity Officer (He/Him)

My name is Joe and I am in charge of all things publicity. I graduated from Liverpool University in 2019 and helped set up the LGBT+ society there, which was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. 

You can find us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook where I will be working on sharing content to do with our society and to mark any significant days of the year. I hope to bring valuable and wholesome content!

Being part of BVLGBT+ has given me some of the richest experiences of my life – I wouldn’t change being LGBT+ for anything! I always remember being particularly touched when walking around the Castro District in San Francisco and being blown away at how much history of struggle and rebellion in those three blocks that helped push forward equality and allow us to live in a much more accepting society than what older generations had. Listening to their stories is so valuable and reminds us of all the work that still needs doing.

Ami Sawran

Assistant Publicity Officer and Farm Vet Liaison (She/Her)

I’m Ami, a clinical director of Westpoint Farm Vets in Chelmsford. My role within the committee is to try to increase engagement of farming, agricultural and farm vet communities with LGBT+ issues. 

Traditionally, people in these industries are not used to speaking up or indeed coming out, consequently there can be a real lack of understanding about LGBT+ matters. We need to make sure that we afford support and promote open discussion within these spheres to help people feel safe, understood, and part of our wider community.

Tobias Hunter

Student President and Website Officer (They/Them or He/Him)

Hi, I’m Tobias. I’m a 3rd Year Veterinary Student at the University of Liverpool and eager to support the BVLGBT+ Committee this year with their upcoming projects. I’m trans and non-binary and I’ve met a few obstacles on my journey through Vet School so I’m keen to work to remove those obstacles for future generations and to make the veterinary profession as inclusive and supportive as possible.

I will be working on the website and also assisting the rest of Committee working on delivering talks and CPD packages to veterinary practices.

Sam Morgan-Hourd

Nursing Liaison (She/Her)

I’m Sam Morgan-Hourd RVN and I have only just recently become a committee member on BVLGBT+ however prior to this I have been a keen supporter since the outset and have attend London Pride twice with BVLGBT+ in my previous role as BVNA president.

My interest in the committee is to help to provide advice, guidance, and support primarily to Veterinary Nurses and Student Veterinary Nurses alongside Vicki Neilson. I feel this group is a vital one in the veterinary profession to show there are understanding and likeminded individuals you can count on and (hopefully) be a role model to.  Events like pride help to showcase this support but the groups is more than this event, we are looking to reaching out to college and universities to publish that BVLGBT+ exists and is there for whoever needs them.

James Whitmore

Entertainments Officer (He/Him)

I’m James, I am one of the BVLGBT+ Entertainment Rep. I graduated from the RVC in 2014 and now work at Cotts Equine Hospital in Cardiff, my main interests are lameness diagnosis and stud work.

Ben and I are planning a society spring away day (depending on COVID restrictions), London Pride and Glasgow Pride 2021.  I’m proud that the society has enabled members of our profession and paraprofessionals to feel empowered and confident  enough to attend their first pride event.

Ben Curnow

Entertainments Officer (He/Him)

Hi! I am Ben, and I work as a lecturer in Equine Practice at the University of Liverpool. I love my job, as I get to combine clinical work with teaching the final year vet students the day-one-skills that set them up for their first few years in practice.

I have taken on the duties of Ents Rep for this year at BVLGBT+. James and I are planning plenty of virtual events in the lead up to Pride season during 2021.

Hope to see you there!

Charlotte McCarroll

Welfare Officer (She/Her)

I’m Charlotte, I graduated from the University of Glasgow vet school in 2008. I am a bisexual trans woman so tick the B and T of LGBTQI+ and live with my wife, Natalie, and our cat, Moses.  My plans as Welfare Officer is to provide a support network for LGBTQI+ vets and vet students, and help provide a safer working environment within the veterinary profession through improved education and support for veterinary workplaces in being better allies to their staff and students.

As a veterinary student, I never felt safe enough to be my authentic self.  The veterinary profession has always seemed quite conservative and placed staff wellbeing second to patients and clients.  However, with appropriate support, friendship, encouragement, and mentoring of staff and students with the safety to be our authentic selves will improve our wellbeing and patient care

Mat Hennessey

Founder and Past President (He/Him)

I’m Mat, I’m one of the BVLGBT+ past presidents and currently help out on the committee. It’s been wonderful to see our group go from strength to strength over the last few years and I’m so proud of the things we’ve accomplished. 

Working in our professions can be challenging enough at times, and nobody should have the extra burden of having to worry about how their sexuality or gender identity will impact their careers.

Leah Morley

Past President (She/Her)

Bio coming soon.

Benjamin Cross

General Committee (He/Him)

I’m Benjamin, I graduated from the Dick Vet in 2019 and have settled in Edinburgh after falling in love with the city during my time in vet school. I now work in small animal practice with a particular interest in clinical animal behaviour. I’m new to the BVLGBT+ committee and am looking forward to helping the team and connecting with more of my LGBT+ colleagues! I’m happy to tick the B and T in LGBTQI+. Everyone should feel safe, supported, and respected whatever their sexuality or gender identity, and I’m happy and excited to be involved with the committee to help promote that ethos in our profession and help our colleagues and our friends.

Michael Matthews

General Committee (He/Him)

Hi there! I’m Mike and I’m a small animal vet based in Herefordshire. I moved over to the UK from South Africa in 2019 after graduating from Onderstepoort in 2017.

I’ve recently joined the BVLGBT+ committee and will be helping out with Publicity.

Being new to the country, It’s been amazing to attend BVLGBT+ events, meeting amazing people who are part of an intersection between two important aspects of my life that had never really crossed paths before.

I’m also looking forward to attending my first Pride in London this year! Hope to see you all there!

Marisol Collins

General Committee

Bio coming soon.

Damaris Fey

General Committee (She/Her)

My name is Damaris, I graduated as a veterinary nurse in 2008 and after 10 years of equine nursing, I recently changed to small animals. I now work at an ophthalmology referral centre and enjoy monitoring anaesthesia and meeting exotic species.

I guess my label would be bisexual but I can’t wait for the day when people don’t need to “come out” anymore, and we can just love and be loved without judgement and division. 

Jo Hambling

General Committee

Bio coming soon.

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