The Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Mick joined Hallmarq as CEO in June 2021, with a passion for building great businesses and a proven track record of over 20 years of achieving revenue, profit and business growth for technology businesses. Most recently, he was Exec Chair for HAS Technology Group which provides award-winning technology solutions for health and social care providers. With his goal-oriented approach and appetite for adventure, Mick has climbed to the South Summit of Mount Everest and crossed the Atlantic Ocean in an open-topped Rigid Inflatable Boat. Any spare time he may have finds him skiing in the winter, walking Florence (his rescue dog from Cyprus) or battling the brambles in his garden.
Chief Marketing Officer
Lynn joined Hallmarq in 2019 bringing her extensive commercial leadership skills to the Marketing Team in her role as CMO. Her 20 years’ experience in Life Sciences, Fortune 20 and start-up environments, spans both diagnostic imaging and pharmaceutical sectors. Her expertise lies in developing marketing strategies, launching new offerings, services and software and organically growing businesses across capital equipment. She is a strong customer advocate bringing ideas back to the business and working in concert with them to drive accessibility to new technology. She has an Industrial Engineering degree and an MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, live music, keeping fit and spending time with friends and family, including her Norwegian Elkhound, Kai.
Chief Financial Officer
Peter is a Chartered Accountant by training but moved into industry as soon as he qualified. He spent ten years with blue chip PLC’s Meggitt and then Siebe, followed by twenty years running Private Equity backed companies. An M&A role at Meggitt proved the inspiration for his PE career whilst he also spent time living and working in North America. The past 17 years have included restructuring, acquisitions, refinancing, secondary MBO’s and exits predominately in technology and manufacturing. Outside of the office he’s a keen cyclist and golfer, loves music and attends as many gigs as he can fit in.
Chief Customer Officer
Annie joined us on 1st July 2019 after 9 years as an Account Manager with IMV Imaging (formerly BCF Technology) and latterly as UK Sales Manager. Prior to that, she held roles in human health, specifically ultrasound and cardiology. With a BSc Hons in Physiology and Biochemistry, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Strategic Sales Management from the Institute of Sales Management, she brings a wealth of veterinary imaging experience to her role as Chief Customer Officer with Hallmarq. An enthusiastic event horse owner and passionate sport horse breeder, Annie owns an international 4* horse that has had since a foal and who has been produced under saddle by world eventing champion Ros Canter. She is also developing a string of promising youngsters for Ros to take on in the future. When not eventing, you might find Annie walking Nobby, the Lakeland Terrier, trying to understand her family’s obsession with cricket, or waging a losing battle with nature on the allotment.
Chief Technical Officer
Steve has led Hallmarq’s product development activities since 2004 and has over 25 years’ experience developing MRI systems, with a PhD and a first-class honours degree in MRI Physics. Steve has worked on the development of both high and low field MRI systems, which includes obtaining the world’s first human head images at 4.7 Tesla and human body images at 3 Tesla. Steve held several management positions before joining Hallmarq. Outside of work he is a keen space enthusiast and STEM ambassador. Steve has seen 4 space shuttle launches, witnessed 5 solar eclipses and met most of the pioneering Apollo astronauts!
Chief Operations Officer
Richard is a Chartered Engineer with a background in innovation, sensing technologies and manufacturing. He started in new product development and disruptive innovation and has ten patents to his name. He spent ten years working for Shell where he worked in varied roles from being an Angel Investor in the “Gamechanger” team, building pipelines off Borneo, to developing sensing strategies for the “big data”. As a COO Richard has worked in early stage SMEs with a focus on Electronics and Software, developing internal systems and driving sustainable high-value growth. He has an MEng from Bristol and an MBA from Henley Business School.
Loren joined Hallmarq in January 2014 with a strong and varied background in sales, procurement, stock control and logistics. Initially working as Operations Co-ordinator, she moved to her current role as Project Manager in February 2019. Working closely with both our Sales and Operations teams, she is the key point of contact for organising system installations around the globe; from initial discussions on site readiness through to system delivery, install and acceptance. An avid horse rider, she spends what little spare time she has caring for, and exercising, her OTTB horse KiaOra, competing in dressage competitions and taking part in RoR events.
Senior Applications Scientist
Elodie joined Hallmarq in April 2014 having studied Biomedical Engineering at The University of Strasbourg prior to that. She joined Hallmarq’s Customer Support Team after working on MRI optimisation in Lille, France and prior to that on CT and image segmentation in Houston, Texas. She has lived and studied in some of the most beautiful parts of France, including some time spent in the Alps with a view of Mont Blanc outside the classroom window. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, dancing, singing, good food and fun times with friends.
Customer Training & Support Representative – North America
Kelly joined the team in October 2019 as a Customer Training and Support Representative. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a degree in Animal Science. She brings to the role, twenty-seven years of hands-on experience with small animal surgery and neurology. Her work with a 24-hour Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital taught her the protocols and expectations of Neurologists and Surgeons. When not working, Kelly enjoys hiking, trips to the beach, ice skating and sledging. She’s also the proud owner of Icey, a nine-year old rescue Husky mix and Batman, her rescue cat.
Customer Training & Support Representative – North America
Courtney joined the team in July 2021 as a Customer Training and Support Representative. She has a degree in MRI technology from Sacramento Ultrasound Institute in California and is an ARRT licensed MRI Technologist. Prior to joining us, she worked in veterinary specialty healthcare for two years; her passion for animals, and familiarity with MR physics, make her a great fit for a role with Hallmarq. Aside from work, she loves to cook, spend time with friends and family and her two cats Mercy and Chili Bean.
Customer Training & Support Representative – North America
Deanna graduated with a BSc in Equestrian Science, holds an Associates of Applied Science and has been a licensed Veterinary Technician since 2002. Before joining us in November 2019, as a North American Equine Trainer, she worked with the University of Missouri’s equine department and large animal radiology. Previous experience includes San Dieguito Equine Group; the first North American practice ever to install one of our standing equine MRI systems. Her 7 years with them as an operator, leaves her well qualified in acquiring the perfect MRI scan! When not at work, her three children and Biscuit (her Basset Hound/Golden Retriever mix) keep her busy!
Nick came to MRI in its earliest days as part of his research work at Oxford University and has helped develop bespoke MRI systems for a wide range of applications in medicine, biological science, and industry. In 2000, along with two business partners, he founded Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Ltd to develop the world’s only MRI scanner for the standing sedated horse. With a D.Phil. (Oxon) and MBA (Open University) he now manages the equine marketing and training relationships with vets and horse owners. Nick owns two horses of his own; Emma 24 and Daisy 8, and in his spare time enjoys riding and schooling them. In addition, he is a keen amateur photographer.
Phil joined Hallmarq in October 2019 as a Support Engineer with the Customer Support Team. His role is to assist our sites whenever they need help with our systems or have burning MRI queries. Born and raised in Salvador, Brazil, Phil graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Hallmarq, he worked in Product Development, 3D printing and IT. When not solving MRI queries, cars, CAD, technology and videogames take up his spare time.
Snezhana is the voice of Hallmarq’s customers! Snezhana studied Physics and IT for 5 years at Odessa University, Ukraine and recently completed her second postgrad, MBA. She graduated with a BSc in Physics and Information technologies, and also holds a teaching qualification along with a PGCE in Science from Portsmouth University. Snezhana joined the Hallmarq team in 2012, after previously working as a Physics and Science Teacher, Branch Manager at an oil company and as an Export Manager. Her non-work passions include classical music, leadership development and reading. In addition, she has quite a menagerie of pets including Mochi the house rabbit, three degus and two cats.
Alain grew up in South Africa where he studied Chemistry and Physics. After moving to the UK, he graduated with a Masters’ degree in Advanced Computer Science from Reading. Alain has worked in a number of scientific and computing roles, most recently developing x-ray imaging software for quality control in food production. He has represented South Africa at International Chess and Backgammon, and the UK at International Xiangqi tournaments. He is also a multiple winner of boardgame World Championships. In his spare time, Alain is a keen cyclist, avid reader and plays the bassoon.
Software & GUI Engineer
Patrick joined Hallmarq in 2019 as a Software and GUI Engineer to assist with software development for the entire product range. After graduating from Strathclyde University with a B.Sc. in Electronic and Microprocessor Engineering, he started working life as an Electronics Design Engineer, quickly moving into software development and a career that has scanned many different sectors including test instrumentation, radar simulation and systems and medical devices. In his spare time, he enjoys live music, theatre, film and reading.
Project Manager & Applications Developer
Leonardo was born and raised in Salvador, Brazil where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Fascinated by different cultures and languages, he lived in Canada before moving to the UK in 2017. He graduated with a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from UCL before joining Hallmarq in September 2018 as part of the Support Team. He assists our customers whenever they need help or guidance with our systems and, with a a keen engineer’s eye, also works alongside the Manufacturing and Installations Team if and when needed. He enjoys all things electronic, from computers to video-games and loves going to indie rock gigs. Back home in Brazil he has a lovely Shih-Tzu called Nina.
Alan joined Hallmarq in October 2020 as a System Engineer to continue the evolution of our MRI and CT products. He completed an MRI Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham in ultrafast imaging where his academic supervisor was MRI Nobel Prize winner, Sir Peter Mansfield. Post university, Alan worked with Nick Bolas, Hallmarq’s Founder Director, and several other members of Hallmarq’s R&D Team, at Surrey Medical Imaging Systems, developing novel MRI products and software. He has since worked for QinetiQ in their Small Satellites team and, latterly, with Thales/Airbus as a design authority for high altitude autonomous solar-powered aircraft, Zephyr. In his spare time, he can be found cycling Hampshire’s country lanes or on long walks with his Cockapoo, Maya.
Chief Hardware Engineer
Graham has led Hallmarq’s hardware development activities since 2002. He has over 25 years’ experience developing hardware for MRI systems, a PhD in Computer Science, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and a first-class honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. In his spare time, Graham supports his local Youth Theatre designing and constructing sets and had his directorial debut in September 2017. He also sings in the Wessex Cantorum choir.
Oliver graduated from the University of Surrey (just down the road from our Head Office in Guildford, UK), in July 2019 with a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics. He came straight to his first full-time job with Hallmarq in October of the same year. As a Support Engineer, he has quickly found his feet in supporting customer sites and answering queries; most of them related to MRI rather than astrophysics! He is a keen sports fan, participating in football, American football, rock climbing and running and frequently visits the gym when not at work. He owns a cat called Slippers; aptly named after his four white paws.
Technical Operations Rep
Ed joined Hallmarq in May 2019 as Technical Operations Representative for the North American team. He is overwatch in our Chicago office with responsibility for inventory, shipping, and sourcing. New to veterinary imaging, he brings an array of talents from various management and trades acquired over 20 years, including work with a leading electronics retailer. The warmer months find him fishing, camping, cycling or playing sand volleyball and, as temperatures drop, skiing, video games, and watching American and European football top the list. He also has three cats Tre, Taylor and the aptly named Fatty!
EA to CEO & Copyeditor
Sara joined Hallmarq in March 2013 with a background firmly rooted in sales, marketing and customer service. She works alongside Jos, Hallmarq’s CEO, and in addition also supports the Board of Directors and Executive Team in an administrative capacity. Currently studying for a BA(Hons) in English Language and Literature, she also works closely with Hallmarq’s Marketing Team on marketing collateral and editorial. Happiest when out on a bike, most of her spare time is taken up with cycling or hiking alongside yoga, theatre, reading and cookery.
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences, Michele trained as an accountant with a medium sized firm where she specialised in SMEs. She joined Hallmarq in 2011 as Financial Controller for the group of companies and enjoys the challenge of providing accurate financial information across all our territories and product lines. In her spare time, Michele loves the theatre and concerts, arts and crafts and baking cakes, some of which make their way into the office much to the delight of the team!
Supply Chain Co-ordinator
With almost a decade of experience in logistics, and previous roles with multinationals based in Europe, Andrei joined Hallmarq in November 2019 as Supply Chain Coordinator. Based in the UK warehouse, he has responsibility for stock allocation and management, goods inwards and dispatch and manages daily customer shipments and international deliveries. In his free time he enjoys mountain climbing and long walks with his family.
Annabelle is currently studying Medical Engineering at Cardiff University and joined us in July 2020 as a student engineer. This “Year in Industry” placement will see her working alongside the UK Operations Team and counts as the third year of her degree. With a focus on the equine side of our business, Annabelle is keen to apply her learning to a future within the veterinary industry once she graduates. When not studying or working she is a keen horse rider, regularly competing in prestigious events with her horses Blue and Amos, with placings at Badminton, Gatcombe and even a win at Hickstead in recent years.
Applications Scientist – North America
Isabel is a licensed technologist specialising in Radiography and MRI, and certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in both modalities. She graduated with a degree in Radiography in 1999. After working in both a hospital environment and outpatient facility, she combined her love of animals and passion for MRI to scan companion animals including penguins, snakes and parrots! Prior to joining Hallmarq in 2014, Isabel worked as a Chief MRI Technologist which included training, MRI equipment maintenance, and scanning. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling the world with her family and attending Broadway musicals.
Account Manager UK
Holly joined Hallmarq recently (Feb 2020) and is a veterinarian with equine, general practice and industry experience. She joins us having previously worked in the veterinary profession both in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining Hallmarq, her previous role focussed on development of clinically relevant marketing materials and helping customers optimise revenue generation from their diagnostic imaging equipment.
When not at work, Holly spends time walking her very energetic Dalmatian and has recently embarked on a self-build project so is happiest getting stuck into interior design and DIY.
Equine Account Manager – Americas
Michele joined Hallmarq as Equine Account Manager for the Americas in August 2021. She has over 25 years of experience in the animal health industry selling and supporting technology driven capital equipment, specializing in digital imaging and cone beam CT. While at Patterson Veterinary, she became one of their first equipment specialists, pioneering the build out of their equipment and imaging division. Prior to becoming a sales professional, Michele was a licensed animal health technician working in mixed animal practice. She has been involved with horses since she was young and considers herself very lucky to keep her horses at her home in the Pacific Northwest. Michele is an avid white water rafter and enjoys being out on the water when she’s not working or on a horse. She also enjoys photography, horseback riding vacations, and sharing good food with friends.
Surveyor & Site Planner
Having previously worked in Architectural Departments for National Westminster Bank, London Guildhall and private practice, Russ bought his expertise to Hallmarq in September 2006. His role includes site planning for PetVet, Equine and CT installations worldwide and he enjoys helping clients to achieve their design and install expectations. Russ is also responsible for Health and Safety working cross-company with all our teams. When not at work he coaches swimming for fitness to competitive groups, helping them to improve their technique and achieve their goals. He also enjoys classical music and open air concerts.
Support Engineer – North America
Laurie is an AAT qualified Accounting Technician who came to Hallmarq in December 2015 with over 20 years’ of experience in accounts. As part of our small but effective Finance Team, she is responsible for a wide variety of bookkeeping and accounting tasks. In her spare time Laurie enjoys reading, baking and writing doggerel poetry much of which keeps us amused when expense claims are overdue!
Finance Business Partner
Katherine qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in January 2018 and joined the Hallmarq team in July 2019 with a background in management accounting. Prior to this, she worked with various mid-sized organisations to help with setting up and streamlining processes and managing data to support business decisions. She is currently working towards a BSc in Computer Science through the University of London, in order to help bridge the gap between obtaining data and business insights. A keen motorcyclist and the proud owner of a Kawasaki Vulcan, Katherine also enjoys flatwater kayaking and open water swimming in her spare time.
Support Engineer – North America
Kevin studied IT and basic programming and logic at Devry University and joined Hallmarq in August 2018 to install and support both PetVet and Equine products. He has extensive experience in both conventional and digital medical device imaging solutions. For the past 12 years, he has held various roles related to production, technical support, training, logistics, and management ending his tenure leading the North American operations for the medical device manufacturer Planmed for the last three years. He also holds many professional certifications in software and healthcare technologies.
Small Animal Sales Director – North America
Shawn joined Hallmarq as North American Sales Manager in 2015. He has responsibility for generating new business for the Small Animal MRI system and has a hand in marketing and product development. Shawn has over 15 years’ experience selling technology in the veterinary industry with companies such as Idexx, Patterson and Cubex. With an extensive background in diagnostic imaging, and established relationships within the veterinary industry, Shawn brings a unique skillset to Hallmarq. In his spare time, Shawn tries to keep up with his wife and three children while staying active in church. He is also an avid football fan of the Michigan Wolverines, his alma mater.
Senior Applications Scientist
Dan graduated from University with a Biomedical Science degree and went on to work in practice as a vet nurse for a short period before becoming Technical Services Manager for Vetlab Supplies Ltd, and then Product Manager for Synermed Europe Ltd. Dan joined Hallmarq in 2006 as an MRI Applications Scientist in a Customer Training and Support role which includes extensive travel to Hallmarq’s sites worldwide. Dan is a horse owner and rides and works his two Shires in his spare time.
Chief Software Engineer
Graham graduated from Oxford with a degree in Chemistry, and then earned a PhD in NMR Technique development from the University of Manchester. He has worked in MRI from its early days, initially as a Development Physicist with GEC’s Medical division (Picker International), before moving full-time into software development. He has taken the lead in the Hallmarq software design and development since its inception. When not absorbed in MRI software, Graham is a keen skier and gardener.
Support Engineer – North America
Based out of New Jersey, Anthony’s career with Hallmarq commenced in October 2018. As an MRI Support Engineer, Anthony has years’ of experience working with medical imaging technologies and is certified on Siemens MRI systems. He studied at Central State University and spent the previous 5 years in the Marine Corps as an Aircraft Electronics Maintenance Technician.
Finance Assistant – North America
Kathy joined Hallmarq in May 2015 to help establish the Finance Department for our US entity. Prior to having her two daughters, she worked full time in Construction Management as an Assistant Project Manager and Office Manager; both major roles supporting the President and Vice President. She was also instrumental in setting up the Finance/HR Department for a Netherlands-based software company. She now supports Hallmarq’s CFO and Financial Controller in the UK, as well as the supporting our US team. In her spare time, she teaches and practices yoga and is a self-confessed foodie. She also enjoys long trail walks with her Bernese Mountain dog, Bentley.
Service Engineer – North America
Fred has been with Hallmarq since October 2003 and has a Diploma in Electronics Engineering and studied Infomation Systems Management at Ryerson University. Fred previously worked with Celestica as a Failure Analysis Technician
Medical Director Small Animal
Simon joined the Hallmarq team in March 2021 as Medical Director to drive our Small Animal MRI clinical program in addition to his role as Professor of Neurology, College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Georgia. As a graduate from Edinburgh University, he went on to intern at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and then to complete a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Florida. As current Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice, Simon has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in many leading neurological publications. He is also past- President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty, Founder member of SEVEN (South Eastern Veterinary Neurology) in the USA and a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In his free time, Simon enjoys travel, music, photography and seeking out new craft gins!
Rachel joined Hallmarq in March 2019. Having graduated Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Events and Leisure Marketing in 2018, she’s new to the industry and keen to make her mark. In her spare time, animal lover Rachel can be seen in various vegan restaurants, forcing herself out on a Saturday morning run, tucking into some popcorn at the Cinema and trying to teach her Lionhead rabbit Nala to not chew the carpet!
Equine Training & Support – North America
Suzanne graduated in 2010 as a certified Veterinary Technician where she was also Vice President of her class. She has 8 years’ of clinical experience working as an equine technician, as well as 3 years’ of experience as an MRI operator. Suzanne joined Hallmarq in 2017 in the role of Customer Training and Support specifically for our equine sites. When not working, she enjoys hunting and fishing with her husband, as well as going to the lakes and spending time with her dog, Lucy Lou. Suzanne also enjoys riding horses, especially cutting horses.
Senior Software Developer
Ben joined the Hallmarq team in January 2021 as Senior Software Developer to help further advance our MRI techniques. He completed his MR Physics PhD at the University of Oxford in 2012, getting both a first-class Master’s degree and a DPhil. He then worked as an academic at various universities around the world including Harvard Medical School in Boston and Oncopole in Toulouse, before lecturing in MRI at Manchester University. His move to Hallmarq means swapping human patients for animal ones! Outside of work he enjoys woodturning and building Duplo models with his kids.
Senior Marketing Manager
Miranda joined Hallmarq as Senior Marketing Manager in August of 2020 after 5 years in the medical device industry. Additionally, she has consulted with over 50 small businesses helping them use digital marketing to attract, capture and convert online visitors into customers. Miranda’s role is to strategise, plan, execute and measure marketing and sales programs to help grow the business. She has a BSBA in Marketing and obtained her MBA from Ball State University. Outside of the office, she enjoys decorating, blogging, CrossFit and spending time with friends and family. She is a proud dog mom to Porter the GSD and Piper the Chihuahua.
Manufacturing Team Leader
Trevor joined us in 2005 as part of a then very small team, working in manufacturing, service and installations. Prior to that he worked in many and varied engineering jobs including bespoke packaging machinery and optical disc production. His career has taken him around the world to countries where working to extreme tolerances, and often in extreme heat, has conditioned him for the pressures of a customer facing role with both the cultural and language barriers that can bring. Now Head of Manufacturing, he continues to work alongside a growing team of skilled engineers. In his spare time, Trev enjoys live music gigs, cycles lots and eats out frequently. He also has a love for both hedgehogs and elephants but is yet to develop a scanner that would suit either anatomy!
Service & Installations Engineer
VP Operations – North America
Mike joined us in August 2017. Prior to this, he spent 17 years driving the growth and success of a leading healthcare technology company, finishing his tenure as their North American Operations Manager. He has developed and led teams in customer service, technical support, field service, production, logistics, regulatory and safety, quality assurance, and business development. He holds numerous professional certifications in business management, operations, and healthcare technologies and has an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. When not working, Mike enjoys adventures with his family (especially Disney World), likes radio control vehicles, fishing, audio technology and gadgets, and loves guitars.
Creative & Branding Manager
With a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design from Falmouth University and a background in exhibition management, Jen joined Hallmarq in October 2014 bringing a unique perspective to the team. Her design and production experience comes to the fore when producing marketing collateral and she is key in overseeing corporate identity and brand consistency for the organisation. In her spare time, Jen enjoys live music events, hiking, horse riding and walking Freddy, her Spanish Podenco rescue dog.
Electronics & Hardware Engineer
Richard joined the R&D Team at Hallmarq in April 2019 as a Hardware and Electronics Engineer. He began his career developing foetal heart monitors within a global company, later moving into obstetrics, sport science and avionics. A keen innovator, he also has several registered patents and keeps himself up to date with the latest technology. When not at work, Richard enjoys restoring his classic beetle and making custom parts in his garage.
Service & Installations Engineer
James joined our UK Manufacturing Team in 2015, bringing with him several years of design and engineering experience in various fields ranging from toothbrushes to combine harvesters! With a BA Hons in Product Design, he has also worked extensively in the restoration, development and refurbishment of period property and furniture making. In a former life, James also counselled people suffering with mental health issues or those battling with substance misuse. When not engineering for Hallmarq, he enjoys road trips on his 2009 Triumph Sprint 1050, the countryside and a beer or two.
Non-executive board members
Iain combines an original science and research background with success in new product commercialisation. He has substantial listed company leadership experience, an interest in new technology venture businesses and has a broad Chair and Non-Executive background, including FTSE 100 & FTSE 250 companies. Iain spent over 25 years’ at Unilever and his roles included Vice President Corporate Development and Founder Chairman of Unilever Ventures. He was CEO of Tate & Lyle plc from 2003-2009 where he transformed a bulk sugar business into a global provider of speciality ingredients to the food and beverage industries. He is currently Chairman of Crest Nicholson plc, incoming chair at Genus plc, Pro-Chancellor of Cranfield University and a NED on the board of Personal Assets Trust plc. He was also the lead Non-Executive Director for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) from 2010 -2015, and chaired the Food and Drink Sector Council from 2016–2020 where he had significant involvement with the Government in establishing the departmental strategy.
Douglas qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1980. After three years in general practice, he moved into the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries within increasing leadership roles, ultimately as CEO of a Cambridge based biotechnology company.
In 1990, he founded Veterinary Business Development which grew to be one of the largest communications companies in the veterinary sector worldwide, publishing market-leading titles such as Veterinary Times and The Veterinary Business Journal. In 2000 this was successfully sold to the global corporation Wolters Kluwer.
Since then, he has invested in a number of early-stage companies in a variety of sectors. He is Chairman of BioMedical Business Partners Ltd; a former director of the British Veterinary Association; and was a co-opted Council Member of the RCVS for a number of years. He is also Executive Chairman of The International Aspirin Foundation.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013, and awarded Fellowship of the RCVS for Meritorious Contribution to the Profession in 2020.
Jos joined Hallmarq in January 2009 and became CEO in January 2010, stepping down after 11 years at the helm in June 2021. He has 16 years’ experience as an equine vet, developing a large hospital practice in Arundel, UK. Since selling his practice he has co-founded Vetstream, an online information service for vets around the world, worked for Intervet at their head office in The Netherlands as well as working in the human healthcare market in various roles. When not at work, Jos can often be found walking his energetic spaniel Cooper or trying to work out how to fit more days’ skiing into a year.