AWF Representatives

AWF Representatives are volunteers who support our work by identifying important animal welfare issues, improving our links to the grassroots of the veterinary profession and helping with fundraising.

Meet our representatives

Sophie Beckwith: RVN Cert SAN

Sophie qualified in 2000 and has worked as a RVN, VN Lecturer, Pet Food Business Manager and as a Head RVN managing a team of five other nurses in Small Animal first opinion Practice.  She now combines working part-time in veterinary practice with a career as a journalist. Travelling and animal welfare are her two main passions. Annually she is lead nurse for a cat neutering campaign in Greece and she has carried out CVNR in India and Nepal.  



Sandra Dunbar: Northern Ireland
Sandra graduated from Glasgow in 1981 and after 10 years in general practice joined DARD Veterinary Service in Northern Ireland where she is currently the Programme Manager for Animal Welfare and Zoonoses within the Veterinary Service.
She is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of farm animal welfare legislation. Her personal interests include working with and breeding dogs. 


Helen Fielding: Yorkshire & the Humber

After graduating in 2010 Helen completed an internship in farm animal production and health at the RVC, before moving to North Yorkshire where she spent two years in mixed practice.  She currently works for a small animal practice in Leeds. Her research interests are in dairy cattle and slaughter without stunning. She has just started a distance learning module in epidemiology and animal health economics.



Kate Hovers: Wales
After graduating from Liverpool in 1983 Kate ran her own three vet mixed practice in South Wales from 1991 to 2006 during which time she gained a certificate in sheep health and production. Since then she has continued clinical work and increased sheep consultancy plus part time work for pharmaceutical company and delivered numerous farmers talks. Kate is a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and the South Wales BVA. She has a particular interest in sheep health, behaviour and welfare and sits in the FUW livestock welfare committee. Kate lives on a small hill sheep farm with sheep, horses and dogs (and a farmer!) and rides, runs and cycles in hills when time allows.

Lewis Grant: North East

Lewis qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in July 1968 from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, and then pursued a career in Veterinary General Practice, being principal of his own practice from 1972 onwards. From 1988, he worked in meat hygiene as then OVS on contract to Local Authorities and subsequently the Meat Hygiene service, whilst still fulfilling practice duties. He joined the MHS in 1998 as a POVS in the North Region. During the FMD outbreak in 2001, he moved to MHS HQ in York and remained there working alongside the Veterinary Director until October 2010 when he retired as Veterinary Manager. In the MHS/FSA he was responsible for Animal Welfare and Animal By-products issues and hosting delegations from both EU and Third Countries, as well as being the MHS Lead on EU FVO Missions to the UK. He was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list of 2011 for services to the FSA. Lewis continues to be active in the meat hygiene sector on a consultancy basis in both the UK and Europe and is also the BVA Veterinary Policy Group representative on the VPHA Council, as well as being recently appointed to the BVA Overseas Group.

Jill Macdonald: British Veterinary Nursing Assoc 
Jill spent 12 years in small animal practice as a head nurse, then moved on to the University of Liverpool setting up and teaching post graduate online CPD, and undergraduate Communication and Professional skills. She currently owns and runs ONCORE ePD, who deliver online, collaborative CPD to vet nurses, and works part-time in practice.
Jill has always had an interest in welfare and ethics, including the role nurses can play in promoting welfare through educating their owners, and was delighted to have the opportunity to represent AWF in her role as a BVNA council member.







Elizabeth Ormerod: Scotland
Glasgow graduate Liz is particularly interested in animal welfare and the human-animal bond (HAB) with extensive experience of HAB programmes in a wide range of institutions. One of her concerns relates to welfare issues arising from older people having to relinquish pets on entry to supported living.

Liz is the co-Founder and Vice President of Canine Partners; a visiting lecturer on HAB; trustee and former Chairman of The Society for Companion Animal Studies and Vice President of The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organisations.  








Jacqui Paterson: North East
Born, bred and educated in Glasgow, Jacqui moved to the North East of England after graduating. After 9 years in very mixed practice she established her own small animal and exotic practice in Teesside in 1996. This has now grown to a two site, six vet practice with a very varied case load of dogs, cats, exotic pets and wildlife.

The practice works closely with several local and national charities and Jacqui regularly assists the RSPCA in animal cruelty cases with the north east unfortunately being over represented in such cases. Having now lived in the north east for more than half of her life Jacqui considers herself a Teessider. 











David Williams: East of England 
David qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School knowing he wanted to devote much of his professional life to veterinary ophthalmology but already with a passion for animal welfare and ethics and exotic animal medicine.

He has worked at the Animal Health Trust and the Royal Veterinary College, where he gained his PhD. He currently runs the ophthalmology clinic at Cambridge, where he also lectures in ophthalmology and animal welfare and ethics. He has an RCVS certificate in welfare ethics and law and is a member of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Committee. David has particular interests in the welfare of exotic pets, zoo animals and wildlife as well as a keen concern for how his Christian faith should impact on his views of animal use and abuse.