Vet Sustain Expands Board and Welcomes New Directors
Vet Sustain is excited to announce that they have welcomed four new Directors to their board, with Jen Gale, Justine Shotton, Nathan Rhys Williams and Stephanie Sanderson newly appointed. This announcement comes as Sean Wensley and Gudrun Ravetz will be stepping down from their current director roles in early 2024 at the end of their respective terms serving the organisation.
Director and Chair, Ed Bailey said “We are delighted to appoint four exceptional individuals onto the Vet Sustain board. As a small organisation with a growing impact across the veterinary professions, we know the expertise and enthusiasm of our new board members will strengthen our work, and further inspire and enable the veterinary professions to be leading forces for sustainability.”
Introducing the new Directors:
Jen is the founder of Sustainable(ish) - a platform all about empowering and inspiring individuals to take eco-action. Jen is an author, a qualified coach and Carbon Literacy trainer. She previously worked in small animal practice for over 10 years.
Nathan Rhys Williams
Nathan will be bringing his unique expertise in delivering corporate sustainability and responsible investment projects through his role as Head of Food and Health at Chronos Sustainability, including the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare, the CCLA Mental Health Benchmarks and the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.
Justine is a well-known champion of environmental sustainability, conservation and animal welfare. She is currently the Head Vet for Wildlife and Exotics at the RSPCA, and a past BVA president (2021-2022), during which sustainability was her presidential theme.
Stephanie has extensive experience in wildlife conservation over the last 25 yrs through various roles including leadership of the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV). She has also contributed to policy development both at a national and EU level, serving on numerous committees and working groups.
Image: Jen Gale, Nathan Rhys Williams, Justine Shotton, Stephanie Sanderson
Ellie Duffy Vet Sustain Operations Manager said “It is exciting to see our board expand with such experienced and talented individuals to help shape the next stage of Vet Sustain’s development, and of course further our ongoing mission to support vets to continually improve the health and wellbeing of animals, people and the environment.”
Vet Sustain also acknowledges the remarkable contributions of their outgoing directors. Ed added: “Gudrun and Sean were amongst the founding directors of Vet Sustain and have shaped our work since our inception - providing their deep insights into the veterinary sector, ethical leadership styles, and thoughtful perspectives on the sustainability challenges we face, always rooted in our commitment to protect and improve animal welfare. They will be much missed and we thank them for everything they have done.”