Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).

The Framework document (PDF, 198KB, 19 pages) sets out the VMD’s governance and accountability arrangements.

VMD Management Board

The Board ensures that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control. It provides:

  • advice on strategy
  • advice on implementation of policies and business objectives
  • advice on achieving value for money
  • scrutiny of performance
  • support and challenge on the delivery of VMD responsibilities and the exercise of the CEO’s responsibilities as Accounting Officer (AO)

Members

The board members are:

  • Julia Drown, non-executive director and chair
  • David Corner, non-executive director
  • Andrew Coulson, non-executive director
  • Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Professor Pete Borriello, CEO, VMD
  • Paul Green, Director of Operations, VMD
  • Anna-Maria Brady, Director of Authorisations, VMD
  • Linda Simmons, Head of Finance, VMD
  • David Rayner, Head of Core Services, VMD

The Board meets 4 times a year.

VMD Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC)

ARAC is a committee of the VMD Management Board.

ARAC supports and advises the Board and AO on issues of risk, control, governance and assurance and other related matters and assists internal audit’s role and status within the agency.

It has no executive powers or responsibilities. It meets 4 times a year.

Members

The VMD’s 3 non-executive Directors.

Representatives from the VMD’s senior management, the National Audit Office, Defra and KPMG (VMD’s internal auditors) attend as advisers.

VMD Quarterly Performance Review Board (QPRB)

The Quarterly Performance Review, chaired by the Defra Chief Operating Officer, facilitates formal reporting on both the VMD’s delivery of policy objectives and performance against budget. The VMD’s CEO attends this meeting along with other Defra and VMD officials as required.

VMD Executive Management Board

The board meets weekly to discusses the finances and day-to-day running of the VMD.

Members

The board members are:

  • Professor Peter Borriello, CEO, VMD
  • Paul Green, Director of Operations, VMD
  • Anna-Maria Brady, Director of Authorisations, VMD
  • Linda Simmons, Head of Finance, VMD