Our governance

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

The Framework document (PDF, 627KB, 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)

Non-executive members

Julia Drown, non-executive director and chair

Julia Drown (JPEG, 28.4KB)

Appointed non-executive Director to the VMD in May 2014.

Timothy Riley, non-executive Director

Timothy Riley (JPEG, 120KB)

Appointed Non-Executive Director to the VMD in May 2021

Philippa Hardwick, non-executive Director

Philippa Hardwick (JPEG, 161KB)

Appointed Non-Executive Director to the VMD in May 2021

David Catlow, non-executive director

David Catlow (JPEG, 32.9KB)

Appointed Non-Executive Director to the VMD in December 2018. He is a former council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Sugeons (RCVS) and has 30 years’ experience working in a veterinary practice. He is also currently serving as the Director of Clinical Services for the Blue Cross charity.

Defra members

  • Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Professor Pete Borriello, CEO, VMD
  • Abigail Seager, Director of Authorisations, VMD
  • Linda Simmons, Head of Finance, VMD
  • Mike Griffiths, Head of Business Support Division, VMD

The Board meets 4 times a year.

Members’ Interests

Board members have declared the following interests:

Name Name of Company Position Held Type of Interest or Organisation (such as pay, fees, shareholding)
Julia Drown Spouse is employee of University College, Oxford and Oxford University Lecturer Pay
  Glaxo Smithkline N/A Spouse has Shareholding
David Catlow Blue Cross Clinical Director Pay
  Lloyd&Whyte Insurance Consultant Pay
  British Veterinary Association Member N/A
  British Equine Veterinary Association Member N/A
  Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons Member N/A
Timothy Riley Farmer/landowner Owner In receipt of CAP Basic Payment Scheme
  Defra Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee Member Fees
  Wellstate HTA Limited Chairman Shareholding
  Arcis Biotechnology Limited N/A Shareholding
  Better2Know Limited Non-Executive Director Pay
  Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society Non-Executive Director N/A
  Food Standards Agency Non-Executive Director Pay
  Pasture Led Livestock Association Member N/A
  Lleyn Sheep Society Member N/A
  Yorkshire Agricultural Society Member N/A
  Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Member N/A
  British Association of Shooting and Conservation Member N/A
  Civil Service Club Member N/A
  Kings College, Cambridge Non-Resident Member N/A
  Spouse is employee of Animal and Plant Health Agency Employee Pay
Philippa Hardwick None
Peter Borriello None
Abigail Seager None
Mike Griffiths None

Minutes

VMD Management Board meeting minutes March 2015 (PDF, 146KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes March 2021 (PDF, 128KB, 4 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes December 2020 (PDF, 149KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes July 2020 (PDF, 129KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes March 2020 (PDF, 131KB, 4 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes December 2019 (PDF, 99KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes September 2019 (PDF, 128KB, 4 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes September 2019 (PDF, 107KB, 2 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes March 2019 (PDF, 92.6KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes December 2018 (PDF, 152KB, 4 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes September 2018 (PDF, 170KB, 4 pages)

VMD Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes May 2018 (PDF, 150KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes March 2018 (PDF, 166KB, 4 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes March 2018 (PDF, 227KB, 2 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes December 2017 (PDF, 238KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes September 2017 (PDF, 163KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes May 2017 (PDF, 157KB, 4 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes December 2016 (PDF, 94KB, 3 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes December 2016 (PDF, 77.6KB, 2 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes March 2017 (PDF, 256KB, 4 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes December 2015 (PDF, 85.6KB, 4 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes March 2016 (PDF, 27.7KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes October 2015 (PDF, 176KB, 5 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes October 2015 (PDF, 173KB, 4 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes December 2014 (PDF, 165KB, 5 pages)

VMD Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes March 2015 (PDF, 244KB, 6 pages)

If you require more information on any of the topics discussed email your request to postmaster@vmd.gov.uk

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.

Minutes

VMD Management Board meeting minutes March 2021 (PDF, 103KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes December 2020 (PDF, 106KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes September 2020 (PDF, 101KB, 2 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes September 2020 (PDF, 131KB, 3 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes July 2020 (PDF, 112KB, 3 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes March 2020 (PDF, 176KB, 2 pages)

VMD Mangement Board meeting minutes December 2019 (PDF, 130KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes May 2019 (PDF, 110KB, 2 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes May 2019 (PDF, 149KB, 4 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes March 2019 (PDF, 119KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes December 2018 (PDF, 214KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes September 2018 (PDF, 228KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes May 2018 (PDF, 228KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes December 2017 (PDF, 223KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes September 2017 (PDF, 410KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes May 2017 (PDF, 420KB, 3 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes March 2017 (PDF, 413KB, 2 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes May 2016 (PDF, 85.3KB, 4 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes September 2016 (PDF, 72.9KB, 2 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes May 2016 (PDF, 77.1KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes September 2016 (PDF, 85.9KB, 3 pages)

VMD Audit & Risk Committee meeting minutes March 2016 (PDF, 91.9KB, 4 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes December 2015 (PDF, 29.6KB, 2 pages)

VMD Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meeting minutes December 2014 (PDF, 126KB, 5 pages)

VMD Management Board meeting minutes May 2015 (PDF, 178KB, 4 pages)

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 discuss the finances and day-to-day running of the VMD.

Members

The board members are:

  • Professor Peter Borriello, CEO, VMD
  • Abigail Seager, Director of Authorisations, VMD
  • Linda Simmons, Head of Finance, VMD
  • Mike Griffiths, Head of Business Support Division, VMD