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)

Non-executive members

Julia Drown, non-executive director and chair

Appointed non-executive Director to the VMD in May 2014. She is also a trustee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Associated Employer’s Pension Scheme and a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Appeals Committee.

David Corner, non-executive director

Appointed Non-Executive Director to the VMD in May 2014 and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. As a former Director at the National Audit Office and in other roles he has over 25 years’ experience helping to provide assurance to public sector bodies on their financial and operational performance. He is also a non-executive Director at the Wales Audit Office and Chair of their Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Andrew Coulson, non-executive director

Appointed Non-Executive Director to the VMD in May 2014. He has been closely involved with the regulation of UK and international animal health industries for over 30 years and has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Health to serve as a British Pharmacopeia Commissioner. He has special interest in veterinary and immunological medicinal products.

Defra members

  • 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