Mr John Smith FCA
John Smith became a PDSA Trustee in 2013 and was appointed Chairman in January 2015. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and an ex-officio member of the Finance & Investment Committee. John is a Director of CP Holdings Group, a UK holding company with diverse interests. Earlier in his career he was Regional Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Chairman of the London Society of Chartered Accountants and President of its Students Society. He is a past Chairman of the Agricultural Training Board and served a secondment from Ernst & Young at the Cabinet Office.
Ms Catherine Dixon LLB (Hons) MBA Solicitor
Catherine Dixon became a PDSA Trustee in 2011 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. She is the Chief Executive of Askham Bryan Agricultural College. Previous appointments include Chief Executive Officer of The Law Society, Chief Executive of the NHS Litigation Authority, General Counsel & Company Secretary for the NSPCC, Director of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in Canada and Commercial Director at Bupa Care Services.
Mr Noel Guilford BA FCA MSI
Noel Guilford became a PDSA Trustee in 2009. He Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee and is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. He is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the profession, the past 25 of which have been in corporate finance and business consultancy. Noel is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Member of the Chartered Securities Institute. He is a former Regional Chairman of the Institute of Directors in the northwest of England and is the managing partner of Guilford Consulting. Noel was formerly a senior partner at Baker Tilly and a corporate finance partner at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance, with whom he spent a large proportion of his time working in the Middle East.
Mrs Carole Pomfret MA ACA
Carole became a PDSA Trustee in 2014 and is a member of the Audit Committee. After gaining a degree in Physics from Oxford, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) before joining Schroders. She initially led the development of accounting systems for the Investment Management company before moving on to manage private client investment portfolios. She left Schroders as an Investment Director of Schroders Private Bank before moving to Rathbones as an Investment Consultant. After leaving Rathbones to look after her two children Carole is now Chair of Trustees at a secondary school Academy, which includes overseeing safeguarding, as well as the science and maths departments.
Mary Reilly – BA History
Mary has over 30 years’ international experience as a chartered accountant and non-executive director working across a variety of sectors including sport, luxury retail, manufacturing, business services and media. Mary’s current Non-Executive Directorships include Ferrexpo plc, Crown Agents Ltd and the Department of Transport. She has previously held Non-Executive Directorships with the London Development Agency, London 2012 Limited, the Invictus Games. Mary worked with Deloitte LLP from 1974-2013 and was an Audit Partner. She is a Trustee of the Invictus Games Foundation and the Institute of Imagination.
Andy Tinlin – BEng (Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Management
Andy’s roles have included Managing Director/Managing Partner with Accenture UK Limited, leading the strategy/management consulting practice for the UK & Ireland. He also sat on the Accenture UK & Ireland executive and the board of the trade body for consulting, the Management Consulting Association.
He was with KPMG from 1996-2004 and included the set up and leadership of their strategy and enabling technology service line. Andy previously also held a number of senior brand, product and marketing roles with H.J. Heinz, Allied Domeq plc and Guinness plc.
PDSA provides caring, effective and professional veterinary services. We follow the guidelines provided by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and our own ethical code of practice.
For PDSA pet patients
PDSA strives to relieve suffering and preserve a good quality of life. If nothing can be done for an animal, we will put it to sleep gently and with dignity. PDSA benchmarks the standards of in-patient care as set out by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. Any animal brought to a PDSA Pet Hospital will be assessed by a nurse or vet and given emergency first aid where necessary.
For PDSA clients
PDSA provides a courteous and sympathetic service, providing information on the injury or illness of their pet, the available treatments, likely outcomes and any possible side-effects or complications. Once established in a community, PDSA maintains a service for as long as demand continues. Feedback from clients is valued and PDSA responds promptly to complaints in a fair and open manner.
For PDSA supporters
Donors are PDSA’s lifeblood and their contribution is valued and acknowledged accordingly. PDSA is always conscious of its charitable status and purpose, and uses all its resources prudently.
For PDSA volunteers
Volunteers are vital to the success of PDSA and they make an immense contribution to many aspects of the charity’s activities, especially retail and fundraising. Volunteers are provided with a safe environment and sufficient resources to fulfil their roles.
For PDSA employees
All HR policies have universal application and all employees are treated with fairness and respect. All employees receive a fair level of remuneration and are provided with a safe environment and sufficient resources to fulfil their roles.
For PDSA suppliers and partners
PDSA only works with companies and individuals who are demonstrably reputable and whose activities do not have an adverse impact on the charity’s objects. PDSA does not work with companies or individuals involved in invasive testing on animals for cosmetic and other non-medical purposes. PDSA does not work with companies or individuals involved in any aspect of the fur trade.
For PDSA Communications
PDSA is open and honest in its communications and is sensitive to the needs and expectations of its supporters, volunteers and employees.