Defra’s former deputy director David Calpin looks forward to leading the BVA through a period of change “to become an even more effective voice for the profession”.

Defra’s former deputy director, David Calpin, has been named as the new chief executive of the British Veterinary Association.

David CalpinMr Calpin governmental responsibilities included climate change, GM crops, sustainable land management and – most recently – bovine TB. He was also acting director for Animal Health and Welfare in Defra during 2012.

Mr Calpin said he is delighted to be joining the BVA.

He said: “I’ve worked closely with the BVA in my previous roles and have been hugely impressed. I also know that no organisation can afford to stand still, and that the BVA needs to keep pace with changes in the veterinary profession.”

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of leading the BVA through a period of change to become an even more effective voice for the profession and providing services that members value.”

He added: “I have a lot to learn and I’m keen to get out and about to meet as many people as possible and to hear first-hand what the profession wants from the BVA.”

BVA chairman Derek Williams said: “David’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for the BVA as we respond to the challenges set out by our members in our membership research ‘Your BVA, Your Say’.

“David has a proven track record as a senior manager, extensive experience of managing stakeholder relationships, and an excellent understanding of the political climate in the UK and Europe; all of which will ensure BVA continues to thrive and to represent members effectively.”

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