Former NOAH chairman Philip Lowndes has been announced as the new chairman of the BVA board.

Mr Lowndes succeeds Derek Williams who stepped down in March after seven years in the post.

Philip Lowndes
New BVA board chairman Philip Lowndes.

A graduate from the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science, Mr Lowndes spent seven years in mixed practice in Sussex, Kent and Suffolk before embarking on a career in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry.

Commercial experience

Mr Lowndes has held national and international commercial roles including chief executive of UK business, and leading global marketing of a major international animal health pharmaceuticals business.

Mr Lowndes, who has a Master of Business Administration degree, has also run business elective training at the RVC, which has provided first-hand experience of the concerns and opportunities facing new graduates within a changing profession.

About the board

The BVA board oversees the performance of the association and is responsible for corporate and financial governance and for setting the BVA’s strategic direction. It consists of nine members:

  • the three officers of the BVA (president, senior vice-president and junior vice-president)
  • four directors appointed by BVA council
  • up to two non-veterinary directors appointed by the board

The chairman is elected by the board.

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