George Ruiz

 I joined StreetVet as a finance professional with over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and retail sectors.  I currently serve as Director of Finance & Corporate Services at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, with overall responsibility for Finance, IT, Risk and Compliance, Estates and Facilities, Legacies, and Retail.  Prior to this, I held senior finance positions at Prostate Cancer UK, St John Ambulance, The Royal Collection and Sainsbury’s.  I have a passion for supporting charities in delivering their mission and developing sustainable finances. 

In addition, I also serve as a school governor and sit on the Finance and Risk Committees at Amnesty International UK and the Association of Dogs & Cats Homes.  Finally, I am the proud owner of two rescue centre cats. 

 

James Greenwood

Dr James Greenwood is a practicing small animal vet.  Originally from Yorkshire, James qualified from Bristol University in 2007 and since then has worked in both equine and small animal practice, although now his work predominantly covers small animal species.

James knows all too well the stressors of being a vet and for the past six years he has developed a deep passion for ceramics, both making and collecting work.

This brought him the opportunity to appear on BBC Two’s ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’ which has since led onto further television work, including the hit CBBC series ‘The Pets Factor’, which is aimed at teaching children the importance of pet care and the work of a veterinarian.

He writes for various magazine publications, has worked with numerous animal charities and has appeared across a number of veterinary related podcasts.

James is absolutely thrilled to act as ambassador for Streetvet, who in his words, “are the true guardians of animal welfare for those pets who need them most.”

“For me, Streetvet is a fantastic opportunity for vets to ‘give back’ to their local community. The reward that can come from utilising the veterinary degree in its simplest form – to help the animals that need us the most – gives recognition to how important vets are as a profession to act as the chief guardians of animal welfare.  

Having witnessed how fast Streetvet has grown in such a relatively short space of time, it demonstrates how willing vets are to volunteer their time to a cause they feel is so worthwhile but it also shows how vitally important a service like Streetvet is to those who need it.”

Paul Manktelow MBA MSc BVMS MRCVS

It was a huge honour to be asked to sit on the Board of Trustees for such a wonderful charity. 

I’ve worked in the veterinary charity sector since 2003 helping the most vulnerable people in society. My current role as Principal of Vet Services at PDSA involves being responsible for all veterinary services in the south of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Never one to sit still, my veterinary career has led me in many different directions including business development, strategy, writing, radio and even working as a TV presenter! 

I’m excited about bringing my ideas and expertise to the team and I think Sam and Jade have done a fantastic job in laying down solid foundations for StreetVet’s future success. The ethos and values of StreetVet are truly inspiring and they resonate throughout the whole charity and it’s dedicated volunteers.

The cause is undeniable and the impact on homeless people and their pets is truly immeasurable. I’m really looking forward to being part of StreetVet’s next chapter. 

Rory Cowlam

‘Rory the Vet’ is a practicing veterinary surgeon now based in London after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015.  From the outset he has balanced his clinical career with media work and managing his hugely popular Instagram account (@rorythevet). Rory features alongside James on the CBBC show ‘The Pets Factor’ and has also appeared on many other well known BBC, ITV and Channel 5 shows.  Rory has been an active StreetVet volunteer since our Clapham outreach station was set up and supports the charity whole heartedly.

Rory says, “I first heard about StreetVet through my friends in the veterinary industry. Back then it was a small group of volunteers in a few locations in London. Over the past few years I have been amazed by the growth and support for the charity and I couldn’t be more honoured to be a part of it. Being announced as an ambassador for StreetVet, alongside my friend and colleague James Greenwood, is absolutely amazing. Having seen the work of the volunteers and the incredible support for the vulnerable and homeless, I am such a huge supporter and I couldn’t be happier to be involved. I look forward to helping steer StreetVet’s growth and providing as much support as I can.”

When Rory isn’t on screen, in the clinic, or helping out at Clapham, he is at home with his three legged cat ‘Tripod’.