Our voluntary board of Trustees meets four times per year, with executive staff present.

The Lord Kirkham CVO, Deputy President

Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Lord Kirkham founded DFS in 1969, building it into one of Europe’s largest companies before completing its sale in 2010 in England and has lived in that area all his life. He was honoured with a Knighthood in 1995, a Peerage in 1999 and a CVO in 2001.  The Graham Kirkham Foundation financially supports a wide range of local and national charities.


Sir John Spurling, KCVO, OBE, Honorary Treasurer

John was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours’ list 2000 and appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be a Knight Commander Victoria Order in the Diamond Jubilee Honours List 2012. His business interests include advertising and insurance. He is also Chairman on The London Marathon and a Trustee or Vice President for a number of charities and organisations.


Mr James Crowhurst MA VetMB MRCVS 

James graduated in 1978 from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge. Having worked in Queensland, Kentucky and New South Wales, he returned to the UK to work with Professor ‘Twink’ Allen at ARC, and then Greenwood Ellis and Partners. James’s principal interest is stud medicine. He was chairman of the Newmarket Stud Farmers Association from 2001-2006.


Ms Rachel Flynn BA (Hons)

Rachel has a lifelong passion for horses, racing and animals in general. For nearly 20 years a leading horseracing and equine lawyer based in Cambridge, Rachel went on to join racing’s administrators, Weatherbys, as their Racing and Stud Book Director. She is currently a consultant solicitor with Keystone Law.


Professor David Haig

David is a Professor of Infection and Immunity at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham. He joined here having previously been at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh. As an Immunologist, he has been responsible for developing immunological techniques and understanding fundamental aspects of disease. He is Chair of the Animal Health Trust Scientific Advisory Committee.


Mr Ronnie Irving

Ronnie was Chairman of the Kennel Club from 2002 to 2011 and has served as a Trustee of the Animal Health Trust for a number of terms. He is a third generation breeder of Border Terriers. Ronnie judges dogs internationally and has written books on dogs. During his working life, Ronnie, a qualified Chartered Accountant, was on the board of Christian Salvesen plc.


Mr Harvey Locke BVSc MRCVS

Whilst building an extensive small animal hospital practice offering first opinion, referral and emergency clinic services, Harvey held numerous roles at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, becoming President in 1999. Retiring from practice in 2010, Harvey became President of the British Veterinary Association in 2010-2011.He is also a past Vice President and Board member of the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners.


Professor Kevin Morley MSc MBA

Following a successful sales and marketing career in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Kevin has been Chairman or non-executive Director of a number of PLC’s, including a FTSE 250 company. He is currently Chairman of Arlington Group Ltd., a component manufacturer in the Automotive and Aerospace Industries. He is associated with many charities and is also a Freeman of the City of London, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Aston.


Mr Humphrey Salwey CBE TD DL

Humphrey has lived and farmed on his family estate on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border since 1965. He spent nine years (1983-1992) as a Member, and later Chairman, of MAFF (now DEFRA). For nearly 20 years Humphrey was a Council member of Royal Agricultural Society and Chairman of their Awards Committee.


Mr Tom Scott

Tom is a director and the largest shareholder of Leicester Tigers Rugby Football Club as well as being a commercial property developer and investor in the Channel Islands. Tom studied at the London School of Economics and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG’s Corporate Recovery department in London before joining his wide-ranging family businesses.

Tom is based in both Jersey, where he is active in a number of different companies, as well as in Dubai.


Mr Steve Shore

Steve is a qualified chartered account and has worked for KPMG and Abbey National. Outside of work Steve is a Fellow of the AHT and has worked on several committees for the AHT and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. He is a keen racehorse follower and owner.


Mr Jeff Whalley

Jeff is currently a member of HRH The Princess Royal’s Industry Committee and Fellow of the Animal Health Trust. He is chairman of FKI PLC, British Aluminium, Director GWIS PLC and formally a Deputy Treasurer of the Conservative Party. Both he and his wife have strong interests in charity work and both are supporters of British Dressage. They have horses in training with Sir Mark Prescott.