Meet Our Team
Raymund Bouwman DVM, MRCVS. Director
I qualified at Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 1992. After having worked for 6 years in a small animal practice in Holland, I moved to Eastbourne and joined the practice in 1998 and became a partner on 1st August 2004.
I have a cat called Hugo and a little dog with a big personality called Eddy. Apart from being experienced in all the main areas of small animal medicine I have a special interest in skin problems (dermatology).
Simon DeVile MA Vet MB, CertVR, Cert SAM, MRCVS. Director
I qualified at Cambridge University in 1991 and joined the practice in 1995 becoming a Partner on 1st August 2004.
I am an RCVS certificate holder in Veterinary Radiology and in Small Animal Medicine and take referrals in diagnostic imaging and small animal medicine.
I am married to Kim and have three children, Jack, Finlay and Sophie. We have a labrador called George, and two cats called Bryan and Lexi. I am a school governor at Ocklynge junior school. In my spare time I enjoy running and cycling on the Downs. My mid-life crisis resulted in a passion for running and I have completed 10 marathons and some local triathlons.
Aled Thomas BVetMed, GPCert(SAP). MRCVS. Director
I qualified at London University in 2001 and joined the practice in March 2002. In the summer of 2014 I became a partner in the practice and look forward to continuing success at the practice.
I have a certificate in Small Animal Practice and am keen on all aspects of medicine and surgery. My interests include Rugby (especially following the Welsh rugby team), squash, tennis, DIY and cycling.
I have a cat called Gweni. I am married to Gemma who is also a Veterinary Surgeon and works for a pharmaceutical company. She visits St. Anne's to see pets with heart problems as she's an advanced practitioner in cardiology.
Jim Dash BVetMed, MRCVS.
I qualified at London University in 1970, I worked in a small animal practice in Southampton, worked at the Blue Cross in London then joined this practice in 1975. I became a joint partner in 1980 and I took over sole ownership of the practice in 1999.
On 1st August 2004 Simon and Raymund became Partners in the Practice. I finally retired at the end of July 2014, making way for Aled Thomas to join the partnership. You can still find me at the practice for 2 days a week, where I work part time and continue my interest in veterinary matters.
I have a wife called Wendy, 3 children (eldest, Izzy is a surgeon (human) in Bristol, two sons, Sam and Dan, a cat called Min and a herd of tortoise.
Phillip Speer BVetMed, MRCVS.
I qualified at London University in 2001 and joined the practice in April 2002 following 6 months mixed animal practice in Cornwall.
I have an interest in small animal practice with particular interest in medicine.
Hetty Pullan BVetMed, GPCert(SAP), GP Cert (ophth)), MRCVS.
I originally achieved an HND in Applied Biology at Southbank Polytechnic before going on to train as a Veterinary Nurse at the Royal Veterinary College (London). I then trained as a vet and qualified from the RVC (London) in 2000.
Initially I worked at the RSPCA, Putney, during the filming of ‘Animal Hospital’ and subsequently went on to a small animal job in North Kent where I worked for over five years before coming to St Anne’s. I passed the General Practice Certificate in Small Animal Practice (GPcert(SAP)) and enjoy all aspects of small animal practice and ophthalmology in particular. In 2015 I completed 3 years of studying to be awarded a General Practice Certificate in Ophthalmology.
I am married to Mark and have a lovely ex stray cat called Lloyd who suffers with fits but is well controlled with medication. I have a lovely black labrador called Isla, and we are enjoying lots of walks on the downs. My outside interests include going to the gym, cycling, horse riding, watching tennis, scuba diving abroad, playing the piano and the flute. I originally came from London but love living on the coast.
Naomi Towner BVetMed, MRCVS
Naomi is currently away on maternity leave - January 2017
I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College and worked in Tunbridge Wells before moving to Eastbourne. I have an interest in anything feline related and ultrasound but like all aspects of medicine and surgery.
We currently have two cats but hope to have a dog someday.
My other interests include swimming, playing the flute and spending time with family and friends.
Nirina Wijsman MVetMed, MRCVS.
I qualified at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in December 2013. After a year of working in the Netherlands I decided to take the big step of moving to the UK. My first 6 months in this country I worked in beautiful Surrey. I joined St. Anne's in September 2015 and will hopefully stay here for much longer! I like all aspects of veterinary medicine so far, but I would like to expand my knowledge of ultrasound. In my spare time I enjoy playing the soprano saxophone and the flute, go cycling (I am Dutch after all...), or go for long walks. I love exploring new territories, so you might find me wandering around Eastbourne and the surrounding towns.
Oliver Williams, MEng, BVMedSci, MVMBVS, MRCVS.
I qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and joined St. Anne's straight away after graduating. I really enjoy the variety you see in general practice, however I'm particularly interested in dermatology. Outside veterinary work I like to keep active through a variety of sports, and in recent years I've completed various triathlons and cycle trips through Europe. I'm currently training for a marathon and in preparation I have begun exploring the vast Downs with the help of one of my dogs. Prior to veterinary medicine I have a background in engineering; as such I'm particularly interested in classic cars and hope to get my old mini cooper back on the road soon!
Lizzie Darwent BVetMed, MRCVS.
I studied at the Royal Veterinary College in London, during which time I enjoyed many student placements at St Annes. I graduated in 2016 and joined the practice in April 2017 after working in a small animal vets in Hastings. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but am keen to advance my skills in diagnostic imaging. I have two dogs called Poppy and Jessica who I enjoy walking in the countryside in my spare time.
Helen Overington, RVN, MBVNA. Head Nurse
I joined the practice in 1994 as a trainee and qualified in 1997. I am a volunteer for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. I have 2 rescue cats and chickens.
Hazel Sheppard, RVN, PHC, MBVNA.
Hazel is in charge of theatre and stock control. She joined the practice in 1992 and qualified in 1995. She is married to Pete and they have a daughter, Isabel. She has one mad dog, 2 nutty cats, 3 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, fish, 4 sheep, some chickens and 4 goats.
Janine Houghton, RVN, D32/D33 Assessor, VHA PHC, MBVNA.
I joined the practice in June 1988 as a trainee veterinary nurse and qualified in 1991. I am married to Dustin and we have three daughters Jemma, Kayley and Sienna. I work part-time and am involved in a range of nursing duties. My interests apart from animals and children is scuba diving. I have a dog called Maisy, 2 cats called Nemo and Nilah and four chickens that we hatched in an incubator.
Glynnis Wootton, QVN, MBVNA
I joined the practice in 1992 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1995. I work part-time between the main surgery and Willingdon branch surgery as I also paint and illustrate from home. I live in Willingdon with my husband and our two young children.
I have a rescued cat and 2 rescued rabbits and 2 dogs called Darbee and Buddy. I am particularly interested in rabbit welfare as they are a much neglected pet.
Sarah Goodwin, RVN, VHA, MBVNA
I joined the practice in 2000 as a trainee and qualified in 2004. I completed a course in canine behaviour in 2007 and I have studied for the FAB course ‘Well Cat for Life’ certificate. I am married with 2 daughters and 1 son and am interested in all things feline. I have one cat.
Philip Harris, RVN, A1 Assessor, MBVNA
I joined the practice in 2000 and qualified in 2004. I qualified as an AI Assessor in May 2007. In my spare time I am an amateur photographer and especially like taking photos of animals!
Natalie Weston, RVN, MBVNA, PHC, Diabetic Pet Advisor and Clinical Coach
I originally joined the practice as a part-time kennel hand and started as a full time as a trainee veterinary nurse in 2002. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2006. I have 4 rescue cats who keep me very busy. I am very interested in nurse consultations especially in weight clinics and I have recently completed a certificate in wound management.
Nicola Aston-Ranger RVN, MBVNA
I joined the practice in February 2003 and qualified in April 2010. I have a cat called Lola who I rescued as a kitten, she lives with me, my husband and our little boy. I have a special interest in cat behaviour and theatre - to help our patients through surgery.
Menna Field, RVN, MBVNA
When I finished school I did voluntary and part-time work at a veterinary practice and Raystede animal sanctuary. I then passed a Diploma in Animal Care with distinction and top student award before joining the practice in August 2003. I am now a registered veterinary nurse. I have two rescued cats, Dylan and Archie, who were abandoned as kittens. I have a real interest in poisons and run a poison page on facebook called 'Animal Poison Information', you may see me around the town wearing my Poison Girl cape and handing out advice. One of my roles at St. Anne's is to oversee the facebook page and all things social media. And I'm also editor for our practice newsletter Anniematters.
Nicole Russell, RVN, MBVNA
I joined the practice as a trainee veterinary nurse in January 2008, I qualified in October 2010.I am currently studying a Canine Training Course and I help with the puppy classes held at the St. Anne's road branch. I have a lovely cat called Norman. I love all aspects of nursing but enjoy looking after the hospital patients and doing nurse clinics the most.
Becki Isted, RVN, MBVNA.
I joined St Anne's in 2013 but I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007. Since then I have gained alot of experience in general practice and at a referral centre in Surrey where I worked for 4 years. Here I helped care for very sick animals in intensive care, and assisted vets with interesting and complicated operations. I moved back to Eastbourne in March 2012 to make my home and married my husband Matthew in August 2013. I have 3 rescue cats, Elsie, Eleanor and Daisy. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing and look forward to meeting you.
Alison Hague, RVN, MBVNA and Part time Receptionist
I joined the practice in 1986 and work mainly at St Anne’s Road. I am interested in behavioural problems in pets and horses, and hold the BVNA Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour and the COAPE Advanced Certificate in Companion Animal Psychology. I am involved in wildlife rescue through the British Divers Marine Life Rescue having taken their Marine Mammal Medic course. I originally trained as a graphic designer and since joining St Anne’s have created the practice logo and produce promotional material for the practice. I am married and have a cat and a tortoise. In September 2010, I began a three year course at Plumpton College working towards the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. I finally qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014 and now divide my time between nursing and reception work.
I joined St. Anne's Veterinary Group in 2013 as a one day a week work experience. I was then offered to start as a Trainee Nurse in June 2014 and started at college in September that year. At home I have one dog, Delilah, 2 cats who came in as strays to the practice, Mia and Brego and lots of little furries! I enjoy all aspects of nursing.
I joined the practice in August 2014 and go to Plumpton College once a week. The rest of the time I am at St. Anne's learning practical skills. I was born in the UK but grew up in Ireland. I recently moved back with my family, dog, 2 cats and 2 rabbits. Which was one hell of a ferry trip! I have really settled at St. Anne's and met some lovely people. This is my dream job and I love caring for our patients.
Cicely Johnson. Receptionist
I joined the practice in 1984 and now work principally at the Langney Surgery. I am married with four grown-up children. Although I have owned several pets over the years I do not have any at the moment so am enjoying travelling in my spare time. However, I am sure it will not be too long before another cat or two join our household. My son and grandchildren have pets, including a horse. I enjoy my weekly Yoga and Tai Chi classes, my long distance walks and being part of the St Anne’s team.
June Phillips. Receptionist
I joined the practice in 1990 and work at the main surgery. I am married with two grown-up daughters. I have 2 cats and a pond full of goldfish.
Carol O'Driscoll. Receptionist
I joined the practice in 2000 and work principally at the Langney Surgery. I am married with three grown-up children, five dogs (all rescue). I enjoy doing agility with my dogs and spending time with my grandchildren. My other hobby is horse riding when I get the time.
Jackie Lucas. Receptionist
I joined the practice in 2002 and work mostly at the Willingdon surgery. I am married with a teenage son. We have a labrador called Gillan and a cat called Tilly, both are rescued.
Anna Fairweather. Receptionist
I joined the practice in 2005 and work at the main surgery as a receptionist. I am married with two grow-up children and 3 dogs. I have an interest in dog obedience and also compete with 1 of my dogs in agility.
Cathy Goodsell. Receptionist
I joined St. Annes as a receptionist in 2012 having previously worked as a veterinary receptionist in Yorkshire. I work mainly at the main branch in Eastbourne but go out to the East Dean branch surgery each afternoon. I have three cats - two of whom I adopted after they came in to St. Annes and three dogs: a crazy Collie called Shadow , a very nervous but equally crazy rescue Labrador called Ruby and my latest edition is Sasha, a rough coated lurcher whom is the calmest of the lot even though shes the youngest!!
Janet Cotton. Receptionist
I started as a full-time receptionist in March 2015. Originally from London, I have had various jobs - including a receptionist at a GP Surgery - but I much prefer working with animals. My partner and I have a rescue dog from Cyprus - so we have been working on our Greek language skills! I've worked in two vet practices before (including one in Devon) and I am pleased to be at St. Anne's and am enjoying getting to know the client and more importantly their animals.
Kathryn Wines. Practice Manager.
I have been working in the veterinary profession for over 27 years initially as a veterinary nurse and then since 2002 as a Practice Manager. In that time, I have worked in over 18 different practices (I used to be a locum nurse) and seen a vast array of practices in various shapes and sizes. I have worked at St. Anne's since October 2011 initailly on a part time basis managing various projects and then in August of 2014, I became the full time Practice Manager. I have two dogs - Finley who is a Border Terrier and Agnes a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. I enjoy long walks with them in my time off.
Sheila Mace. Financial Administrator
I joined the practice in 1989 as a receptionist but quickly moved to the office where I am now responsible for the financial side of the practice. I have a rescued dog called Sandy.
Pauline Hollands. Practice Administrator
I came to the practice in 1988 to run a dog grooming business but moved to the office in 2001 where I am now responsible for customer accounts and secretarial work. I have a dog, a horse, 1 sheep, 1 cat and aviary birds.
George joined us in November 2014 taking over Marilyns job with cleaning and deliveries.
Murran Watts, kennel assistant
Finlay works as a part time kennel assistant. He has a dog and 2 cats at home.