Meet Our Team
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 two cats called Elmo McFlashman 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.
Hetty Pullan, BVetMed, GPCert(SAP), GP Cert (ophth), MRCVS. Director
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 Wolfe, BVetMed, MRCVS
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. Naomi is currently on maternity leave - March 2020
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.
Jessie La Brooy, Bvetmed, MRCVS.
I qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in 2016. I worked for two and a half years in small animal practice in East Sussex before joining St. Anne's in February 2019.
I have a particular interest in Small Animal Medicine, particularly Feline Medicine and in the future I hope to do a certificate in one of these areas. At my previous practice I managed to get it to achieve Silver Status in the ISFM Cat Friendly Practice, something I hope to achieve here one day. I also have a keen interest in dog training and behaviour, a passion that Berry helped to grow!
I live with my husband Adam, as well as my cat Poppy, Border Collie Berry and Working Cocker Spaniel Wren. In my spare time I like to train them in Agility, I spend a lot of time going all the way to Devon with them! We hope to be good enough to compete one day!
Becca Taylor, Bvetmed, MRCVS.
I joined the practice in 2018 after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in London. I am originally from Eastbourne, I loved living in London but am very happy to be back with my family and friends.
I am currently enjoying the variety of species and problems that small animal practice has to offer but would love to study further in cardiology or orthopaedics.
Outside of work I try to train my mad 5 month old Golden Retriever Merlin. We do lots of walks, visit new cafes and pubs when we can. During the summer I love to make the most of the sea and kayak, swim, paddle board and surf. I love to explore new places and have particularly enjoyed travelling round Italy and the South of France.
Oliver Williams, MEng, Bvmedsci, bvm bvs, pgdip vcp, mrcvs
I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and joined St. Anne's later that summer. I left later in the summer of 2018 to complete a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College, one of the largest multi-disciplinary referral hospitals in Europe, and a hospital which we often send emergency referrals to. Every month of my internship I worked in a different department developing my knowledge in areas such as medicine, anaesthesia, surgery and critical care. I returned to St. Anne's in the summer of 2019 following completion of the internship, as I enjoy the variety seen in General Practice and St. Anne's is a great place to work.
Outside of work I am generally someone who likes to be outdoors and spend most of my time either running, cycling, walking or undertaking various other outdoor activities, but am also keen to make most of the sea on my doorstep.
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.
Natalie Weston, RVN, MBVNA, PHC, Diabetic Pet Advisor and Clinical Coach. Deputy Head Nurse
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.
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, 2 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, fish, 4 sheep, some chickens and 3 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, 2 rabbits called Dobby and Luna 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.
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, Diabetic Pet Adviser
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 Archie, who was abandoned as a kitten. And Holly who was hit by a car at 12 weeks old and was feral, we had to amputate her tail and front left leg and her pelvis was smashed. I was asked to foster her as she was so scared but after 6 months I realised she wasn't going anywhere!! 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.
Alison Hague, RVN, MBVNA, ISFM DipFN 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.
Poppy Holbrook, RVN, MBVNA
I qualified in 2014 and joined St. Anne's as a locum in 2015 but loved it so much I never left! I have two dogs called Kiwi and Pea and a cat called Eric. In practice I enjoy being a clinical coach, working with student nurses and nursing our patients in our hospital. I have just started a certificate in Emergency and Critical Care which involves completing modules and sitting a final exam. In my spare time I like riding my horse.
Rosie Day, B.S.C. (hons), pgcertvaa, RVN
I graduated in 2016 from Anglia Ruskin University with a degree in Veterinary Nursing in applied animal behaviour. Since then I have worked in an accredited small animal hospital before making the move to the south coast from my home town in Cambridgeshire. I have a postgraduate certificate in anaesthesia and analgesia. I have a cheeky black cat called Marvin and 2 rabbits called Parsnip and Pesto. My nursing interests include nursing patients with complex medical conditions and anaesthesia.
Katie Webb, RVN, MBVNA
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at St Annes in 2009, In 2013 I left to have my son and then a daughter two years later and have recently returned to work part time. At home I have a rescue cat called Brian and two rescue rabbits called Robyn and Lilly.
Abigail Lloyd, RVN, MBVNA
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 a 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.
Hattie Dupraz, RVN, MBVNA
I joined the practice in August 2014 and go to Plumpton College once a week. I qualified in 2018 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. 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.
Laura Curtis, RVN, MBVNA
I joined the practice in January 2015. Before coming to St. Anne's I did work experience with another vet practice for 9 months. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2018! I have a 7 year old black Labrador called Roxy and Fred a black cat that came in as a stray. From a young age I have always played tennis and it is something I enjoy doing today. I am also a keen skier and enjoy spending time on the slopes in Austria. I am really enjoying all aspects of veterinary nursing.
Jonathon Sibley, Trainee Veterinary Nurse
I joined St. Anne's in 2015 and have been going to college since. I have 13 years experience in two other Veterinary Practices. I am married and have 4 children. I have a special interest in guinea pigs as I used to breed and show them, I used to run advice clinics at previous vets. I also have varied pets myself, these include Zebra Finches, Chickens, Cats, Rabbits and of course Guinea Pigs. I am a F.A. registered Football Coach and train my team of boys each weekend.
Rebecca Carapiet, Trainee Veterinary Nurse
I am a Student Veterinary Nurse with an interest in small mammals and exotics. I was previously a Nursing Assistant at a Veterinary hospital in Brighton. I am married and have a cat that was brought in as a stray, called Bee. In my spare time i enjoy nature and travelling.
Neuza Rodrigues, ANA, Trainee Veterinary Nurse
I joined the lovely team at St. Anne’s in January 2020 as a trainee veterinary nurse. Back in 2016 I did work experience with another vet practice while I trained as a Animal Nursing Assistant and I qualified in 2019. At St Anne's every day is different, where I am learning a lot and have become a cat lover! My passion is to care for sick patients post surgery and give them lots of cuddles. I'm married and I came to the UK from Portugal but been living in Eastbourne for the last 18 years. One of my hobbies is to travel and spend time with my lovely dog called Lua and to care for her, she's my best friend. I'm also known as Nel.
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 4 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 having previously worked in a vet practice in Yorkshire as a receptionist. I have three dogs and three cats who keep me busy when I'm not at work! I work mainly at the Langney Branch now which I thoroughly enjoy as the role is more 'hands on' having to help the vet when needed.
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.
Sian Heckford, Receptionist
I joined St. Anne's as a part-time receptionist in 2015. After spending a gap year in New Zealand working and and travelling, I worked for 10 years as a sales assistant. I fancied a change from working with just people to working with animals too, and it's been great getting to know new things. I am married with a daughter named Chloe and son called Jack, and a very mad boxer staffie called Zeke. We love dog walking, especially around Beachy Head and Abbotts Wood. I also enjoy going to the cinema, listening to music and playing darts.
Sarah Touhey, Client Care Manager
I started at St. Anne's as a receptionist June 2014 after 20 years flying. My flying career began with Air 2000 who merged with First Choice and then Thomson, starting as cabin crew and later a performance manager. Being in a ground role was a complete change but it's the best decision I could have made. I work with a great bunch of people who have passion and kindness. We are all slightly mad which helps us deal with some interesting and difficult days. I have changed my role to client care manager which is both varied and often challenging. At home I live with my hubby Andre and my children Caden and Esme who are 6 and 7 years old. Our cat Honey and dog Pippa are cared for by the St. Anne's team and couldn't be in better hands. I feel very proud to work at St. Anne's and we'll be striving to beat being the 2rd best vets in the UK.
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 initially 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. My late dog Sandie is pictured here.
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 and 1 cat. Bow, my dog is pictured here.