MA VetMB DCHP MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health
Jonathan is Chief Executive of RAFT and Professor of Sustainable Livestock Health and Welfare at Harper-Keele Veterinary School, Institute of Sustainable Health and Welfare (InSHAW). He graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1996 and is a cattle vet, Partner and Chair of Bishopton Veterinary Group LLP, a 40 vet practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire (a member of XLVets).
He is Past-President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society and has sat on the GB ‘Cattle Health & Welfare Group’ (CHAWG), GB ‘Sheep Health & Welfare Group’ (SHAWG), the Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and is a past director of Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) and member of the ‘FarmSkills’ Steering Group. He is an examiner for the University of Liverpool, member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner Panel, a member of the Nottingham Dairy Innovation Forum, the International Embryo Transfer Society and served on the Veterinary Residues and Products Committees (VRC & VPC) of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
Jonathan currently sits on UK Animal Science Advisory Board (ASAB) Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), is a fellow of Askham Bryan College and is a non-executive director of the Animal Health and Welfare Board of England (AHWBE).
Main veterinary interests include reproductive technologies, nutrition, mastitis control and progressive herd health and production management. He has published a wide range of papers, articles and book chapters and is a co-author of textbook ‘Dairy Herd Health’. He holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Diploma in Cattle Health & Production, is a RCVS recognised specialist in Cattle Health & Production and was named UK Dairy Vet of the year 2015. He became visiting Professor of Sustainable Livestock Health & Welfare at Harper-Keele Veterinary School, Institute of Sustainable Health & Welfare (InSHAW) in 2020.
Harriet is RAFT’s Head of Operations and has over ten years’ experience in managing projects and portfolios of all shapes and sizes included projects for Innovate UK, levy bodies and pharmaceutical companies. Harriet is a Recognised PRINCE2 Practitioner and manages RAFT’s experienced Operations Team. She previously worked for a pharmaceutical contract research organisation where she gained experience of co-ordinating studies and working in a GCP/GLP regulated environment.
Harriet also sits on the FarmSkills Steering Group, and Askham Bryan College’s Research Committee. In addition, Harriet project manages industry wide livestock sustainability and disease control programmes; The National Johne’s Management Plan and AHDB’s Pig Health Scheme.
Mike Gooding is RAFT’s Chairman and has a 30-year professional career in commercial agriculture, finance, R&D, marketing and public relations. He has a particular interest in the development of sustainable food production and works with clients across the supply chain from primary food producers through to the retail sector and some of the World’s leading food brands. He works with data partners on the measurement of sustainability goals and has extensive experience in the development of programmes that change farm management practice.
In addition to his role within RAFT, he is a consultant for RCMG, an Oxford based consultancy business working in sustainable agriculture, animal health and welfare, and communications and marketing activities, and Director of Farmers First Ltd, a co-operative specialist lamb processing business exporting to global markets and responsible for marketing 10% of the UK’s lamb crop. He chaired the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference and has held senior positions in the private and charity sectors.
Angela joined the RAFT Operations team in 2020 as Assistant Project Manager. She previously worked at National Milk Records Plc, bringing with her a wealth of agricultural knowledge as well as vast experience within the dairy sector, specialising in milk quality, disease management and herd data capture as well as engaging with farms on a daily basis. Angela manages many of the ongoing projects and enjoys developing solutions for sustainable livestock production. In addition, Angela assists in managing industry wide National Johne’s Management Plan programme.
Alister joined the RAFT team in May 2021 as Assistant Project Manager, has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences from The University of Leeds, and is also a PRINCE2 practitioner. Alister is a firm believer that looking after the environment is this generations’ number one issue, and is keen to get stuck in here at RAFT by playing his small part in helping the planet, through the variety of agricultural projects RAFT work with.
Outside of work Alister is usually looking to plan a day with his family either walking or birdwatching!
Nicola joined RAFT in 2016 as RAFT’s Projects, Programmes and Office Assistant and supports many of the projects and planning within the team. Nicola also provides experience in reporting results from the SemenRate laboratory service and supports the team in ensuring results are delivered to clients on time.
BSc (Hons) MRes PhD
Katie joined RAFT in 2015 as Reproduction Technician and Researcher. Prior to this, Katie completed her MRes and PhD in Genomic Imprinting at the University of Liverpool following on from and undergraduate degree in Bioveterinary Science. This significant laboratory experience and research skills brings a high standard to RAFT’s laboratory service, SemenRate. Katie also supports many of the research projects in terms of data collection and analysis.
Laura joined RAFT in 2019 following a growth in RAFT’s advanced breeding services including the SemenRate laboratory service. Laura had been working on a local dairy farm and therefore enjoys providing services direct to the producers. Prior to this Laura complete a Batchelor of Science Honours degree in Animal Management from Askham Bryan College as part of a degree programme from Harper Adams University; gaining experience in business management and sustainable practices to welfare and legislation, including nutrition, breeding and genetics.
Anne-Sophie graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 in France. After graduating, she worked in rural practices in the East part of France, where the farming production was mostly mixed: dairy cattle, beef cattle, a few sheep, and goats. Anne-Sophie also completed a MSc in environmental epidemiology and is currently completing a PhD at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in disease modelling. One of the aims of her PhD project is to improve our understanding of infectious disease dynamics affecting multiple hosts to design effective control strategies. Anne-Sophie recently joined RAFT Solutions as Research Assistant to deliver research projects on-farm with disciplined approach to provide robust research.
Alex joined RAFT in May 2021 to support with the marketing development within the business. With a huge passion for marketing, Alex has undertaken the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Foundation Certificate in Marketing, to which she passed with a Distinction. As well as working for RAFT, Alex also works in the Large Animal Dispensary over at Bishopton Veterinary Group.