New NOAH officer team elected at AGM

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NOAH’s 2022 AGM took place on 13 July, where Caitrina Oakes, Managing Director, Vetoquinol UK and Ireland, was re-elected as the Chair of NOAH for 2022/23.

Also re-elected was Senior Vice-Chair Jan Moehlenbrock (MSD Animal Health) and Mark Collinson (Norbrook) as Treasurer, with new Vice Chair Ned Flaxman (KRKA) completing the NOAH officer team.

To continue to support its members through changing times, the NOAH Board has also reviewed and repositioned the NOAH strategy for 2022-25.

Speaking at the AGM, Caitrina reviewed the work NOAH had done over the past year to support member companies in particularly challenging times. She said: “During the past year the association has faced a number of external challenges, in particular the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the continuing challenge from the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing environmental questions and more recently global trade disruptions due to the Ukraine war. Further delays to the new UK Veterinary Medicines Regulations have caused continued uncertainty for members. Against these challenges NOAH has continued to be sustainable, consistent and representative.

“There have been many successes, including the launch of the Livestock Vaccination Guideline with the support of Defra Minister, Lord Benyon, whilst farmer training on the responsible use of antibiotics has continued with the delivery of the AMBP. Over 1,000 farmers have now signed up by mid-2022. The increasing emphasis on environmental sustainability has led to the development of a new NOAH policy via the Environmental & Sustainability subcommittee and closer working with other interested stakeholder organisations,” Caitrina added.

With its refreshed strategy, NOAH will be promoting the benefits of licensed medicines and solutions for the health of all animals – emphasising their value to society not only for the animals on farms and in our homes, but also for ourselves and for the environment we share.

Notes for Editors

  1. For more information please contact Alison Glennon at NOAH on 07510062566

  2. NOAH represents the UK animal health industry. We promote the benefits of licensed medicines and solutions for the health and welfare of all animals.

  3. Caitrina Oakes Managing Director Vetoquinol UK and Ireland – Biography

    Caitrina left school at the age of 16 and went straight into the workplace as a trainee veterinary nurse in a mixed practice on the North East coast of Yorkshire. Here she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, following studies at Rodbaston College of Agriculture in Penkridge.

    During her time in practice she took a keen interest in nursing clinics which led her to her first sales position as a Territory Manager in the North of England for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. She spent over 12 years at Hill’s in various positions including National Sales Manager Vet Channel UK and Ireland, and for a short time was Training and Development Manager for their European business.

    Caitrina then took the position of Sales and Marketing Director at National Veterinary Services before moving to Vetoquinol in 2011 to take the Sales and Marketing Manager Position.

    Caitrina has been in the position of Managing Director since 2013, and now leads an organisation of 76 people across the UK and Ireland. She works very closely the wider European and Global teams, influencing and contributing to the implementation of the company’s strategy and understanding the issues and opportunities facing animal health.

    Caitrina joined the NOAH Board in June 2013. She was elected Vice-Chair in June 2018, becoming Senior Vice-Chair. Caitrina joined NOAH’s Communications Committee in August 2013 and became its Chair in March 2015. She was also a member of the Membership Working Group in 2019 and the Business and Trade Sub-Committee in 2020.

    Caitrina lives in Bedfordshire with her 2 children and their various family pets.

  4. The NOAH officer team elected at the 2022 AGM is:

    • Chair – Caitrina Oakes (Vetoquinol UK and Ireland)
    • Senior Vice-Chair – Jan Moehlenbrock (MSD Animal Health)
    • Vice-Chair – Ned Flaxman (KRKA)
    • Treasurer – Mark Collinson (Norbrook)