College announces two new appointments

13 February 2017

We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head of Professional Conduct and a new Director of HR.

Velia Soames will be starting on Monday 13 February 2017 as our new Head of Professional Conduct. Velia comes to us from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, where she has worked as the Director of Professional Standards & Conduct since 2014. The previous year she held the post of Director of Legal Services at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and from 2008 to 2013 she was the Head of Regulation at the General Osteopathic Council.

Kim Cleland will be starting on Monday 3 April 2017 as the new Director of HR. She comes to us after working for Diageo for over eight years, acting as Head of HR Global and Europe Functions since 2014 and working as Leadership & Development Specialist and Senior HR Business partner before that. Her particular expertise lies in delivering strategic direction and operational support.

Nick Stace, RCVS CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Velia and Kim to the College. These are two critical positions that will help us meet our ambitions to reduce the time it takes to process concerns and provide us with senior level strategic support in developing our people and a learning culture across the College and the profession. Being a recognised great place to work is something we take great pride in which provides us with the motivation to go further and achieve more.”