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Kate Richards



Katherine Richards, RCVS Council MemberKate Richards qualified from Edinburgh, and was a farm vet for 15 years, a partner in a 15 vet practice. She then joined a major pharmaceutical company to gain further experience of business management, marketing and sales, working with practices across the UK.

Kate joined Defra as a veterinary advisor and then moved into non-veterinary Senior Civil Service roles, in Whitehall departments including the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice. She was Principal Private Secretary to three Secretaries of State for Scotland, handling a diverse policy portfolio, working across Whitehall, No 10 and the Devolved Administrations and has a deep understanding of how Whitehall operates.

Kate is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of the Moredun Foundation, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and SAC Commercial Ltd where she brings experience of the veterinary sector and senior executive roles in the Civil Service.

Kate is a BVA member, was a facilitator for the London BVA YVN, a trustee of the BVA’s Animal Welfare Foundation (2014-17), on BCVA Council (2004–2010) and Programme Secretary for the BCVA Congress.

Kate enjoys photography, travel and writing. 


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2015 - 2019, 2020 - 2024


Committee membership

  • RCVS vet school visitation panel


Declaration of interests


  • Non-executive Director, Moredun Foundation Board
  • Non-executive Director, SRUC (Scotland's Rural College) Board

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

Financial Portfolio managed by Carbon Financial


  • Veterinary Advisor on mental health research project for SRUC

Appointments to other bodies


Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member, BVA
  • Member, AGV
  • Member, VPHA
  • Member, Central Veterinary Society


  • G. C. Rafferty, Grantown-on-Spey 1985 - 1986
  • Ardene House Veterinary Practice 1986 - 2000
  • Schering-Plough Animal Health 2000 - 2003
  • Defra 2003 - 2007
  • HMRC 2007 - 2009
  • Scotland Office 2009 - 2012
  • Cabinet Office 2012
  • Ministry of Justice 2012 - 2014
  • Non-executive directorships - 2012 - present

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Diploma in Marketing - DipM
  • Registered Change Management Practitioner
  • BVM&S, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Veterinary Public Health Certificate, Royal Veterinary Collegem London
  • Official Veterinary (OV), Bristol University
  • MA, Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


Other relevant information

Kate Richards worked as Principal Private Secretary to three Secretaries of State for Scotland (2009-2012). This was an appointment as a civil servant, it was not a political appointment.