Anthony Roberts

Director of Leadership and Innovation


Anthony RobertsAnthony is responsible for the delivery of the strategic ambition to become a Royal College with leadership and innovation at its heart.

Leadership work includes the implementation of a programme to support the next generation of veterinary leaders and develop leadership opportunities across the veterinary professions, and the completion of the RCVS governance review to ensure that we are an effective and efficient organisation, better able to lead the profession and serve the needs of the public.

Innovation incorporates the development of initiatives to ensure the veterinary professions are at the centre of innovation in the animal health sector, to position the professions as open to innovation, and to ensure the RCVS serves to foster innovation whilst continuing to protect animal health and welfare.

Anthony also leads the development and delivery of a programme of work to prepare the College and the profession for the impact of Brexit and the implementation of evidence-based measures to drive the transition to a supportive ‘learning-culture’ in the veterinary professions.

Anthony has worked at the RCVS for seven years and has been responsible for delivering key projects such as the First Rate Regulator Initiative (2012/13) and the launch of the new Practice Standards Scheme (2015). Prior to joining the RCVS Anthony worked in public affairs and media relations at the British Plastics Federation, the trade association for the UK plastics industry.

Anthony holds an MBA from Warwick Business School (2016), an MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2004) and the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations (2009).

Declaration of interests


Director Veterinary Policy Research Foundation

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • Illumina Inc - Derivative long position. 
  • GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Shareholder
  • Synthomer Plc - Shareholder
  • PitPatPet - Shareholder (£250 seed round investment) 



Appointments to other bodies


Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member of the Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (The College of Veterinarians of Ontario)
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Digital Veterinary Summit 2019


None other than at RCVS

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Warwick Business School (WBS), 2013 – 2016
  • CIPR Diploma in Public Relations - PR Academy, 2008 – 2009
  • Master of Arts (Hons) Philosophy and Politics - The University of Edinburgh, 2000 – 2004

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


Other relevant information

  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) - Fellow
  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) - Member / Accredited Practitioner