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Anita Bickerdike


Anita BickerdikeAnita has a deep passion for developing people to maximise their potential, improve professional standards and increase the success of organisations and membership bodies. Recognised for a positive, collaborative approach, Anita worked as a solicitor in private practice and with the Ministry of Justice where she was responsible for the provision of legal services and the recruitment and training of lawyers and magistrates.  An accomplished leader, trainer and coach, she is experienced in strategy development, and organisational and cultural change at strategic board level. From 2013 as an independent consultant, she engaged with a wider audience across business sectors, working in the UK and Europe with corporate bodies, financial institutions, government departments and independent regulators. Anita worked in dynamic environments with people from across the organisation from Board members to those on the front line of service delivery; guiding and supporting leaders to ensure proper governance, implement cultural change, overcome challenges, and continuously improve professional standards. 

As a Non executive Director and Independent Chair, she worked with national governing bodies, government departments and charitable organisations to develop and communicate clear strategic leadership, focus on activities to deliver policy objectives, and ensure public confidence. 

Anita has a life long interest in the welfare and care of animals, having cared for a variety of farm and domestic animals.  She enjoys an outdoor life style, is a keen walker, loves music and sings with the local choir.

VN Council Member category

  • Appointed: Lay member, 2023 - 2026

Declaration of interests


Positive Intention Ltd - Managing Director

St George's Hall Board (charity) - Chair of the Board of Trustees

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

Positive Intention Ltd - Managing Director and shareholder


Always Consult Ltd - Associate - training development and delivery

Appointments to other bodies

Law Society - Retired Solicitor

St George's Hall Board (registered charity) - Chair of Board of Trustees

NHS England - Independent Chair for Independent review panel

British Gymnastics - sports' national governing body - Independent Panel Member for disciplinary and appeal panels

Boundary Commission for England - Lead Assistant Commissioner for 2023 Boundary Review (ceased as Review completed in 2022)

Archery GB - sports' national governing body - Independent Chair of the National Case Management panel (ceased as maximum period of office ended in 2023)

Badminton England - sports' national governing body - Non-Executive Director on Board. Chair of National Disciplinary Panel (ceased as period of office ended)

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations



Independent Chair and Panel Member

Independent Management Consultant

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court (retired)

Masters in Business Administration

Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

LLB Law Degree

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


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