Meet The Team
Cromwell Vets’ Hospital and its five individual branch surgeries are looked after by over a hundred staff including Vets, Nurses, Receptionists, Administration staff and cleaners. Every member of our team all take immense pride in their work, they are dedicated and loyal resulting in an excellent staff retention. Many of our team members started their careers at Cromwell Vets and have been with us ever since. The team is led by three Directors (and owners of the Practice) who are supported by our management team.
Under Ian Hall’s leadership, the Practice had gained such a great reputation that it reached David while he was studying at Liverpool Vet School. He made the move to Huntingdon as soon as he graduated in 1972. David has been at the Practice ever since becoming a Director in 1975 and the Senior Director in 1999. David has spent a lot of his spare time helping the community, especially in youth activities. These young people, now clients with their own families, come into the Surgery today and give us snippets of information and reminisce about times passed.
Joseph arrived in July 1995 and was offered a Partnership in 2001. Joseph, the thespian and singing virtuoso amongst us, can often be seen performing in the local amateur dramatics society. Joseph’s family, who originated from Spain, settled in London in 1945. He began his working career within his father’s fruit & vegetable importing business, but dreamt of becoming a Veterinary Surgeon. In 1990 and at the grand age of 30, Joseph became a mature student at Cambridge Vet School whilst juggling married life and starting a family. He’s a gentle man with exceptional people skills and an excellent clinician who is just loved by all.
Nigel also graduated from Cambridge Vet School and came to the Practice in September 2000. Nigel’s interests outside of the Practice are travelling, good food, excellent wine and fast cars, but not necessarily in that order. Nigel has a professional interest in orthopaedic surgery. His skills in the operating theatre have saved many a pet’s life and enabled many others to walk on four legs again. Nigel is very popular amongst his clients and staff alike; hence he became one of the youngest Vets to take on a Partnership at the Practice in January 2003.
Julie Eastham – Deputy Practice Manager
Julie has been involved with animals from an early age and worked as a horse groom before embarking on her veterinary nursing training in 2000. Julie can’t count how many animals she’s had in her home after hand rearing and fostering animals of all shapes and sizes over the years. Her own pets have always included dogs and cats but Julie has also had pet goat and Storming Norman the Shetland pony. Julie joined Cromwell Vets in 2005 as Nursing Manager. While working full time Julie completed an extended diploma in strategic leadership and management and became Deputy Practice Manager in early 2015. Outside of work Julie enjoys dog training, teaching classes once a week and continues to foster and rehome pets in need.
Chrissy Emerson – Reception Manager
Chrissy started her working career as an air stewardess in the Women’s Royal Air Force. She left after 6 years and moved around the country with her husband’s job in the RAF. When they eventually settled in this area, Chrissy started work at our Huntingdon Surgery as a full time Receptionist. She is now one of the longest serving members of the team – her beaming smile has greeted our clients for 20 years! Chrissy has always been well loved by clients and staff alike and with her excellent people skills she soon progressed to become the Head Receptionist and then Reception Manager in 2007. Chrissy is one of the keen gardeners among us and she reserves a week of her holiday entitlement every year just to tend to her beautiful garden.
Joy Simons – Practice Administrator
Joy came to Cromwell Vets as a Receptionist at our Huntingdon and Ramsey Surgeries after 18 years working in security for Boots. After a year Joy became Admin Assistant and completed an NVQ3 in Admin and a diploma in management while working in this role. When a key member of the Practice Management team left in late 2004, Joy took on the role of Practice Administrator. Joy has the job of managing the rota of our over 30 full & part time Vets for all of our Surgeries – a job which no member of staff envies! Outside of work, Joy enjoys activities with her Irish Terriers including showing, agility and she is a regular at the Irish Terrier stand at Discover Dogs at Crufts each year.