Fiona is Founder and Director of Make Life Easy Limited, a company specialising in providing training and people development services to clients in professional services. An English Literature graduate from the University of Glasgow, Fiona moved to London to further her studies and pursue a career as a training and personal development professional. After 15 years of helping students and graduates embark on their initial career path, Fiona set up her own business and in 2004, launched Make Life Easy Limited. The purpose of Make Life Easy is to help businesses become more successful, and ultimately, more profitable, by developing their people through a range of executive coaching and training programmes.
Fiona has been a passionate animal-lover all her life. Her first dog was a West Highland terrier called Corrie and she grew up with Kandy, her long-haired dachshund as her best friend! Whilst she will always be a dog-lover, her life changed over 20 years ago when introduced to the world of the Burmese cat! Her husband, Jim, brought home a Burmese kitten, named Rumba……and the rest is history. (Click on ‘Rumba’s Story’). Fiona was a Trustee of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust for over 8 years and was a Patron for 3 years before setting up the Rumba Foundation in 2012.
James Hindle trained at the Glasgow School of Art and won the Haldane Scholarship and the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy prize for architecture. After qualifying he worked at DY Davies for six years and, having specialised in the design and construction of high quality commercial buildings, became the director in charge of the company’s City division.
James then joined London and Paris Properties in 1988 as director and for four years supervised the design and construction of its commercial development programme including a number of prestigious new build and refurbishment projects. He has completed numerous commercial office developments as a client.
In 1991 James formed TateHindle Limited with Andrew Tate. He continues to develop the business and nurture relationships, providing commercially driven solutions for Clients.
Outside the office, Jim is a sports car enthusiast and enjoys weekends on the South Coast sailing on his boat. He also organises and participates in the annual rally from Calais to Cannes in classic sport cars, arriving in the French Riviera for the annual property conference. Jim is a lifelong animal- lover, having grown up with small dogs as a child and shared almost all his adult life with Burmese cats, along with his wife!
Jerry has a wide range of experience having worked in Agriculture, Information and Communications Technology and Veterinary Business. You can see a full profile of Jerry on LinkedIn.
Currently, Jerry works as Business Director at Boness Veterinary Enterprises Ltd and is the senior partner at Brainy Software LLP. Focusing on IT development and support he also spends significant effort on busines development, HR and supplier relations.
Jerry has three dogs with his wife Julia.
Outside work Jerry enjoys reading (maybe not enough novels), sailing, photography and generally socialising. He has in the past been a keen rugby and cricket player and he used to go caving – though you would not think that given his current shape!
Veterinary Advisor – Julia Boness MRCVS
Julia qualified from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School in 1985. She started work in Luton as a small animal vet and soon was able to realise her ambition of having her own practice. Julia’s intention was always to have a modern veterinary practice, offering the highest standards of medical and surgical care, as well as a personal level of attention to her clients. At the time this sort of practice was rare outside the big cities but Julia’s dream was to create her practice in a more rural environment where she could become actively involved in the community. In 1990 she set up the practice and in 1995, with new purpose built premises, the practice was granted Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Hospital status. The practice has grown over the years and now employs 8 vets. It is a registered training practice for veterinary nurses, and employs 10 qualified nurses and 3 students, as well as a support team of 10 customer service and administrative staff.
Over the years Julia has grown the practice, by supporting continuing professional development of her staff and new technologies and life-saving treatments have been welcomed. The veterinary hospital has all the equipment you would expect to see in a human hospital and offers 24 hour access to treatment and care. Julia was one of the first vets in the country to become qualified to do ‘TPLO’ operations on dogs knees, making this procedure more readily available to all dogs, and is one of about 25 hospitals that offers key hole neutering for female dogs. It is also one of the few veterinary hospitals with a physiotherapy suite, which Julia started up as a result of an injury her own dog sustained that rendered the dog paralysed for 3 months. Julia has an MSc in Advanced Veterinary Practice, a post graduate Certificate in Canine Physiotherapy and is studying for another Certificate in Surgery. Julia has expanded the practice to include another branch and a grooming parlour.
Her passion is the best veterinary care and treatment, and she has spent her career trying to achieve this professionally herself. She is a former Trustee of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust, and worked with other trustees to build the new Small Animal Hospital and the Cancer Therapy Unit. When the opportunity came along to be Veterinary Adviser to The Rumba Foundation, she jumped at the chance as the charity’s mission and philosophy is so close to her own.
Julia helps the Trustees make contacts with potential donors and beneficiaries, and advises the Trustees on the viability and financial worthiness of potential projects to support. Her experience in building up her practice with highly qualified staff and good quality equipment makes her input invaluable when it comes to assessing the merit of proposals as well as where to buy the equipment needed for today and the future. She knows all the most highly regarded clinicians in the UK in the industry either by professional reputation or personally in many cases. Julia sees cases personally and this gives her an insight into what the current pet health concerns are, where funds and treatments are best directed, and what peoples concerns are. Having been in general practice for 27 years she has first hand experience of what the technological revolution has done to the veterinary medical world, what pet owners want for their pets and what might be round the corner. Julia embraces change and challenge and this makes her ideally placed to advise the Foundation.
Julia lives with her husband and 3 dogs in Bedfordshire. She also has cats at the practice, and once owned 3 ferrets called Gucci, Dior and Chanel..