Meet your HE Lecturers

Our lecturers have a wealth of knowledge within their chosen fields, with practical real-life experience that they will pass on to you as you learn.

Sandie Burton, BA, MA

Head of Department: Animal Management
Lecturer: Animal Management

I haven’t always worked with animals, but they have always been a big part of my life. Initially trained as a make-up artist, I completed a BA in Fashion Promotion at the London College of Fashion before working for a cosmetic company. I worked my way up from Sales Assistant to Operations and Customer Service Manager, but a change in circumstance in my job and the influence of a little rescue dog named Scooby, made me re-evaluate what I wanted to do. So, as a mature student, I went to a land-based college in Dorset to retrain and find a new career pathway working with animals.

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Alessio Campanella MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lecturer: Animal Welfare, Management of Animal Collections
Research Lead: BCA Centre for Animal Welfare Research

My fascination with the study of animals - particularly birds - was initially inspired by my grandfather, a keen aviculturist. My formal animal education, however, started right here at BCA.

Moving on to gain a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science and an MSc in Animal Welfare and Conservation at the University of Essex, I am now the published author of several domestic and zoo animal welfare research papers, a recipient of the John Fowler Ornithological Award and a professional member of the Association of British and Irish Wildlife Keepers (ABWAK). I have presented at conferences alongside Professor Donald Broom and Marian Stamp Dawkins hosted by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) and the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA).


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Becky Belcher MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lecturer: Business in the context of Land Based Industry

Born into a ‘showing’ family, I grew up surrounded by horses and countryside but it was combining them with the world of business that has allowed me to forge a successful career.

After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University, I went on to read for my MSc in Marketing and International Management at the world-renowned Henley Business School.

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Ria McLean, BSc (Hons), MSc, PTT, FAW

Lecturer: Equine Science
HE Co-ordinator: Equine Programmes

Always the animal lover, I found my true passion at the young age of just four – horses, riding and everything equestrian. Whilst still at school, I was lucky enough to own a Welsh x Connemara mare who was competitive as I was (still am!) and we enjoyed numerous successes, mainly in show jumping and one-day eventing. This fuelled my drive to study and build a career within the equine sector.

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Katie Lawrence Vet. Phys. MASSVAP

Programme Lead: BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy
Professional Practice: Veterinary Physiotherapist

With over fifteen years’ of clinical practice, eight of them as a lecturer, trainer and examiner, I am passionate about the value of veterinary physiotherapy in the care of animals and thrilled to be leading the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy programme at BCA. I am also well positioned to ensure that the programme continues to meet industry standards through my role as a board member of the musculoskeletal working group for veterinary physiotherapy.

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Kirsty Ronkainen – MSC BSC (Hons) QTS

HE Co-ordinator Animal Management
Lecturer: Animal Behaviour, Research Methods and Statistics

Fascinated by all animals since I was a child, I am currently the very proud owner of a slightly dotty English springer spaniel called Campbell who, prior to retirement, had an illustrious career as an RAF sniffer dog. As well as dogs, I have a particular passion for primates. My conservation idol is Jane Goodall and I was lucky enough to see her give a lecture last year.

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Lisa Webber BSc (Hons) PGCE

Lecturer: Animal Science, Animal Health, Animal Nutrition and Genetics.
Course Tutor: Year 1 FdSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Ever since my family re-homed a rescue dog when I was a teenager, I wanted to study for an animal qualification and have an animal-related career.

The degree programme I completed at Harper Adams University College - BSc (Hons) Animal Health and Welfare - was strongly science based but it gave me a great insight into the wider range of animal subjects, such as welfare, epidemiology, immunology and companion animal health.

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Marion Brown BA (Hons)

Lecturer: Children’s Development and Learning

Like many early years practitioners, I first became interested in the importance of pre-school education when my own children went to nursery. Until that point my career had involved business administration in a variety of settings within the private, public and charity sectors.

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Hilary Harris – MA, Ba (Hons), PGCE

Lecturer and Course Manager: Children’s Development and Learning
Areas expertise: Professional development of practitioners;
Supporting practitioner research;
Creating enabling learning spaces.

I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher and throughout my professional career I have taught across a range of educational settings and age ranges. After graduating from Leicester University with a degree in Social Sciences, I trained as a geography teacher and taught at a girls’ comprehensive school in Maidenhead, becoming head of department before leaving to have my twins.

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