Our Team

  • Mr John C Gilliver

    Mr John C Gilliver


    Being the son of a Dairy Farmer, I have been exposed to livestock from an early age. I started riding at the age of 6 & started breeding ponies at the age of 14. I was focused on a Veterinary Career from an early age & was fortunate to graduate from The University of Liverpool with honours in 1980.

    My first Veterinary employment was in North Yorkshire in a mainly large animal practice & whilst there developed a keen interest in equine stud work. I established Garwood Veterinary Practice in April 1989 as an equine facility to deal with all aspects of equine work & historically some agricultural clients.

    This subsequently has developed into Gillivervet. Outside Veterinary work I am actively involved with horses, riding, breeding, showing, hunting and judging (SHBGB & CHAPS panel judge) I have served as a Council Member of the BEVA for 6 years being responsible for AI & Riding Establishments.

  • Mrs Kathleen Hennessy

    Mrs Kathleen Hennessy



    Kathleen qualified from Edinburgh in 1999 and worked at Gillivervet for 10 years before joining her now husband Simon in Scotland where she continued to work as an Equine Veterinary Surgeon for a further 6 years, completing the first 2 modules towards an Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Practice.

    Kathleen has returned home to Lancashire to be closer to friends & family with 2 Border Terriers, Basil & Coriander and an insane Border Collie Ben which take up most of her spare time. Kathleen enjoys all aspects of Equine Practice and has a special interest in Equine Dentistry.  

  • Mrs Alison Swift

    Mrs Alison Swift


    Alison qualified from Liverpool University in 2006. She re-joined Gillivervet in September 2010, after an abscence of 2years where she further developed her equine skills. 

    In her spare time Alison enjoys competing and breeding her own horses on her family run yard in Darwen. Alison also enjoys walking her dogs with her husband Garth.

  • Mr Tim Lee

    Mr Tim Lee


    Tim joined the practice at the end of July 2015. Tim came to us quite a few times seeing practice from Bristol University and John was extremely impressed with Tim's veterinary skills and enthusiasm and offered him a job when he qualified.

    Outside of work Tim enjoys walking his whippet Stanley and enjoys learning to play musical instruments. 

  • Miss Naomi Gaskell

    Miss Naomi Gaskell


    Naomi joined the Practice in Sept 2015 after graduating from the university of Edinburgh, prior to working at Gillivervet she was working in a busy mixed practice. Naomi has always had a keen interest in the equine side of veterinary treatment, and saw practice as a student here at Gillivervet.

    In her spare time Naomi enjoys looking after and riding her thoroughbred mare Tabby. Naomi also enjoys looking after / showing her family's flock of Pedigree Jacob sheep.

  • Miss Hannah Smith

    Miss Hannah Smith


    Hannah qualified from Liverpool University in 2011 with distinction. She then went on to work in a mixed practice before starting an 18-month internship at B&W Equine Hospital where she further developed her equine skills.

    In her spare time Hannah enjoy running and is a keen baker – which all the office staff are pleased about

  • Mrs Charlotte Hartley

    Mrs Charlotte Hartley

    Veterinary Nurse

    Charlotte joined Gillivervet in July 2016 as a full time veterinary nurse. She qualified as a registered Veterinary Nurse in September 2013. 

    Charlotte currently lives on a livery yard where she has 4 ponies that her daughter Paige competes. William the dartmoor pony went to HOYs in 2016 as a first ridden. Away from the horses Charlotte enjoys walking her 3 dogs (labrador, chiweni and corgi). She also owns a cat and 3 rabbits.

  • Miss Julie Best

    Miss Julie Best

    Practice Manager

    Julie joined the Practice in September 2005 having previously worked in Finance. She has been a client of the Practice for about 20 years.

    Julie owns her own horses, which currently compete in British Eventing with her daughter Samantha. In her spare time she likes to walk her 2 dogs Millie & Ellie, and often babysits her daughters dogs Dipsy and Anna.

  • Mrs Christine Cotton

    Mrs Christine Cotton

    Office Manager

    Christine joined us in Febuary 2015 initially to cover maternity leave. Christine is now Office Manager & she is responsible for the day to day running of the office as well as being PA to John & Anne.

    Christine has 2 horses of her own, Velvet her own large riding horse that previously competed at HOYs and the Royal International & James her daughters lead rein pony. Away from the horses Christine spends her time mainly with her husband Ian, daughter Elsie, and Harvey the sausage dog.

  • Miss Megan Johnson

    Miss Megan Johnson


    Megan joined Gillivervet in June 2014 initially covering maternity leave in the office. Megan's roles include front desk, social media, some finance work and dealing with all Tim and Naomi's paperwork.

    Megan owns 2 horses of her own, a Fell pony called Will and a Welsh Sec D called Tom. Away from the horses Megan enjoys walking her Husky Mishka, and two terriers Cookie and Scout.

  • Miss Alyssa Wilson

    Miss Alyssa Wilson


    Alyssa has worked at the practice since October 2013, where she started working on the yard part-time. Lissa worked weekends whilst finishing her Business course at college, and covered during her holidays. Lissa is now a permanent member of staff working in the office after covering for maternity leave.

    Most of Lissa's spare time is taken up by Rambler, her traditional 9 year old coloured cob. Lissa has owned Rambler since he was 2 years old, and backed / schooled him herself. She currently shows him at local level but does attend a few county levels. Next year she hopes to continue showing him at county level.

  • Mrs Diane Buckley

    Mrs Diane Buckley

    Receptionist/Veterinary Nurse

    Diane has worked for the Practice since 1994 & is the longest serving member of staff.  Diane now only works 1 day per week & although working mainly in the office, she is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and helps with in patients. 

    Diane owns a lovely coloured cob called Eli, who she rides regularly. Away from the horses, Diane enjoys attending classic motorsport events with her husband Rick

  • Miss Hazel Kirkham

    Miss Hazel Kirkham

    Yard Supervisor

    Hazel joined Gillivervet in August 2010 and works on the yard looking after the horses. Hazel was an active pony club member until the age of 18 gaining her B test, she then went on to work with horses gaining her stage 1 and 2 riding and stable management. 

    In her spare time she likes to compete her own Fell ponies Charlie & Polly with her daughter Holly. Hazel and Holly have previously qualified for RIHS. 

  • Miss Molly Phillips

    Miss Molly Phillips


    Molly Joined us in February 2016 and works on the yard. She hunts regularly with the Holcombe & The Vale of Lune & holds both her BHSAI and Pony Club B Test.

    Outside of work Molly competes with British Eventing & has competed regularly at the pony club championships. She also enjoys spending time with her partner Ross & their dog Teal the Sprocker.

  • Miss Jane Boyden

    Miss Jane Boyden


    Jane joined Gillivervet in Sept 2015.  Jane now works part time & is responsible for all the clipping & trimming.

    Out of work Jane owns 3 horses; a Large intermediate Show Riding Type, an Intermediate / Small Hunter and a 133cm Show Hunter Pony. She competes all these horses at county level. In her spare time Jane has also been training for the BSPS Judging Panels and BSPS Groom exams. Jane also helps run her family's livery yard

  • Miss Laura Walkden

    Miss Laura Walkden


    Laura works for Gillivervet as a rider, she exercises and schools the resident horses. 

    Away from work Laura competes in British Eventing with her own horses, and teaches for Wheelton Pony Club. 

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