Meet our Team
Our Valuable Staff Members
Beyers van Niekerk Director
Clare Van Niekerk Director
Clare has been one of the longest serving members of the practice. From a young age, she has always wanted to be a vet and started at the practice as a ‘Saturday girl’ whilst still at school. After taking her A levels at Barton Peveril College, she gained a place at Bristol University and graduated in 1994.
Her first job was in a busy small animal practice in Newport in South Wales where she worked for 3 years. It was here that she met Beyers, after they married they moved back to Chandlers Ford and joined Davies and Aylott.
After having her two children, Clare followed her interest in Psychology and Behaviour and studied part time for 3 years at Southampton University and gained a post graduate diploma in Companion Animal behaviour counselling and sees behaviour cases as part of her work load.
Clare works at the Boyatt Wood Surgery and particularly enjoys getting to know all the clients and patients.
Outside work, she is busy as a taxi service to her 2 teenage children and looking after the menagerie of animals at home!
Richard Warin Senior Vet
Richard qualified in August 2000 from Bristol University and began his career in Bedford before joining CFVS in 2003. In June 2016 he became Assistant Manager whilst maintaining his position as one of our senior veterinary surgeons.
Originating from Portsmouth, Richard lives locally with his wife, Catherine and their four children. His ambition is to continue in first opinion practice and to increase the services offered to our clients.
Outside work he is keen on all sports especially running and swimming. The family is completed by Charlie the cat and Munchy George the giant snail!
Leslie Montgomery Vet
Leslie was born and grew up in Ireland and was lucky to be accepted to Dublin Veterinary School. He qualified in 1983 and went into farm animal practice in his home town.
He came to England in 1986 and began work in Southampton before moving to Davies and Aylott in Chandlers Ford in 1991. He became a partner in the practice in 2000 and later a director when the practice was incorporated, a position he has now relinquished.
He currently works there as a veterinary surgeon. He is interested in general practice and enjoys the challenges presented by the variety of cases seen each day.
He is married to Annekie and has two children Andrew and Sophie and they live in Hiltingbury. He enjoys many sports but as his knees have deteriorated he has become a keen cyclist and does some long distance trips for charity.
He has an elderly cat, Impi, which came as part of the package when he got married (Marry one, get one for free!)
Annekie Montgomery Vet
Annekie qualified in South Africa in 1998 and joined the team in 2006. She lives in Chandlers Ford with husband, Leslie, two children, Impi the cat and two guinea pigs.
She’s involved with the local community and loves walking, cycling and bird watching.
Joe Gosling Vet
Joe started working for us in August 2015, he was already familar with the practice having spent time with us on placements during his degree.
He has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and his current ambition is become an accomplished general practitioner. Outside of work he enjoys mini golf, running and cycling.
Hannah Simmonds Vet
Hannah joined the practice in June 2016 after graduating from Nottingham Vet School. She has a keen interest in soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery and is currently studying for a Small Animal Surgical Certificate.
Hannah has a rescue “whipador” called Mario who loves going hiking with her and her fiance.
Mario is often at the practice and wags his tail to all the canine patients, as well as a few clients if he’s allowed in reception! In her spare time, Hannah can be found on a rowing boat on the Itchen River and is training for the South Coast Rowing Championship.
Gwen Francis Vet
Theodora Cairns-Bowdler Vet
Jo Summerton Practice Manager
Jo is one of our longest serving employees having joined the nursing team in 1986. After a spell as Head Nurse she progressed to Practice Manager in 2003.
She has a varied role involving all aspects of running a busy practice but still enjoys interacting with both clients and patients when time allows.
Jo lives locally with her partner Paul & their Dachshund X Flick (often seen on our Facebook page!)
Jo has a passion for cricket and enjoys following both Hampshire & England especially when that includes a trip to the Caribbean.
Lisa Hansen Head RVN
Lisa has been with the practice since 1988. She took on the role of Head Nurse in 2014. She has flourished in the role, particularly enjoying the organisational challenge.
She also helps with both our Puppy Parties and Weight Watchers clinics, the latter as a Hills approved VNA.
She is a VN assessor, a role she enjoys and is keen to develop. She is married to Warren and they have two boys, Luke and Ollie. In her free time, what little she has, she spends it reading, gardening, caring for her labrador Dougie and her two hens Ava and Nicola.
Elaine Freemantle Assistant Head RVN
Elaine started working for the practice in 2001, she worked her way through the ranks training and then becoming Head Nurse.
Elaine then became a mum and started working part time taking up the role of Assistant Head Nurse. As well as assisting Lisa in the nursing side of things Elaine does alot of insurance admin which she enjoys.
She has a whippet at home called Enzo which she treats like a second child!
Lorraine Webb RVN
Vicky Vaughan RVN
Vicky has been with us since October 1998 although she did make a break for freedom in March 2000 by travelling in Australia. We tracked her down and recaptured her in February 2001.
She married her long-term partner Gary in 2010 and they have a daughter Kirsty and a little boy called Freddie. She is a life long supporter of Southampton FC.
She has a dog called Lizzie.
Anna-Marie Tatum RVN
Anna has been a long-standing member of our staff. She joined full-time in July 2003, having worked weekends and holidays and attended college previously. She has always enjoyed caring for animals.
Her interests are TV and soaps (Corrie and Eastenders rather than something from Lush) and an array of pets that include dogs (Shelties)/rabbits/chinchillas/degus/guinea pigs/aquatic frogs and a puffer fish.
She is keen to improve her veterinary nursing knowledge and skills. She is one of the practice first-aiders and so is qualified to treat more than animal cuts and bruises.
Michelle Newland-Wild RVN
Pippa Clark RVN
Pippa has worked at Chandlers Ford Vets since February 2011. She is married to Simon and together with their two children live locally in Eastleigh.
Pippa has a keen interest in, and runs weight and dental clinics at the practice. She has two guinea pigs Daisy and Teddy.
Dominique Hancock RVN
Dom initially worked as a part time assistant whilst she was still at school. After a few years away she came back full time in September 2008. Her and her husband Matt have a little boy Jacob and another little one on the way.
They share their home with their black labrador Maximus. Dom enjoys all aspects of nursing, particularly surgery.
Tara Smith RVN
Charlotte Lewis RVN
Tara Wheeler RVN
Tara joined the team in December 2008. She left in 2010 but returned to our practice as a qualified veterinary nurse in 2013. She enjoys all aspects of her job, especially surgical nursing.
Tara lives with her husband, two children and their excitable cockapoo Waffles. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and family, reading, swimming and shopping.
Jo Smith RVN
Jo Hillman Veterinary care assistant
Jo started working at the practice in October 2012, after spending 10 years working at St Francis Animal Welfare Shelter in Fair Oak.
Jo gained lots of experience in handling domestic animals of all shapes and sizes. Since joining the team at Chandlers Ford and Boyatt Wood Vets, she has achieved her Veterinary Care Assistant qualification.
Jo spends most of the week at the Boyatt Wood practice and enjoys getting to know the clients and their pets!
Outside of work, she enjoys socialising with friends and going on adventures to find lovely places to walk with her dog Spencer.
Lana Baker SVN
Charlotte Ashworth SVN
Charlotte joined the practice in July 2015. Before joining Chandlers Ford Vets she worked as a receptionist at another veterinary practice and this confirmed her desire to persue a career as a veterinary nurse. She enjoys working with small animals and has developed a strong interest in peri – operative nursing care and animal behaviour.
She is currently training and aims to qualify in 2019. Charlotte has a fiancé called Tom, they have a cat called Harvey who enjoys play fighting. In her free time she enjoys keeping fit at the gym, travelling to different beaches around the coast and loves socialising with friends, most of whom she works with.