Jonathan Statham MA VetMB DCHP MRCVS

Chief Executive

Jonathan Statham graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He is a cattle vet and partner in Bishopton Veterinary Group, a 35 vet practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire (a member of XL Vets) and is director and Chief Executive of RAFT solutions Ltd (an innovative veterinary research, consultancy and knowledge exchange company).

He is Past-President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society and has sat on the GB ‘Cattle Health and Welfare Group’ (CHAWG), the Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and is a past director of Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS). He is an examiner for the University of Liverpool, member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner Panel, a member of the Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group, the ‘Farmskills’ steering group, the International Embryo Transfer Society and served on the Veterinary Residues and Products Committees (VRC and VPC) of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). He currently sits on the steering group for the national AgriTech ‘Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Livestock’ (CIEL), is a fellow of Askham Bryan College and is a non-executive director of the Animal Health and Welfare Board of England (AHWBE).

Main veterinary interests include reproductive technologies, nutrition, mastitis control and progressive herd health and production management. He has published a wide range of papers, articles and book chapters and is a co-author of textbook ‘Dairy Herd Health’. He holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Diploma in Cattle Health and Production, is a RCVS recognised specialist in Cattle Health and Production and was named UK Dairy Vet of the year 2015.


Mike Gooding


Mike has followed a professional career in agriculture including the management of commercial farming operations, research and development, agricultural accountancy and finance; marketing and public relations. Experienced in the livestock sector and food processing, he is a director of an abattoir business and works with some of the World’s leading food brands in developing sustainable food production.

He chaired the Oxford Farming Conference 2013 and has been a judge in the BBC Food and Farming Awards, he is particularly interested in how society sees agriculture and the countryside. For 5 years he chaired The Farm Inspiration Trust, a pioneering charity delivering educational programs for school children and therapeutic activities for adults with autism and learning disabilities.

Mike is married to Ruth Clements a veterinary surgeon who specialises in the development and roll-out of holistic disease control programmes in sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. They live in Oxfordshire and continue small scale livestock production with cattle, sheep and pig enterprises.


Harriet Scott

Head of Operations

Harriet joined RAFT in 2014, to help manage the increasing portfolio of projects.  Harriet is experienced in project management, a Recognised PRINCE2 Practitioner and enjoys managing projects of all shapes and sizes including projects funded by Innovate UK and H2020.

Harriet now manages the Operations Team, focussing on the delivery of projects from conception to write-up and working with the veterinary team to ensure reliable delivery of all research projects, advanced breeding services, consultancy and training.

Harriet is also an external member of Askham Bryan College Research & Scholarship Committee, the ‘FarmSkills’ Steering Group and a committee member of Ripley and Nidderdale Shows and Countryside Live.


Katie Burton BSc (Hons) MRes PhD

Reproduction Technician and Researcher

Katie joined RAFT in April 2015 as our Reproduction Technician and Researcher. Katie completed her MRes and PhD in Genomic Imprinting at the University of Liverpool following on from an undergraduate degree in Bioveterinary Science at the university’s vet school.

The significant laboratory experience and research skills she gained bring a high standard of rigour to the SemenRate lab as well as our other advanced breeding service. Katie is also involved in some of our RAFT research projects where reproduction is the main theme.


Nicola Bowes

Projects and Office Assistant


Holly Fenwick

Projects, Office and Book-keeping Assistant

Holly initially joined RAFT during October of 2017 as the book-keeper but was quick to take on various other roles within the company. Due to her previously studying Animal Management at the Grimsby Institute, she has a personal interest in the animal industry. This experience has proved useful and Holly is now responsible for organising the variety of training courses that take place here at RAFT


Beverley Boynton RVN

Projects and Office Assistant

Beverley has joined RAFT as a Projects and Office assistant. Beverley qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2001 and has spent most of her nursing background at Bishopton Veterinary Group working up to a Head Nurse position and most recently as Clinical Manager. Beverley is gaining experience within the operations team of coordinating projects alongside reporting Clarifide and SemenRate results.