Our Trustees

The Humanimal Trust is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Trustees are all dedicated volunteers who give their time, energy and expertise to make sure that the charity is well-managed, that its activities remain focused on achieving its vision and mission.

Noel Fitzpatrick Web

Founder & Trustee

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick Duniv MVB CertVR DSAO ACVSMR MRCVS

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick is a world-class orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon recognised and respected globally as a true thought leader in his field of expertise.

He is Managing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals, a specialist veterinary referral hospital employing more than 200 staff which he established over ten years ago, and operates from two centres in Surrey. He is also a founding partner of Surrey University’s new school of veterinary medicine.

A trusted source of knowledge and information, he moves and inspires others with his leadership, his life enhancing treatments for animals, his teachings and his passion for One Medicine.

Noel has been instrumental in bringing the concept of One Medicine to the fore in the UK, designing and establishing a platform for the cross-pollination of expertise and ideas between veterinary and human medicine. One Medicine is at the heart of Noel’s mission and the cornerstone of The Humanimal Trust.

Mike Uglow Web

Chairman of Trustees

Mike Uglow MBBS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Mike Uglow is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital Southampton NHS foundation trust. Mike works as a specialist in children’s orthopaedics and surgery of the foot and ankle in children and adults. He also has an interest in sports injuries and provides orthopaedic services for patients of all ages with foot and ankle problems. Children’s orthopaedics covers hip, knee and lower leg problems especially and he specialises in limb length and deformity correction.

Mike has published papers on several topics including clubfoot surgery and various aspects of orthopaedic trauma and is actively involved in ongoing research and education. He is developing techniques to operate through minimal sized wounds to produce small cosmetically appealing scars, especially in children.

Dineke Abbing Web

Treasurer & Trustee

Dineke Abbing

Dineke moved to the UK from The Netherlands just under 30 years ago.  Following 14 years in hotel management across London and Oxfordshire she has since built her career in finance and business management.  Dineke has worked as a consultant to Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and his associated businesses for eight years, where she has supported and advised through the unprecedented growth and expansion that has seen the hospital enterprise go on to become the thriving centre of excellence it is widely recognised as today.  In addition she undertakes private consultancy work across a diverse range of businesses in both the private and charity sectors.

Dineke is one of the original trustees of The Humanimal Trust appointed when the charity was started in May 2014, so has been on the journey from day one. As Treasurer, she keeps a close eye on our financial position and advises the Board to ensure we stay financially sound.

Ben Marshall Web


Dr. Ben Marshall MBBS, FRCP PHD DTM&H

Dr Ben Marshall is a consultant respiratory physician at the University Hospital Southampton NHS foundation trust. He has worked there for the last 16 years and leads sub specialist services in tuberculosis and interstitial lung diseases.

His research interests also lie in these disease areas and he collaborates with scientists at the University Of Southampton Faculty Of Medicine and in the internationally renowned National Institute of Health Science respiratory biomedical research unit (NIHR BRU) on a number of projects and themes trying to identify the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for causing progressive lung damage. He plays an active role in the teaching of undergraduates at the Faculty of Medicine as well as in the training of postgraduate doctors and nurses.

He now devotes 30% of his week to education and research and is passionate about delivery of high-quality teaching and scientific discovery.

Roberto Circle


Professor Roberto La Ragione

Roberto graduated in 1995, before going on to study for a post-graduate degree in veterinary microbiology at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London).

In 1996 he moved to the government’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) to undertake a PhD on the pathogenesis of E. coli in poultry. On completion of his PhD studies, Roberto commenced a post-doctoral position at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying E. coli virulence factors and vaccine development. Since 2001 his work has focused largely on the analysis of the colonisation, shedding and transmission of E. coli O157:H7 by all farmed animal species and he has led a number of commercial, Defra, research council and EU projects in this area.

In 2005 he was appointed Head of Pathogenesis and Control at the AHVLA and in 2010 he was appointed Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Surrey. He gained the FRCPath in 2010 and in 2012 was appointed the Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy in the new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. In 2014 he was appointed to the position of Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Veterinary Pathology Centre. He is the current president of the Med-Vet-Net Association.

Roberto has published extensively throughout his career in the area of host-microbe interaction with a particular emphasis on intervention strategies, antibiotic resistance, E. coli and Salmonella.