Our Veterinarians

Julian Hoad

BSc(hons) BVetMed honsMBVNA MRCVS

Julian is now the sole owner and works almost exclusively at the main hospital in Storrington. He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1996, having previously obtained a degree in microbiology and biochemistry.

Julian has particular interests and experience in ultrasonography and surgery. Julian’s skill, along with our excellent surgical facilities, mean we are able to offer many complex procedures in-house, such as orthopaedic and spinal surgery. He was awarded an honsMBVNA in 2014 for his services to the veterinary nursing profession.

When he’s not vetting or lecturing, Julian enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen rock climber and amateur dramatist (having accomplished a successful attempt of Mont Blanc and Macbeth in the same year!).

Andy Mead


Andy qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London)in 2003 and moved down to West Sussex shortly after, settling in Pulborough. After 10 years at Arun Vets as an assistant Veterinary surgeon and latterly as Director he developed a keen interest in small animal medicine, particularly in cardiology. In 2014 he joined Woodland Veterinary Centre, Midhurst, shortly before the birth of his first child, Izzy in August 2012.

In 2015 he took up a role as Field Veterinary Officer (South)with The UK’s leading feline charity,Cats Protection, which gave him great insight into both the charity sector and ‘shelter’ medicine.

Missing clinical work, client interaction and most importantly the animals, Andy was delighted to be given the fantastic opportunity to work within the village again at Crossways Veterinary Group, and took up the post in April.

Lynsey Mace


Lynsey qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2012. Following graduation she volunteered at a charity clinic in London before working in a small animal practice in Northamptonshire.

Originally from London, she missed the south and moved down to Sussex to be near the sea. Lynsey is based mainly at the Storrington branch and has a keen interest in internal medicine.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.

Imogen Wainwright-Jones

BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS

Imogen qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2016. Since then she has worked in small animal general practices in Surrey and Sussex. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, although she does have a particular interest in internal medicine.

In her spare time, Imogen enjoys long dog walks with her lurcher Montague (when he’s not recuperating from his latest injury), baking, sketching, singing in the Brighton Orpheus choir and barbeques on the beach!

Kirsty Melville


Kirsty qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2014, having previously obtained a degree in Zoology from Sheffield University in 2005. She has a particular interest in canine medicine.

Outside of work Kirsty is a keen ‘Canicrosser’ (cross country running with a dog) with her Giant Schnauzer’s and dabbles in ‘working trials’ training as well.

When she isn’t with her dogs she enjoys socialising with friends and competing in trail marathons, Kirsty has completed 6 so far!

Emma Suckling


Emma is currently away from the Practice on Maternity Leave.

Erin Townsend


Erin qualified from Cambridge University in 2014 having previously obtained a Zoology degree from the University of Leeds in 2005. Since graduating she has worked in a small animal practice in Surrey before re-locating to West Sussex in 2019.

Erin has a certificate in Small Animal Medicine and has a keen interest in Dermatology and Feline Medicine.
In her spare time Erin enjoys playing Netball. Gardening and exploring West Sussex with her rescue Greyhound ‘Dee Dee’.

Skillful. Knowledgeable. Compassionate.

You can rest assured your pet is in capable hands.

Our Nurses

Sian Pasquale

RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse

Sian has been working at Crossways for over 12 years! As Head Nurse, she oversees all the student nurse training and has extra procedural and administrative duties within the practice. She will be handing over the head nurse role to Laura whilst she goes on maternity leave.

Sian has a keen interest in physiotherapy and canine behaviour & training. As well as regular nurse clinics, Sian also sees patients for arthritis clinics and physiotherapy.

Outside of work, Sian regularly competes in agility with her Chihuahua x Pomeranian Rio and Golden Retriever Ellie. She also enjoys riding her horses in the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Laura Jay


Laura began nursing in 2005 and has been at Crossways since 2011. She is our Senior Nurse and will be stepping into the head nurse role whilst Sian is on maternity leave, meaning she has extra responsibilities overseeing the nursing team on a day-to-day basis, taking part in training our student nurses and generally overseeing the smooth running of the practice.

She sees patients regularly for nurse clinics and has completed an advanced course in emergency and critical care nursing.

Laura’s hobbies include netball, horse riding, touch rugby and any other activity that comes her way!

Marie Davey

Dip AVN (surgical) NCert A&CC RVN

Marie qualified in 1999 and has since gone on to gain her diploma in advanced surgical nursing and a certificate in anaesthesia and critical care. Marie is also a clinical coach and has been training student nurses for the past 10 years.

She enjoys travel where she worked in small animal emergency clinic in south Auckland, New Zealand, swing dance,yoga and long walks with her 2 gordon setters Hector and Rumour and her miniature dachshund Spike.

Sue Hayes


Sue began nursing way back in 1998 and worked in various practices as well as being an examiner for the RCVS for nurses practical exams. She stopped when she had her daughter Emily but is now back in practice.

Sue works part-time and outside of work enjoys gardening, cooking and long walks with Daisy her miniature long-haired dachshund.

Helen Baldwin


I began veterinary nursing aged 18 and qualified in 2002. I enjoy all aspects of my job especially surgical nursing and nurse clinics, but in particular inpatient care. I believe in treating all animals as if they’re my own, which means lots of TLC and cuddles!

I am married to Steve, with three active children that take up most of my spare time! I have one dog, one cat, two guinea pigs and a tortoise which completes our family.

Jenny Oborne


I am currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing at the RVC to further my knowledge and skills within my role as a nurse. I enjoy talking and building a relationship with clients and owners and of course their beloved animals.

I have a cat of my own called Bailey but I think she is part dog as she brings me sticks from the woodland and steals my socks and delivers them to my neighbours or abandons them in their gardens!

Charmaine Whistler


Charmaine has joined our Storrington practice as a student veterinary nurse and started her training at Plumpton College in September 2016. She has previously worked as an out of hours kennel assistant at a large referral practice. Charmaine loves horse riding and walking her dog Russell.

​Charlotte Ansell


Charlotte recently finished an animal care diploma at Brinsbury College, during this time she spent one day a week doing work experience with us and has now joined us full time.

Charlotte will start her Veterinary Nurse training at Plumpton in September 2017.

​Shelley Blunden

Nursing Assistant

I’ve loved animals since I was small and did an animal management course at Brinsbury College and then went on to work at an RSPCA rehoming centre for two years. I soon realised my dream was to work in a veterinary environment so worked as a Nursing Assistant at a busy animal hospital for a year before joining Crossways.

I have a real love for all animals especially rabbits

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Our Managers, Receptionists & Support Team

Tim Watton

Practice Manager

Having previously worked as a Practice Manager in a doctors surgery following a long career in finance service industry, we are delighted to have Tim on board. He brings with him a great deal of experience that will ensure we continue to provide the highest levels of service for our clients and patients.

Tim lives in Storrington and will be known to many, having previously been chairman of the Storrington Vipers Youth Football Club and chairman of Governors at Storrington First School. He enjoys sport of any kinds of sport and has completed 4 half marathons and the London Marathon many years ago

Sadie Kiddle


Sadie is one of our Storrington receptionists. She previously worked at a busy practice where she gained a Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma.

She loves her two cats Taz and Archie, who she hand-reared from a few days old!

Carly Madgwick


Carly is another receptionist at Storrington, and also takes charge of drugs ordering, helping the nurses with patients and doing other helpful jobs around the practice.

In her spare time Carly enjoys horse riding and training her dogs to do gundog work. She cycles to work every day come rain or shine!!

Jane Cockain


Jane is our Tuesday receptionist at Storrington. She has been at Crossways for twenty years so reckons she must deserve a medal for loyal service!

Jane enjoys horse-riding, walking and spends a lot of time with her husband on their boat, just messing about on the river.

Brenda Cox


Brenda has been a Steyning receptionist “since Adam was a lad!” and has seen the branch go from strength to strength. She loves the variety of her job, as well as the interaction with clients and their pets.

Brenda has lived in Steyning for 33 years and her children grew up with some of our clients! Brenda breeds, trains and works Labradors; currently she has 6 labs and a couple of terriers.

Chris Akehurst


Chris Akehurst joined us in October 2017 after deciding to take a career change.

She enjoys dealing with the public and loves the added bonus of getting to meet the animals. She has herself been a client of the practice for many years with her boxer dogs, rabbit, gerbils and tortoise. In her spare time she enjoys pilates, riding her motorbike and relaxing with friends.

Gina Ballen


Gina first started her Veterinary adventure back in 2008 when she joined the Crossways team for the first time. Since then she has gained her nursing experience at a couple of practices in West Sussex, including out of hours care and travelling to South Africa to volunteer with the SPCA.

She has recently re-joined the Crossways team and you can find her at our branch practice in Steyning. When she’s not at work, Gina enjoys long walks across the downs with her nutty Hungarian Vizsla, Loopy Lara!

Julie Jasper


Julie helps to cover holidays across the three branches. She has over twenty five years of veterinary experience with a special interest in pet bereavement.

Due to ill health, she has spent the last few years working for an NHS admin team, but is thrilled to be back working part-time within the veterinary world!!

Gill Brudenell


Gill has worked in the veterinary environment for 20 years and started at Crossways in April 2018. She has previously worked in an Environmental Centre and Wildlife Park and has recently joined a conservation group.

Gill has a dog called Chip who is now 13 and they enjoy walking on the downs. She has a keen interest in photography and craft and has recently taken up knitting for premature babies”

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