Richard is the Managing Director of Forte Healthcare and is primarily located at its headquarters near Dublin. He also travels frequently to regional offices in the UK, Poland, and Europe.
Richard has a wealth of experience in all sectors of the animal health industry having been on the boards of multinational veterinary pharmaceutical companies, in addition to establishing multiple animal health companies.
DR LUCY CHADWICK MVB ACIM CMktr GPCert(B&PS) MRCVS
HEAD OF TECHNICAL SERVICES & MARKETING
Lucy leads our Technical & Marketing Team and is based in our head office near Dublin. She is a veterinary surgeon and marketer, with many years’ experience in the veterinary
pharmaceutical industry in the UK and Ireland. She lives in Dublin with her husband James (also a vet) and their beloved Border Terrier – Poirot.
DR IAN ROUNTREE MVB
VETERINARY & REGULATORY AFFAIRS ADVISOR
Ian joined Forte Healthcare in April 2022 and is based in our head office near Dublin. He is a veterinary surgeon with 12 years’ experience in private practice.
Ian has recently moved back to the family farm in Cavan with his wife Aisling and their dog. In his spare time, Ian can be found treading the boards in various dramatic and musical productions.
DR JOHN HENDERSON BVM&S MRCVS
LARGE ANIMAL PRODUCT MANAGER
John qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1994 from Edinburgh University. He worked 2 year stints in 100% small animal practice, 100% equine practice and in the Scottish Agricultural College disease surveillance centre in Perth.
This leaves 20 years in first opinion mixed practice with a farm animal bias. John still practices weekly as an Out Of Hours vet doing night and weekend work which ensures he’s never far away from his next heifer Caesar!
KIRSTY MCCANN DIPVN
EQUINE NUTRITIONAL MANAGER
Kirsty recently joined Forte Healthcare in May 2021, having spent the last 5 years’ working in the equine nutritional industry, and previously as a lead equine nurse at one of Ireland’s largest equine referral hospitals.
Kirsty brings a unique combination of equine veterinary and nutritional understanding, as well as practical horsemanship, to the team. She also worked in racing for several years and even tried her hand at racing having held her amateur license. Kirsty’s downtime is looking after her family and their animals. Along with her husband and daughter they have two horses in training and hope they hit the winners enclosure very soon! When not working and minding their daughter, Kirsty can be found down in the yard looking after and retraining her ex racehorse, Enniskillen, with whom she hopes to be out and about competing on very soon.
JUNIOR BRAND MANAGER
Maeve joined the Forte team in March 2023. Following graduation from UCD in 2021, with a BSc in Agricultural Science, Maeve worked for Ireland’s largest online agricultural news platform in both the commercial and creative departments.
She also has experience working in dairy, beef, pig, and sheep production systems across Ireland, and has completed a dairy genetics internship in the Netherlands. Maeve is halfway through an MSc in Animal Science at UCD and is looking forward to handing in her thesis in September 2023.
In her free time, Maeve enjoys travelling and heading home to Athlone each weekend to see her favourite broodmare, Samantha!
Fiona joined the Forte Healthcare team in 2018 having previously worked over 10 years in an accountancy practice in Dublin. She is a qualified chartered accountant and works in our accounts department at our head office in City North Business Campus, Co. Meath.
Fiona lives in the wee county Louth with her GAA mad husband and three young daughters. In her free time she loves meeting up with friends, visiting new places, going for the odd jog and especially walks on the beach. She is currently trying to persuade her husband they need a family dog!
HELGA MCKEEN BSc PDip
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Helga joined Forte Healthcare in July 2021. Having previously worked with some of the world’s biggest FMCG companies including Pernod Ricard, Unilever, and Anheuser-Busch across the food, drink, and personal-care industries,
she brings a wealth of new marketing and digital processes to the team and will help shape the digital ambitions of Forte Healthcare. A passionate foodie, forager, and animal enthusiast, when not working at Forte Helga enjoys cooking and eating with friends and family and looking after her cat, Titus, and horse, Slaney Earl Star, in the East Meath/ Dublin area.
Holly has been involved in horses from a young age at her family’s competition yard and grandfather’s racing yard. She has competed regularly at the Royal Dublin Horse Show and Millstreet International with ponies and horses she has produced herself.
She also has a keen interest in bloodstock sales and has worked at Tattersalls Ireland. Holly provides marketing support to the Forte team in Ireland and the UK.