We are a family-run and super passionate group of animal lovers and healthcare professionals.
Mel is the Managing Director of Lillidale. Prior to starting Lillidale in 1993 with his wife Michelle, Mel worked for 10 years in international business for Coopers Animal Health which is now MSD. Having taken a risk of leaving this excellent job and the security of a large company to start his own venture, Mel has no regrets stating 'we have faced many challenges but we overcome them through the efforts and hard work of the first class team we have both in the UK and Dubai offices.' When he's not working Mel enjoys spending time on his small farm, gardening, cooking and walking his two lovely dogs with his wife and family.
Michelle is the Director of Lillidale and responsible for the smooth running of the office, HR accounts and finance. She began her career in banking. When the boys were small Michelle worked part time at their village nursery. Mel and Michelle started Lillidale in 1993 and moved down to Dorset in 1994. When Michelle is not working she enjoys gardening, walking, good food, travelling and spending time with family, friends and of course their two lovely dogs.
Mark joined Lillidale in 2017 and works in the diagnostics sector of the business. Mark is also responsible for the wholesale dealers license for human medicines. He studied Biological Sciences at Leeds University before completing his Masters in Bioscience and Business at Warwick University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football and spending time with friends.
James joined Lillidale in 2008 initially working in Diagnostics. His current primary role is supporting the UK sales of the pet and equine ranges, including attending the various shows where we have trade stands. In addition, James also handles business development for the same products in a number of countries in the Middle and Far East. As James is very interested in human and sports nutrition he makes an important contribution towards product development of the nutritional supplements. James also enjoys travelling and strength/conditioning training.
Sai joined Lillidale in 2011 and works in the Animal Health sector, primarily involved with international sales, purchasing and marketing. Sai completed her BSc in microbiology, and subsequently achieved her Masters in business. Sai likes to continue learning and has completed a few online business courses. Outside of work Sai enjoys cooking, reading, travelling and exploring new areas with the dogs.
Susie is our Office Administrator. She has been working for Lillidale since 2015 looking after the Diagnostic orders and helping the UK sales team. Susie has been working extremely hard to make sure all of our documents and procedures are correct as per ISO9001 and MHRA (human) license. In her spare time Susie is kept busy with her husband and two sons! She also loves Zumba and walking.
Nigel joined Lillidale in 2016 becoming part of the UK sales team for the Animal Health sector. He has been involved in the industry since 1995 and brought with him a wealth of knowledge! He loves the countryside and enjoys spending time with his friends, family and his two dogs Jet and Kizzy.
Janice has been working in Lillidale since 2010 in Animal Health division. She handles our customer enquiries, particularly from Gulf countries and works as the assistant to the Managing Director.
Megan joined Lillidale early in 2018 to work in the Animal Health sector of the business following the completion of her BSc (Hons) at the Royal Agricultural University and MSc at Sparsholt College in Equine Science. Megan has always been crazy about animals with three dogs, two horses, a cat and a rescued sheep.
Ashley joined Lillidale in 2015, working as the warehouse manager. Outside work Ashley enjoys everything sport related, particularly watching and playing football.
Sarah has been working at Lillidale part-time as the warehouse assistant since 2017. When Sarah is not at work she enjoys spending time with her two children.
Claire works behind the scenes in a marketing role, and also looks after our social media. She has been involved in the animal health industry since 2004. Claire has had her horse Comet for over 20 years now, and also has a three-legged cat called Peggy.
Poppy and Malty
Poppy and Malty like to spend most of their work day carrying pieces of paper around making sure everyone is recycling, but they sometimes get distracted with toys, chews and nap time. They occasionally have a hard day at work modelling new products for the Lillidale pet range. Poppy is a member of the Caring Canines Charity and once a month takes Sai to visit the residents of a local nursing home.