New Clerk, Nick Royle

Before joining the Society, Nick was Executive Director of RCVS Knowledge, an independent charity that partners with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to provide a specialist library and information service to the practising veterinary community; to manage the RCVS Historical Collection, currently embarking on a major digitisation project; and leading a new global network to inspire, innovate and implement the art and science of evidence-based veterinary medicine worldwide.

Previously Nick has worked in the mining and IT industries, and served as a Captain in the Royal Artillery. More recently, he was for nearly nine years CEO of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international health care charity with 30,000 contributors linked to 95 centres in over 120 countries, and the global leader in evidence based medicine in human health. Nick led the organisation through a period of considerable growth and consolidation, and during his tenure its primary publication, the medical journal Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, attained an impact factor of over 6, and was ranked in the top ten of the prestigious ISI category ‘Medicine, General and Internal’, alongside journals such as JAMA, Lancet and the BMJ.

Nick is married with two children, lives in the Cotswolds, and has an unhealthy interest in old Land Rovers.