Farm Animal Welfare Council


Council Members


Professor Christopher Wathes,holds the Chair of Animal Welfare at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He is a research scientist with interests in the environmental biology and management of farm and other animals.


Professor Michael Appleby, chief scientific adviser for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). Member of the Scientific Committee of Humane Farm Animal Care and the Animal Compassionate Committee of Whole Foods Market in the USA. Formerly senior lecturer in Applied Animal Behaviour, University of Edinburgh.

Professor Richard Bennett, an agricultural economist in the Department of Agricultural and Food Economics at the University of Reading. He is a Trustee of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, the Humane Slaughter Association and the Farm Animal Welfare Trust.  Until September 2009, he was a member of the England Implementation Group for the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy.

Professor Henry Buller, Chair of Rural Geography and Director of the BA Human Geography programme at the University of Exeter. Editor of the international rural science journal Sociologia Ruralis.

Dr Joanne Conington, Senior Animal Breeding Specialist in the Sustainable Livestock Systems group at the Scottish Agricultural College. Her research interests are in the development of broader breeding goals in sustainable breeding programmes for livestock systems. Past sheep specialist with the Meat and Livestock Commission.

Huw Davies JP, FRAgS, a sheep farmer from Carmarthenshire. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Implementation of the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy for Wales and the Welsh Regional Board of the Moredun Research Institute, and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

Professor Sandra Edwards, Chair of Agriculture at the University of Newcastle. Previously director of the Scottish Pig Industry Initiative, past President of the British Society of Animal Science and member of the European Food Safety Authority working groups on pig welfare.

Professor Laura Green – Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick leading a research group on farm animal veterinary epidemiology.  Member of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Research Committee A and Member of the Rural Economy and Land Use Strategic Advisory Committee.

George Hogarth, production director for an international chicken breeding company based in Scotland. A science graduate with research experience in poultry welfare and international experience in commercial poultry production.

Gwyn Jones, a dairy farmer from West Sussex. Currently Vice President of the NFU and a member of the Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations (animal health).

Dr David Main, BVA Animal Welfare Foundation Lecturer in Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol and an RCVS recognised specialist in Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law.

Professor Richard Moody – A consultant specialising in food and consumer issues, after 30 yrs experience as a senior academic and food scientist. Previously an independent Commissioner with the Meat and Livestock Commission and Chairman of its Consumers’ Committee, he is also an adviser on food additives research to the Food Standards Agency; was a member of its inaugural research committee, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Food Science and Technology.

Professor David Morton, Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Science and Ethics, and a laboratory animal veterinarian. Member of the European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare, and the Companion Animal Welfare Council.

Andrew Nicholson, senior technical manager and animal welfare specialist for the Co-operative Group. He is a member of the joint pig industry technical advisory committee and the EU Technology Platform on Global Animal Health.

Reverend Professor Michael Reiss, assistant director and Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.  His research and consultancy interests are in science education, bioethics and sex education.

Dr Philip Scott - Reader of Farm Animal Studies at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and lead veterinarian in the School’s Farm Animal Teaching Hospital.  RCVS and European specialist in sheep health and production and European specialist in bovine health management.

Meryl Ward, director of a commercial pig breeding and finishing business and a member of the British Pig Executive.  She is a Council Member and Selector for the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and a Governor of Harper Adams University College.

Mike Wijnberg – Leading veterinarian for a large pig production and processing company.  Member of the Pig Veterinary Society, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and RSPCA’s Freedom Food Technical Advisory Committee on pigs.

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