3 February 2005
A NEW CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS APPOINTED FOR THE FARM ANIMAL
WELFARE COUNCIL (FAWC)
Professor Christopher Wathes has been appointed as the new Chairman of
the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) in succession to Dr Judy MacArthur
Four new members have also been appointed to the Council. The new members
are Robin Anderson, Dr Richard Bennett, George Hogarth and Andrew Nicholson.
FAWC members James Hook, Gareth Lloyd and Professor John McInerney stepped
down from Council on 31 December 2004.
Professor Christopher Wathes, BSc, PhD, is currently the Director
of Science at Silsoe Research Institute. He will be shortly transferring
to the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, to establish an
Animal Welfare Group. He is a Special Professor in the School of Life
and Environmental Sciences at the University of Nottingham and an elected
Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.
Robin Anderson is Managing Director of a livestock auctioneering
company in South West Scotland. He is currently the President of the Institute
of Auctioneers and Appraisers for Scotland; an Associate of the Royal
Agricultural Societies and a member of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters
and Valuers Association.
Dr Richard Bennett is an agricultural economist in the Department
of Agricultural and Food Economics at the University of Reading. He is
currently a Member of Council of the Universities Federation for Animal
Welfare and a Trustee of the Humane Slaughter Association.
George Hogarth is Production Director of an international chicken
breeding company based in Scotland.
Andrew Nicholson is Quality Assurance Manager and animal welfare
specialist for the Co-Operative Group (CWS) ltd. He is a member of the
technical advisory committee for Assured British Pigs and the Marine Stewardship
Council’s European Commercial Group.
Notes for Editors
1. The Farm Animal Welfare Council was established by Government in 1979
to keep under review the welfare of farmed animals on agricultural land,
at market, in transit and at the place of slaughter; and to advise the
Government of any legislative or other changes it considers necessary.
Its remit was subsequently extended to include European developments.
2. Appointments to the Council are normally made for a three –
year period which may be renewed. All members serve in a personal capacity
and do not represent any organisations with which they may be associated.