ARCHIVE: England Implementation Group: membership
A register of each member's interests is available on the Defra website.
Helen Browning (Chairman)
20 years’ experience of the food and farming industries as a major organic producer and former Chairman of the Soil Association. Currently the Association’s Director of food and farming, and Chairman of the Food Ethics Council. Helen’s contributions to organic farming have been recognised by awards including an OBE and Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. She was a member of the ‘Curry Commission’.
An agricultural economist at Reading University with over 20 years’ experience of research on the economics of animal health and welfare, undertaking numerous projects for both Government and commercial organisations. A trustee and council member of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare and of the Humane Slaughter Association. He is also a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC).
A founding director of a specialist knowledge transfer company for the land-based sector and former Chief Executive of Holstein UK. Takes an active role in a large number of organisations including as a director/trustee of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and chairman of the Institute of Biology Agricultural Sciences Committee. Policy Director for the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), Executive Director for Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) and a non-executive director for Lantra, the sector skills council for the land based sector.
Head of Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing for ASDA. Previously held positions with Government, the Meat and Livestock Commission and Marks & Spencer. Also a member of the Programme Management Committee for the Defra Sustainable Livestock Link.
Neil Cutler OBE
A partner in a family run dairy farming business who was an active member of the advisory group that helped develop the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy. A former chair of the NFU Animal Health and Welfare Committee, board member of DairyCo and AMTRA, and member of the Veterinary Residues Committee.
The Principal Animal Health and Welfare Inspector with Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards, with over 25 years’ experience in delivery and enforcement of animal health and welfare standards within local authorities. Member of the National Animal Health and Welfare Panel and lectures on animal health and welfare law and enforcement for the South West Regional Assembly.
Stewart Houston CBE
A partner in a family owned sow pig unit and a director of a company producing pig systems. Chair of the National Pig Association, the British Pig Executive, the Pig Health and Welfare Council and a Meat and Livestock Commission Commissioner. On the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, as Chair of the Pig Sector Company.
A senior partner in a veterinary practice in Herefordshire who was an active member of the advisory group that helped develop the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy. A member of a number of committees including the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) and previously President of the British Veterinary Association. Chairman of the bTB Advisory Group and council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
An independent consultant on food and consumer affairs and formerly head of Food and Health Research at the Consumers’ Association (now Which?). Has represented Consumers International as the head of the delegation at Codex Alimentarius – the international food standards setting body. A member of a number of committees including the advisory committee on Animal Feedstuffs and SEAC.
An independent consultant on farm animal welfare and husbandry with a background in research in animal welfare science. Formerly Head of Farm Animals Department with RSPCA and a former member of FAWC.
A veterinary surgeon providing veterinary services to a large proportion of the UK tonnage of rainbow trout. A Defra-appointed zoo inspector and veterinary adviser to Pets At Home. An ex-President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society. Active member of the Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC) since its inception. Sat on the Dimmock Committee on avian quarantine and the Government’s Circus Welfare Working Group.
Principal and director of a mixed veterinary practice for over 27 years. The founding member of the Board of the National Dairy Farm Assured Scheme who has chaired British Cattle Veterinary Association committees for Farm Assurance, Health Planning and bovine tuberculosis.
Head of Veterinary Services Department at Oxford University with a varied background in science, the pharmaceutical industry and education. Active on European committees and on the “Joint Working Group on Refinement: To improve animal welfare”.
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September 9, 2009