Eileen Wall President
Eileen is a researcher in livestock genetics and systems within the Animal & Veterinary Sciences Group at SRUC. Experience in animal breeding, genetics, modelling and biostatistics. Research interests include climate change and livestock systems (impacts, mitigation and adaptation), genetics of fitness traits, development of sustainable and environmental breeding goals and improvements to national genetic evaluations and understanding trade-offs/interactions in livestock systems. Eileen plays a key role in the integration of discipline based sciences to address the global issues that face us.
Michael Lee Senior Vice-President
Professor Michael Lee is an expert in sustainable livestock systems, defining their role in securing global food security at the same time as protecting environmental health (Livestock’s role in human and planetary health). He graduated with first class honors in Animal Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 and gained a PhD in ruminant nutrition (protein and energy metabolism) from the University of Aberdeen in 2001 followed by Post graduate certificate for teaching in higher education from Aberystwyth University in 2012. He worked for the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research from 2001-2008 (with his first post-doc on ruminal lipid metabolism), before the merger with Aberystwyth University where he stayed as a Principle Scientist and Senior Lecturer in animal nutrition and rumen biochemistry until moving to the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science (Bristol Veterinary School) in 2013 as a Reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems. In 2015 he took a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol as Head of Site at North Wyke and was promoted to Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems later that same year. In November 2020 Michael moved to his current position as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Harper Adams University, England’s Premier specialist agriculture and land use University. He has published over 300 research articles and papers including recent articles in Nature and Science. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to Animal Science. In August 2016, he was elected as Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission and in August 2019 became President of the commission. In April 2018 he was elected as Vice President of the British Society of Animal Science and will also take on the Presidency in April 2021.
Kim Matthews Vice President
Kim graduated in Agriculture with Animal Science from the University of Reading. He has worked in meat science since 1992 in the Meat and Livestock Commission and then the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
His expertise is primarily in the area of carcase and meat quality, and general animal science.
Currently Head of Animal Breeding and Product Quality at the AHDB, Kim has responsibility for management of the Board’s R&D programme on meat quality and breeding.
He has overall responsibility for the delivery of Signet Breeding Services, delivering breed evaluations for sheep and beef cattle.
Elizabeth Magowan Vice President
Dr Elizabeth Magowan is the Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland. Elizabeth completed a PhD in dairy nutrition from Queen’s University Belfast (with DARD Science Service and ARINI) in 2004 and joined AFBI as a pig research scientist in 2003, where she was responsible for developing the AFBI pig research programme until April 2017. Elizabeth’s main focus of research was on optimising pig production performance through management and nutritional strategies, while reducing environmental impact. Elizabeth then took up the post of Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division in May 2017. Elizabeth
has worked extensively on industry/academic studies and presented her work across the UK and at international conferences, as well as publications in journals. In 2017, she was awarded the Society’s prestigious Sir John Hammond Award, in recognition of her scientific work in collaboration with industry. In addition to managing a busy research programme, key achievements during Elizabeth’s time as the Monogastric project leader within AFBI, included the role of Deputy Co-Ordinator of a large EU FP7 project ECO-FCE, completing a term of office on the council of the British Society of Animal Science, and leading AFBI’s membership of the UK Centre of Excellence for Livestock (CIEL) as well as being a Director of CIEL in its formative months.
Helen Miller Past President
The overall aim of Helen's research is to develop feeding systems which enhance animal health, performance, meat and egg quality of pigs and poultry in a sustainable manner. This research requires a fundamental understanding of the underlying physiological, metabolic and genomic responses to nutrients so that mechanisms already existing within the animal may be triggered to respond in an optimal way. Two critical periods in the pig’s life are immediately after birth and immediately after weaning. The latter is of particular importance to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which were used routinely in weaner feeds prior to 2006. This research involves defining fundamental changes in the pig that help it to be successful and how these may be stimulated by nutrition.
Howard Simmins Honorary Treasurer
Howard is a highly experienced and knowledgeable Consultant providing independent, individually tailored, profitable solutions for global farm animal and aquaculture enterprises, including both leading and start-up biotech companies. He delivers strategic business development reviews, builds partnerships and provides M&A support, particularly for novel health and nutrition products in the post-antibiotic environment. Solutions include development of novel molecules, enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics, alternative protein sources and derivatives, mycotoxin remediation and feed processing aids across species.
An accomplished and creative communicator and an in-demand Key Opinion Leader, with an extensive collection of papers, technical marketing articles and reports, seminar and webinar presentations tailored to specific audiences Proficient in delivering customised technical messages. Howard brings valuable expertise to meetings with clients’ global key customers on the role of feed additives in providing better nutrition and health, more efficient performance and cost-effective production.
Callum Harvey Trustee
Callum is a technical manager, with Agrimin, responsible for commissioning and managing clinical trials.
After a research placement at Scotland’s Moredun Research Institute, Callum joined feed manufacturer Harbro as R&D co-ordinator, responsible for in-house trials and wider work with nationally-funded initiatives. This led to a position as an agrifood manager with Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, seeking to bring industry and academics together for research projects. He is a member of the British Society of Animal Science.
In his role at Agrimin, Callum leads on all aspects of new product R&D activity, co-ordinating multi-disciplinary specialists including animal scientists, chemists, engineers and regulatory experts across the company.
David Kenny Trustee
David has extensive experience in cattle nutrition and in the examination of the biological control of economically important traits in beef and dairy cattle production using physiological and molecular approaches (see scientific publications). He is currently leading a large (€1.2m) collaborative research project funded through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Research Stimulus Fund which is examining various aspects of the control of reproductive function in beef cows and heifers. David recently secured a prestigious Principal Investigator award from Science Foundation Ireland (commencing January 2018) to the value of €1.9 m to examine the molecular control of puberty and semen quality in bulls
Melanie Le Bon Trustee
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and Biochemistry, Melanie obtained a PhD from the University of Nottingham on the effect of probiotics on immunoregulation in pigs at weaning. Mel then worked for a couple of years as a research scientist investigating the effect of feed additives on pig and poultry health and performance. In 2015, she took on a lecturing position at Nottingham Trent University where her research focused on animal nutrition to improve gut health in production species under the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security group. In August 2019, Melanie started a new position with Mars Petcare as a Senior Research Scientist in Animal microbiome based at WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute. Melanie is currently vice-chair of the BSAS Stakeholder committee and looks after the awards offered by the society.
Helen Warren Trustee
Dr. Warren achieved her primary degree in Animal Science from Aberystwyth University, Wales in 1999, followed by her PhD in fatty acids in beef from the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences at Bristol University. She spent five years lecturing degree students in animal and equine science before moving to industry and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She is a trustee of the British Society of Animal Science, a qualified lecturer, a Cow Signals Trainer and a registered Animal Scientist. She currently works as Alltech’s European Technical Manager for Ruminants and Horses, involving initiating and co-ordinating European research projects, as well as delivering nutritional education and technical sales support.
David Wilde Trustee
David is a ruminant nutritionist and Global Technical Manager – Ruminants for Anpario plc. His role involves providing technical support to the global sales teams as well as commissioning trials with university and commercial partners. David has extensive experience in the animal feed industry, having worked for premix companies, feed additive manufacturers and feed mills, working with farmers, nutritionists, consultants and veterinarians. David has been a member of the Society for over 20 years and a past-president of the Society of Feed Technologists.
Sokratis Stergiadis Trustee
Sokratis’ professional expertise covers several teaching and research roles in animal science. He has been Associate Professor in Animal Science at the University of Reading since 2019. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Animal Science (University of Reading, 2015-2019), Higher Scientific Officer/Ruminant Nutritionist (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, 2013-2015), and Research Associate (Newcastle University, 2010-2013). He has a BSc in Agriculture with Animal Production, MSc Animal Production (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1999-2004 and 2004-2006, respectively) and PhD on the “Effect of dairy management on milk quality” (Newcastle University, 2006-2009). Sokratis has several years of underpinning and applied research experience of actively leading, coordinating or participating in multidisciplinary research consortia, funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020, EIT Food, FP7, FP6), national governments (UK, Ireland, Greece) and industry partners. His research work covers a variety of aspects, including the improvement of the nutritional quality of animal products via husbandry, animal diet and crossbreeding practices; development of solutions for the reduction of livestock greenhouse gas emissions; prediction modelling for livestock greenhouse gas emissions and feed nutritive value; improvement of nutrient and energy use efficiency in ruminants; achievement of the net zero carbon targets; unravel the role of rumen microbiome in ruminant metabolism and product quality; applications of metabolomics on animal and food science; and assessment of the effect of animal products and plant-based alternatives’ consumption on human nutrition.
Jordana Rivero-Viera Trustee
Jordana Rivero’s work is focused on livestock grazing systems with an emphasis on sustainability. Her research covers main aspects of grazing livestock systems such as pasture and grazing management, animal performance and emissions, forage quality and breeding objectives for several livestock species. Jordana started her career in Uruguay, developing breeding goals and breeding objectives for dairy cattle under pasture-based systems, and in 2013 she was awarded a PhD in Agricultural Science from the Universidad Austral de Chile where she gained experience in grazing systems and NIRS applied to feeds and animal products. Jordana also collaborated on the characterisation of a creole sheep breed, regarding grazing behaviour and meat quality. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she studied the joint effect of agronomic management and cultivar of perennial ryegrass on grazing dairy cows ‘performance and nutrients use efficiency. In her current role at Rothamsted Research, Jordana is involved in a variety of fascinating research projects related to nutrient flow efficiency through the soil-plant-animal continuum, animal behaviours and welfare, animal genetic selection, grazing systems, sward diversity and key performance indicators. Jordana is also an active participant of the NCC North Wyke Farm Platform (Devon), where she works on grazing management of beef and sheep, pasture production/utilisation, animal behaviour and product quality.