Kim Matthews President
Kim is Head of Animal Breeding and Product Quality at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). He has been involved in meat quality research and knowledge exchange since 1992, when he joined the Meat and Livestock Commission having graduated in Agriculture with Animal Science from the University of Reading.
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. Having been at AHDB for number of years, and enjoyed a spell as AHDB Head of Research for Beef and Lamb, Kim has a broad understanding of the work across animal science, while his personal expertise is primarily in the area of carcase and meat quality.
While it is not the most exciting aspect of a trustee’s role, Kim has enjoyed working with Maggie, our CEO, to get our policies and procedures up-to-date and fit for purpose and hopes to leave them in a shape that is easy to maintain for the next generation of trustees. Kim is really looking forward to his year as President in 2022-2023 and, of course, the annual conference in 2023!
Elizabeth Magowan Senior 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.
David Kenny Vice President
Professor David Kenny is Head of the Teagasc Animal and Bioscience Research Department. He has over twenty years of research experience in the biological control of a range of economically important traits to ruminant livestock production systems, including growth and reproductive efficiency, ruminal methanogenesis and the development and functionality of the rumen microbiome. His work is based on in-depth study and the application of state-of-the-art physiological and molecular approaches to these complex, multidimensional traits. He has led a number of large multi-partner research projects and has supervised the studies of 18 Ph.D. and nine M.Sc. students to completion, as principal supervisor. His research has resulted in the publication of in excess of 190 full length internationally peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and book chapters to-date, as well as many industry targeted technical reports. He is the president of the Physiology Study Commission of the European Association of Animal Production, is a trustee of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), and is a member of the management board of the international scientific journal, Animal. He was awarded the prestigious Hammond award by BSAS in 2018 in recognition of outstanding contribution to an improved understanding of how nutrition affects the complex underlying biology regulating economically important traits in cattle, including feed efficiency, rumen methane emissions and male and female reproduction.
He runs a beef and sheep farm in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland and is integrally involved and is well known within the beef cattle sector in Ireland.
Michael Lee Past 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.
Eileen Wall Trustee
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.
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.
Helen Warren Trustee
In 1999, Dr. Warren achieved her primary degree in Animal Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, followed by her PhD in fatty acids in beef from the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol. She spent five years lecturing degree students in animal and equine science before moving to industry. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, a trustee of the British Society of Animal Science, a qualified lecturer, a Cow Signals Trainer and a registered Animal Scientist. She sits on the FSA’s Animal Feed and Feed Additives Joint Expert Group, as well as Innovate UK’s Animal Sector Advisory Board. She currently works as a European Technical Manager for Ruminants and Horses for Alltech, involving initiating European research projects, as well as delivering nutritional education and technical sales support. Helen, with the help of committee colleagues, fellow trustees and, of course, BSAS members, aims to ensure that BSAS is a Society that is relevant and beneficial to all its members.
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. In his role as Trustee, Sokratis supports the delivery of BSAS charitable aims and the strategic planning for the future direction of the society. He is particularly involved with the development of academia-industry collaborations, knowledge exchange and putting science-into-practice, developing and promoting BSAS events and publications, and supporting member and stakeholder interests through all career stages and pathways.
Dr 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.
Paul Smith Trustee
Paul is a Postdoctoral Researcher, based in Teagasc Grange in Ireland, currently working on the EU funded HoloRuminant project which aims to investigate the relationship between the composition and functionality of ruminant microbiomes with animal health and productivity. Paul recently completed a Walsh Scholar PhD with Teagasc and University College Dublin (UCD), titled “Understanding the interactive role of the rumen microbiome with diet and enteric emissions in cattle”. Prior to commencing the PhD, Paul completed his undergraduate studies, in Animal Science, at UCD and subsequently worked as an Agricultural Policy Officer for the Irish young farmer organisation, Macra na Feirme. Paul has been a BSAS member for near 5 years and has acted as the Teagasc representative on the Early Career Council (ECC) for the past 4 years. Of recent, Paul has played a key role in the establishment of the ECC Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with farm organisations across the UK and Ireland.