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 R F Lee, Ruminant Nutritionist, graduated with first class honors in Animal Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 and gained a PhD in ruminant nutrition 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, 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 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. His Research focuses on the sustainability of livestock as a part of food security globally ‘livestock’s role for healthy humans and a healthy planet’. He has published over 200 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 and has represented the British Society of Animal Science on Presidents Council 2011-2016. In August 2016, he was elected as Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission and in April 2018 he was elected as Vice President of the British Society of Animal Science.
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.
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 Centre for Pet Nutrition. Melanie is currently vice-chair of the BSAS Stakeholder committee and looks after the awards offered by the society.
Kirsty Kliem Trustee
Kirsty graduated from the University of Reading with a first class BSc in Animal Science, and has worked at the Institute for Animal Health and the University of Reading, where she gained her PhD. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Reading, and her main research interest is improving the health quality of primarily milk and dairy products (but also monogastric and ruminant-derived meat) using animal nutrition. She is also interested in the effect of nutritional intervention on animal health and methane emissions, and in vitro assessment of ruminant feeds.
Helen Warren Trustee
Helen is primarily involved with providing technical support to the European ruminant and equine sales force concerning products and technologies. She is also involved with initiating and overseeing academic and commercial trials run across Europe for all products. Helen attends relevant conferences, as well as generating posters, abstracts and articles.
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.