Discussion Forum Speakers

Find out more about our 2021 speakers and chairs.

David Alvis

David Alvis

David Alvis

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

David Alvis is an experienced agriculture industry professional who is passionate about the future of UK farming and food production. He is a Nuffield Scholar and Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management. David is also director of the Commercial Farmers Group, who promote a competitive and resilient UK agricultural industry producing safe, affordable and sustainable products to meet the needs of customers, consumers and the environment.

 

Jimmy Turnbull

Jimmy Turnbull

Jimmy Turnbull

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Professor Jimmy Turnbull, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, qualified as a vet from Edinburgh in1980 and worked for 6 years in mixed/large animal practice before specialising in aquaculture. His research is related to health and welfare in farmed aquatic populations and translating that understanding into improved farming practices.

Carmen Hubbard

Carmen Hubbard

Carmen Hubbard

Session: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Dr. Carmen Hubbard is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University. Trained as an agricultural economist, her research interests are in the economics and policy analysis of rural areas. She has extended her expertise to the field of farm animal welfare and currently is a member of the Animal Welfare Committee.

Eddie Clutton

Eddie Clutton

Eddie Clutton

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Professor Eddie Clutton (BVSc DVA DiplECVA MRCA FRCVS) graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1981 and was awarded the Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1983. He worked at the University of Virginia for 5 years as assistant professor in Veterinary Anaesthesiology, before returning to the UK to become Head of anaesthesia at R(D)SVS (Edinburgh). He anaesthetized “Dolly”, the world’s first mammalian clone. Eddie then went on to be awarded a personal Chair of Veterinary Anaesthesiology in 2007, and an RCVS Fellowship in 2019. Currently, he is Clinical Director of the Wellcome Trust Critical Care Laboratory for Large Animals, and Academic Head of Veterinary Anaesthesia at R(D)SVS.

 

Sean Wensley

Sean Wensley

Sean Wensley

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Sean Wensley (BVSc MSc FRCVS) is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication and Education at PDSA. He chairs the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) Animal Welfare Working Group and was BVA President from 2015 – 2016. In 2017 Sean received the inaugural World Veterinary Association (WVA) Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe.

Karen Humm

Karen Humm

Karen Humm

Session: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?

Karen is an Associate Professor in Transfusion Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, which is the small animal referral hospital at the Royal Veterinary College. She is co-head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service and Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service.

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Nick Powell

Session chair: Innovation and Overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare? / How might changing the interpretation of ‘under care’ impact animal welfare? 

Double Royal Television Society award winner Nick Powell is Sky News Sports Editor and a presenter on Sky Sports News. He has covered Olympic Games, Wimbledon, FA Cup finals and many major events at home and abroad. Nick studied German and Russian at Bradford University before a journalism post-grad at Cardiff.

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos Santos

Session: How might changing the interpretation of ‘under care’ impact animal welfare?

Session chair: What are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

Daniella graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, having previously obtained a BSc in Molecular Genetics from Kings College London. She has been in small animal and exotics practice since graduating, currently working in Kent and studying towards her Cert AVP Zoological Medicine. Her passion is ethics and animal welfare and she is a past chair of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel, and served as BVA President 2019-2020

Fiona Fell

Fiona Fell

Fiona Fell

Session chair: AWF-funded research updates

Whilst working as a mixed practice vet Fiona organised farmers’ meetings for the Moredun Foundation which supports livestock health and welfare through research and education, becoming a Board member of the Foundation and Institute. She is currently Deputy Chairman of CIEL (Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock); a business led collaboration of 12 UK Universities and Institutes, one of 4 AgriTech Centres. She is also a Council member of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), a member and past Chairman of the Farne Islands Advisory Committee to the National Trust, and a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation.