AWF welcomes three new trustees


Being a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation means getting fully involved with the charity’s work.  As well as directing the charity's strategy, our trustees undertake a whole raft of activities from giving welfare talks at vet schools and writing educational materials to chairing Discussion Forum sessions.  Some even go so far as to cycle all the way to South Africa, as Graham Duncanson did in 2016, raising £11,000 for us!

We're delighted to welcome three new trustees to the board and look forward to working with them over the coming years:

Stacey Blease brings extensive experience in knowledge transfer from her current role as Programme Manager at The Webinar Vet and her PhD, which applied qualitative and quantitative research techniques to the study of herd health planning.
"I feel excited and privileged in becoming a trustee for the foundation and I am looking forward to contributing to AWF’s projects." said Stacey. "The aims of the AWF resonate with me because I am extremely keen to stimulate debate and keep up to date with research to further educate the animal industry and animal owners on welfare issues with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of animals."
Michael Appleby OBE, is an ethologist and animal welfare scientist with extensive experience in the science, practice and policy of animal management, particularly farm animals. Previously Chief Scientific Adviser for World Animal Protection, he has played a key role in the growth of animal welfare during the last 30 years.
"After a career involved with the science and practice of animal welfare, I shall value the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Foundation. I believe that communication and collaboration between veterinary professionals and other animal welfare scientists is essential for the future of animal welfare, in the context of other priorities including sustainability and development".
Matt Dobbs was a founding partner of the Westpoint Veterinary Group and directed the growth of the business as it became the UK’s largest farm animal practice. He is currently Managing Director of Westpoint Vets and director of the Origin Group. The Origin Group delivers animal health and welfare services to all livestock species through a network of veterinary practices and professional support businesses.
"I am delighted to join the other trustees of the Animal Welfare Foundation. As a practising farm vet I am passionate about the health and welfare of the nation’s herds and flocks and motivated to help professional livestock keepers improve the care and husbandry of their stock. Alongside the important role today’s veterinary professionals deliver, I am keen to assist future generations improve the welfare of domestic animals through education, the application of technology and helping bring research into practice".