The first non-executive members of the new Animal Health and Welfare Board for England were today announced by agriculture minister Jim Paice.

The first non-executive members of the new Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHAWB) were today announced by agriculture minister Jim Paice.

Tim MorrisThe new members are Stewart Houston, Stuart Roberts, Mark Tufnell and Tim Morris (pictured) and they join chair Michael Seals in developing the Government’s strategic animal health and welfare policy.

Welcoming these appointments Mr Paice said :“Farmers, veterinarians and animal keepers have a wealth of experience and knowledge. We are bringing them to the heart of Government to advise on the policies that affect them, and ensure good animal welfare standards.

“This is the Big Society in action and I am delighted we have four strong members to work with the Chair and bring us their expertise.”

The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England brings experts from outside Government together with the chief veterinary officer and civil servants to make direct policy recommendations on strategic policy affecting the health and welfare of kept animals such as farm animals, horses and pets.

Stewart Houston
, CBE, is a pig producer in north Yorkshire. He is chairman of British Pig Executive (BPEX), a board member of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, and chairman of the National Pig Association. He  is MD of Microware Pig Systems Ltd. Mr Houston is a non-executive director of the Scottish Agricultural College and has been awarded a David Black Award for his sustained contribution to the British pig industry.

Professor Tim Morris is director of the department of equine science and welfare at the British Horseracing Authority and is former chair of the British Horse Industry Confederation. He is a veterinary surgeon with a PhD in livestock reproduction and has held a large number of leadership roles in veterinary professional organisations, industry bodies, animal science and welfare charities.

Stuart Roberts is agriculture and livestock director at Anglo Beef Processors. He was formerly chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association and spent eight years within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, involved with livestock policy. He has a degree in agriculture and business and is a Nuffield Farming Scholar. He is also a board member of Assured Food Standards, a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Butchers and a partner in an organic beef and cereal farming business in Hertfordshire.

Mark Tufnell runs a family farm in the Cotswolds. He is a chartered accountant and tax advisor and has a diploma in advanced agricultural business management from the Royal Agricultural College. Mr Tufnell chairs groups including the business and rural economy sub-committee for the Country Land and Business Association and the audit and risk committee at the Three Counties Agricultural Society. He is also a former cabinet member for the environment and communities at Cotswold District Council.

For more about the AHAWB, visit www.defra.gov.uk/food-farm/animals/ahwbe/

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