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Ian Duncan MillarIan Duncan Millar - Chairman of the Moredun Foundation

Ian is a farmer from Aberfeldy with arable, beef, hill and lowground sheep. He is a past Chairman of Highland Glen lamb marketing Cooperative and the Scottish Association for Sheep Health. Ian is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Arbitrator, and is a former President of the Scottish Agricultural  Arbiters and Valuers Association. Ian Duncan Millar was awarded an MBE in the 2010 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to agriculture.


Professor Lord TreesProfessor Lord Trees

Professor Lord Trees was appointed Chairman of Moredun Research Institute in December 2011. He qualified from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1969, became a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 1980, before being appointed Head of the Parasite and Vector Biology Division and then subsequently Dean of Liverpool’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, where he remained until his retirement in 2008.


Professor Peter WellsProfessor Peter Wells

Peter graduated from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh and then after completing a PhD in Pharmacology and Immunology at the University of Guelph, worked at the Moredun Research Institute for several years in the Department of Microbiology. For more than 28 years he was employed in the animal health industry, retiring from the position of Global Head of Research and Development with Novartis Animal Health in June 2008. In 2009, Peter received an honorary appointment as Special Professor in Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Nottingham. Peter is also the Chairman of Moredun Scientific.


John MattsJohn Matts

John graduated from Cambridge in 1979 with a degree in Land and Property Management.  He farms in a family partnership in Northamptonshire. He farms sheep, a few Dexters and 800 acres of arable as part of a 6000 acre joint venture farming group.

He also manages the family property business which includes 35 industrial and commercial tenants as well as domestic properties, and renewable energy projects. John is also Chairman and finance director of a self storage business.

John is the Chairman of Pentlands Science Park Limited, and a member of Moredun's Chairman's executive. 


Matt ColstonMatt Colston

Matt graduated from R(D)SVS in Edinburgh in 1986. He then spent five years in mixed practice in Fife and the Borders before taking up a 2 year demonstrators post (shared between R(D)SVS and SAC (Edinburgh Genetics)) concentrating on equine reproduction and artificial breeding in small ruminants. He gained Cert.SHP before moving back to general practice in Penrith where he has been since 1997. Matt is the Chairman of Moredun Foundation's North of England Regional Board


Alistair SwansonAlistair Swanson

Alistair has been a farmer all his life. He took over the family farm in 1973. He is involved in numerous committees. Presently he is Halkirk Highland Games Committee chairman, member of Caithness Leader and Highland Area Leader Group, Director of Caithness Partnership, Caithness NFUS Branch Member and SRPBA member of Highland Regional Committee, member of North Area SEPA River Basin Group, and chairman of the proposed Rumster Outdoor Centre Management Group. He is also a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Caithness. Alistair is also the Chairman of Moredun Foundation's North of Scotland Regional Board


Gareth JonesGareth Jones

Gareth was born in Caernarfen, North Wales and gained a HND in Agriculture from Aberystwyth in 1982. He then managed farms in mid Wales and Hereford before spending two years as Beef Specialist with the Meat and Livestock Commission. Gareth is currently the Farm Manager at Rhug, a large organic estate in North Wales which has developed its own retail business over the past ten years. Gareth is a Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Scholar and past chairman of HCC Scholar’s Association as well as a current member of CARAS Wales Panel. Gareth is the current chairman of BroGeyndwr Male Voice Choir, is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS) and is the Chairman of Moredun Foundation's Welsh Regional Board


Frank LangrishFrank Langrish

Frank farms sheep and cattle on farms at Rye in East Sussex, with over 4,000 Romney and Romney cross ewes and purchased store cattle. Most of the lambs are sold finished through Ashford market or to local butchers and farm shops. He is past chairman of the British Wool Marketing Board and is a Council Member of the NFU.  Frank is the Chairman of the Moredun Foundation's South of England Regional Board


Mungo GuthrieMungo Guthrie

Mungo has worked within the family farming business since 1982 and is now the managing director of the 840 acre family beef and sheep farm in Darvel, Ayrshire. he sells calves as store cattle and all lambs as finished/prime lambs. Mungo is a Director of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) and is a committee member of the Ayrshire NFUS regional board and New Milns Agricultural Society. His hobbies include vintage farm machinery, skiing and socialising. Mungo is married to Marion and has three daughters.  Mungo is the Chairman of the Moredun Foundation's South of Scotland Regional Board.


Colin Lowrie

Colin LowrieColin was born and brought up on the family farm of Blegbie near Humbie in East Lothian. After studying Agriculture at Edinburgh he began working at home and currently farms a 700 acre upland mixed unit with cereals, 450 ewes producing prime and breeding lambs and 100 suckler cows with the progeny finished. As well as being a director of RHASS he has been chairman of East Lothian Agricultural Discussion Society and convenor of the local agricultural show. In his spare time he enjoys golf, shooting and curling.


Andy RobbAndy Robb

Andy was brought up on a livestock rearing farm in north Argyll before graduating with a BSc (Agric) from Edinburgh University in 1970. He joined the Department where he worked throughout his career, quickly rising through the ranks in his early years and ultimately becoming Scotland's Chief Agricultural Officer from 2004 until his retirement in 2009.  Andy became a member of the Moredun Board just after this.  He is also a member and vice chairman of the Board of Oatridge College and maintains his lifelong interest in farming and is currently helping to run a small arable unit in Strathmore.


Kate Richards

Kate Richards

Kate graduated from the R(D)SVS and worked as a farm animal vet in Aberdeenshire, a partner in a large mixed practice. Kate left to join a pharmaceutical company, working initially as a veterinary advisor and then as a marketing manager, gaining a Diploma in Marketing en route. Joining Defra in 2003 as a veterinary advisor, Kate has had a number of senior positions across Whitehall including managing SEAC, a committee which considered risks surrounding BSE and working as Principal Private Secretary 2009 - 2012, working for three Secretaries of State for Scotland. Kate was on the Council for the British Cattle Veterinary Association for seven years and maintains an interest in livestock health and production.

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