Moredun Research Institute
Professor Lord Alexander (Sandy) Trees - Chairman of Moredun Research Institute
Professor Trees was appointed Chairman of the Moredun Research Institute in December 2011. Professor Trees is a veterinary surgeon who has worked in general practice, industry and academia. He recently retired as Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, University of Liverpool, after a career working in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He held a number of senior professional positions, including recently as President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons of which he is still a Council member. He was Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool from 2001 to 2008. He has given the prestigious Wooldridge Lecture at the British Veterinary Association Congress and the McCall lecture at the University of Glasgow. He has received the Selborne medal of the Association of Veterinary Teachers and research workers and the Amoroso Award of the British Small Animals Veterinary Association.
The major part of Professor Trees’ career has been in academic research and teaching in parasitic diseases at the University of Liverpool, where he held a variety of posts covering a period of over 30 years, commencing in 1980. He has published more than 140 scientific papers and has been active in promoting research and funding for research training, and in the advancement of veterinary education. Professor Trees’ research and teaching has included human as well as animal health. He has made a significant contribution to tropical medicine through his drug development research concerning human river blindness in West Africa and has made major contributions to temperate climate livestock and companion animal diseases, including abortion in cattle and disease threats to travelling pets. He is currently Editor in Chief of the major professional journal and The Veterinary Record. Professor Trees was appointed to the House of Lords as a non-party-political peer in May 2012.
Professor Eileen Devaney
Eileen graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Zoology, and from the University of Liverpool with a PhD undertaken at the School of Tropical Medicine. She is currently Professor of Parasite Immunobiology and Head of the Division of Veterinary Infection and Immunity at the University of Glasgow Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Her research focuses on the biology and immunology of parasitic nematodes and she is the author of over 80 publications in this area.
John has been a partner in the family farm in East Lothian since 1969. Main enterprises are suckler beef production (with all progeny finished on farm), cereals, pulses, a small flock of pedigree NCC and he is a member of quality assurance schemes. NFU Scotland appointments include Branch Chairman, Lothians Area Chairman, NFUS Director 1998-2007, NFUS Vice President 2000/03 and NFUS President 2003/07. Other appointments include committee member of AgriScot, local Director of NFU Mutual, Deputy Lieutenant East Lothian, Chair of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Appeals Procedure Panel and Guardian member, Scotland Food and Drink.
Sir Muir Russell
Sir Muir has a first class honours degree in Natural Philosophy from Glasgow University. He was Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive since its establishment in July 1999, following devolution. He joined The Scottish Office in 1970. He was Secretary of the Scottish Development Agency on its establishment in Glasgow in 1975, and was Principal Private Secretary to The Secretary of State for Scotland (then George Younger) from 1981 to 1983. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office in 1990. He was appointed Permanent Under Secretary of State at The Scottish Office in May 1998, following open competition.
In 2003, Sir Muir was appointed Principal of the University of Glasgow. During his term as Principal of the University he has served on the Boards of UCAS, USS and UUK, and has been the Convener of Universities Scotland. He was appointed as Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland in 2008. Sir Muir retired as Principal of the University of Glasgow in September 2009
He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000 and holds honorary degrees from the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. He became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2005.
John and family farm in East Fife. Along with the arable crops, the farm breeds and feeds cattle and sheep: so animal health and welfare is a priority in daily work. John has been a member of Scottish Government's Animal Health and Welfare Stakeholders group since 2002. He is currently chair of QMS Beef and Lamb Farm Assurance Technical Advisory Committee. He is an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies. In his former life he completed an HND in Agriculture in Edinburgh and played for Howe of Fife RFC.
Professor Peter Holmes OBE, BVMS, PhD, DrHC, FRCVS, FRSE
Peter Holmes is a veterinary scientist and currently Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Physiology at the University of Glasgow. He is internationally recognised for his research of parasitic diseases of domestic animals. His research has been conducted in collaboration with a variety of research centres and universities in Europe and Africa. He qualified from the Glasgow Veterinary School in 1966. He remained at the University of Glasgow and was appointed Professor in 1982. From 1997 he served as Vice-Principal for 10 years. In his capacity as Vice-Principal (Research) he was responsible for the University’s research strategy and its close integration with knowledge transfer.
Professor Holmes was a board member of the Scottish Universities Funding Council for 8 years and chaired its Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee. In 2007 Professor Holmes was awarded an OBE for services to veterinary medicine and higher education and an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor David W Hopkins
David Hopkins is the Dean of Agriculture, Food & Environment at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. He is a soil scientist having been the President of the British Society of Soil Science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Science, and having been awarded a PhD and DSc in Soil Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
He was previously Professor and Head of the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in which capacity he helped facilitate interaction between the University and the Moredun Research Institute. At an earlier stage he was the Director of Science at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (before the formation of the James Hutton Institute) where he was a member of the institute’s executive and led the institute’s interactions with universities and the strategy for diversification of non-Government grant and contract income. Whilst a Professor at the University of Stirling, he was Head of the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences and was a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Support Fellow.
He is currently a member of Defra’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (which advises UK ministers on matters related to GM organisms in the environment), a Director of Royal Agricultural University Enterprises Ltd and a Trustee of both the Africa Land and Food Fellowships Trust and the British Society of Soil Science. He has extensive research experience in both cold (polar) and hot desert systems, and enduring research and consultancy experience in southern Africa.
Nigel farms 1500 acres in partnership with two of his sons in the Scottish Borders. The upland hill farm supports 180 cows and 940 breeding ewes. Traditional beef breeds are the basis of the beef enterprise. Aberdeen Angus cross steers are sold through the auction ring with heifers being marketed privately for bulling. The sheep flock is founded on Lairg type Cheviots.
Nigel, a former vet, started his NFU Scotland career as Chairman of the West Berwick Branch and is a past Chairman of the Livestock Committee. Nigel was Vice-President of NFUS from March 2007 and President from 2011 - 2015.
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