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Professor Sandy TreesProfessor 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 Duncan MaskellProfessor Duncan Maskell

Duncan is the Head of the Veterinary School at the University of Cambridge. Following his PhD studies at Cambridge, he worked at Wellcome Biotech on vaccines for bacterial diseases, then at Oxford on childhood meningitis. He became a Lecturer at Imperial College, working on various bacterial diseases before becoming the first Marks & Spencer Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science & Food Safety at Cambridge, where his group, of around 35 people study diverse aspects of pathogenic bacteria.


Professor Eileen DevaneyProfessor 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 KinnairdJohn Kinnaird

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 RussellSir 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 BellJohn Bell

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 HolmesProfessor 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.

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