Navaratnam Partheeban is currently a senior lecturer in Livestock Production and Livestock Veterinarian at the Royal Agricultural University, UK. Following a Zoology Honours degree from Manchester University, he studied Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University. Navaratnam has worked in clinical livestock veterinary practice and in the pharmaceutical industry. His particular focus is on dairy production which has led him to achieve further qualifications in this area and conduct training and research in other countries including US, China and India. Along with a passion for increasing standards of care to livestock while trying to support sustainable production, he is also a campaigner for increasing inclusivity and diversity in the agricultural and veterinary industries.
Graeme Cooke comes from a livestock farming family and has worked as a Veterinary Surgeon in a variety of clinical practice types in both rural and urban communities. After his involvement in the effort to gain UK freedom from Foot and Mouth in 2001, he became a Defra Policy Adviser in 2002, planning disease outbreak preparedness and then working across areas of UK and EU animal welfare and disease including international relations and trade negotiations.
After obtaining an MBA with distinction at Cass Business School, he became a Director at the World Governing Body of Equestrian Sport (FEI), creating new frameworks and policies to overcome a variety of animal health and welfare challenges and manage a huge growth in the organisations business. He worked closely with the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the EU and has regularly been a member of expert working groups at both organisations on trade and disease management. Graeme is an Army Reservist, undertaking an Operational tour in 2009.
He has held a variety of advisory and board appointments and is currently a trustee of an international animal welfare charity.
Having completed an honours degree in Agriculture my career to date has included practical farming (predominantly dairy and sheep), farm business consultancy and providing advice to farmers on agri-environment schemes and habitat conservation on farmland (botanical specialism).
I joined the Soil Association in 2010 to lead on livestock health and welfare. Working with producers, inspectors/assessors, vets and the farm advisory sector to improve animal welfare with a focus on using welfare outcome assessment to ensure careful monitoring and early intervention to prevent welfare problems occurring (via the AssureWel program). Additionally through a number of projects and approaches, including farmer led research I’ve been working with farmers to reduce antibiotic use.
Donal Murphy is Head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs with the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), the trade association for the UK animal health industry. He graduated as a veterinary surgeon from University College Dublin, Ireland, in 1999 and joined NOAH in 2010, having previously worked in both companion animal and farm animal private veterinary practice and with the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where his work included notifiable disease control and farm animal welfare.
Professor Peter Borriello was Chief Executive, Veterinary Laboratories Agency from 2008 until April 2011 when it merged with the Animal Health agency. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate in September 2011.
His previous roles include:
Director, Health Protection Agency, Centre for Infections
Director, Public Health Laboratory Service, Central Public Health Laboratory
Founding Director, Institute of Infections and Immunity, University of Nottingham
Head, Medical Research Council Hospital Infection Group and Microbial Pathogenicity Research Group
Fiona Lovatt is the sheep vet member of RUMA Target Task Force. She is also a European Recognised Specialist in Sheep Health and Production, a clinical associate professor at the University of Nottingham and a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society.
She runs the sheep veterinary consultancy business, Flock Health Ltd which works collaboratively with veterinary surgeons, farmers, processors, retailers and pharmaceutical companies in both UK and abroad.
Fiona is particularly passionate about getting pro-active veterinary involvement on sheep farms and spends a lot of her time enthusing both vets and sheep farmers to interact better through both proactive individual flock health planning and Flock Health Clubs.
Jane is currently the Food Standard Agency’s Director of Veterinary Services and is a farmer’s daughter from Yorkshire who graduated as a vet from Edinburgh University in the 90s.
Since then she has had an interesting and varied veterinary career starting with a post graduate project in Oman, working in general practice in the UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and studying veterinary acupuncture before working as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector for the then State Veterinary Service (SVS) during the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak.
Within Defra and APHA she held roles in the operations, policy, veterinary and science directorates. This has included working as Defra’s Head of EU Relations for Animal Health and Welfare during 2012-15, as the Veterinary Lead for Avian Virology in the UK’s National Reference Laboratory at APHA, Weybridge and, most recently, one of APHA’s Veterinary Leads in Wales.