The work of FAWT is initiated, developed and guided by a group of eminent and dedicated individuals whose collective experience of research and practice in the field of animal welfare is internationally recognised and widely respected.
Professor Sir Colin Spedding, CBE, MSc, PhD, DSc, CBiol, Hon FIBiol, FRASE, FIHort, FRAgS, FRSA, Hon Assoc RCVS, Hon DSc (Reading) (Patron of the Trust) Emeritus Professor, University of Reading; Chairman of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, 1988-1999; Chairman of the UK Register of Organic Food Standards from 1987- 1999; Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the World Society for the Protection of Animals from 1989 – 1998;Currently Adviser to the Companion Animal Welfare Council and a Vice-President of the RSPCA.
Roger Hancock, BA, VetMB, CertWEL, MRCVS. (Chairman of the Trust) Veterinary Director of Veterinary Laboratories Agency, former animal welfare adviser to UK government
Professor Richard Bennett, BSc, MSc, PhD Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Reading; member Farm Animal Welfare Council and Chair of its Ethics, Economics, Education and Regulation Standing Committee; member of England Implementation Group of Defra Animal Health and Welfare Strategy; trustee of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare; trustee of Humane Slaughter Association.
Dr Maurice Bichard, OBE, D.Sc.(h.c), Ph.D., F.I.Biol, F.R.Ag.S. Specialist in the genetic improvement of sheep, poultry, cattle and pigs. Former university academic and technical director of commercial global breeding company , now independent consultant.
John Don MBE, DL Working farmer in Aberdeenshire producing cereals, beef and sheep; member of Farm Animal Welfare Council, 1996-2005 and chair of its working group on Welfare Implications of Farm Assurance; Trustee of the Plunkett Foundation; Trustee of FWAG Scotland; Appointed DL for Aberdeenshire in 1996; MBE for services to Agriculture and Farm Animal Welfare in 2005
Professor David B Morton, BVSc, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, DipECLAM, MRCVS (Treasurer of the Trust)Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Science and Ethics, University of Birmingham; Member of both the Farm Animal Welfare and the Companion Animal Welfare Councils; member of the European Food Standards Authority’s Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare; member of the Board of Assured Food Standards.
Professor John McInerney,OBE, BSc(Agric), MSc, PhD, NDA, FRSA, HonFRASE
Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Policy, University of Exeter; member of Farm Animal Welfare Council 1995-2004 and chair of its Poultry Issues Group; member of Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB 1998-2007