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The WAWC members are:

Dr Kathryn Arnold

Dr Kathryn Arnold is a Senior Lecturer in ecology and leads the Ecology and Conservation research group in the Environment Department at the University of York. She studied Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK and received her PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia.

After holding research positions in Australia and the UK, Kate was awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In 2010, she moved from the University of Glasgow to the University of York. Kate has over 20 years of experience in working on the impacts of social and environmental factors on behaviour, stress physiology and reproductive success of animals, particularly birds and fish. In 2014, she edited a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society on the risks and impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on wildlife and ecosystems. The Ecology and Conservation research group is currently investigating the effects of environmental change, including chemical contaminants and habitat management, on ecologically relevant endpoints in vertebrates. This involves integrating ideas and approaches from ecology, conservation physiology and ecotoxicology.

Dr Sandra Baker

Sandra is the Humane Society Research Fellow and a member of the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Her primary research interests relate to the welfare of wild vertebrates, including human-wildlife conflict, wildlife management and wildlife trade issues.

Earlier work focused on non-lethal wildlife management methods, including learned and generalised food aversions for managing badgers and foxes, and Conditioned Taste Aversion for protecting egg prey from crows.  She also studied attitudes towards, and drivers of, fox hunting with hounds. More recently, Sandra investigated various aspects of mole control, following the 2006 UK ban on strychnine poison, including research on mole damage, the need for mole control, the efficacy and welfare impact of trapping moles, and the opinions and behaviour of farmers and other land managers in relation to the humaneness of mole management methods. Leading on from that, she studied the performance of unregulated spring traps for rats, mice and moles, and possible welfare implications.

More recently, Sandra led a systematic review of animal welfare in the global wildlife trade. She has also studied the measurement of trap selectivity in relation to animal welfare and conservation.Current research focuses on the animal welfare impact of vertebrate management methods, including applying and developing a model to examine the impacts of both lethal and non-lethal methods, and to identify ways of reducing these.

Sarah Dolman BEng, MRes

Working for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Sarah has focused on marine mammal welfare issues for 20 years. She assists with policy development surrounding stranded cetaceans, disturbance and stress, and promotes benign research and increasing knowledge of culture in cetacean societies. Her knowledge includes European legislation that protects marine wildlife, including from human activities such as noise pollution and bycatch.

Sarah worked as receptionist in a veterinary surgery, caring for domestic and wild animals. She was a keeper at Longleat Safari Park whilst at university, where she developed a strong motivation to improve welfare.

She obtained a BEng in communications engineering and an MRes in Fisheries Science. She is a member of the European Cetacean Society Scientific Advisory Committee, the UK Marine Animal Rescue Coalition (MARC) and Scottish Seals Forum. She is a trained UK Marine Mammal Medic, has undertaken large whale disentanglement training in Australia and attended many cetacean strandings.

Chris Draper MSc, BSc, MSB, CBiol

Chris is a zoologist and chartered biologist, working for the Born Free Foundation on their Zoo Check programme investigating the welfare of wild animals in captivity, and taking a lead on zoo animal welfare issues and Born Free's Compassionate Conservation initiative. He has worked for several animal welfare organisations on issues involving laboratory animals, farmed animals and wildlife. He previously worked as an animal keeper in a sanctuary in the USA with a range of wild animals, and primarily with 50 retired laboratory chimpanzees. Chris is also the European Coordinator for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). He is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Bristol on the implementation of legislation and assessment of animal welfare in zoos.

Dr Pete Goddard B.Vet.Med., PhD, Dip.ECSRHM, Dip.ECAWBM, MRCVS (Chair)

Dr Pete Goddard is a veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in animal welfare focusing on welfare in ruminants under extensive systems of management, and the health and welfare of wild and semi-managed animals.  Pete worked at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen where he headed the Institute’s Ecological Sciences Group and is now an Emeritus Fellow at the Institute.  He has published more than 70 scientific papers and has authored 9 book chapters, most recently in the 2014 edition of Livestock Handling and Transport edited by Temple Grandin.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Animal Behaviour Science and a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (Welfare Science, Ethics and Law).  For the two years, until April, 2010, he was chair of the Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) and for 6 years he was a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation.

Carol McKenna BSc

A committed campaigner for animal protection, Carol has worked with international and national animal protection organisations for some thirty years on a broad range of issues. Projects in recent years have included working on strategic campaigns and special project co-ordination, including the development and ranking of animal welfare priorities, chairing of stakeholder groups and coalitions, research and report-writing, for Compassion in World Farming, IFAW, One Voice and World Animal Protection (formerly known as WSPA).

Dr Elizabeth Mullineaux BVM&S, DVM&S, CertSHP, MRCVS

Liz graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and has since worked mainly in clinical veterinary positions both overseas and in the UK. Her main interest is the welfare of British wildlife presented to wildlife centres for rehabilitation and release back to the wild. For 17 years she was the clinical vet for a large wildlife centre (Secret World Wildlife Rescue) and now works for this charity and others as a veterinary advisor. Liz holds a clinical doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, looking at the factors influencing badger rehabilitation and release, including the impact of bovine tuberculosis on this species. Liz writes and presents extensively on the subject of compassionate wildlife treatment and rehabilitation, with particular emphasis on responsible veterinary care of these species. She is an active member of the British Veterinary Association and its specialist divisions.

Dr Angus Nurse MSc, PhD

Dr Angus Nurse is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University School of Law where he teaches and researches criminology and law and is Programme Leader for the MA Criminology.  Angus has research interests in green criminology, corporate environmental criminality, critical criminal justice, animal and human rights law and anti-social behaviour.  He is particularly interested in animal law and its enforcement and the reasons why people commit environmental crimes and crimes against animals.  Angus has also researched and published on the links between violence towards animals and human violence.  His first book Animal Harm: Perspectives on why People Harm and Kill Animals was published by Ashgate in 2013, his second; Policing Wildlife: Perspectives on the Enforcement of Wildlife Legislation was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Angus was previously Investigations Co-ordinator for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and spent 8 years as an Investigator for the Commission for Local Administration in England (The Local Government Ombudsman) before joining the Law School at the University of Lincoln where he spent 3 and a half years before joining Birmingham City University's Centre for Applied Criminology for two years before subsequently joining Middlesex University's School of law.  Angus is co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's international Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology book series (with Rob White from the University of Tasmania and Melissa Jarrell from Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi). 

Alick Simmons BVMS, MSc, DipAABAW, MRCVS

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35 year career as a Government veterinarian,  latterly as the UK Government's Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer.  Alick has had much involvement in public health and disease control policy and extensive practical experience of epidemic livestock disease gained the in the UK and overseas.

Alick's lifelong passion is wildlife and, since leaving government service in 2015, he has sought to expand this interest.  He is volunteering for the RPSB in Somerset, become deputy chair of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, a trustee of Dorset Wildlife Trust and a member of Oxford University's Animal Care Ethical Review committee.   A particular interest is the ethics of wild animal management and welfare.  He is devoting more time to photography and is keen to increase the rather modest total of his published photos.

Former members

Professor Piran White BSc, PhD (September 2014 to November 2016)

Piran is a Professor in the Environment Department at the University of York. His research focuses on (1) biodiversity and ecosystem services, including the links between ecosystems and public health, and (2) wildlife ecology, disease and management. Much of his research is interdisciplinary across the natural and social sciences, and he has worked in both terrestrial and marine environments. Piran is Deputy Director for the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability programme, a member of Natural England's Scientific Advisory Committee and a former member of Defra's TB Expert Panel. He edits the Australian-based journal Wildlife Research.

Secretariat (OneKind)

OneKind is a UK animal protection charity working to end animal suffering through campaigns, research and education, and seeking improved protection for wild animal welfare within UK legislation.

Widely differing legal protections apply to animals depending on whether they are kept as pets, are used in laboratories or live in the wild.  If such differentiation is to be justified, OneKind believes it must be based on independent scientific evidence about wild animal welfare as well as human needs and economic interests.