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Gov appoints Jonathan Statham as AHWBE chair

Jonathan Statham takes over from Michael Seals, who is standing down after ten years in the role

Professor Jonathan Statham has been appointed chair of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE). 

Statham will start the role on 1 November 2021, replacing the current chair, Michael Seals, who is standing down after ten years in the role.

He has been non-executive director of the AHWBE since 2017, and previously was president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association and Yorkshire Veterinary Society.

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Statham said: “It is a crucial point in time for the industry and for us as a board, with lots of key policies coming forward which bring along many challenges. It is an enormous privilege for me to take on this role once Michael Seals steps down. I look forward to working together with him and colleagues on the board.”

Lord Benyron, biosecurity minister, said: “With extensive veterinary and farming experience, Jonathan will play a key role in improving the health and welfare of kept animals in England over the coming years.”

Seals added: “We have an incoming chair who can take the work of the board and its advice to ministers to a new level, while supporting delivery through the forthcoming Animal Health and Welfare Pathway. I wish Jonathan every success as chair.”

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