Animals in Science Committee - Members

Body: Animals in Science Committee
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Regulation
Location: Mostly central London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: The role is unremunerated, but members will be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred whilst carrying out business on behalf of the ASC
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment is 10-15 days per year.


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Animals in Science Committee
Information about the members of the Animals in Science Committee and meeting minutes.
Committee members
Subgroup membership
Professor David Main, Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University
Committee members
Dr Donald Bruce, Managing Director, Edinethics Ltd.
Dr Hannah Clarke, Lecturer in Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
Professor Johanna Gibson, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Professor Andrew Jackson, Professor of Neural Interfaces, Newcastle University
Mrs Wendy Jarrett, Chief Executive, Understanding Animal Research
Dr Noelia Lopez-Salesansky, Named Veterinary Surgeon, Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
Professor Stephen May, Senior Vice-Principal and Professor of Education, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London
Mr Barney Reed, Senior Scientific Manager, Research Animals Department, RSPCA
Dr Sally Robinson, Director of Laboratory Animal Science, AstraZeneca
Mrs Susan Sparrow, Director Global Animal Affairs and Advocacy GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Professor Clare Stanford, Academic Pharmacologist, University College London (UCL)
Dr Virginia Warren, Lay member, a UK AWERB
Professor Christine J Watson, Professor of Cell and Cancer Biology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
Professor David Main (Chair)
Professor David Main is Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare at the Royal Agricultural University and formerly Professor of Animal Welfare, University of Bristol.
A veterinary surgeon, Professor Main has research interests in welfare assessment, intervention strategies to improve welfare, and animal welfare education. He has been involved in several large collaborative projects including AssureWel that introduced welfare outcome assessment into UK certification schemes and EU WelNet, a network of welfare scientists that provided welfare advice to the European Commission.
Dr Donald Bruce
Donald Bruce is an ethicist in emerging technologies and creates tools for public engagement. He is managing director of Edinethics Ltd., and was previously director of the Society, Religion and Technology Project of the Church of Scotland, a research chemist in the nuclear industry and a government nuclear safety regulator. He has many years’ experience in the ethical aspects of animal research in agriculture and medicine, including GM and cloned animals, nanomedical applications, and alternatives to animals. He is currently the lay member of the Roslin Institute AWERB.
Dr Hannah Clarke
Hannah Clarke is a lecturer in neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Her principal research interest is understanding the neurochemical and structural pathways that underlie the symptoms of psychiatric diseases such as depression and schizophrenia. She has particular expertise in primate neuroscience.
Professor Johanna Gibson
Johanna Gibson is Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Johanna has researched and published widely in intellectual property and policy, including biotechnology and medicine. She also researches and teaches in animal law and welfare, including public engagement, dissemination and policy impact, as well as the application of behaviour science in the development and implementation of law and policy.
Professor Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson is a Professor of Neural Interfaces at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. His scientific interests include understanding how the dynamic activity of distributed networks in the brain supports the learning and execution of skilled behaviour. In addition, he develops closed-loop neurostimulation technologies with clinical applications in the treatment of neurological conditions including stroke, spinal cord injury and epilepsy.
Mrs Wendy Jarrett
Wendy Jarrett is chief executive of Understanding Animal Research. She has over 25 years’ experience of science and health communication. Her work has included awareness programmes on the risk factors for heart disease, male cancers and a campaign to persuade the UK food industry to reduce the amount of salt added to products. Wendy led the development of the UK Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, which now has more than 100 signatories. She is a trustee of the Blood Pressure Research Trust and a vice president of the Institute of Animal Technology.
Dr Noelia Lopez-Salesansky
Dr Lopez-Salesansky has been working as a Named Veterinary Surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) since 2003. She has a Masters degree in Animal Science (Genetics and Biotechnology) and a PhD in laboratory animal welfare. She is a member of LAVA and LASA and she is a champion of the Animal Welfare Research Nexus. She has extensive practical knowledge in laboratory animal science having worked in the academic, regulatory and private sectors. She is particularly interested in improving laboratory animal welfare by refining housing, husbandry and experimental procedures.
Professor Stephen May
Stephen May is Senior Vice Principal and Professor of Education at the Royal Veterinary College. He was Professor of Equine Medicine and Surgery for more than 20 years, before becoming the College’s Professor of Education and Senior Vice-Principal. He is a past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and chairs its Graduate Outcomes, CPD and Legislation Working Groups. He is a past President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Stephen is passionate about the development of veterinary surgeons of the future so that they not only survive but also thrive in clinical practice. He is interested in professional identity and capability and learning that supports this, including communication skills, leadership and team-working, scientific, clinical and ethical reasoning, and professionalism. He has pioneered new approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, and has extensive experience of curricular development and design, as well as quality assurance work in the UK, US and European systems. His research focuses on the scholarship of primary care, reflective practice and learning, professional development and assessment methods. He has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on equine matters and veterinary education and training.
Mr Barney Reed
Barney Reed is a senior scientific manager in the research animals department of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). He is engaged in a range of initiatives involving individuals and organisations from animal welfare, government, academia and industry, both in the UK and internationally, aimed at promoting fuller implementation of the 3Rs and effective ethical review.
Dr Sally Robinson
Dr Sally Robinson is director of laboratory animal science at AstraZeneca UK based in Cheshire. Sally has over 25 years experience in biomedical science in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a toxicologist by training, with an established track record of implementing 3Rs initiatives particularly in safety assessment through collaboration across industry and with organisations such as the UK NC3Rs and regulators. Sally is currently the chair of the EFPIA research and animal welfare group.
Mrs Susan Sparrow
Mrs Susan Sparrow graduated in Biochemistry/Toxicology from University of Surrey and joined Glaxo Group Research in 1984 as a Toxicologist. Over a period of 30 years she performed a number of Regulatory Toxicology roles ranging from Study Supervisor to Head of UK General Toxicology. In 2014 she moved to a full-time position in GSK’s Office of Animal Welfare, Ethics and Strategy to focus on global animal affairs.
Professor Clare Stanford
Professor Clare Stanford trained as a physiologist at University College London (UCL) and Oxford. For over 30 years, her research interests have focused on the importance of using naturalistic stimuli in laboratory animal science, especially when trying to explain the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and their treatment. She is a past president of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and also of the Laboratory Animal Science Association and is currently professor Emeritus of Translational Neuropharmacology at UCL.
Dr Virginia Warren
Gin Warren is a retired physician who has recently completed a three-year term as chair of the University of Cambridge AWERB and continues as a lay member. Her early career was in clinical gastroenterology research. She later worked as a consultant public health physician for Bupa, leading their clinical effectiveness function in a process similar to that performed by NICE for the NHS. She served on national committees advising DH (clinical genetics), DTI (commercialising stem cells) and the UK insurance industry, and on charitable and state bodies funding clinical research. Gin has also been a school governor with a special interest in safeguarding and has chaired the clinical governance committee of a children’s hospice charity. These activities have all contributed to her understanding of research and welfare issues.
Professor Christine J Watson
Christine Watson studied Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow and obtained her PhD in Molecular Genetics at Imperial College London. Following postdoctoral research at St Andrews University and the Roslin Institute Edinburgh, Christine set up her own laboratory researching the transcriptional regulation of milk protein gene expression. Following her appointment by the University of Cambridge in 1998, her research focus was broadened to include the genetic regulation of mammary gland development during pregnancy and lactation and the mechanisms of cell death during post-lactational regression. Her laboratory has also established complex 3D models of mammary gland to reduce the use of animals in research. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017.

Date: 22/07/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected w/c 11 February

  • Final Interview Date

    Expected w/c 4 March

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • William Reynolds Added 27/12/2018

    Panel Chair

    Head of Animal Science Regulation Unit, Home Office

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  • Professor David Main Added 27/12/2018

    ASC Chair • Representative of Organisation

    * Professor David Main will be ASC Chair from 1 March 2019

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  • Dr Joanne Wallace Added 27/12/2018

    Head of Home Office Science and Regulatory Secretariats • Departmental Official

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  • Dean Wallace Added 27/12/2018

    Fast Stream lead for the Science and Engineering Scheme, Cabinet Office • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a key role in advising the government on a range of issues relating to the welfare of animals used in research?

If so, this is an exceptional opportunity to deliver reports and policy advice to ensure that government is best placed to maintain the highest standards in the welfare of animals used in research.

The Animals in Science Committee (ASC) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office to provide independent advice to the Government on the use of animals in scientific procedures, advise the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies on good practice, and exchange information with other national bodies within the European Union.

We are seeking six new members with expertise in veterinary science, neuroscience, industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology), animal technology/welfare/3Rs and legal expertise (regulatory). The successful candidates will possess excellent communication and influencing skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to evaluate complex issues to reach a consensus.

This will be a three year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment.

Person Specification

To complement its existing skills and knowledge, the ASC is seeking up to 6 new members. Applicants should have demonstrable expertise in in one or more of the following areas: neuroscience; veterinary science; animal technology/welfare/ the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement); industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology); legal (preferably regulatory).

In addition to the above your supporting statement should provide evidence of your skills and experience against the essential and desirable selection criteria set out below. Please be clear about the scale and significance of your role/achievement. The evidence you provide against the selection criteria will be used by the selection panel to determine your suitability for the role.

Essential Skills and Experience

• An understanding of the breadth and depth of ethical issues in relation to the use of animals in science.
• The ability to think logically and objectively to analyse complex information from diverse sources, identify key issues and make effective impartial and balanced decisions.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with committee members and stakeholders and to actively and constructively contribute to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and generating options to reach consensus.
• The confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively, and to take and be accountable for decisions.
• An appreciation of equality and diversity and a willingness to champion difference.
• An awareness of how the views of the scientific community and the public are changing politically and socially.


• Evidence of working successfully in a professional, community or voluntary capacity on committees or other decision-making groups and reaching impactful and timely conclusions.

Additional Information

Successful candidates will be required to have, or to obtain, security clearance to Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4 and 5 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered to successful candidates on a conditional basis until the requisite checks have been passed

How to Apply

In order to apply, please submit your CV, supporting statement and Annex B supporting document, by the closing date, to:

Annex B - Supporting Documentation 2019
190103 - Animals in Science Committee Members - Candidate Pack - Final
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