Animal Health Surveillance Governance Board

The Animal Health Surveillance Governance Board (AHSGB) advises Defra and the Welsh Government on animal health scanning surveillance in England and Wales.

Whilst the Board’s primary responsibility and focus is animal health ‘scanning surveillance’ in England and Wales, the Board is mindful of the linkages and dependencies between ‘scanning surveillance’ and other components of the overall surveillance system in Great Britain.

The AHSGB is a partnership Board between government and the livestock industry, recognising that animal keepers and allied sectors, including the veterinary profession, are providers of data and information to the system, and are beneficiaries of the intelligence, reports and advice that are produced.

The benefits of animal health scanning surveillance are jointly owned, reflecting the shared responsibility and risk ownership of changes in animal-related threat status and disease trends and profiles. It is intended that the structure, membership and actions of the AHSGB reflect this.

Role of the group

The AHSGB provides strategic advice to Defra and the Welsh Government and their advisory bodies, the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England and the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group.


Responsibilities of the group are described in the Terms of Reference (PDF, 94KB, 4 pages) .


The AHSGB is a subgroup of a combined college of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England and the Welsh Government Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, acting jointly and in equal measure.

The Board is made up of:

Role Member
Independent Chair: Dirk Pfeiffer (Animal and Plant Health Agency)
Four independent members: Paul Burr
  Nick Fenwick
  Ian McGrath
  Paul Roger
Ex-officio members: Nigel Gibbens - UK Chief Veterinary Officer
  Richard Irvine - APHA Head of the Surveillance Intelligence Unit
Policy customers: Gordon Hickman, Defra Policy Lead: Surveillance
  Gavin Watkins (deputising for Christianne Glossop, CVO Wales), Welsh Government Policy Lead: Surveillance

Independent members of the board were appointed to provide leadership, combined with knowledge of veterinary surveillance, disease investigation science and the livestock industries and populations protected by the surveillance system. They are representative of the industries being served, but not representatives of any particular organisation.

Notes of meetings

The AHSGB publishes notes of its meetings as follows:

Further information

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

APHA Vet Gateway


Jane Tennant
Scientific Project Manager
Science Strategy and Planning
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Weybourne Building
Level 2, Area D
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KT15 3NB

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