Information about the members of the Animals in Science Committee and meeting minutes.


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
  • Professor Stephen May, Senior Vice-Principal and Professor of Education, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  • Mr Barney Reed, Senior Scientific Manager, Animals in Science Department, RSPCA
  • Dr Sally Robinson, Director of Laboratory Animal Science, AstraZeneca
  • Mrs Susan Sparrow, retired
  • 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
  • Ms Linda Horan, Manager Biological Procedures Unit, University of Strathclyde (co-optee)


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.

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 Animals in Science 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 2020 she retired from GSK’s Office of Animal Welfare, Ethics and Strategy where her work focused on global animal affairs; a position she held since 2014.

Professor Clare Stanford

Clare Stanford trained as a physiologist at University College London (UCL) and Oxford University, where she subsequently held a faculty position and became the first woman Fellow at Exeter College. Her research has involved both human and animal studies and has 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 former member of Council of the University of London, a Past President of both the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) and the British Association for Psychopharmacology and the first Chairman of the London AWERB Hub.

She is currently Professor Emerita of Translational Neuropharmacology at University College London and, although semi-retired, she remains active in neuropharmacology as a lifetime Honorary Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and as a Senior Editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology, an Editor of the Journal of Psychopharmacology, an Editor in Chief of Neuronal Signaling and a Trustee of LASA.

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.

Ms Linda Horan, Manager Biological Procedures Unit, University of Strathclyde (co-optee)

Linda Horan is a NACWO and Unit Manager at The University of Strathclyde. Linda has over 30 years’ experience working with a wide range of species in the University environment including pigs, dogs, cats, rabbits, rats and mice. The range of animals reflects the many different disciplines she has experience with; neuroscience, immunology, parasitology, cancer research, drug discovery and cardiovascular.

She is passionate about the care, welfare and use of animals in Biomedical research and the implementation of refinements to improve the animal’s experience. She is the current Chair/CEO of the Institute of Animal Technology and an NC3Rs Board member.


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Subgroup membership

Complete membership to ASC subgroups and task and finish group as at May 2019.

Project Licence Applications Subgroup

  • Dr David Main (Chair)
  • Dr Hannah Clarke
  • Mr Barney Reed
  • Dr Virginia Warren
  • Other ASC members attend subgroup meetings of their own volition

Terms of reference

Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies Subgroup

  • Dr Sally Robinson (Chair)
  • Dr Donald Bruce
  • Ms Wendy Jarrett
  • Professor Clare Stanford
  • Dr Virginia Warren
  • Professor Gail Davies (Co-optee for HBA)
  • Dr Katherine Knight (ASRU Observer)

Terms of reference