The FIELD project is fortunate to work with an engaged network of individuals and organisations. From our steering committee to our external collaborators and knowledge exchange partners, we have a range of stakeholders who are actively involved in helping to shape the project. Together, they will help to ensure FIELD's real world relevance, technical accuracy and ultimately ensure the success of the FIELD project. Find out more about each of our collaborators below.

Steering Committee

This group of individuals will provide the FIELD project with strategic insight, including reviewing the project's progress, providing critical insight, offering advice on future activities, and advising on the research topics being studied throughout the project.

Professor Henry Buller

Professor of Geography, Exeter University

An internationally renowned expert on animal welfare and the biopolitics of human-animal relations, and social science adviser to Defra. He will provide support for the social science work, and will bring expertise on livestock welfare, consumer perspectives and animals as shapers of human society.

Dr Ollie Douglas

Assistant Curator, Museum of English Rural Life

An experienced museum professional who will provide expert input to help the history cluster navigate the MERL archives. He will also oversee the digitisation of its films and images for the purposes of project research and public engagement, and support the knowledge exchange activities.

Professor Rob Fraser

Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Kent

An expert in agricultural economics and member of Defra's Economic Advisory Panel. He will provide support for the economists in the project through his expertise in the economics of livestock disease, its social and moral dimensions, and commercial and political contexts.

Professor Laura Green

Veterinary Epidemiologist, University of Warwick

A leading expert on endemic livestock disease, in particular lameness in sheep, who has worked with industry stakeholders to translate her research into practice, which has resulted in a significant reduction in lameness prevalence. She will advise on the epidemiological aspects of the project, inter-disciplinary working and animal welfare.

John McFarlane

Vet, Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group

A practising farm vet who is active in veterinary politics and a key member of the Landbridge knowledge exchange network. As well as providing his veterinary expertise, he will assist the project in expanding its network to ensure its success, through facilitating connections with farmers, vets and other rural professionals.

External Collaborators

These individuals possess knowledge, skills and networks crucial to the FIELD project activities, including being a source of expert advice.

Susannah Bolton

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

The AHDB undertakes research and development across the food supply chain, as well as acting as a key knowledge broker at the farm level, providing advice and expertise on a wide range of farming related topics. Susannah will help the project engage with a wide variety of stakeholders in the co-production of knowledge and dissemination of research findings.

Tim Brigstoke

Policy Director, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers

The RABDF focuses on the needs of milk producers, and influences and lobbies government and policymakers about the key issues of its members. Tim will bring the experiences and perspectives of the dairy industry to the project.

Charlotte Carne

Animal Welfare and Exotic Disease Control Team, DEFRA

Defra will provide expertise through their Animal Welfare and Exotic Disease Control team, who have years of experience in understanding farmer decision making in relation to animal health. Charlotte will provide a means of disseminating the research findings to policy makers.

Bill Mellor

Chair BVDfree England

BVDfree England is a voluntary industry-led scheme working to eliminate BVD in all cattle in the UK by 2022. Bill will provide input on the project design and interpretation of the results, given his expertise from the BVDfree programme.

Jenny Purcell

BVD Policy Manager, Scottish Government

The Scottish government recently introduced a BVD eradication scheme. Understanding this further will be vital for the FIELD project, and Jenny will be a crucial facilitator in this process of knowledge exchange.

Paul Roger

Veterinary Consultant

An independent consultant in sheep health and welfare, and a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Sheep Health and Production. He will provide expert veterinary perspectives on lameness in sheep.

Jon Statham

Vet, Bishopton Veterinary Group

A practising farm vet and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production, who will provide expert veterinary input on BVD and lameness in cattle.

Nicola Smith

Livestock Researcher, National Sheep Association

The NSA represents the views and interests of sheep producers throughout the UK, and will be essential for providing sheep farmer perspectives throughout the project. Nicola will bring a sheep industry perspective to the project, and will assist in bringing sheep farmers into the research as co-producers.

Knowledge Exchange Partners

These organisations will support the project's knowledge exchange activities for all of our interested audiences.

Flavour Sense Nation

Flavour Sense Nation are a company that creates interactive events to explore the perceptions of food. They will be providing their expertise in relation to FIELD's Food Busk, which will provide an opportunity to explore public perceptions of animal health and welfare.


Landbridge is a national knowledge exchange network for rural professionals, which provides a platform for inter-professional learning and debate with the aim of improving the advice given to farmers and other businesses. As well as providing advice on the project, Landbridge will help facilitate a knowledge-exchange workshop with rural professionals during the project.

Museum of English Rural Life

The MERL aims to challenge perceptions about rural England by revealing the historical and contemporary relevance of country life. The MERL has expertise in public engagement activities, as well as having a number of collections key to assisting the FIELD research. It will help the project to develop its public-facing work through the use of its venues, networks and expertise in this area.