Huw is an experienced manager and leader with strong technical knowledge and a passion for driving innovation of relevance to the livestock and wider Agri-food industry. He has a strong background in genetics and genomics applied to livestock production, with MSc and PhD degrees in Animal Genetics from the University of Edinburgh. He also has more than 15 years’ experience of working in research and development in animal science, both in academia and industry based roles. Huw has undertaken leading roles in a number of research projects of various sizes, funded through both public and private sources, including successfully coordinating a £5M European Commission funded project in animal genetics and genomics, which involved 14 partners in from 11 counties across the world. He has been lead author for more than 20 peer reviewed scientific papers, conference papers and reports for government departments.
Huw has also has extensive experience from working at the interface between academia, funders and industry, with a clear focus on driving industry relevant innovation, most recently as Head of Agriculture for The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), where he managed activity across teams working in both Animal and Plant sectors. At KTN he developed and maintained strong and effective relationships with a range of Industry groups, government departments, research funders (e.g. Innovate UK, BBSRC, Defra and Scottish Government) and research groups both in the UK and internationally. He has also held positions on a number of external committees, including currently being a member of the UK governments (Defra) Expert Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources, and an independent Scientific Advisor on the R&D committee for AHDB Beef and Lamb.