The Wild Animal Welfare Committee is:


Dr Pete Goddard BVetMed, PhD, DipECSRHM, DipECAWBM, MRCVS (Trustee)

Dr Pete Goddard is a veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in animal welfare focusing on welfare in ruminants under extensive systems of management, and the health and welfare of wild and semi-managed animals.  Pete worked at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen where he headed the Institute’s Ecological Sciences Group and is now an Emeritus Fellow at the Institute.  He has published more than 70 scientific papers and has authored 9 book chapters, most recently in the 2014 edition of Livestock Handling and Transport edited by Temple Grandin.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Animal Behaviour Science and a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (Welfare Science, Ethics and Law).  For the two years, until April, 2010, he was chair of the Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) and for 6 years he was a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation.


Libby Anderson 

Libby is the Policy Advisor to OneKind, an animal protection charity based in Edinburgh working to end animal suffering through campaigns, research and education, and seeking improved protection for wild animal welfare in the legislation of the four UK administrations.  OneKind supports the activities of the WAWC by providing a secretariat to the Committee.


Dr Sandra Baker

Sandra is the Humane Society Research Fellow and a member of the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Her primary research interests relate to the welfare of wild vertebrates, including human-wildlife conflict, wildlife management and wildlife trade issues.Earlier work focused on non-lethal wildlife management methods, including learned and generalised food aversions for managing badgers and foxes, and Conditioned Taste Aversion for protecting egg prey from crows.  She also studied attitudes towards, and drivers of, fox hunting with hounds. More recently, Sandra investigated various aspects of mole control, following the 2006 UK ban on strychnine poison, including research on mole damage, the need for mole control, the efficacy and welfare impact of trapping moles, and the opinions and behaviour of farmers and other land managers in relation to the humaneness of mole management methods. Leading on from that, she studied the performance of unregulated spring traps for rats, mice and moles, and possible welfare implications.More recently, Sandra led a systematic review of animal welfare in the global wildlife trade. She has also studied the measurement of trap selectivity in relation to animal welfare and conservation.Current research focuses on the animal welfare impact of vertebrate management methods, including applying and developing a model to examine the impacts of both lethal and non-lethal methods, and to identify ways of reducing these.

Sarah Dolman BEng, MRes

Working for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Sarah has focused on marine mammal welfare issues for 20 years. She assists with policy development surrounding stranded cetaceans, disturbance and stress, and promotes benign research and increasing knowledge of culture in cetacean societies. Her knowledge includes European legislation that protects marine wildlife, including from human activities such as noise pollution and bycatch.Sarah worked as receptionist in a veterinary surgery, caring for domestic and wild animals. She was a keeper at Longleat Safari Park whilst at university, where she developed a strong motivation to improve welfare.She obtained a BEng in communications engineering and an MRes in Fisheries Science. She is a member of the European Cetacean Society Scientific Advisory Committee, the UK Marine Animal Rescue Coalition (MARC) and Scottish Seals Forum. She is a trained UK Marine Mammal Medic, has undertaken large whale disentanglement training in Australia and attended many cetacean strandings.  In March 2018, Sarah was appointed to the International Whaling Commission Bycatch Mitigation Initiative Expert Panel.

Dr Chris Draper MSc, BSc, MSB, FRSB, FOCAE

Chris studied zoology and primatology at University College London before beginning a career in animal protection. His work has involved investigation, research, and generating awareness regarding the welfare and conservation of animals. He has been employed at the Born Free Foundation, a UK-based international animal welfare and conservation organisation, since 2004 where he is currently the Head of Animal Welfare and Captivity. He has worked for several animal welfare organisations on issues involving laboratory animals, farmed animals and wildlife. He previously worked as an animal keeper in a sanctuary in the USA with a range of wild animals, and primarily with 50 retired laboratory chimpanzees. Chris also sits on the Accreditation Committee for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). His PhD, completed at the University of Bristol, focused on the implementation of legislation and assessment of animal welfare in zoos.

Carol McKenna BSc (Trustee) 

A committed campaigner for animal protection, Carol has worked with international and national animal protection organisations for some thirty years on a broad range of issues. Projects in recent years have included working on strategic campaigns and special project co-ordination, including the development and ranking of animal welfare priorities, chairing of stakeholder groups and coalitions, research and report-writing, for Compassion in World Farming, IFAW, One Voice and World Animal Protection (formerly known as WSPA).

Dr Elizabeth Mullineaux BVM&S, DVM&S, CertSHP, MRCVS (Trustee)

Liz graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and has since worked mainly in clinical veterinary positions both overseas and in the UK. Her main interest is the welfare of British wildlife presented to wildlife centres for rehabilitation and release back to the wild. For 17 years she was the clinical vet for a large wildlife centre (Secret World Wildlife Rescue) and now works for this charity and others as a veterinary advisor. Liz holds a clinical doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, looking at the factors influencing badger rehabilitation and release, including the impact of bovine tuberculosis on this species. Liz writes and presents extensively on the subject of compassionate wildlife treatment and rehabilitation, with particular emphasis on responsible veterinary care of these species. She is an active member of the British Veterinary Association and its specialist divisions.

Dr Angus Nurse MSc, PhD

Dr Angus Nurse is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University School of Law where he teaches and researches criminology and law and is Programme Leader for the MA Criminology.  Angus has research interests in green criminology, corporate environmental criminality, critical criminal justice, animal and human rights law and anti-social behaviour.  He is particularly interested in animal law and its enforcement and the reasons why people commit environmental crimes and crimes against animals.  Angus has also researched and published on the links between violence towards animals and human violence.  His first book Animal Harm: Perspectives on why People Harm and Kill Animals was published by Ashgate in 2013, his second; Policing Wildlife: Perspectives on the Enforcement of Wildlife Legislation was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Angus was previously Investigations Co-ordinator for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and spent 8 years as an Investigator for the Commission for Local Administration in England (The Local Government Ombudsman) before joining the Law School at the University of Lincoln where he spent 3 and a half years before joining Birmingham City University's Centre for Applied Criminology for two years before subsequently joining Middlesex University's School of law.  Angus is co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's international Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology book series (with Rob White from the University of Tasmania and Melissa Jarrell from Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi). 

Alick Simmons BVMS, MSc, DipAABAW, MRCVS

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35 year career as a Government veterinarian,  latterly as the UK Government's Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer.  Alick has had much involvement in public health and disease control policy and extensive practical experience of epidemic livestock disease gained the in the UK and overseas.

Alick's lifelong passion is wildlife and, since leaving government service in 2015, he has sought to expand this interest.  He is volunteering for the RPSB in Somerset, become deputy chair of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, a trustee of Dorset Wildlife Trust and a member of Oxford University's Animal Care Ethical Review committee.   A particular interest is the ethics of wild animal management and welfare.  He is devoting more time to photography and is keen to increase the rather modest total of his published photos.


Dr Stephen M Wickens BSc, PGCE, PhD

Stephen is an animal welfare scientist and ethologist who has worked for the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare for 20 years. Concerned with improving the way we keep and care for animals, he is particularly interested in the welfare of companion and captive wild animals, and those that we interact with in the wild.

Stephen has co-ordinated and organised many national and international conferences, including meetings on wild bird care in the garden, animal populations – world resources and animal welfare, animal training, quality of life, consciousness and on advances in animal welfare science. He is also responsible for the UFAW animal welfare science outreach programme, the UFAW LINK scheme, which consists of a network of 100+ universities and academics from around the world.

He has held a number of external positions. These include council member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and Secretary of the ASAB Accreditation Committee, where he coordinated the setting up of a system for setting standards for those treating behavioural disorders in animals and validating universities offering suitable courses in the area, founding director and council member of the UK’s Animal Behaviour Training Council and treasurer of the International Society for Anthrozoology. He has been an external board member of Marwell Zoo’s Ethics Committee since 2006.

Former members

Professor Piran White BSc, PhD

Dr Kathryn Arnold BSc, PhD