Simon is originally from Australia and is now based at University College Dublin.
He qualified in 1984 from the University of Sydney. He is a Veterinarian with specialist skills in National and International animal disease control with the following qualifications: BVCs (Hons 1), MVB, PhD, MACVSc, FACVSc, DipPM, DiplECBHM, DiplECVPH. Simon has worked/consulted in a number of countries (Australasia, southeast Asia, Europe, South America) with both government and industry on national animal disease control issues.
In Ireland, he leads the National Resource Centre , and with his fellow colleagues provides information to support national decision-making on animal disease control, by both government and industry.
His involvement with AHI is important as Simon feels that “prior to the formation of Animal Health Ireland, there was no leadership or coordination of non-regulatory animal health issues in Ireland. As a consequence, Ireland has slipped behind a number of competitor countries in dealing with issues such as BVD, mastitis and calf health. AHI is a special organisation, bringing together all the key stakeholders, enabling Irish farmers and the broader rural industry to shape its own future in this area. I am extremely happy to contribute to AHI, given the importance of its work”.