The SAIC Independent Scientific Panel (SISP) provides expert opinion to our Board on the scientific quality of any Expressions of Interest or project proposals submitted to us. They also provide insights on key developments in related scientific fields, and in other parts of the world. This helps us identify possible synergies or avoid duplication with existing applied research.

The SISP comprises eight respected senior scientists, whose specialisations cover a wide range of relevant areas, from alternative feed sources, to animal health, to environment.

Professor Anton Edwards

Anton Edwards is a physicist and coastal oceanographer who shared responsibility for SEPA’s marine monitoring and advice before working in consultancy on varied coastal issues and policy. He was an honorary professor at St Andrews University and is now rector of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Anton is an adviser to the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum, serves on research council award committees and is a self-employed marine consultant active in aquaculture, coastal oceanography and regulation.

Professor Julie Fitzpatrick

Dr Peter Harlech Jones

Dr Peter Harlech Jones
Dr Peter Harlech Jones graduated in Veterinary Science at Liverpool in 1971. After several years in general practice he joined the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, working in Europe and the US. He became Head of the Veterinary Unit at the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) in 1995, and then Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH- Global) in 2005. In 2012 Peter was elected President of BVA. He is a past member of the DEFRA Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (DARC), the current chairman of the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe FishMedPlus Coalition and, for 2016/17, the High Sheriff of Gwynedd.

Dr Aleksei Krasnov

Aleksei Krasnov completed an MSc at the University of Petrozavodsk (Russia) and a PhD at the University of Kuopio (Finland). He has worked for 35 years in fish biology, environmental and aquaculture research; and since 2006 he has been a Senior Scientist in the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (NOFIMA). Aleksei’s principal scientific interest is functional genomics and bioinformatics and their application to studies of fish immunity, diseases, nutrition, growth and development.

Dr Catherine McLeod

Catherine McLeod has a PhD and MSc (Hons) from the University of Victoria, New Zealand. For 15 years she worked in public-sector marine science roles in New Zealand and Australia, with a focus on bivalve shellfish safety and innovation. This involved developing science programmes to meet the needs of government and industry stakeholders in the food safety, market access and seafood innovation areas. Catherine is the Director of Seafood Safety Assessment Ltd, which offers food safety and market access advice to the seafood industry and government.

Dr Gordon Ritchie

Gordon Ritchie holds a BSc from the University of St Andrews and a PhD  from the University of Aberdeen. He worked as a fish health researcher and then Fish Health Technical Manager in Nutreco. From 2007 to 2012, Gordon was VP Fish Health in Marine Harvest, and since then he has held the position of Group Manager Fish Health & Welfare. In addition to being responsible for fish health he oversees fish health research activities in the Global R&D / Technical department.

Dr Jonathan Shepherd

Jonathan Shepherd developed his industrial career in the UK and overseas, including with Prodemar SA (Spain); BioMar AS (Denmark); and Unilever. He is a former Director General of the UK-based International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation. Jonathan holds a Veterinary degree and a PhD in aquaculture and his career followed an early, academic pathway as Deputy Director of Stirling University’s Aquatic Pathobiology Unit, during which time he advised governments in India and Africa, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Until recently, Jonathan was a non-executive director of Omega Protein (USA); he is currently a Board member with Seafish and lives in London.

Professor Patrick Smith

With a first degree in Biology and a PhD in Medical Immunology Patrick entered the field of fish immunology with positions at FDL Weymouth and Tromsø University, Norway. He founded Aquaculture Vaccines Ltd (AVL) in 1982 – the first company to develop commercial vaccines for fish. AVL became one of the most significant private funders of fish health research. Following the acquisition of AVL by Schering Plough, he took the position of Global Director of Fish Health Research. Now retired, Patrick holds a number of scientific advisory and consultancy positions in the field of aquatic animal health and vaccine development.

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