Henry Cator retires as RASE Chairman

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we pay tribute to our retiring Chairman, Henry Cator for the sterling leadership he has bestowed upon the Society during his time as Chair. Henry’s dedication and determination have made a significant difference to the Society during challenging times and without Henry’s vision, hard work and tenacity the Society would not have survived or regained its’ self-esteem. We are immensely proud of Henry’s achievements and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.

RASE welcomes Dr Chris Tufnell as the new Chairman.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Chris Tufnell as the new Chairman of RASE.

Chris developed his passion for agriculture growing up in an extended farming family in Hampshire and worked during all his school and university holidays on farms. Naturally he spent most of his time with livestock; lambing, milking, calf rearing and showing cattle but also found time for some harvest work and even spent time on a citrus farm in Zambia. Having completed a year farming on the Isle of Mull and in Hampshire he completed the one year Certificate in Farming at Cirencester and then went to Newcastle University to study Agricultural and Environmental Science gaining Honours in Animal Science with a dissertation on dairy cow nutrition. On graduation he spent a short while managing a dairy farm in Zambia before returning to Glasgow Vet School for five years. Whilst at vet school Chris worked on the future of farm animal practice and continued to develop his interest in farm animal welfare. Chris’ first job as a veterinary surgeon was in rural Herefordshire in farm practice where the scourge of TB resulted in testing four days a week. During his veterinary studies and shortly afterwards Chris travelled to India and Africa working with charities working with dairy cattle, goats and working horses and donkeys. Chris now lives near Newbury in Berkshire with his wife Nicola and sons, Harry and Hector running his own five vet equine and pet veterinary practice. He is the immediate past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the current Senior Vice President and is also the Chairman of the Greenham & Crookham Commons Commission. Chris continues to chair the RCVS Brexit Taskforce working with DEFRA to ensure the continuation of the veterinary workforce after Brexit with particular regard to farm animal practice.

"I am delighted to take over the Chair of RASE from Henry Cator following his impressive partnership with David Gardner. I believe that the role of the Society in translating the best of agricultural science into the field is as important now as it was when it was first set up. I look forward to working with everyone involved in ensuring that we deliver on that role”

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