ELA council

The ELA Council consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Elected Members and the Chairs of Committees.

Betty is a Shetland Sheep breeder in the Netherlands. Together with 2 partners she keeps a flock of pure bred Shetlands. She is the contact person for the Shetland breed in the Netherlands and maintains contact with the breed societies in the UK and America. She is one of the founder members of ELA together with Peter King.
Her interests are sheep, wool, genetic resources, animal healt, especially mineral deficiencies. She has agreed to become acting chair man untill a permenent successor is elected.
Committee Chair
Peter King
Chris attended agricultural college in Scotland, England and Wales. In 1974, he started farming on 15 Ha of Hill land (now part of a World Heritage site) near Abergavenny. Later he purchased 17 ha bare field and woodland in Herefordshire to establish a small mixed biodynamic farm. He was elected to the Council of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of UK in 2000. He is stakeholder representative to DEFRA FMD meetings, London. Coordinator of Herefordshire Biodynamic group, shortly taking up post as coordinator of Herefordsire Organic Producers. In March 2001, most of his stock was slaughtered because of the FMD outbreak. Chris obtained a MSc degree in Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Royal Agricultural College, 2003, with a dissertation on UK perspectives of the 2001 FMD epidemic.
Vice Chair:
ir. Saskia Cahuzak studied agriculture, animal health/diseace prevention en communication skills at the Agricultural university in Wageningen. After finishing her studies she worked at several positions at the Ministry of Agriculture, mostly doing advisory work and communication. From 1998 until december 2011 she was elected in several positions within the Dutch Labourparty, at local, national and European level. As a member of the local executive of the Labourparty she closely followed the outbrake of the Q-fever in the Netherlands in the province of Noord-Brabant in The Netherlands. Many things went wrong, mostly the communication between the officals and the farmers, the communication between the involved Ministries and most of all the communcation between the officals and those who were infected bij the Q-fever-virus. She too became ill. These experiences motivated her to become the secretary of the council of ELA.
Saskia Cahuzak
Elected Members of Council Sabine Zentis

1968 6 month post as student trainee (biological research) at CIBA, Basel.
1971 BA Hons. degree in Geography, University of Oxford. Member of Oxford Women's Expedition to the Canary Islands (Lanzarote)
1969 1972 Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Geography, University of Oxford.
2001 onward Independent "research" work into FMD, avian influenza, and blue tongue.
Some background:My father was a vet working on FMD in 1967 and 1942. My Scottish relatives' farms were affected by FMD in 2001. My work in a government department was invaluable as it introduced me to legislation and helped me to think analytically. It also introduced me to the mindset/way of thinking of a government department!When FMD broke out I followed it very closely and became "involved" after having contacted several farmers directly and having heard their stories first hand. I was so moved by the suffering, both human and animal, and the appalling and unnecessary carnage that I resolved to try to do something about it. It soon became clear thanks to interviews by genuine FMD experts and also from information available on the internet that the science was not sound. I also became very disturbed by the massaging of the killing figures/statistics, and was very concerned that the general public were completely unaware of what was really happening.I then found Warmwell, and that was the bedrock for all information. It was fundamental to all of my work on FMD. Also the website Farmtalking.com provided much useful information particularly from Scotland. I joined NFMG (The National Foot and Mouth Group) which campaigned for sound science and for a stop to the mass slaughter of healthy animals. As a result of the the information collected I was able to make submissions to all the 2001 FMD Inquiries, and later to the Anderson Inquiry FMD 2007.

I have also, thanks largely to Warmwell, and more recently ELA, followed events closely concerning avian influenza and blue tongue, and provided information to appropriate individuals/organisations.

Ann Lambourn  

BSc Hons.(1970) MBBS (London 1973) MRCP ( UK 1977) BFA oxon. (1982) MSc (1984) MRCPath (1986)
I have a small farm in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales. It is some 70 acres and has a variety of eco-habitats. I have some welsh black cattle- a bull called Arthur and cows with calves. I also have some sheep, Brecknock Hill cheviot and Herdwick. Recently I have acquired some chickens, silver grey dorkings, welsummers, copper and black marans and New Hampshire redsI bought my small upland farm in the autumn of 2000 when I took early retirement from medicine because of ill health. I wished to contribute to conservation of our wild native plants and animals as I had always loved rambling and walking. Traditional farming has been responsible for creating and maintaining biodiversity on our small and crowded island for the last 5,000 years or so. As I was learning about organic farming (I knew nothing about farming at all before) FMD broke out in February 2001. I was horrified after several weeks had passed and vaccination was not used. I wrote my first letters of protest in March. I was fortunate to meet Professor Fred Brown, Dr Sutmoller, Dr Barteling and Dr Keith Sumption. I joined the movement to press for modern diagnostic methods and vaccination. I supplied statements to the three enquiries set up afterwards, as I have most recently to the Anderson enquiry on the escape of FMD from Pirbright in 2007.Since 2001 I have spoken out on SARS, avian influenza, the recurrence of FMD in 2007, bovine TB ( I provided expert evidence to support the case to spare Shambo for Skanda Vale monastic community) and bluetongue virus serotype 8. I have retained my fascination for infectious disease and viruses in particular, and learnt more about another area, infection of animals particularly domestic animals. My area of expertise is not only clinical virology on a broad scale but practical bench knowledge of testing and its application and use individually and in the more general areas of infection control and policies to prevent infection or give post exposure prophylaxis. I do not have a research back ground though I have done projects and carried out techniques such as Western blots and PCR and gel electrophoresis.

Dr. Ruth Watkins  

Chairs of Committees
Paul Sutmoller, Animal Heath & Welfare
Lawrence Alderson, Animal Breeding & Production
Resie Oude Luttikhuis, Website & Communication