Professor Lord Naren Patel KT, FRCOG, FMedSci, FRSE



Lord Patel graduated in medicine from the University of St Andrews in 1964 and spent most of his working life as a consultant in Obstetrics at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee. His academic interest has been in high risk obstetrics and he has published widely on preterm labour, foetal growth retardation and obstetric epidemiology.


Previously he has held the positions of Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges of Scotland and the United Kingdom; Chairman of the National Health Quality Improvement Scotland, member of the Council of the General Medical Council and Academy of Medical Sciences and was Chairman of the Genetic Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom. He is a past president of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Lord Patel was created a knight bachelor in 1997 and elevated to the House of Lords in 1999 where he sits as a cross bencher. In 2009 HM the Queen appointed him a knight of the Order of the Thistle (KT), a distinction reserved for people who have made a major contribution to Scottish national life. There are only 16 members of the order at any time.


In addition to these national honours Lord Patel has been awarded many honorary degrees and fellowships from the around the world.


Currently Lord Patel is chancellor of the University of Dundee

Professor Sir Richard Gardner Kt, MA, PhD, DSc, FIAT (Hon), FRSB, FRS



Richard Gardner trained as a physiologist at Cambridge before doing a PhD there under the supervision of Robert Edwards who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 for pioneering IVF.

From 1973 until his retirement in 2008 he worked at Oxford, initially as a University Lecturer, and then for 30 years as a Royal Society Research Professor.


He served as President of the IAT from 1986-2006 and as President of the Institute of Biology (now the Society for Biology) from 2006-2008. He has been Chair of AS-ET since its inception.


He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1979, received the Society’s Royal Medal in 2001, was knighted for services to the biological sciences in 2005 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Cambridge University in 2012.

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Kenneth Applebee OBE, FIAT, FRSB



Ken Applebee is CEO of Applebee Advisory, with over 30 years' experience in biomedical science and research. 


Previously Ken was Director of Biological Services at King's College, London and his career includes valuable experience as a professional animal technologist in a number of academic institutions. 

Ken was a long time and active member of the Council of the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT), serving for a number of years as Chair of Council and Chair of the IAT Board of Educational Policy. Ken continues to be active in developing Further and Higher Education qualifications in Laboratory Animal Science and Technology and is currently Chair of the Trustees of the College of Laboratory Animal Science and Technology (CLAST). 

Ken was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year's Honours 2014 in recognition of his contribution to animal technology and animal technology education. 

Wendy Steel FIAT, BSc(Hons), RAnTech



Wendy Steel is a career-long animal technologist who has worked mainly in academia in a variety of research establishments.  Her last position before retirement was as Deputy Director of Central Biomedical Services at Imperial College London. 

Wendy sat on IAT Council for 10 years during which time she held the positions of Honorary Secretary and then Chair of the Registration & Accreditation Board.  Wendy was awarded Honorary Membership of the IAT in 2017.  She still sits on the Registration & Accreditation Board, is a keen exponent of the Register of Animal Technologists and remains passionate about the career development of technicians and technologists. 

Wendy has been a member of the IAT West Middlesex Branch committee for many years and held the position of secretary for over 10 years.  The branch is very active in raising funds for AS-ET and became an Ambassador for AS-ET in 2018.

Karen Gardner 



Karen Gardner is a former science communications specialist and now a broadcast journalist. She has nearly thirty experience working as a professional communicator, public relations practitioner, journalist and broadcaster.

She was previously head of PR for Glaxo Wellcome and then a freelance consultant communicating and promoting scientific, biomedical and industrial affairs. She has worked alongside animal technologists for twenty-five years and is a member of the Council of Understanding Animal Research.

Jas Barley MSc, FIAT, RAnTech



Jas Barley has had a distinguished career in Animal Technology working her way up from a junior technician to the Director of the facilities of a major university. She also has a history of service to the Institute of Animal Technology having been a member of Council and having held a number of important posts including membership secretary and Chair of the ATW Journal Editorial Board, a position she still holds.


She has made a major contribution to animal technology education serving as an examiner and specialist lecturer.


She is very active in other charity work particularly to the hard of hearing.

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Charlie Chambers MIAT, RAnTech



Charlie Chambers began working with animals in 1970 as a Zoo Keeper in the Charles Claw Pavilion for Small Mammals at London Zoo.


Disillusioned with the environment the animals were kept in at the Zoo at the time, Charlie went for an interview at a pharmaceutical company recruiting for a junior animal technician.  Charlie was overwhelmed by the access to veterinary surgeons and the passion for animal care exhibited by the technicians, and so began his career in animal technology.


After 25 years working in the pharmaceutical sector, Charlie had a change of direction and joined the world of academia.  Charlie quickly settled into the academia, finding the change of direction very rewarding and reinvigorating.


Charlie has always been a supporter of the IAT, starting the 1980s as the Congress Trade Exhibition Manager, and then in 1995 taking up the position of IAT Hon Treasurer, a position he served in on Council for three separate terms.  In recognition of his support for the IAT, Charlie was awarded Life Membership. 


Charlie is honoured to join the Board of Trustees of AS-ET as Treasurer, giving him the opportunity to continue to contribute, as he firmly believes education and continuing professional development is an essential requirement to improving animal welfare.

Lord Walton of Detchant
Kt, TD, MA, DSc, MD, FRCP, FMed Sc.



John Walton (Lord Walton of Detchant) Kt TD MA MD DSc FRCP FMedSci qualified in the Newcastle Medical School of the University of Durham in 1945 with First Class Honours.

He was formerly Consultant Neurologist to the Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals, Professor of Neurology in the University, and from 1971-81 Dean of Medicine. From 1983-89 he was Warden of Green College, Oxford.


He became a Knight Bachelor in 1979 and was awarded a Life Peerage as Lord Walton of Detchant in 1989. He was President of the British Medical Association from 1980-82, of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1984-86, of the General Medical Council from 1982-89, and of the World Federation of Neurology from 1989-97.


He chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics and was for ten years a Member of its Select Committee on Science and Technology. He was presented with the RSM Foundation Inc in 2006.


Lord Walton sadly passed away in April 2016.