The Deer Initiative

Alastair Ward joins The Deer Initiative as Director of Operations and Research


Published date: 16/09/2016

The Deer Initiative is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Operations and Research Director, Alastair Ward.

Alastair joins the Deer Initiative in September on secondment from the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), where he has worked since 2003, most recently as the head of the Wildlife Research and Control Group. Prior to working for the Government he was employed as the British Deer Society’s Conservation and Information Officer. He was awarded a BSc degree in Zoology by the University of Glasgow, MRes degree in Ecology and Environmental Management, and a PhD on Roe Deer Ecology and Management by the University of York. He maintains academic links with several universities, notably the University of Hull where he is a part-time senior lecturer in zoology, and Newcastle University, where he is associate lecturer in wildlife management. 

Welcoming Alastair, Henry Robinson, chairman at the Deer Initiative said “we are delighted to have Alastair join the team. He brings with him a wealth of both academic and practical experience in wildlife management and his links to Government, APHA and various universities will be invaluable in the next stage of the Deer Initiative’s development”

Commenting on his appointment, Alastair said: “I am delighted to join an organisation that I have admired for a long time, and which continues to grow in strength and stature. Having worked closely with the Deer Initiative for many years, this is an opportunity to directly contribute to the delivery of our vision of a sustainable deer population in England and Wales for the benefit of society and the environment, including deer, while further strengthening the underpinning evidence base.”

Alastair sits on several national and international committees, including the IUCN/SSC Deer Specialist Group and is the honorary scientific advisor to the British Deer Society. 


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