Formerly Principal Animal Health and Welfare Inspector, Trading Standards Department, Gloucestershire County Council
Nigel Durnford qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1968, following which he spent 6 years involved with meat inspection in 5 abattoirs.
He was in charge of the Animal Health and Welfare function for 15 years at Wiltshire County Council, where he was Strategic Services Manager in the Public Protection Department, during which time he acted as the Council’s lay Advocate. He has probably acted as a prosecution advocate in more animal health and welfare cases than any other advocate.
In 1992 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study the ‘Law in relation to the transport of animals in Europe’ visiting 7 countries.
Nigel regularly lectures on Animal Health legislation and Criminal legal proceedings and investigations. He has been responsible for the investigation and enforcement of animal health and welfare laws in various capacities for 43 years.
He was a member of the England Implementation Group (EIG) for the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy in England and was until recently a member of the National Animal Health and Welfare Panel having been its Chairman for 10 years. He acted as the Panels Lead officer for Animal Disease and acted as a specialist policy advisor to the Local Government Regulator (formally LACORS) on matters pertaining to Animal Health and Welfare, being regularly involved with Defra Policy and Working Groups, particularly relating to bovine TB.