Currently: Deputy Principal: Head of Welfare and Enforcement Branch, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Northern Ireland
Danny has worked in different roles within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Northern Ireland primarily for the Veterinary Service, since 1983. His principal area of expertise is enforcement of animal health and welfare and veterinary public health legislation.
From 2005 to date, Danny has held the position of Deputy Principal: Head of Welfare and Enforcement Branch. Within this role he was responsible for the expansion of the DAERA enforcement team and now manages a team of 20 specialist investigative staff with administrative support. He responsible for regulation and enforcement of all aspects of animal health and welfare legislation in Northern Ireland.
Danny redrafted and delivered a new DAERA enforcement policy, covering all aspects of regulation and enforcement which created a structured approach to penalties depending on the severity of the non-compliance and integrated the sanctions of warnings, cross-compliance penalties and prosecution.
Danny acts as adviser to the Chief Veterinary Officer, Permanent Civil Service and all DAERA staff on regulation and enforcement related issues.
He is also a member of The Heads of Medicines Agencies Working Group of Enforcement Officers (HMA-WGEO) established in 2007 for to ensure adherence to medicine and medicinal product Regulations by disruption of illegal activities through sharing of information. HeI regularly chair the veterinary side of the WGEO group which has investigators from 22 member states.
As well as a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) degree achieved in 2007, Danny also obtained a Diploma in Agriculture in 1983 and various qualifications to deliver training.