Julie Fitzpatrick, a vet qualifying from the University of Glasgow in 1982, is the Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Group. She also holds a Chair in Food Security in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Julie’s research interests focus on livestock health and disease in the UK and in developing countries. She was Vice-Chair of the Board of GALVmed, a public private partnership, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and DFID, focusing on neglected diseases in developing countries. Julie sits on numerous scientific advisory bodies within Scotland, the UK and internationally. She is Co-Chair of the recently-formed Scottish Food Commission and is Chair of the UK Animal and Plant Health Partnership, helping to co-ordinate strategies to deal with infectious diseases threatening animals and plants throughout the UK. She has also been appointed as Chair of the APHA’s Science Advisory Board and as a Non-Executive Director of APHA. Julie was recognized for her contribution to animal medicine and research through the award of an OBE in 2014 and was awarded The Royal Smithfield Club Bicentenary Trophy for contributions to agriculture in 2016.