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Professor Patrick Smith
Public Governor

Patrick was elected as a Public Governor in July 2012 but had previously served in the role for 12 months after being co-opted into the position. Born and educated in Bury St Edmunds he completed a degree in Zoology at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London followed by several years working in medical research at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School where he was awarded a PhD in the field of autoimmune diseases.

A  keen angler as a youth, Patrick was able to combine his hobby with work and moved to the field of fish diseases and worked for some time at the Fish Diseases Laboratory, Weymouth followed by a period at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway where he established a research group studying the immune response of fish.  Recognizing a potential commercial spin-off from his research work, Patrick returned to the UK and founded Aquaculture Vaccines Ltd – the first company to develop commercial vaccines for farmed fish. From small beginnings and supported by the rapid expansion of aquaculture, the company grew to be the major supplier of fish vaccines worldwide.   During this period Patrick developed a broad-spectrum of business, academic and regulatory skills associated with running a small company in the pharmaceutical industry, and many of these have been very useful in his role of Governor.

Patrick retired in 2009, but still holds a number of scientific advisory and consultancy roles to the aquaculture sector in both the UK and Europe, as well as being Chairman of the British Trout Association. He also holds honorary professorships at both Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Stirling, in recognition of his services to the aquatic animal health sector.