Dr Ian Hutchinson

My current role in EPIC 3 is as the project Knowledge Exchange (KE) Officer. This involves raising awareness and understanding of EPIC’s research objective of improving Scotland’s preparedness for and resilience to livestock disease outbreaks. We are utilising both traditional and digital communication channels to engage with our broad range of stakeholders. These stakeholder groups, include

  • Farmers
  • Large animal vets
  • State vets
  • Policy makers
  • Livestock hauliers
  • Industry groups
  • Government agencies
  • Scientists (social and natural)
  • Economists

By working closely with these groups our science is better informed by real world experience.

I joined the previous EPIC project as a project co-ordinator in 2013. I was involved in coordinating a number of activities for the consortium. This included; supporting the Centre of Expertise (CoE) Directorate, reporting, organising meetings/workshops, developing an externally facing website and providing database support for researchers. I have a scientific background in molecular virology having carried out my PhD (The Role of VP7(T13) in Initiation of Infection by Bluetongue Virus) at the Pirbright Institute. This was followed by a 4 year post-doc appointment at the Marie Curie Research Institute studying intracellular transport of Herpes Virus Type-1 tegument proteins. I joined personal lines insurer Esure as an underwriting analyst. This included involvement as a technical workstream lead in the product launch of Sheilas’ Wheels motor insurance. I have also worked for the large German insurer Allianz on an international best practice initiative for motor insurance. Through this work I achieved a blue belt in the process improvement methodology Six Sigma. In addition, I was also involved in a customer centred redesign of the motor insurance quote and buy webpages and launch of their offering on aggregator sites.

Outside of the office, I enjoy exploring the Highlands of Scotland with our yellow Labrador Diesel. 

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