The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) appoints new president


The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) has appointed a new president following the retirement of former president, Dr Harry Greenway.

NEWC is delighted to announce that Dr David Marlin PhD has accepted their invitation to take on the
role for a three-year period.

David is an internationally renowned equine physiologist and biochemist with over 25 years’ experience
in academia, industry and consulting and is an author on over 200 published peer-reviewed papers. His
main areas of equine expertise are exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness, training, performance,
thermoregulation, competition strategy, transport and respiratory disease.

Dr David Marlin, NEWC President, said: “I feel honoured and privileged to have been invited to take up the position of President of the National Equine Welfare Council. The pursuit of enhanced standards in equine welfare has been a cause close to my heart throughout my extensive career as a scientist specialising in equine physiology and nutrition. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many professionals in the field, spanning elite riders competing at the highest level, fellow academics who focus on research, clinical services and training within the equine health sector and of course, a myriad commercial businesses involved in the equestrian market. I hope that these established connections will benefit the National Equine Welfare Council, enabling us to engage with a wider audience to promote the code of practice for welfare organisations involved in the keeping of horses, ponies and donkeys. I must of course also thank the outgoing President, Dr Harry Greenway, who has devoted so much of his personal time to the Council and has been so pivotal to its success. I will do my best to emulate his exemplary service.”

Nic deBrauwere, NEWC Chair, said: “NEWC recognises the valuable contribution David makes to understanding, challenging and communicating on matters of equine welfare by drawing on his vast scientific expertise. David’s active work with all levels of the equine industry means he is ideally placed to offer NEWC guidance and counsel as well as encourage an active interest by the wider equestrian world in the work of NEWC.”

NEWC is a ‘not for profit’ membership organisation for equine welfare charities and other equine and equestrian bodies who have an active interest in welfare. NEWC works to safeguard equine welfare through an accreditation scheme for any member that keeps horses, ponies, donkeys or mules, providing advice and support for welfare concerns, the promotion of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules ready for rehoming, and the provision of an array of advice and guidance on equine care and management for private and professional horse keepers. As part of their Strategic Plan, NEWC aims to raise its profile by increasing its membership and being an asset to individuals and organisations with an interest in equine welfare and to support those who are looking for more information about the subject and the sector.


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More about NEWC: Since its inception in 1977, the National Equine Welfare Council C.I.C. has evolved to
become the united voice for equine welfare through working with its network of over 60 like-minded
members from across the UK; including charities large and small, organisations from the equestrian and
veterinary sectors, and a host of horse industry representatives. A ‘not for profit’ membership
organisation, NEWC works to protect horses, ponies, donkeys and mules by providing support, guidance
and a communication forum to equine organisations, businesses and charities to help raise equine
welfare standards nationwide and making equine health and welfare the overriding factor in all decision
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About Author

Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.