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Moredun awards Honorary Fellowship to John Jeffrey (72-77)
The Moredun Foundation, the governing body of Moredun Research Institute, was delighted to award an honorary fellowship to John Jeffrey at its AGM on 4 September.
John Jeffrey, Scottish farmer, Scottish former international rugby union player and Chairman of the International Rugby Board, was chairman of the Moredun Research Institute Board from 2004 to 2011 following his father and grandfather who also served on the board of the Moredun Foundation. John was educated at St Marys School in Melrose and Merchiston Castle School before going on to do a degree in Agriculture at Newcastle University. John continues to run the mixed family farm near Kelso rearing beef cattle and sheep flocks along with pedigree livestock. John has a long history with Moredun, following in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather before him and he greatly values the research work being conducted at Moredun to help develop solutions to prevent and control diseases of livestock. John was regional chairman for the South of Scotland Moredun Foundation Board joining the main board in 1996 where he then moved on to become chairman of the Moredun Research Institute for 7 years.
John is well known to many though his highly successful international rugby union career where he won 40 caps for Scotland and was a member of the British Lions tour to Australia in 1989. He has been a member of the International Rugby Board Council since 2010 and has recently taken up a position as Chair of the Council.
John said, “It is a great honour for me to receive this fellowship and it has been an enormous privilege to serve on the boards of the Moredun Research Institute and the Moredun Foundation. I have particularly enjoyed getting to know the scientists and developing a better understanding of the very valuable work they do in developing vaccines and diagnostic tests to combat livestock disease. I am very interested in hearing about Moredun’s progress going forward”.

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