New Appointments at VetHub1

In March the University advertised for a long term academic lead for VetHub¹ to deliver the commercial legacy for the facility, post the construction phase. I am pleased to announce that Professor Karl Hoffmann has been appointed to this post from 1 July 2020.

VetHub1 is a key part of the University’s strategy to deliver innovative research in veterinary science. In addition, as a WEFO funded project, the facility will aim to develop diagnostic testing, with the objective of boosting the economy of the region and beyond.

I would like to express my thanks to Professor Luis Mur for all his hard work over the last 18 months leading the project, he has laid a solid foundation for Karl and the team to build on.

Furthermore,  Sean Kenny from the Estates department, who has worked on the project since conception will also be leaving for a new position within the university. I am sure you will join me in wishing him well. Sean’s work with Rob Darby and Jackie Sayce has been invaluable to the project and his wealth of knowledge has contributed to the (soon to be completed) state-of-the-art suite of laboratories.

Chris Pirson ( will be joining the VetHub1 team as category 3 laboratory manager from 1st August. Chris will be based in the Carwyn James building, in the VetHub1 laboratories.   Chris is currently a Senior Biorisk Advisor & Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor at Immunocore in Hampshire.

Once the build phase is completed the VetHub1 project will need to move into its implementation phase. That is to say, the team will need to work closely with both internal and external partners to develop innovative projects leading to a sustainable and growing income stream.

The university is also investing in new laboratory space adjacent to VetHub1 for the Ser Cymru team, led by Professor Glyn Hewinson.

Should you have any interest in working in the laboratory spaces please contact Karl in the first instance on

Comments are closed.

Back to Top