Tina Barsby is Site Director for Biogemma UK Ltd, a plant biotechnology
company based in Cambridge, and a member of the Limagrain group
of companies. Tina studied in Bangor and Nottingham, and worked
for several years in the US and Canada. She joined the JIC Governing
Council in January 2003 and is a member of the Audit Committee.
Sir John Beringer CBE
John Beringer has been Professor, School of Biological Sciences,
since 1993, and Dean of Science, University of Bristol since 1996.
John has served as Chairman of the JIC Governing Council since January
2001 and is Chair of the Resources Committee.
Ian Bridges, born 27 09 47, has spent almost all his professional
life in industrial R&D. He has been Research Director of Advanta
Seeds since 1998.
Prior to 1998, he held international research management roles in
biotechnology research acting as Biotechnology Coordinator based
in Holland for Advanta between 1996 and 1998, as Head of Department
based in UK for the Zeneca Seeds business between 1991 and 1996,
and as Bioscience Manager based in the USA for Garst Seeds between
1987 and 1991.
Before that he was a Senior Scientist working for ICI in its UK
Corporate Research Facility in Cheshire. He holds a PhD in plant
physiology from the University of Glasgow and a first class honours
degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Nottingham.
He is British, married with two sons, and a keen gardener. Dr Bridges
joined the JIC Governing Council in November 2002.
David Eastwood has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of East
Anglia since September 2002, having previously been Chief Executive
of the Arts & Humanities Research Board. Before joining AHRB
Professor Eastwood held a chair in Modern History at the University
of Wales, Swansea, where he was also a Head of Department, Dean
and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Whilst at Swansea he co-founded the National
Centre for Public Policy. He was Fellow and Senior Tutor of Pembroke
College and is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford.
Professor Eastwood has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
since 1991 and is currently chair of its Studies in History Board.
His research interests include the development of the British state
and public policy, and the history of ideas. He joined the JIC Governing
Council in September 2002 and is a member of the Resources Committee.
Hugh Dickinson has been Sherardian Professor Botany, Oxford, since
1991, having previously been Professor of Plant Cell Genetics, University
of Reading. He completed his BSc, PhD and DSc at the University
of Birmingham and was Postdoctoral Fellow, UCL, from 1969-72. He
has served as Trustee, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1996 and
has been a member of the JIC Governing Council since October, 1997.
Ben Gill CBE
Ben Gill took over the 360-acre family farm in North Yorkshire in
1978. He was elected NFU President in 1998 having served as Deputy
President since 1992 following a year as Vice President. Before
that he chaired the Livestock and Wool Committee for four years.
Within the NFU he chaired the Alternative Crops Working Party and
the Long Term Strategy Group that produced the "Real Choices"
document. In Europe, Mr Gill has represented the NFU on COPA working
parties and commission advisory committees including the EU Sheepmeat
and Goatmeat Advisory Committee, of which he was chairman until
1998. He is currently President of the Confederation of European
Agriculture and joined the JIC Governing Council in November 2002.
He is a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr Stuart Holmes, FCA
Ian Graham was appointed to a chair in Biochemical Genetics in the
Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), Department of Biology,
University of York in September, 1999. He received his first degree
in Botany and Genetics from The Queen's University of Belfast and
completed his PhD in Plant Molecular Biology at the University of
Edinburgh in 1989. His postdoctoral research was carried out at
The University of Oxford and University of Stanford. From 1994 to
1999, he was lecturer and eventually senior lecturer at The University
of Glasgow. His major research interest is the control of plant
metabolism and how this process can be modified to produce new and
improved products from plants. He joined the JIC Governing Council
in March, 2002.
Stuart Holmes currently serves as Treasurer to the University of East Anglia
and Chairman of trustees, The Great Hospital (Norwich). He is also currently
Financial Counsel to Loftbridge Holdings, a company engaged in supplying services
to the international oil and gas industry. Until February, 2003, he was a senior
partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Norwich, having held various positions with
PricewaterhouseCooperss and its predecessor firms in London, East Africa and East Anglia.
Stuart has home in Norwich and at Overstrand, Norfolk and is a former director of Norwich
Playhouse and President of the Strangers Club and his leisure interests include the theatre,
golf and tennis. He was appointed a member of JIC Governing Council in September 2004.
Peter Innes is the great-great nephew of John Innes by whose will
the original John Innes Institute was established. Having been involved
in fund management for a number of years, he now works in Edinburgh
as a recruitment consultant and is non-executive director of a number
of companies. He became a JI Foundation Trustee in 1998.
Chris Leaver CBE FRS FRSE
Chris Leaver has been a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford since
1989, Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences since 1990 and Head
of the Department of Plant Sciences since 1991. He has been a member
of the JIC Governing Council since July, 1984 and has served as
Trustee of the John Innes Foundation since 1987.
Frank Oldfield NDA MRAC
Frank Oldfield is the Managing Director of Raynham Farm Co Ltd.
farming 6000 acres arable, dairy cows and broiler chickens. He is
a Director of the United Oilseeds Producers Ltd, Morley Research
Centre, and Crop Evaluation Ltd. He has been a Trustee of the John
Innes Foundation since 1997 and was appointed Chairman in 1998.
He has been a member of the JIC Governing Council since July, 1994,
and is a member of the JICGC Resources Committee.
George Salmond has been Professor of Molecular Microbiology in the
Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, since 1996
and Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, since 2000.
Before Cambridge, he was Professor of Microbiology at the University
of Warwick. He has served on multiple BBSRC panels, including the
Plant and Microbial Sciences Committee and has chaired several BBSRC
and SEERAD committees including the Research Equipment Initiatives
(REI) and Institute Research Quality Assessments in Plant and Microbial
research. Member of JIC Governing Council since May 2003.
Professor Paul Schulze-Lefert
Paul Schulze-Lefert, has been director of the Department of Plant Microbe Interactions at the Max-Planck-Institute
for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne since 2000. Previously he was a Senior Research Scientist at JIC
for five years. He holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of Cologne where he also holds a position
as Honorary Professor since 2002. His research focuses on plant innate immunity, molecular dissection of fungal
pathogenesis and comparative functional genomics. Professor Schulze-Lefert became a member of the Governing Council in March 2005.
Lord Selborne (The Earl of Selborne KBE FRS)
A farmer in Hampshire with dairy, arable and fruit enterprises,
Lord Selborne chaired the Agricultural and Food Research Council
from 1983 to1989. He has also chaired the Joint Nature Conservation
Committee and the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and
Technology. He is currently Chairman of Sub committee D (Agriculture
and Environment) of the EU Select Committee and a member of UNESCO's
World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology.
Vincent Watts OBE
Vincent Watts is Chair of the East of England Development Agency
(EEDA). He held the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of
East Anglia from 1997 to 2002. Prior to 1997, Mr Watts was a partner
at Andersen Consulting where he spent some time seconded to the
Department of Health, the Treasury and Cabinet Office. He is a Fellow
of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Fellow of the Institute
of Chartered Accountants. He has been a member of the JIC Governing
Council since 1997 and is Chair of the Audit Committee.
Dr Lothar Willmitzer
Lothar Willmitzer is currently Scientific and Managing Director
of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, where
he has been since 1993. After postdoctoral research in genetics
at the University of Köln, he was offered the chair of Molecular
Biology at the University FU Berlin, and became Scientific Director
of the Institute of Genetic and Biological Research Ltd. He is a
member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Berlin-Brandenburgische
Akademie der Wissenschaften, a corresponding member of the Göttinger
Akademie der Wissenschaften, and a member of the Academia Europeaea
and the "Leopoldina", Halle. He joined the JIC Governing
Council in September 2002.