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John Innes Governing Council Members and John Innes Foundation Trustees

Dr Tina Barsby
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.

Professor 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.

Dr Ian Bridges
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.

Professor David Eastwood
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.

Professor Hugh Dickinson
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.

Sir 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.

Professor Ian Graham
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.

Mr Stuart Holmes, FCA
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.

Mr Peter Innes
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.

Professor 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.

Mr 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.

Professor George Salmond
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.

Mr 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.

Professor 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.








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