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DRINC: Steering group and management

The Steering group includes both industrial and academic experts ensuring high quality, relevant research is funded. They:

  • establish the nature of research to be funded in each call
  • assess applications before making recommendations to Research Councils
  • are involved with the annual and final report reviews for funded projects which provide ;valuable feedback to researchers in project development and industrial application
  • play a key role in ensuring the club builds a community, encouraging interaction between industry and research teams at UK universities and institutes


Professor Judith Buttriss – British Nutrition Foundation

Industrial members

Dr Sue Gatenby – PepsiCo UK and Ireland
Dr Joanne Lunn - Waitrose
Dr David Mela - Unilever
Dr Katie Newens – SugarNutrition UK
Dr Belinda Quick – Mondelez International
Dr Julian Stowell – DuPont
Mr Chris Wells – Leatherhead Food Research

Academic members

Professor Mark Conner – University of Leeds
Professor Malcolm Jackson – University of Liverpool
Professor Julian Mercer – Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health
Dr Fotis Spyropoulos – University of Birmingham
Dr Carina Venter – University of Portsmouth
Dr Mark Williams – University of East Anglia
Professor Parveen Yaqoob – University of Reading

The club is managed by BBSRC and research projects are awarded BBSRC grants using peer review processes as fully public funded research.

We have appointed an external coordinator to work with the academic community to develop project proposals, monitor progress of funded projects and facilitate networking between the funded research groups and industry (contact details below).