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Lord Sainsbury re-appoints Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Chief Executive

16 May 2005

BBSRC is pleased to report that the Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Sainsbury, has announced the re-appointment of Professor Julia Goodfellow as the Council’s Chief Executive.

Please see the following press notice from the Department of Trade and Industry for more information.

Monday 16 May 2005
Lord Sainsbury Re-Appoints Biotechnology And Biological Sciences Research Council Chief Executive

Science and Innovation Minister Lord Sainsbury today announced the re-appointment of Professor Julia Goodfellow as Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Lord Sainsbury said

"I am delighted that Professor Julia Goodfellow has agreed to remain as Chief Executive of BBSRC for another term of appointment. She has contributed much to the important work of the BBSRC and will continue to play a key leadership role."

Professor Goodfellow said

"I am very pleased to be continuing at BBSRC. It is exciting and rewarding to be working with bioscientists in the UK especially at a time when they are so successful. I look forward to taking forward and seeing the first outcomes of recent BBSRC developments, including the establishment of the Systems Biology Centres and the 10-year Science and Innovation Framework for our sponsored institutes".

Professor Goodfellow has been re-appointed for two years starting on 1 January 2006.

Notes to editors

  1. The appointment has been made in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner for Public Appointments
  2. Professor Goodfellow will receive an annual salary of £105,447 and will be eligible for performance awards of up to 15% of her basic salary
  3. Professor Goodfellow does not hold any other Ministerial appointments
  4. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity to be made public. Professor Goodfellow has not declared any political activity in the last 5 years
  5. Professor Goodfellow CBE joined BBSRC in January 2002 after more than 20 years at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she was Vice-Master and head of the School of Crystallography. Julia has been responsible for an internationally recognised research group and her ongoing research interests include the use of computer simulation techniques to study the structure and function of large molecules. She was appointed Vice-Master of Birkbeck College in 1998 and Professor of Biomolecular Science in 1995. From 1997-2001, Julia was a member of BBSRC's Council. She is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Biology, the Institute of Physics and the Royal College of Arts. She was awarded a CBE in 2001
  6. The Biotechology and Biological Sciences Research Council is responsible for an annual research portfolio of over £300 million. BBSRC delivers world leading science, people and technologies for the UK. BBSRC funds research that is aimed at increasing human understanding of how living organisms function and behave - from the level of individual molecules and cells to populations and ecological systems - and at providing knowledge that can be used to develop new technologies and products for medicine and industry, and for better management of natural resources. BBSRC is the UK's principal sponsor of basic research on plants and micro-organisms. It is also a major funder of research on basic animal physiological processes such as the immune defence system, locomotion, vision, nutrition, nerve cell biology, cognition and memory - all of which provides fundamental information that underpins advances in human and veterinary medicine and healthcare


External Relations Unit