BBSRC has warmly welcomed the announcement that its Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Visscher, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Her Majesty's New Year 2013 Honours. Mr Visscher has been recognised for his Services to the Support of Scientific Research.
Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "Steve Visscher has made an enormous contribution to the effective operation of the BBSRC and the bioscience research base which it supports. He has led significant and complex change in the organisation of biological sciences research funding, helped forge important new institutional partnerships, and is now active internationally in leading the development of new multinational partnerships to tackle global food security. I am absolutely delighted that his contribution to public service has been recognized through this award.
"I am very pleased to see the full breadth of contribution of the research community to public life recognised across the New Year Honours."
Professor Sir Tom Blundell, Chair of BBSRC Council, said: "Steve Visscher played an important role in the transition between the AFRC and the BBSRC in 1994, and he has continued to be major player in strengthening the organisation and refocusing BBSRC research in the universities and institutes over the past two decades. His wise advice and thoughtful leadership have ensured that the BBSRC is well managed and in a strong position to contribute in the future. I am very pleased that his achievements have been recognised through the award of a CBE."
Stephen Visscher said: "It is a great honour for me to receive this award, which also reflects an appreciation of the work of my colleagues in BBSRC and associated research organisations; I am most grateful for their support and this recognition. It is an exciting time, and a privilege, to work with the UK's world leading biological scientists as they research novel and innovative approaches to global challenges, such as the sustainable production of food, bioenergy and 'green' chemicals, and in developing the new knowledge that will be required - via as yet unknown means - to underpin the Sustainable Bioeconomy."
Mr Visscher has worked for BBSRC since it was first established in 1994. Before that he served UK science in predecessor research councils and as a senior manager in a former agricultural science research institute. Between August 2007 and October 2008 Mr Visscher was Acting Chief Executive of BBSRC. As Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer Mr Visscher is responsible for guiding and implementing BBSRC policy and ensuring effective and efficient operation of the organisation. He oversees BBSRC's international strategy and has a leading role in the formation of international consortia, for example, Mr Visscher is chair of the G20-sponsored International Wheat Initiative Institutions' Committee.
Mr Visscher is a Director of Babraham Biosciences Technologies Ltd, a Director of Norwich Research Park LLP, a member of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor's Food Research Partnership and a member of the Technology Strategy Board's Catapult Oversight Committee.