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New Council members for BBSRC

26 March 2010

Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson has appointed two new members to the Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

BBSRC Council is the funder's highest decision making body and determines policy, priorities and strategy.

The two new Council members are Professor Keith Lindsey and Mr David Gregory. Both appointments are with effect from 1 April 2010 and for a period of four years.

BBSRC Chairman, Professor Sir Tom Blundell, said: "The two new appointments to Council bring a strong combination of academic excellence and commercial experience. BBSRC can only benefit from having members with such strong credentials as we look to meet the challenges of the coming years and implement our new Strategic Plan. With the Council's strong strategic emphasis on food security Keith Lindsey and David Gregory bring relevant experience in plant science and food retailing. I am sure they will play a central role in our discussions."

Professor Keith Lindsey

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Prof Lindsey is Professor of Plant Molecular Biology at Durham University. He is Director of Research in the University's School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and co-founder and Scientific Director of Creative Gene Technology Ltd.

Prof Lindsey's current research interests are in understanding molecular mechanisms of plant development. His most recent work has employed an integrated approach that uses genetics, genomics, proteomics and physiology to explore gene function in seed function and the growth regions of plants. The research has potential application in increasing the yield of crops.

Prof Lindsey has a strong track record of working with BBSRC, having served on a number of the Council's committees and panels in the past and having worked at a BBSRC Institute, Rothamsted Research, earlier in his career.

Mr David Gregory

Following a long and successful career with Marks & Spencer, Mr Gregory is now Chairman of Assured Food Standards, the organisation behind the 'red tractor' food labelling scheme. He is also a Director of Boparan Holdings Ltd, a multinational chilled foods business which trades in the UK as 2 Sisters Food Group.

Mr Gregory's time with Marks & Spencer culminated with almost a decade leading the retailer's technology division, finally as Director of Technology. In this role Mr Gregory was responsible for maintaining Marks & Spencer's market-leading position for innovation. He also led the establishment of the company's high profile corporate social responsibility and sustainability programmes, which culminated in the adoption of the 'Plan A' concept.

In addition to his roles with Assured Food Standards and Boparan Holdings, Mr Gregory is also working on a special, short term project for the Government Chief Scientific Advisor that brings together the Government and UK and international food companies to review the challenges of delivering food security in the coming decades.

Mr Gregory has experience in the BBSRC community, serving on the Governing Body of the Institute of Food Research, a BBSRC Institute.

ENDS

Notes to editors

BBSRC Council is the senior decision making body responsible for determining the policy, priorities and strategy of BBSRC. Appointments are made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice.

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 (if any declared) to be made public.

Neither of the appointees has declared any political activity.

Mr Gregory does not hold any other ministerial public appointments.

Prof Lindsey holds an appointment to the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) for Defra. He receives £173 a day remuneration for 10-15 days work each year.

Eligible members of Council receive an honorarium of £6,850 per year. Eligible members who also Chair committees, receive £9,110 per year. The honorarium is paid in respect of all duties carried out during their appointment to Council, which is expected to amount to approximately 25 days per year.

Details of Council Members' interests are available on the BBSRC website.

About BBSRC

BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Studies (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.

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