Our organisation:


Comprises the Chair, the Chief Executive and 17 other members at least half of whom are appointed for their qualification in science and engineering. Users of research, in Government and industry, are also represented.

Members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Meeting dates and minutes


Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS – Chair [ Chair's biography]

Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS – Academic

David Baulcombe

David Baulcombe was a student in Botany at Leeds and Edinburgh Universities. After periods in Montreal, the University of Georgia and the Cambridge Plant Breeding Institute he spent 20 years at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich. He joined Cambridge University in 2007 as Royal Society Research Professor and now as Regius Professor of Botany.

David Baulcombe is a molecular biologist and his research interest in plants focuses on how genes can be silenced. He has recently moved into the field of epigenetics – the science of how nurture can influence nature. This research links diverse topics including disease resistance in plants and understanding of hybrid crops. David is a poor field botanist.

Dr Neil Brewis – Industry/User

Biography to follow.

Professor Richard Cogdell – Academic

Biography to follow.

Professor Margaret Dallman – Academic

Biography to follow.

Professor Russell Foster FRS – Academic

Russell Foster

Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience; Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology; Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute; and a Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Russell’s research interests are focused upon the fundamental neuroscience of vertebrate sleep and circadian rhythms (24h body clocks), and the impact on human health when these systems are disrupted. For his discoveries in this area of neuroscience Russell was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008. Russell is a strong proponent of the public awareness of science, and has authored three popular science books. He is currently the Chair of the Cheltenham Science Festival.

Russell studied Zoology at Bristol University, remaining in Bristol for his PhD and first Post-Doc. He moved to the University of Virginia in 1988, returning to the UK and Imperial College in 1995. In 2006 he moved his research team to Oxford.

Professor Carole Goble CBE FREng FBCS CITP – Academic

Professor Carole Goble. University of Manchester

Professor Carole Goble CBE FREng FBCS CITP is Professor of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, UK. Over the past 25 years she has pursued research interests in the acceleration of scientific innovation through: distributed computing, workflows and automation; knowledge management and the Semantic Web; social, virtual environments; software engineering for scientific software; and new models of scholarship for data-intensive science. Since 2001 she has directed a large, mixed team of researchers, computational scientists and software engineers that specialise in e-Science. She is responsible for many widely used open source e-Science software and she has been a strong advocate for putting software innovations into real practice. She co-founded the UK’s Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute and the Software Sustainability Institute UK.

She is leading activities in European e-Infrastructure for Life Sciences including Deputy Director of the UK’s ELIXIR Node and WG leader for data/model management of ESFRI ISBE - Infrastructure Systems Biology Europe. In 2008 she was awarded the Microsoft Jim Gray e-Science award for contributions to e-Science. Carole received a CBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours 2014 for Services to Science.

Mr Jim Godfrey OBE – Industry/User

Jim Godfrey

Jim Godfrey is an arable and pig farmer from Lincolnshire. Jim is a non executive director of the Rural Payments Agency and Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, chairman of the Technology Strategy Board Sustainable agriculture and Food Innovation Platform, a member of: The Commercial Farmers Group, Centre for Excellence in UK Farming, Nuffield Farming Scholarship Selection Panel, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Board Training Programme. Jim is a former chairman of; The Potato Marketing Board, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Sentry Farming Group plc, the International Potato Centre and the Alliance of the 15 Research Centres of the CGIAR.

Dr Mike Goosey – Industry/User

Mike Goosey

Mike is a bioenergy and industrial biotechnology consultant. He is a board member of BioSyntha, on the advisory board of Algenuity and an honorary Professor in Sustainable Bioenergy at the University of Nottingham. Mike previously worked for Shell with extensive R&D experience in the chemicals, refinery and downstream activities where he latterly served as Global Manager for Shell's R&D Biofuels Programme in Shell’s Alternative Energies business. He had close relationships with many biotechnology start-ups such as Iogen, Codexis, and Cellana.

Mike has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and was a Parkinson's Disease Research Fellow, before joining Dow Chemical Company where he worked for 6 years in the Agrochemical Business. He then joined Shell Research Ltd at Sittingbourne Research Centre where he was responsible for the biochemical and molecular biology team involved in the molecular design of agrochemicals. Mike was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2007.

Mr David Gregory – Industry/User

David Gregory

David has a portfolio of non executive roles in food and science related businesses and organisations. These include chairman of Assured Food Standards whose Red Tractor kitemark underpins the quality and safety of the UK’s farm and food production, non executive director of Boparan Holdings (2 Sisters Food Group), a multinational chilled food business and vice-chairman of the British Nutrition foundation.

David is also a visiting professor at the University of Reading Centre for Food Security and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

In addition to David’s role on Council of BBSRC, David is a trustee of the Institute of Food Research which receives BBSRC strategic funding.

Before developing this portfolio, David spent 26 years working for Marks & Spencer from where he retired as Technical Director in 2009. During his time at M&S he was instrumental in a number of nutrition, innovation and sustainability initiatives and was one of the co-authors of Plan A – the widely recognised industry leading eco plan.

Professor Sarah Gurr – Academic

Professor Sarah Gurr

Professor Sarah Gurr was the first woman President of the British Society for Plant Pathology and is Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford. Having authored or co-written 98 research papers and articles, her work reflects a desire to understand the basic mechanisms of pathogenicity in fungi with the strategic goal of controlling fungal disease and applied research in the testing of antifungals. This research has been driven by an interest in the grand challenge of food security. Professor Gurr is committed to public engagement, regularly giving Public Awareness and Understanding of Science (PAUS) lectures that have reached thousands of non-specialist audiences including both school children and adults.

Professor Jackie Hunter – BBSRC Chief Executive [ Chief Executive's biography]

Professor Judith Petts – Academic

Biography to follow.

Professor David Richardson – Academic

David Richardson

David Richardson is Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Engagement and Professor of Microbial Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on the Norwich Research Park. He is also a member BBSRC Council. His research group is active in the area of bacterial bioenergetics, particularly with regard to the respiratory reactions of the nitrogen and iron cycles. This encompasses the study of soil bacteria such as Paracoccus denitrificans, food-borne pathogens such as Salmonella Typhimurium and bacteria involved in mineral metal reduction such as Shewanella oneidensis. His work shed important light on the mechanism of greenhouse gase production by bacteria and the molecular basis ofthe function of bacterial nanowires.

Professor Helen Sang – Academic

Biography to follow.

Dr Will West – Industry/User

Will West

Dr Will West is Chief Executive of CellCentric Ltd., a biotechnology company focused on epigenetics. He has been responsible for building the company from a world class scientific base through to multiple commercial deals. He gained his BSc (Hons) in Microbiology in 1989 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, going to complete a PhD in Virology/Immunology in 1992, sponsored by Unilever (UniPath). Will carried out post-doctoral research focused on antibodies and MHC proteins at the National Institute of Biology Standards and Control, going on to spend 7 years at Procter & Gamble in their Healthcare division, ultimately responsible for clinical development programmes in North America, Europe, Africa and China.

Will has spent the last 10 years in the biotechnology sector in executive and consultancy roles across different product classes, all with a strong emphasis on technology transfer and early stage development. Will has a Masters degree in Clinical Research (University of Wales, Cardiff) and an MBA from London Business School. Recent prior appointments include Chair of the Emerging Companies Network for the BioIndustry Association and committee member of the Bioscience Sector Skills Group, SEMTA.

Professor Tim Wheeler – Government User

Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler is currently Professor of Crop Science at the University of Reading and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Department for International Development. For more than 20 years he has published extensively on how climate change could impact on the sustainability of agriculture and food. Tim has provided advice on the sustainability of food and farming to agri-businesses and food multi-nationals, often up to Board level. He has extensive experience of working with policy-makers in the UK and internationally, providing information and advice to Ministers and acting as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords in 2010. In 2005 he gave the prestigious Royal Society Public Lecture on ‘Growing crops in a changing climate’. Tim joined BBSRC Council in April 2012.

Meeting dates and minutes

Minutes and agendas for the past 3 years can be found below. If you would like to view minutes and/or agendas older than 3 years, please contact us using the details below.


19 March

17-18 June

30 September

10 December


12-13 March

11-12 June

24-25 September

3-4 December


6-7 March

3-4 July

2 October

11 December


8 February

5-6 April

7 July

5 October

6 December