About us:


Swindon Office

The BBSRC Executive is based in Swindon, Wiltshire. It is led by the Chief Executive to whom day-to-day responsibility is delegated from the Council.

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive is Professor Jackie Hunter [ Chief Executive's biography].

The Chief Executive is supported and advised by:

Executive structure

CEO has 7 reports: The top 4 are Deputy CE - International and the Directors of Research, Innovation & Skills and Corporate Policy & Strategy. The other three: the Directors of Communications & Information Management, Finance & Campus Operations and Peop

Deputy Chief Executive - International – Mr Steve Visscher CBE 

Steve Visscher

Steve has extensive experience of the UK Research Councils. He has worked for BBSRC since 1994 and previously for predecessor Research Councils and associated institutes.

Before becoming Deputy Chief Executive, Steve was BBSRC's Executive Director, with particular responsibility for funding policy, including the Research Councils UK project on reform of the Dual Support system, resource management, large capital projects and operations. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

As Deputy Chief Executive - International, Steve's responsibilities include:

Email Steve Visscher

Executive Director, Science – Professor Melanie Welham

Melanie Welham

Melanie was Professor of Molecular Signalling at the University of Bath before she took up her BBSRC role on 1 October 2012.

Melanie is a leading researcher in molecular signalling and stem cell science. Until September 2011, she was co-director of the Bath Centre for Regenerative Medicine where she oversaw the activities of this interdisciplinary centre which unites work programmes across university departments.

Earlier in her career, she was awarded a BBSRC Research Development Fellowship, which enabled her to develop and pursue new research directions. She moved from the study of signalling in white blood cells to seeking to understand the fundamental mechanisms controlling the behaviour of embryonic stem cells.

Melanie has a well-developed understanding of the requirements and demands of delivering BBSRC research and the interface between the Council and the research community. For more than four years she has served on BBSRC peer review committees, including periods as either chair or co-chair. Prof Welham also served on the advisory committee for the UK National Stem Cell Network from 2009-11.

Email Melanie Welham - Follow Melanie Welham on Twitter

Executive Director, Innovation & Skills – Dr Celia Caulcott

Celia Caulcott

Celia trained initially in microbiology. Following her PhD she joined Celltech Ltd, and progressed her career with ICI Pharmaceuticals and the WellcomeFoundation/GSK. Celia then became an independent bio-pharmaceutical consultant, working on projects for government departments and agencies including BBSRC and the Medical Research Council. She also worked for the Wellcome Trust, particularly the Sanger Institute. Before joining BBSRC, Celia was Research Manager at Imperial College. Celia’s expertise is primarily in management of R&D programmes and technology transfer between academia and industry, particularly in the areas of genomics, biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals.

As Executive Director, Innovation and Skills, Celia has responsibility for:

Email Celia Caulcott - Follow Celia Caulcott on Twitter

Executive Director, Corporate Policy and Strategy – Dr Paul Burrows

Paul Burrows

Paul trained as a plant scientist and his post-doctoral research focused on plant/pathogen interactions, working for a period at Rothamsted Research. His career developed into science policy and strategy working in the UK Government Department for the Environment Transport and the Regions and latterly in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Much of Paul’s policy work was around the high profile area of regulation and use of genetically modified organisms.

Paul joined BBSRC in 2002 to lead corporate policy and strategy, which covers a range of high-level planning, foresight and performance evaluation activities to help set the Council’s broad strategic direction and priorities. Paul also holds the lead responsibility for oversight of BBSRC's food security ‘grand challenge’.

As Executive Director, Corporate Policy and Strategy, Paul has responsibility for:

Email Paul Burrows

Executive Director, Communications & Information Management – Mr Paul Gemmill

Paul Gemmill

Paul studied modern history at Oxford before gaining an MBA from London Business School. Before joining BBSRC he was Director of Regulation at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and in 2000 he was a founding Director of the Disability Rights Commission. Paul also has considerable experience in the voluntary sector including fundraising with The Prince's Trust and strategy with the British Red Cross Society and prior to that worked in the private sector for National Power PLC. Paul is a Fellow of the Society of Biology.

As Executive Director, Communications and Information Management, Paul's responsibilities include:

Email Paul Gemmill

Executive Director, Finance & Campus Operations – Mr David Parfrey

David Parfrey

David has over 25 years' experience of leading significant business transformation, gained while working for organisations such as British Gas and QinetiQ during their periods of major change. During these periods David has played leading roles, procuring fast jet fighters, transforming MOD test and evaluation ranges and the British Gas demerger project. David joined the Research Councils in 2006, initially leading Finance in EPSRC, and for a short time leading Finance in both EPSRC and AHRC before joining BBSRC late in 2008.

Within BBSRC, in addition to Finance David also has executive responsibility for estates and, with this has direct responsibility for a major capital programme of around £0.5Bn, including the highly complex Pirbright Redevelopment Programme. David plays a major role within the BBSRC campus development strategy, being the Executive lead on a number of the specific Campus developments; he also hosts the Group that provides internal audit and funding assurance to eighteen clients and manages the Swindon Campus on behalf of all its occupying organisations. On a wider stage David is a Non-Executive Director of the Babraham Campus Management Company (BBT Ltd) and also of the Swindon Campus on-site Nursery Company, he was also Chair of Board of BBSRC's Joint Venture in Norwich, CIL, during its formative years. David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Society of Biology.

Email David Parfrey - Follow David Parfrey on Twitter

Executive Director, People & Development – Ms Jan Juillerat

Janet Juillerat

Jan studied for a degree in English Literature and Linguistics before beginning her career in Human Resources. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and holds an MA in HRM and an MBA. Jan spent most of her early career in Further and Higher Education, joining the Research Councils in 2003 and BBSRC in 2005. Jan has a broad role and interests in governance, management and organisational development; and a commitment to delivering organisational performance through people.

Jan’s current responsibilities include:

Email Jan Juillerat