Corporate information

NIAB is a company limited by guarantee that is a registered charity charged with conducting operations to meet its charitable objectives.

A Board of Directors are the Trustees of the Charity and administer the Company. A Chief Executive is appointed by the directors to manage the day to day operations of the Company. 

Registered company number: England 03395389
Registered charity number: 1064230
Registered address:
93 Lawrence Weaver Road

NIAB has three trading subsidiaries:

The Arable Group Limited and NIAB EMR (Registered Charity Number 1165055 , Company Number: 09894859) are related Charitable Companies.

National Institute of Agricultural Botany Trust

The National Institute of Agricultural Botany Trust is a registered charity which owns land and buildings used by NIAB at Cambridge. It has a specific object to support NIAB in the pursuit of its objects including the provision of land, facilities and financial support. The National Institute of Agricultural Botany Trust is administered by a Board of Trustees.

  • Registered Charity Number: 1144528
  • Company Number: 07823588

East Malling Trust

The East Malling Trust is a leading private funder of horticultural research in the UK, and is a strong supporter of NIAB at its East Malling site in Kent.

Our Royal Patron

His Majesty King Charles III became our Patron in May 2024.

The Royal Patronage recognises the work NIAB does for national and international agriculture and commands respect worldwide, and goes back to the days of our first patron, King George VI. The late Queen Elizabeth II was our Patron for the entirety of her long reign, visiting NIAB on three occasions.

It is a great honour that King Charles III chose to continue the Royal Family’s century-long association with NIAB. We look forward to working with His Majesty as NIAB continues developing the science behind regenerative agriculture and translating cutting-edge research into practical applications for British grower.