Corporate

Dr Michael Gifford

Responsibilities

Michael joined NIAB as Director of Commercialisation in March 2019. His role is to develop revenue streams based on the research and intellectual property being developed within NIAB. Within this he manages much of the SME engagement, is active in developing spin-out opportunities and is leading the development of Barn4, a new agri-tech incubator on NIAB’s campus in Cambridge.

Kevin Middleton

Part of the communications team based in Cambridge, Kevin manages NIAB's social media channels, writes and edits marketing marterials and can often be found at helping at NIAB's events.

Having worked in the scientific charity sector for 15 years, his experience covers copywiting and editing for both digital platforms and print, digital content production and science communications.

Nick Watson

Nick manages the service delivery from NIAB’s Field Trial, Glasshouse and Laboratory teams covering agricultural and horticultural crop species. He ensure NIAB works with industry to find solutions for the efficacy testing or evaluation of their material, technology or variety, ensures projects are run efficiently, cost effectively and successfully and acts as the channel for new customers to rapidly get connected with the correct specialist and determine their needs.

Ros Lloyd

Ros manages and produces NIAB’s PR and communications, conveying all aspects of work carried out by NIAB, through various channels including events, web, social media, publications and press, to meet member and stakeholder needs.

Mark Leaman

Mark is on the NIAB Executive and is responsible for all facilities across the Group, trials and farm operations at Cambridge and East Malling and health and safety.

Professor Mario Caccamo

Responsibilities

Professor Mario Caccamo was appointed as the Head of Crop Bioinformatics at NIAB in 2015, Managing Director of NIAB EMR in 2017 and NIAB CEO in October 2021.

A computer scientist by training, Mario has over 20 years’ experience in life science research and big data, including specific projects to apply the latest DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics methods to advance scientific understanding of crop genetics and the interaction of agricultural crops with their environment.

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