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Legacy Council

Legacy Council comprises the Chair, the Executive Chair and Council members and it exists in parallel with the new UKRI-BBSRC Council until end of October 2018 to complete any legal matters relating to BBSRC prior to the establishment of UK Research and Innovation on 1 April 2018.

Members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Meeting dates and minutes


Professor Sir Gordon Duff - Chair

See Chair's biography.

Dr Neil Brewis - Industry/User

Dr Neil Brewis

Neil Brewis is Chief Scientific Officer for F-star. Neil has an established career working in bioscience, demonstrating leadership in translating basic research into clinical studies.

Before joining F-star, Neil was Vice President, Head of Biopharmaceutical Research in GSK. Previously he was Head of Research at Domantis Ltd with responsibility for discovery and technology work on human domain antibodies. Domantis was acquired by GSK in 2007. Prior to joining Domantis in 2002, he was a research associate at Phogen, a joint venture between Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Xenova Group, which exploited the gene therapy and protein delivery potential of the transporting properties of the HSV VP22 protein. From 1994 to 1997 he was at University of California, San Diego researching signal transduction in cancer. He has a PhD from Dundee University in Biochemistry on protein dephosphorylation.

Belinda Clarke FSB - Industry/User

Belinda Clarke

Belinda is Director of Agri-TechE, the UK’s largest private sector membership organisation for agri-tech, connecting farmers and growers with researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs and investors to support the economic growth, agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability of the agri-tech value chain.

Prior to her current role, Belinda was Lead Technologist for Biosciences at Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board). In a previous role she was Director of Innovation Ecosystems at ideaSpace at the University of Cambridge, a pre-incubator supporting early stage ventures, and prior to that was Life Sciences Manager for the East of England Development Agency, based at One Nucleus. She has worked as an International Trade Advisor for biotechnology and pharmaceuticals with UK Trade and Investment, and was Science Liaison Manager at the Norwich Research Park, focussed on brokering relationships between academia and industry, and promoting the science of the Park.

Belinda has a first degree in Natural Sciences (part II Plant Sciences) from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in plant biochemistry from the John Innes Centre, UK. She is a Trustee of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, a Nuffield Scholar, Fellow of the Society of Biology, Chartered Biologist, and a qualified business coach

Professor Richard Cogdell FRS - Academic

Richard Codgell

Richard Cogdell was a biochemistry student at the University of Bristol where he also stayed on to do his PhD. He then spent a period of time doing post doctoral research in the US, initially at Cornell University and then at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1975 he returned to a lectureship at the University of Glasgow where he has stayed ever since. He is currently the Hooker Professor of Botany and Director of Institute of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2007. Most of Richard's research has been trying to understand the structure and function of the pigment protein complexes that carry out the very earliest light reactions in photosynthesis. In this work he has used purple photosynthetic bacteria as model organisms, which is easier than using plants.

Professor Margaret Dallman OBE - Academic

Professor Margaret Dallman

Professor Maggie Dallman is Dean (since 2008) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Professor of Immunology at Imperial College London. Maggie joined Imperial College in 1994 having previously trained at the University of Oxford and Stanford University, USA. Maggie's research work has focused on understanding deleterious immune and inflammatory reactions and has variously employed cell culture, mouse and human models and materials. Her group's current interests focus on the use of zebrafish as a model organism for studies in immunity, inflammation and infectious diseases. Using this and other model organisms she is interested in applying systems approaches to the study of innate immune signalling and using whole body imaging approaches to gain molecular insight in immunity and inflammation.

Maggie participates in a broad range of external activities. She currently is a Trustee and Director of the Francis Crick Institute, sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Animal Health, is a member of the NC3Rs Board, sits on the HEFC Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy Advisory Committee and helps a variety of charities with their research funding portfolios.

Dr Mike Goosey FRSC - 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.

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.

Dr Deborah Keith - Industry/User

Dr Deborah Keith

Dr Deborah Keith has over 30 years of experience in the science and technology sector, most recently in corporate R&D with Syngenta, a global agri-business. Following an early career in academic research in plant genetics, and in international development in Bhutan, she has spent the past sixteen years focused on the commercialization of R&D innovation, which included heading up the Syngenta crop protection research portfolio to deliver global products to development, leading R&D strategy development and organisational change. Recently as Head of External Collaborations at Syngenta, Dr Keith headed global teams to build strategic partnerships with academia and commercial enterprises.

Dr Keith is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Boards of the John Innes Centre, the Aerospace Technology Centre and the James Hutton Institute. She has previously been a consultant for Basagene working for the Bhutan Department of Agriculture, a Higher Scientific Officer at the John Innes Centre, and a Research Fellow at the University of Reading.

Professor Judith Petts CBE, AcSS, FRGS - Academic

Judith Petts

Judith is Vice Chancellor at the University of Plymouth. Prior to joining Plymouth (2016) she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Southampton (2010) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham. A geographer by training (Exeter, 1975) she has had an intensely interdisciplinary research career working on understanding risk perception and improving communication and engagement particularly at the science-society-policy interface. Judith has run and also evaluated multiple pubic engagement programmes around contentious issues. She has worked across multiple risk areas - health, environment (e.g. flooding, climate change), industrial pollution, waste management, and safety. Judith was a member of Defra's Science Advisory Council, chaired the Social Science Expert Panel of Defra and DECC, and was chair of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Sciencewise Steering Group. She was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2005-11), and the Council of NERC (2000-2006). She has held multiple advisory roles in relation to the science-society interface including on EPSRC's Societal Issues Panel and the Royal Society's Science in Society Consultative Group.

Professor Helen Sang FRSB, FRSE - Academic

Helen Sang

Helen Sang received a degree in Natural Sciences and PhD in genetics from Cambridge University. Helen was awarded a SERC-NATO fellowship to join Professor Matt Meselson's lab at Harvard University then returned to the UK on an MRC Training Fellowship held in the Department of Molecular Biology, The University of Edinburgh, where she investigated transposable elements ("jumping genes") in the fruit fly Drosophila.

Professor Sang was then appointed as Principal Investigator at the AFRC Poultry Research Centre, now The Roslin Institute and most recently part of the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Sciences at The University of Edinburgh. Her main research focus at The Roslin Institute has been the development of technologies for genetic modification of the chicken, which are applied in basic biomedical research, biotechnology and investigating the potential for developing disease resistance in production chickens. Professor Sang is involved in public engagement activities to explain and discuss the use of genetic modification in farm animals. Professor Sang's research is currently funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and industry.

Professor Charlotte Watts PhD FMedSci - Academic

Charlotte Watts

Charlotte Watts is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for International Development, where she is Director of the Research and Evidence Division.

Charlotte is seconded from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she is a Professor in Social and Mathematical Epidemiology. She is a global expert on HIV and on violence against women, with her work over the past twenty five years spanning analyses of the social, economic and gendered determinants of HIV risk, mathematical modelling of disease trajectories, intervention design and evaluation, economic evaluation and co-financing approaches.

Charlotte has a PhD in mathematics from The University of Warwick, is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and foreign associate member of the US National Academy of Medicine. She has published over two hundred publications, led large research programmes, and supervised PhD students. At LSHTM she teaches on the MSc in the control of infectious diseases.

Professor Melanie Welham - BBSRC Executive Chair

See Executive Chair's biography.

Mr David Gregory - Observer

David Gregory

David has a portfolio of non executive roles in food and science related businesses and organisations. These include non executive director of Boparan Holdings (2 Sisters Food Group), a multinational chilled food business and chairman of Acoura where he was initially appointed by private equity to lead the sale of the business and has subsequently been retained as chairman by the new owners, Lloyds Register.

Previous non exec roles include chairman of the farming and food organisation Red Tractor and chairman of the British Nutrition Foundation.

David is also President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a visiting professor at the University of Reading.

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.

Meeting dates and papers

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