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BBSRC welcomes extension of Chief Executive Professor Melanie Welham

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News from: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BBSRC is excited to announce Professor Melanie Welham’s role as interim Chief Executive has officially been extended until 31 March 2018. Professor Welham will continue her appointment until the creation of UK Research and Innovation in April 2018, subject to parliamentary approval of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

Professor Welham has held the role since 1 March 2016.

Professor Sir Gordon Duff, Chairman of BBSRC, said: “This is a great vote of confidence in Melanie’s superb leadership and the work of everyone within BBSRC. It means stable leadership during the coming year while moving towards UK Research and Innovation. The extension of Melanie’s appointment ensures we contribute in full to delivering on major activities, such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund, as we work together to deliver great bioscience and innovation for the UK and the wider-world.”

Professor Welham said: “I am honoured to continue as BBSRC’s Chief Executive. The past year has been one of great achievements and change and I look forward to contributing further to support excellent bioscience – vital to building the UK bioeconomy – and the creation of UK Research and Innovation.”

Earlier in her career, Professor Welham was a BBSRC Research Development Fellow and progressed into a leading researcher in molecular signalling and stem cell biology. She was co-director of the interdisciplinary Bath Centre for Regenerative Medicine and served on BBSRC peer review committees for a number of years, including as a chair.



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