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New appointment to BBSRC council

UK Research and Innovation has appointed a new member to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) council – agribusiness leader John Bloomer.

BBSRC's council is responsible for advising and making decisions, as delegated to it by the UK Research and Innovation Board, on scientific, research and innovation matters. These responsibilities include:

  • The leadership of their discipline area or fields of activity, including the prioritisation of budgets within their delegated remits and the development of delivery plans
  • Ensuring the future of skilled specialists, researchers, scientists and others essential to the sustainability of the UK’s research and innovation capacity
  • Engaging with their community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs
  • Encouraging and facilitating collaborative work across the nine UKRI Councils to foster strategic relationships

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC’s Executive Chair, welcomed the appointment saying: “John has unrivalled experience in the agribusiness research sector and will be a great addition to BBSRC Council. His expertise and insight, along with that of the other council members, will support BBSRC’s mission to create the best possible environment for research and innovation in bioscience and biotechnology.”

Today’s announcement is one of a number of Council appointments made by UKRI.


John Bloomer has over 30 years’ commercial experience in international research-based agribusiness, 25 years of which were in senior management and leadership roles in the agrochemical, biotechnology and seeds businesses of ICI, Zeneca and Syngenta.  Since 2012 he has been an independent consultant and adviser within the international agricultural technology industry, bringing his experience in strategy, sales and marketing, R&D, licensing, mergers & acquisitions, creating and managing joint ventures and initiation of public-private partnerships to a wide range of clients around the world. John has a strong network within the international agricultural research and technology sector and is also a Non Executive Director of Elsoms (Spalding) Ltd (a leading UK seed and plant breeding business) and of Crop Health and Protection Ltd (one of the UK Agri-tech Centres).  John has a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, and is a Trustee of a number of charitable organisations.