Quadram Institute Bioscience is a company limited by guarantee (company number 03009972), with charitable status (registration number 1058499) and a Board of Trustees that oversees the Institute’s activities. Responsibility for day-to-day matters is delegated to the Institute Director and the Executive Board within an agreed and clearly understood framework of strategic control.
Director of Quadram Institute Bioscience
Ian Charles is the Director of Quadram Institute Bioscience and leads the programme to develop the Quadram Institute.
Prof. Charles returned to the UK in 2015 to take up his position from Australia, where he was Director of the ithree institute, University of Technology, Sydney. He has over 30 years’ experience in academic and commercial research. His academic career has included being a founding member of The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research at University College London, one the UK’s first institutes of translational medicine.
Ian has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Glaxo Wellcome, and has been founder and CSO of biotech companies in the area of infectious disease, including Arrow Therapeutics, sold to AstraZeneca, and Auspherix a venture capital backed company founded in 2013. His current research interests include infectious diseases as well as the microbiome and its impact on health and wellbeing.
Board of Trustees
The membership of the Board of Trustees for Quadram Institute Bioscience is drawn from the academic community, the food industry and public representatives and covers a range of skills including business and risk, science and technology and social and ethical responsibility.
Dr Celia Caulcott (Chair)
Dr Celia Caulcott is Vice-Provost (Enterprise) UCL (University College London) and is responsible for developing and leading the UCL strategies for innovation and enterprise across all of UCL. Celia has extensive experience working in and with the biopharmaceuticals industry and agri-food sector and prior to joining UCL, was the Executive Director, Innovation and Skills at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
As part of her UCL role she is a non-executive director on UCLB, the highly successful commercialisation business of UCL. The former focuses on helping the outstanding staff and students of the university to make a difference to society and the world, in particular through embedding a culture of innovation and enterprise across the university.
Previously, Celia was the Executive Director, Innovation and Skills at the BBSRC, where she was responsible for developing and delivering BBSRC strategy for innovation. She worked in and with the biopharmaceuticals industry (including Celltech Ltd, ICI Pharmaceuticals, the Wellcome Foundation and various UK early stage biotechs) and the Wellcome Trust on the Human Genome Project.
Celia has a first-class honours degree in Microbiology from Newcastle University and a PhD in pharmaceutical microbiology from Aston University.
Dr Eddie Blair is currently Chair of Virokine Therapeutics, was CEO at GeneFirst Ltd and Integrated Magnetic Systems Ltd, and has held Executive and Non-Executive Directorships at Public Limited Companies.
He also remains Managing Director of Integrated Medicines Ltd (IML), a company co-founded in 2003 to enable personalised medicine by combining diagnostic-type testing with new and existing medicines, in part using intellectual capital from GSK.
Eddie is a visiting scholar to the Cambridge University Masters in Bioscience Enterprise and Masters in Science & Technology programmes, and is an external assessor for Innovate UK and Asthma UK on various funding programmes.
After a BSc First Class Honours at Glasgow University, he trained in biochemical and molecular virology at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London (PhD awarded December 1984) and at the University of California (Irvine CA). He returned to the UK in 1988 and spent 15 years with Wellcome, GlaxoWellcome and GlaxoSmithKline before forming IML. His with-merit MBA was awarded in July 2006 and included financial strategy, strategy development and creativity & innovation modules.
Professor Fiona Lettice is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at UEA, responsible for developing, communicating and implementing the vision, strategy and policies for all research and innovation activities across the university.
Her areas of research interest and expertise are innovation management and new product development, where she is interested in how organisations develop new products and services, including disruptive innovations. Innovation is a multi-disciplinary topic that has enabled Fiona to work across disciplines and on a range of topics including buyer-supplier relationships, diversity management; knowledge exchange, and brand management. She has worked across many sectors, but some sectors such as the tech sector, automotive, law and financial services have featured more strongly in her research.
Prior to her academic career, Fiona worked in industry as a project manager for Centrica/British Gas and as a change consultant on a major project in design and engineering for BMW/Rover.
Fiona is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.) She is a Board Member for TechEast, Board Member for the National Biofilms Innovation Centre and serves on the New Anglia LEP Innovation Board.
Fiona has honours degrees in Psychology and Technology and Management Science, an MSc in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and a PhD in manufacturing engineering from Cranfield University.
Peter J. Morgan
Professor Peter Morgan is the Director of the Rowett Institute (RI) at the University of Aberdeen. As Director and CEO of the Rowett Research Institute (RRI), he led the merger of RRI with the University of Aberdeen to create RI in 2008.
A key part of this was the development of a new £40 million Rowett Institute incorporating a state of the art human nutrition research facility on the University’s Medical School Campus, which he spearheaded and which was opened in April 2016.
As Director, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the Rowett Institute, part of which involves delivery of a strategic grant funded by Scottish Government worth ca £8 million per annum. This involved overseeing research across a wide spectrum of nutrition, including obesity, metabolic and gut health and life-course nutrition. Between 2008 and 2014 he served as a Vice-Principal at the University of Aberdeen, where he was involved in the strategic management of the University, particularly in relation to research and the Research Excellence Framework.
His personal research interests are in the neurobiology of energy balance as well biological rhythms. More recently this has been expanded to include gut microbiome-brain interactions. His research has been funded through grants from BBSRC, MRC and though strategic alliances with industry (pharma) and from Scottish Government and this has produced recognised impact. He is, or has been, a member of numerous scientific committees and working groups focus on research and policy related to nutrition, diet and health in Scotland and across the UK and Europe, including with BBSRC and MRC. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2002.
Geoff Potter has over 40 years’ experience as a senior practitioner in Corporate Communications, both in-house and consultancy, including 23 years directing worldwide communications for Glaxo/GSK.
He is currently Chairman of Avebury Public Relations Ltd and an associate with Meritus Consultants after having served as a senior partner with the international consultancy Instinctif Partners from 2007 to 2019.
Clients served as a consultant include the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); Imperial College, London; Brunel University London; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Quadram Institute; Rio Tinto plc; Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.; Novartis; Banco Santander and Smith and Nephew plc.
Geoff has been a lay member of Council at the University of Leeds since 2011 and is deputy chairman of the Ryedale Festival in North Yorkshire where he chairs the Finance and Fundraising committees. He is a former member of Council of the School of Pharmacy, University of London (now part of UCL) and a former trustee of Opera North and the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Geoff is a first class honours graduate in Political Theory and Institutions from the University of Sheffield.
Dr Elizabeth Robertson is Director of Research at Diabetes UK.
Elizabeth is responsible for ensuring Diabetes UK is driving forward understanding, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes, through investing in the best research minds and projects.
Before joining Diabetes UK, Elizabeth was the first Director of Research for Breast Cancer Now, formed from the merger of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign in April 2015. Prior to the merger, she was the Director of Research, Policy and Information at Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Previous roles include Director of Operations at Cancer Research UK, Dean of the Graduate Research School at Teesside University and Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biology at York University. Elizabeth completed her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London and Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School in 2014.
Elizabeth is a Trustee of King’s College Hospital Charity and a former Trustee of the national volunteering charity, TimeBank.
Professor Steven Walker is Director General, Campden BRI, and obtained his degree in Food Science and PhD in Microbiology from the Queen’s University of Belfast, before joining the Microbiology Department of Campden BRI in 1986. In this role he worked extensively on predictive microbiology and chilled foods microbiology.
From 1994 to 2004, Steven undertook the newly created role of Director of Research, which guided, directed and managed the company’s research programme, funded by membership subscriptions, UK Government, the EC and industrial consortia.
Following four years as Director of Cereals and Cereal Processing, where he led and managed the research, consultancy, analytical and training activities of the division, Steven was appointed as Director-General in 2009.
During his 26 years service, Steven has played a major role in both the scientific and commercial aspects of the business, working closely with senior technical, operational, financial and political representatives from the agri-food and allied industries and funding bodies in the UK and overseas.
In 2010, he was appointed Visiting Professor at Harper Adams University and elected a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology.
Julie Waterfield is Director of Finance of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. Julie joined the RVC in April 2014, having previously worked at Durham University and, prior to that, McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
As Director of Finance, she leads the Finance Department and is responsible for the sound oversight and administration of the RVC’s financial affairs. As a member of the Principal’s Advisory Group, Julie ensures financial planning and underpinning financial strategy are robust and support delivery of the Royal Veterinary College’s strategic objectives and ongoing sustainability.
Julie is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has holds an honours degree in French and German from the University of Bradford.