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
Tim Brears (Chair) – Chief Executive of Xention Limited, a Cambridge-based, venture-capital-funded biopharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery and development of ion-channel-modulating drugs for the control of atrial fibrillation.
Previously, Tim was Chief Executive of Gendaq Limited, a company focused on the development of zinc finger proteins based on technology acquired from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. From 1993 to 1999 he was director of licensing at Ciba-Geigy (later Novartis) Agribusiness in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Tim graduated in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from Oxford University in 1983 and was awarded a PhD in plant molecular biology from Cambridge University in 1987. He subsequently held an EMBO post-doctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University, New York, where he worked on the cloning and overexpression of nitrogen metabolic genes in transgenic plants for the purpose of improving nitrogen use efficiency. He also has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a Registered US Patent Agent.
He is closely involved in his family’s farming business, which includes arable and beef enterprises and is involved in a number of crop assurance and environmental schemes.
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.
Ian’s career includes director roles in a number of global organisations including NCR, AT&T, RIL and BAT with a business sector focus on Engineering, Technology and Fast Moving Consumer Goods where Ian has worked in various Corporate roles covering Strategy, HR, IT, Quality and Marketing Services.
Ian currently is the founder Director of Arch Management Consultants focusing on business strategy, HR Leadership, Change Management, Remuneration, Talent Management, Governance and Performance Improvement. In this capacity he has provided consulting services to organisations in various sectors including, insurance, consumer goods, aviation, pharmaceuticals and technology.
Ian is also a Non- Executive Director of Remploy Ltd, MLCSL Ltd and BSH Ltd where he is either Chair or Member of the Board Audit, Remuneration, Nominations and Strategy committees.
Dr Celia Caulcott is Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London) UCL (University College London), and is responsible for developing and leading the UCL strategies for both Enterprise and London. 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.
The UCL 2034 London strategy recognises the many facets of UCL as London’s global university, in particular recognising the multiple ways in which the university as a whole engages with the culture in London, the leadership of London and the opportunities for London.
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 an honours degree in Microbiology from Newcastle University and a PhD in pharmaceutical microbiology from Aston University.
Bénédicte Flambard currently is Global Head of the Business Unit of Live Therapeutics & Nutraceuticals at Boehringer Ingelheim, the #2 Global Leader specialized in Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines for Production and Companion Animals. She leads the creation of a new business area at the interface of Therapeutic Nutrition and Health, combining novel microbial based bio-therapeutic and diagnostic approaches.
Previously, Bénédicte worked for Chr. Hansen, the world Leader in Microbial Solutions, holding several Vice President positions, serving the Health Supplements for Pharma, OTC, Infant Formula as well as Agricultural Industries (Animal Feed & Plant). In parallel to core business, she was seeding and developing Growth Opportunities into Start Up businesses- one focusing exclusively on Microbiome- from Discovery of new micro-organisms to Scale up and Pilot Manufacture for Pharma Industries. She holds diverse Scientific Advisory roles for research Institutions, such as Panel of INRA’s Microbiology and Food Chain Division, and provides consulting services to organizations in the sectors of consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and technology.
Bénédicte holds a Master of Administration, with specialties in business models in emerging economies from the University of Bath (2011, UK); a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbial Physiology from INRA (National Institute of Agronomic, Jouy en Josas) and the University of Lyon in 1999; and a Master in Corporate Entrepreneurial Leadership from the Centre for Technology Economics & Management (2008, Denmark). Her scientific academic focus had been within the engineering of intestinal microbes to deliver enhanced health properties within the Cardiovascular and Immune domains, and more recently on host-microbe cross-talks.
Duncan Maskell is Marks and Spencer Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science and Food Safety at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, and Head of the School of the Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He was also educated at Cambridge, gaining his first degree and PhD there in the 1980s, before being employed at Wellcome Biotech.
He subsequently worked at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, and the Department of Biochemistry, Imperial College, before being elected to his current Professorship in 1996. He was Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine from 2004 until taking up his current role as Head of the School of the Biological Sciences in 2013.
His main research interests have centred on bacterial diseases of humans and other animals, with food poisoning bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter being particularly constant elements of his research portfolio. His work has covered all aspects of the host-pathogen interaction, from how the bacteria themselves work, through to how host responses operate to lead to infection or clearance of the bacterium, and this research has resulted in over 220 papers.
Outside the University, Duncan has been a founder shareholder and consultant to a number of biotech companies. He co-founded Arrow Therapeutics in 1998, which was sold to Astra Zeneca in 2007, and was recently a co-founder of Discuva Ltd and Bactevo Ltd.
Duncan has been a member of many UK and overseas funding panels, advisory boards and Councils, including for the BBSRC, Defra and the Food Standards Agency. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011.
Peter J. Morgan
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.
Director General, Campden BRI, Steven 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
Following a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, London, in the early 1980’s. He then moved into “industry” with Schlumberger and Xerox Corporation, taking a first Financial Director role with Odhams-Sun printers in 1988. Since 2008, Steve has been Group Finance Director of The Shropshire Group a large salad and vegetable farming, processing, packing and marketing organisation headquartered near Ely in Cambridgeshire. The business employs 5000, has sales of circa £400m and physical operations in the UK, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Senegal and the USA.
Steve is also a member of the Strategy Board for the Eastern Region of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Steve lives in Ely, is married with two children, both of whom work in London.
Professor Christine Williams OBE, was until very recently Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading, responsible for the leadership of the University’s research and innovation strategy, and preparations for the Research Excellence Framework.
Christine brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Trustees, both from her distinguished career in nutritional science and in her leadership role in driving innovation and its application to supporting the knowledge economy.
Christine joined the University of Reading in 1995, as the first Hugh Sinclair Professor of Nutrition. She headed the School of Food Biosciences from 2003 to 2006, before being elected as Dean of Life Sciences. Her research interests are focused on the impact of dietary fats on human health, particularly in relation to cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance.
In 1999 she was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Gold Medal in Nutrition for her contribution to scholarship and education in nutrition, and in 2013 Professor Williams was awarded an OBE for services to higher education and nutritional science.
Professor Williams actively engages in dissemination of nutritional science and frequently provides advice to government and industry on matters relating to dietary policy and public health. She is a Governor and Member of Council of the British Nutrition Foundation, a former President of the UK Nutrition Society, and chaired the BBSRC Agri-Food Committee from 2003-2006. She was also a member of the Food Standards Agency, Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).