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

Prof. Ian Charles

Prof. Ian Charles

Prof.  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 of the Board of Trustees

Dr Tim Brears (Chair) – Chief Executive of Evoentix Limited, a Cambridge-based, venture-capital-funded company that is developing a radically different approach to gene synthesis to enable the emerging field of synthetic biology.

Previously, Tim has served as Chief Executive of a number of bioscience companies, including Xention, a biopharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery and development of ion-channel-modulating drugs for the control of atrial fibrillation, and Gendaq, a company focused on the development of zinc finger proteins for gene regulation.

From 1993 to 1999 he was director of licensing at Ciba-Geigy (later Novartis) Agribusiness in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Tim is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge University.  He subsequently held a long-term fellowship of the European Molecular Biology Organisation at Rockefeller University, New York.  He also has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a Registered US Patent Agent.

Other 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.

Celia Caulcott

Celia Caulcott 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.

Gordon Dougan

Professor Gordon Dougan F Med Sci FRS – Professor Dougan, who is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Cambridge University, is an internationally recognised expert in vaccinology.

He was Head of Pathogens at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) for over a decade. His personal research team studies enteric pathogens with a strong emphasis on pathogenic mechanisms, genomics and antibiotic resistance.

He has a particular interest in using genomics to study the evolution of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi, the cause of typhoid. Before moving to the WTSI he was the founding Director of the Centre for Molecular Microbiology and Infection at Imperial College London and a Professor of Biochemistry. He is a member of EMBO and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

He received his B Sc and Ph.D. from the University of Sussex and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington (Seattle) in the laboratory of Stanley Falkow. He worked in industry developing novel vaccines at an internationally renowned multi-national company. He currently sits on the board of The Hilleman laboratories, a joint venture between Wellcome and Merck.

He is a founder of VHSquared and Microbiotica, both spin outs of The Sanger Institute. He is currently an ‘Expert in Residence’ at The Wellcome Trust, advising them on vaccine strategy and innovations. He has published over 500 research papers (many in high impact journals), edited several books and has sat on the editorial boards of a number of prestigious journals. He also holds adjunct professorships at the Universities of Monash and Melbourne.

Steve Feast

Dr Steve FeastProviding services as an independent health strategy advisor, Prof. Steve Feast was previously the Managing Director of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. AHSNs play a leading role in driving the spread and adoption of innovation, bringing about the transformation needed to meet the nation’s challenge for long-term sustainable health and care services. He was also national MedTech lead of the NHS England and Office of Life Sciences Innovation National Network.

Prior to this Steve was Executive Medical Director at North East London Foundation Trust, a member of North Central East London Health Education England board and held prominent roles within the University College London Partners and its related CLARHC and AHSN.

Combining a career as a leader and innovator, Steve has been deputy CEO and Director for Transformation, NHS Bedfordshire and Luton, Policy Lead for the Inclusion Health team in the UK Cabinet Office, Senior Advisor in Health and Wellbeing in the Department of Health, Primary Care Transformation Director and board member of the NHS Modernisation Agency and Star Ratings Advisor at the Commission for Healthcare Improvement and the Healthcare Commission.

Steve is currently Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of East Anglia, and Visiting Professor at University College London.

Peter J. Morgan

Peter MorganProf. 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.

Steven Walker

Steven WalkerProf. 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.