Operations team

Operations Team

Lyndsay Chapman

Chief Executive Officer

Lyndsay joined CIEL in September 2017 as Chief Executive Officer and will ensure delivery of the Agri-tech strategy. Lyndsay is the former agriculture director for Müller and before that in charge of agriculture and communications at Dairy Crest and brings a wealth of experience to the organisation.


Kate Pattison

Financial Controller

Kate joined CIEL in August 2016 as Financial Controller and is responsible for the management of funds from the Innovate UK grant. Prior to CIEL, Kate served as accountant for multiple large-scale organisations in the Yorkshire area.

Peter Ewart

Legal Counsel

Peter is a consultant solicitor at BPE Solicitors.  Previously Peter has provided on-house services to the STEM sector in the computer networking, material science, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Dr. Mark Young

Head of Innovation

Mark joined CIEL in September 2016 as Head of Innovation and is responsible for overseeing development of research assets with our academic partners. Prior to CIEL, Mark was a senior geneticist at Beef & Lamb NZ and actively involved in knowledge exchange activities.


Jovita Kelmonaite

Junior Accountant

Jovita joined CIEL in May 2017 to support the finance and administrative functions of the business.

Dr. Casey Woodward

Business Development Manager

Casey joined CIEL in September 2016 as Business Development Manager and is responsible for identifying and managing research projects. Prior to CIEL, Casey headed up Business Development at Aptamer Group and has a Ph.D in Medical Science from the Hull York Medical School.

Sue Sainty

Office Administrator

Sue joined CIEL in March 2016 as an administrator and has been involved with CIEL since successful award of the grant. Sue provides administrative services to CIEL and has years of experience in government adminstration, having worked with DEFRA and FERA.