Phil Bicknell, Head of Business Development
Phil is responsible primarily for CIEL’s Industry Members. Together with his business team, Phil focuses on supporting Members to network and collaborate on industrial research along with identifying funding opportunities to support new innovations. The team also manages several projects across the agri-tech sector. Phil additionally oversees the marketing and communications function and supports CIEL’s knowledge exchange activities to drive engagement in research. Growing up on the family livestock farm, Phil is an agricultural economics graduate from the University of Reading and has worked in a variety agrifood roles. Phil joins CIEL from AHDB, where he led the delivery of pricing data, market analysis and business insight.
Dr Annie Williams, Business Development Manager
Annie is the first-point of contact for existing CIEL Members and for bringing new Members on board who are focussed on collaborative research. She’s on hand to help Members identify new funding opportunities, build partnerships around those opportunities, and transform ideas into active projects. Annie’s valuable combination of commercial and research experience is matched by her enthusiasm for driving the livestock industry forward.
Helen Brookes, Business Development Manager
Helen works alongside Annie, supporting current Members and bringing new Members into the CIEL network. Helen has more than a decade’s experience working across both Research & Development and Knowledge Exchange teams, complemented by experience in the commercial and research sectors of the agricultural industry. She is passionate about how the challenges faced and changes required within the livestock industry can be understood and responded to by research and development. Work in this area has included breeding and genetics, lameness and a growing carbon focus.
Martin Sutcliffe, Aquaculture Specialist
Martin is responsible for leading CIEL’s strategic and practical engagement with the aquaculture sector across the UK. He joins CIEL from the Dorset Coast Forum, having held a number of roles within the independent strategic coastal partnership for several years. He has a passion for the ocean and a deep understanding of how organisms interact with their environments, both in captivity and the wild. His commercial aquaculture experience includes working on Life Support System (LSS) design and hatchery development for Lumpfish.
Nikki Dalby, Business Research and Delivery Manager
Nikki is responsible for identifying and managing research projects. Prior to CIEL, Nikki worked at Fera Science Ltd and has 25 years technical and management experience working in food and chemistry-related sectors.
Emma Lumley, Project Support Officer
Emma helps to ensure project momentum is maintained, getting involved with planning, monitoring and implementation. Emma’s work at CIEL is supported by an Animal Science degree from the University of Nottingham.