CIEL Management Team

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Lyndsay Chapman, CEO

Lyndsay has led CIEL since September 2017, steering its strategic development to ensure we successfully deliver on our vision to be the front door to research and innovation for the livestock sector. In addition to leading the team and operations at CIEL, Lyndsay works closely alongside colleagues across the family of UK Agri-Tech Centres - who are collectively helping to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the agrifood industry. Lyndsay is an enthusiast and champion for the promotion of British food, farming and the wider environment. The wealth of experience Lyndsay brings to her role stems from a 25 year career within the UK dairy sector.

Dr Mark Young, Head of Innovation

Mark is CIEL’s Head of Innovation and the interface with CIEL's research base. He facilitates use of CIEL-supported research capability and leads on developing and delivering CIEL's research programme. Mark designs Member R&D events to facilitate knowledge exchange, stimulate debate and identify opportunities for innovation. Mark is a former senior geneticist at Beef & Lamb NZ and has wide-ranging knowledge and experience of the ruminant sector.

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 Fiona Short, Innovation Manager

Working within the innovation team, Fiona provides scientific insight and translation of technical research to support industry members and help ensure its impact is realised across the supply chain. Fiona has spent the majority of her career working in the animal health and nutrition industry, specialising in monogastrics, with over 17 years in research and a further six in industry.

Dr Harry Kamilaris, Innovation Manager - Sustainability

Dr Harry Kamilaris is the driving force behind CIEL’s sustainability agenda for the livestock sector, supporting efforts relating to sustainability and Net Zero Carbon goals. Harry’s specialist knowledge and experience includes modelling beef production systems and also carbon accounting, the latter informed by his former role with SAC Consulting as Product Development Manager for Agrecalc, an agricultural carbon accounting platform that measures environmental impact and offers mitigation solutions.

Dr Lawrence Brown, Animal Health & Aquaculture Specialist

Lawrence is a qualified veterinary surgeon with international experience of clinical practice and the wider animal health sector. Lawrence is identifying and driving opportunities within animal health for CIEL and its wider network and is developing CIEL’s activity within aquaculture.

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.

Imogen Taylor, Marketing and Communications Manager

Imogen leads on communications for the team and brings more than a decade of marketing experience within the agrifood environment and conservation.

Natasha Andrews, Digital Marketing Officer

Natasha is responsible for coordinating and steering CIEL’s digital marketing function across its social media platforms website and e-communications.

Lyndsey Kendall, Head of Finance and Business Services

Lyndsey is our key point of contact for all finance and reporting matters. In addition to managing the relationship with Innovate UK, she is responsible for coordinating our joint investments in research capability, leading CIEL’s audit and risk activity and overseeing IT and administrative functions. Lyndsey brings considerable financial experience to the team, having worked as a Financial Controller within the UK energy sector.

Simon Cooper, Assistant Financial Accountant

Simon is responsible for all the financial processing in CIEL. He is the first point of contact for all supplier and customer finance queries. Prior to CIEL Simon worked in a similar role for a nationwide fleet maintenance company and international lawn and garden care manufacturer.

Simon Brown, Reporting and Compliance Officer

Simon's focus is on the reporting of research projects and driving the quality of exploitation reporting with our research partners. His career background is within healthcare and education to include performance, analysis, governance, safety and contract compliance.

Kate Evans, Office Manager

Kate delivers administrative services for CIEL and has a broad range of administrative skills. Kate previously worked for many years in Human Resources, mainly in the Oil and Gas Industry, Manufacturing and the NHS.