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.

Stuart Blyth, Head of Business Development

Stuart is responsible primarily for CIEL's Industry Members. Together with his business team, Stuart 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. Stuart additionally oversees the marketing and communications function and supports CIEL’s knowledge exchange activities to drive engagement in research. Stuart has spent his career managing innovation in the broader food industry and is a strong advocate for sustainable practices and results driven innovation.

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.

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 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.

Rob Bunn, Business Development Manager

Rob brings experience of managing knowledge exchange within the ruminant livestock sectors to improve business efficiency and build relationships across the supply chains. He offers invaluable, practical insight of working alongside producers having worked previously on beef, sheep and dairy farms and from his former role with England's farm levy board.

Emily Symonds, Business Development Manager

Alongside her business development colleagues, Emily ensures CIEL Members remain fully informed of all activities and opportunities. Emily offers expertise in developing routes to market and supporting technical export enquiries. Her interest in the livestock sector stems from her farming family.

Emma Lumley, Agri-Tech Scientific Researcher

Emma supports the business development and marketing teams, assisting with projects, business research and digital communications. 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.

Rebecca Bedlington, Digital Marketing Assistant

Rebecca looks after all digital marketing channels for CIEL, working across social media, website and e-marketing, and supporting the creation and implementation of a variety of marketing campaigns

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 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 Administrator

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.