CIEL Management Team

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Lyndsay Chapman, CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Lyndsay ensures delivery of the Agri-tech strategy. She 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.

Stuart Blyth, Head of Business Development

Stuart has spent his career working in the food industry, commissioning, developing and supplying innovative material & equipment solutions for some of the world’s leading food companies. He has a wealth of experience in managing & developing technical programmes and collaborations across broad supply chains.

Dr Mark Young, Head of Innovation

Mark is CIEL’s Head of Innovation, responsible for overseeing development of research assets with our academic partners. Mark is a former senior geneticist at Beef & Lamb NZ and was actively involved in knowledge exchange activities.

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.

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.