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New Council member for BBSRC

5 June 2006

Dr Peter Ringrose, Chairman of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has formally announced that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has appointed Professor Peter Fryer to BBSRC Council and re-appointed four other members, with effect from 1 May 2006.

The re-appointed Council members are Professor Simon Bright, Dr David Brightman, Professor Chris Gilligan and Professor Howard Dalton.

Dr Ringrose said: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Fryer to the Council. He brings with him a wealth of expertise, experience and knowledge, particularly in the area of industry-academia interaction. I am confident he will play a valuable role in helping BBSRC as we try to ensure that the UK remains a world-leader in the biosciences. I am also pleased that Professor Bright, Dr Brightman, Professor Gilligan and Professor Dalton will continue as members.”


Notes to editors

BBSRC Council is the senior decision making body responsible for determining the policy, priorities and strategy of BBSRC. BBSRC Council members receive an honorarium of £6,280pa.

Appointments are made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. The appointees have not been involved in any relevant political activity in the last five years and have no other Ministerial appointments.

Professor Peter Fryer FREng FIChemE FIFST
Professor Fryer graduated from Cambridge in 1981 in Chemical Engineering. He went on to gain a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1985 and was appointed to a lectureship at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge in June 1985, which he took up after a year in industry.

In 1994 Professor Fryer was appointed to his current post as Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and that same year was appointed Director of the Engineering Doctoral Centre in Formulation Engineering. The Centre carries out industry-linked interdisciplinary research in the design of formulated products, such as foods, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and currently has research links to most of the major companies in the sector.

Professor Fryer sits on the board of the DTI Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in Food Process Engineering (formally the Food Processing Faraday) and was Chair of the BBSRC Engineering and Biological Systems Committee from 2001 - 2006. He is Editor of Food and Bioproducts Processing and a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Food Engineering and Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies.

His personal research interest is in the application of engineering principles into food and pharmaceutical bioprocessing, particularly into hygienic engineering and heat transfer.

Professor Fryer’s appointment will run for three years.

Professor Simon Bright
Professor Bright is Director of Warwick HRI, a plant and microbial sciences department within the University of Warwick. He has worked extensively in industry on the genomics and biotechnology of crops within Syngenta and predecessor companies, being involved in research, technology foresight, collaborations and commercialisation. He also served on BBSRC Strategy Board. Professor Bright has been reappointed for one-year.

Dr David Brightman
Dr Brightman is a Managing Partner in a family farming business. He is currently a Director and Trustee of Rothamsted Research Ltd, Director and Company Secretary of Arable Crop Storage Ltd and a Director of Centaur Producers Ltd. He was formerly a lecturer in crop production at Brooksby Agricultural College and has conducted or hosted many trials of Agronomic inputs to the cropping programme. He was Chairman of the NFU Pesticides Working Group and has represented the NFU on science and technical issues. He has previously been involved in the management of research programmes for ADAS, the Environment Agency and Sustainable Arable LINK and been appointed to several stakeholder forums on pesticides and novel crops. Dr Brightman has been re-appointed for three years.

Professor Chris Gilligan
Professor Gilligan is Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of Cambridge where he runs the Epidemiology and Modelling Group in the Department of Plant Sciences. He has published more than 140 research papers and reviews in botanical epidemiology and mathematical modelling. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, an honorary fellow of the American Phytopathological Society and a former President of the British Society for Plant Pathology. He has held a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship and currently holds a BBSRC Professorial Fellowship. He is a member of BBSRC Strategy Board and chaired the BBSRC review of crop science research. Professor Gilligan has been re-appointed for three years.

Professor Howard Dalton
Professor Dalton is the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He is also a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Biological Sciences, Warwick University. His research interests include; the biochemistry and genetics of methane oxidation, and mass spectrometry/proteomics in both microbial and human cells and biotransformations of organic compounds to oxygenated products by bacteria and yeasts. Professor Dalton has been re-appointed for four years.


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.


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