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The Team

Professor Sir Brian Heap

Project leader

Based at Cambridge and formerly Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, Professor Sir Brian Heap is a Fellow of The Royal Society and was its Foreign Secretary and Vice-President. An Hon. Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society, past Director of Research at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Past President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, Halle, Germany, he is actively engaged in science and sustainable development advice for policy makers.

Dr David Bennett

Senior member of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, Guest at the Kluyver Laboratory for Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands and Director of Cambridge Biomedical Consultants Ltd. PhD in biochemical genetics, MA in science policy studies with long-term experience in the relations between science, industry, government, law, the public and the media. Works internationally with the European Commission, government departments, companies, universities, public bodies and the media.

Professor Christopher Leaver

Emeritus Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, awarded the CBE for his distinguished contributions to science of plant development. He is a member of The European Molecular Biology Organisation, Fellow of The Royal Society, Humboldt Prize-winner, and has had a longstanding record of engagement in informing the public understanding of the role modern plant breeding

Dr Bernie Jones

Formerly based in Strasbourg now UK, he was Interim Executive Director for the InterAcademy Panel, and the InterAcademy Medical Panel of the European Academies Science Advisory Council. Formerly Head of International Policy at The Royal Society, and Executive Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council. He was Manager of International Relations at British Airways, and is a graduate of Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities in Cognition, Computer Science and Psychology.

Dr Claudia Canales Holzeis

Plant molecular biologist based at Oxford, United Kingdom with a near-decade of experience in plant genetics research.  Worked as Senior Project Officer for the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), based in the Philippines.  Graduate of the University of Reading in Environmental Biology and gained a DPhil in Plant Genetics at Oxford.

Dr Patrick Mitton

A career in agronomy with significant experience in liaising with stakeholders across the food supply chain on farm production technologies. Career has included a number of food industry assignments in the UK as well as at an international level. Director of own consultancy business in crop production methods and technologies. Graduated with an MSc in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.


Bart Ullstein

Bart Ullstein has more than 35 years experience of all elements of publishing,whether on paper or electronic, from planning communication strategies, commissioning and editing text to design, manufacture and distribution. For the past 25 plus years, he has specialized in working with international organizations concerned with the environment and sustainable development, including UN agenicies and programmes and the European Union.

Karen Eng

Writer and editor based in Cambridge, with a wide range of producing content for print and online publications. For the past decade, she served as editor for TUNZA: the United Nations Environment Programme’s magazine for young people, interviewing scientific experts and translating complex concepts into educational and inspiring copy for a global audience of youth. She also is a contributing writer and editor for TED Conferences, producing news features, in-depth interviews, and live conference reports.

Richard Hayhurst

Co-founder of Hayhurst Media, later part of Schwartz Communications UK Ltd, wealth of experience across the life science and medical sectors with a diverse portfolio of UK and international clients.  Profiled life science hubs in London, South East of England, Scotland, Norway, and also One Nucleus, the new London-Cambridge super biotech cluster. Graduated with MA (Hons) in Modern History, University of St Andrews, Scotland.


Jon Knight

An experienced and innovative software developer based in Buckinghamshire. Co-wrote and co-designed the learning platforms for the project. Jon has over 2 decades of commercial software experience since graduating from Cambridge, and over 7 years of online e-learning development experience.

Ross Taylor

An experienced software developer based in Hertfordshire. Co-wrote and co-designed the learning platforms for the project. Over 15 years of experience developing commercial software and websites with over 8 years of e-learning development experience.


Sandy Evans

Based in Wiltshire, UK, she has 24 years experience in local government and the not-for-profit sectors. Over the last 10 years, she has been supporting senior charity executives, including CFO, CEO and Director General, and board-level directors. In this capacity she has also worked extensively with international networks, partners and subsidiary organisations. She now runs her own business offering virtual personal assistant services to individuals (both privately and professionally), projects and organisations.