Dr Celia Caulcott appointed as Vice Chair of Governing Council

Microbiologist Dr Celia Caulcott has been appointed as the next Vice Chair of the John Innes Centre’s Governing Council.

Dr Caulcott is a distinguished leader in the sector, having worked across higher education and the bio-pharmaceutical and agri-food industries. Most recently, she was Vice Provost for Enterprise at University College London where she was responsible for the university’s innovation and enterprise strategy. Before that she was Executive Director of Innovation and Skills at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Dr Caulcott will continue in her role as Chair of the Quadram Institute Board of Trustees, an interdisciplinary research institute on Norwich Research Park which is creating new connections between food science, gut biology, human health and disease. She is also a trustee of the East Malling Trust and a local councillor in Surrey.

Her term will begin later this year following the retirement of Dr Deborah Keith, who has successfully served the John Innes Centre as a trustee for seven years, including recently taking on the roles of Vice Chair and Acting Chair.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Chair of the John Innes Centre’s Governing Council said:

“It is very sad to be losing Dr Deborah Keith’s skills and experience after her long period of outstanding service. She has made a truly significant contribution to the success of the organisation.

“We are delighted that Dr Celia Caulcott has agreed to succeed her as Vice Chair, bringing important skills and ambition. This appointment is a further signal of our commitment to working with our partners on the Norwich Research Park to create a national and global centre of excellence in research, teaching, healthcare and new business opportunities.”