The N8 AgriFood programme is hosted by the University of York. The Principal investigator for the programme is Professor Debbie Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at York who also chairs the N8 AgriFood Steering Group. The Academic Director and the Operations Director are also both based at York, within the Secretariat.

Professor Deborah Smith

N8 AgriFood Principal Investigator

Professor Katherine Denby

N8 AgriFood Academic Director

Anthonia James

N8 AgriFood Operations Director

Our research is guided by 3 themes and led by academics from within the programme. Theme leads have a secondary role where they focus upon activities in the following areas: Innovation, International and Policy.

Professor Tim Daniell

Sustainable Food Production lead and Innovation. N8 AgriFood Chair

Professor Steve Banwart

Resilient Supply Chains lead and International

Professor Jason Halford

Improved Consumption & Health lead and Policy

Academic leads from each N8 university form the N8 AgriFood Steering Committee, where members are responsible for providing academic leadership and contributing to the strategic direction of the programme. Dr Nick Goldspink also joins the steering group from the N8 Research Partnership.

Professor Mariana Rufino

N8 AgriFood Sustainable Food Production Theme Lead

Professor Louise Dye

N8 AgriFood Improved Consumption and Health Lead

Professor Bruce Grieve

N8 AgriFood Sustainable Food Production Academic Lead

Professor Ari Sadanandom

Professor of Plant Molecular Sciences

Professor Duncan Cameron

Professor of Plant and Soil Biology

Professor Angharad Gatehouse

N8 AgriFood Academic Lead, Newcastle University

Professor Diana Williams

The University of Liverpool

Dr Nick Goldspink

N8 Partnership Representative

Professor Bob Doherty

Professor of Marketing and Principal Investigator of IKnowFood

The programme Secretariat is based at York within the Biology Department. The team fulfills the overall management function for the programme.

Professor Katherine Denby

N8 AgriFood Academic Director

Anthonia James

N8 AgriFood Operations Director

Marianna Ventouratou-Morys

International Strategy Manager

Lynne Borthwick

PA to the Academic Director

Laura Knowlson

Communications Manager

Joanne Baker

Events Coordinator

Belinda Morris

Grants and Finance Coordinator

Caroline Wilcock

Business Development Officer

Each N8 University has an N8 AgriFood Chair, actively working to build collaborations across the N8 and develop interdisciplinary research projects

Professor Ari Sadanandom

Durham University

Professor Mariana Rufino

Lancaster University

Professor Louise Dye

The University of Leeds

Professor Jonathan Rushton

The University of Liverpool

Professor Bruce Grieve

The University of Manchester

Professor Mark Reed

Newcastle University

Professor Tim Daniell

The University of Sheffield

Professor Lisa Collins

The University of Leeds

Professor Fiona Smith

The University of Leeds

Professor David Johnson

The University of Manchester

Professor Tony Heron

The University of York

Our Knowledge Exchange Fellows (KEFs) link N8 AgriFood with external organisations such as industry, government bodies and NGOs, to develop collaborative research solutions to current agrifood challenges.

Relevant KEF contacts are shown on each theme page.

 

Dr Amy Taylor

The University of Leeds

Dr Peter Glen Walley

The University of Liverpool

Dr Catherine Tetard-Jones

Newcastle University

Dr Harry Langford

The University of Sheffield

Dr Sally Howlett

The University of York

Dr James Stockdale

The University of York

Dr Helen Downie

The University of Manchester

Dr Flora Hetherington

Durham University

Dr Rachel Marshall

Lancaster University

Dr Merisa Thompson

The University of Sheffield

Dr Katerina Psarikidou

Lancaster University

Dr Neil Boyle

The University of Leeds

Dr Christian Reynolds

The University of Sheffield

Dr John Atibila

The University of York

Dr Jacob Nickles

The University of Sheffield

Dr Seyed M Ebrahimi

The University of Sheffield