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

Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Katherine Denby

Academic Director

Anthonia James

Operations Director

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

Professor Katherine Denby

Academic Director

Anthonia James

Operations Director

Lynne Borthwick

PA to the Academic Director

Sarah Cowl

Communications Manager

Belinda Morris

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Marianna Ventouratou-Morys

International Strategy Manager

Caroline Wilcock

Innovation Manager

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 Mike Crang

Durham University

Professor Tim Daniell

University of Sheffield

Professor Bob Doherty

University of York

Professor Louise Dye

University of Leeds

Professor Angharad Gatehouse

Newcastle University

Dr Nick Goldspink

N8 Partnership Representative

Dr Jorge Hernandez

University of Liverpool

Professor Mariana Rufino

Lancaster University

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

Professor Bob Doherty

University of York

Professor Louise Dye

University of Leeds

Professor Mark Reed

Newcastle University

Professor Mariana Rufino

Lancaster University

Professor Jonathan Rushton

University of Liverpool

Professor Ari Sadanandom

Durham University