People

This pages gives details of the staff responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. There is also information about the University of Sheffield academic staff who are supervising our Scholars’ PhD projects.

 

Operations Team

Deborah Beck

Scholarship Programme Manager

Deborah Beck’s role builds on her experience in academia, education and policy development. After working as a sociology researcher and in teaching, she spent 12 years in the UK Civil Service as a Senior Research Officer at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As Scholarship Programme Manager, she provides the Grantham Scholars with day-to-day support by organising and managing their training programme, and she is a driving force behind many of the Grantham Centre’s events and activities.

d.beck@sheffield.ac.uk

Richard Bruce

Business Engagement Lead

Richard Bruce has an in-depth first-hand knowledge of the supply-chain issues facing the global agri-food and FMCG sectors from working with business in the UK and China, and in academia. He spent six years at Harper Adams University, establishing the DTI Enterprise Unit before founding his own consultancy, working on strategic issues facing major suppliers and retailers, and interfacing with government and industry bodies. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Robert Cooke

Communications Officer

Robert Cooke’s background is in journalism. He has spent a number of years as a newspaper reporter and music critic, and is a NCTJ-qualified Senior Reporter. He joined the University of Sheffield as the Faculty of Science’s Communications Officer in 2013 and developed this role by joining the Grantham Centre when it was founded in 2014. Robert co-ordinates a range of print and digital communication channels, and manages the Grantham Centre brand, website and channels on social media.

robert.cooke@sheffield.ac.uk

Professor Peter Horton FRS

Chief Research Advisor

Professor Peter Horton is a plant biologist who has spent over 30 years at the University of Sheffield where he is now Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. His research into photosynthesis led to him being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and he now focusses on devising interdisciplinary approaches to delivering global food security. In the Grantham Centre, Peter’s role is helping develop the centre’s research programme, and links with his role in the SheFF programme.

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Professor Colin Osborne

Associate Director

Colin Osborne is Professor of Plant Biology in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. His research experience spans two decades and he currently heads up a lab group focusing on evolutionary and environmental physiology. In the Grantham Centre, Colin oversees Grantham Scholars’ training and development, equipping them to become sustainability experts and policy advocates. As a science communicator, he led the RoboPlant project to develop the world’s first robotic plant.

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Professor Tony Ryan OBE

Director

Professor Tony Ryan OBE leads the University of Sheffield’s programme in sustainability research, across pure and applied sciences, engineering and social sciences. His focus is on the global food, water and energy nexus challenge, feeding a growing world population, reducing the impacts of agriculture and food production that account for 25-30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and harnessing the power of the sun for food production and renewable energy.  He has worked with learned societies from The Royal Society to Chatham House.

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Mark Sinclair

Policy Engagement Lead

Mark joined the Grantham Centre following a wide range of scientific policy and leadership positions in the UK Civil Service and Diplomatic Service. As Head of the UK Science & Innovation Network at the British High Commission in New Delhi, India, he led the establishment of the Newton-Bhabha programme to support UK-India collaboration on grand societal challenges. Mark now splits his time between the Grantham Centre and Research & Innovation Services where he is programme adviser for the Global Challenges Research Fund campaign.

mark.sinclair@sheffield.ac.uk

Eva Vichova

Centre Administrator

Eva joined the Grantham Centre in late 2016. Her role is to provide day-to-day administrative support and assistance with co-ordinating internal and external events, and communications within the University of Sheffield. She is the first point of contact for many Grantham Centre enquiries.
Eva’s background is in graphic design, which she studied in the Czech Republic before moving to the UK, where she spent several years working in the creative sector as a production manager and designer.

e.vichova@sheffield.ac.uk 

Management Group

Deborah Beck

Scholarship Programme Manager

Deborah Beck’s role builds on her experience in academia, education and policy development. After working as a sociology researcher and in teaching, she spent 12 years in the UK Civil Service as a Senior Research Officer at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As Scholarship Programme Manager, she provides the Grantham Scholars with day-to-day support by organising and managing their training programme, and she is a driving force behind many of the Grantham Centre’s events and activities.

d.beck@sheffield.ac.uk

Richard Bruce

Business Engagement Lead

Richard Bruce has an in-depth first-hand knowledge of the supply-chain issues facing the global agri-food and FMCG sectors from working with business in the UK and China, and in academia. He spent six years at Harper Adams University, establishing the DTI Enterprise Unit before founding his own consultancy, working on strategic issues facing major suppliers and retailers, and interfacing with government and industry bodies. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Professor Duncan Cameron

Co-Director of P3

Duncan Cameron is Professor of Plant and Soil Biology in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield and co-Director of the P3 centre of excellence for translational plant science. His work has included industry collaborations to help develop sustainable agricultural practices and find ways to feed growing populations. He has received the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientist Award for his work in translating fundamental advances in plant science into practical agricultural solutions.

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Robert Cooke

Communications Officer

Robert Cooke’s background is in journalism. He has spent a number of years as a newspaper reporter and music critic, and is a NCTJ-qualified Senior Reporter. He joined the University of Sheffield as the Faculty of Science’s Communications Officer in 2013 and developed this role by joining the Grantham Centre when it was founded in 2014. Robert co-ordinates a range of print and digital communication channels, and manages the Grantham Centre brand, website and channels on social media.

robert.cooke@sheffield.ac.uk

Professor Peter Horton FRS

Chief Research Advisor

Professor Peter Horton is a plant biologist who has spent over 30 years at the University of Sheffield where he is now Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. His research into photosynthesis led to him being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and he now focusses on devising interdisciplinary approaches to delivering global food security. In the Grantham Centre, Peter’s role is helping develop the centre’s research programme, and links with his role in the SheFF programme.

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Professor Peter Jackson

Chair of SheFF

Peter Jackson is Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on commodity culture and the geography of consumption with a particular interest in food. He chairs the interdisciplinary research cluster SheFF (University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures), which aims to deliver resilient and sustainable agri-food systems to provide sufficient safe, affordable and nutritious food to all, and leads on the group’s consumer practice theme.

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Michelle Moore

Deputy Director of Development, Alumni Relations and Events

Michelle Moore joined the University of Sheffield in 2016 as Deputy Director of Development, Alumni Relations and Events. She has over a decade of experience in higher education. Michelle and her team are responsible for raising philanthropic funds for the University’s strategic priorities, and Michelle’s role on the Management Group is to ensure smooth coordination with between the Grantham Centre and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

Alumni at the University of Sheffield

Patience Muchada

Grantham Scholar

Patience Muchada is the student representative to the Grantham Centre Management Group. Her role is to represent the views of Grantham Scholars and ensure that their perspectives are built into the centre’s decision-making process. Patience is currently in the second year of her PhD project, which is focussed on the challenges of integrating different types of data into analyses of the global food system. Her supervisors are Professor Peter Jackson in Geography and Dr Farida Vis in the Information School.

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Professor Colin Osborne

Associate Director

Colin Osborne is Professor of Plant Biology in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. His research experience spans two decades and he currently heads up a lab group focusing on evolutionary and environmental physiology. In the Grantham Centre, Colin oversees Grantham Scholars’ training and development, equipping them to become sustainability experts and policy advocates. As a science communicator, he led the RoboPlant project to develop the world’s first robotic plant.

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Professor Tony Ryan OBE

Director

Professor Tony Ryan OBE leads the University of Sheffield’s programme in sustainability research, across pure and applied sciences, engineering and social sciences. His focus is on the global food, water and energy nexus challenge, feeding a growing world population, reducing the impacts of agriculture and food production that account for 25-30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and harnessing the power of the sun for food production and renewable energy.  He has worked with learned societies from The Royal Society to Chatham House.

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Mark Sinclair

Policy Engagement Lead

Mark joined the Grantham Centre following a wide range of scientific policy and leadership positions in the UK Civil Service and Diplomatic Service. As Head of the UK Science & Innovation Network at the British High Commission in New Delhi, India, he led the establishment of the Newton-Bhabha programme to support UK-India collaboration on grand societal challenges. Mark now splits his time between the Grantham Centre and Research & Innovation Services where he is programme adviser for the Global Challenges Research Fund campaign.

mark.sinclair@sheffield.ac.uk

Eva Vichova

Centre Administrator

Eva joined the Grantham Centre in late 2016. Her role is to provide day-to-day administrative support and assistance with co-ordinating internal and external events, and communications within the University of Sheffield. She is the first point of contact for many Grantham Centre enquiries.
Eva’s background is in graphic design, which she studied in the Czech Republic before moving to the UK, where she spent several years working in the creative sector as a production manager and designer.

e.vichova@sheffield.ac.uk 

Engagement Board

Andrew Miller

Chair

Andrew Miller was the MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston from 1992 until 2015. His began his career as a technician in geology at the Portsmouth Polytechnic, then moved into industrial relations and was an official for the Association of Scientific Technical and Managerial Staffs (subsequently MSF). Andrew Miller chaired the Science and Technology Select Committee between 2010 and 2015, and was Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, and a Member of the Liaison Committee.

Richard Bruce

Secretary

Richard Bruce is the Grantham Centre’s Business Engagement Lead. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, with an extensive network that allow him to drive and develop our work with a range of external collaborators.

Richard is the first point of contact for enquiries relating to the Grantham Engagement Board.

Email r.bruce@sheffield.ac.uk

Professor Henry King

Unilever

Henry King is Science and Technology Leader – Sustainability in Unilever’s Safety and Environment Assurance Centre. His role covers leading the development of new capabilities and science for the sustainability assessments of Unilever’s products and brands such as Persil, Dove, PG Tips and Ben & Jerry’s. He engages with environmental footprinting, climate change and palm oil and other topics. He holds a visiting professorship at the University of Surrey and is a PhD co-supervisor in the UK and abroad.

Dr Mark LeChevallier

American Water

Mark LeChevallier is the Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship for American Water, a water utility in 35 states and Canada serving over 15 million people. He received his BSc and MSc in Microbiology from Oregon State University, and his PhD in Microbiology from Montana State University. He currently leads American Water’s research and innovation program, and has authored more than 100 research papers and has received awards from the American Water Works Association.

David Neale

Agrii

David Neale has spent 40 years as a practical farming advisor and spokesman in the agriculture industry. His main focus has been on seed breeding and the production of all agricultural seeds in the UK, working with plant breeders in the UK and Europe, and translating knowledge into practical farm advice. With practical farming experience and having held senior management roles in private and public limited companies, David is a regular spokesperson in the farming press and at industry conferences.

Professor Guy Poppy

Food Standards Agency

Professor Guy Poppy is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency and a Professor of Ecology in the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. He has a BSc in biology from Imperial College London and PhD in chemical ecology from the University of Oxford, before joining IACR Rothamsted as a scientific officer. At the University of Southampton he has been Head of the Biodiversity and Ecology Division, Head of Biological Sciences and Director of Multidisciplinary Research.

Jon Price

Jon is a strategic adviser to World Top 100 Universities and government agencies, and has a portfolio of appointments on various University steering groups and advisory boards. Previously Jon was on the Management Board of the Grantham Centre and the University of Sheffield’s Founding Director of the energy research group Energy 2050. Prior to that Jon was the CEO of a Russell Group University Board of Vice Chancellor’s, and CEO and Chair of an economic research group hosted at the University of Cambridge, previously holding board and senior appointments in the private sector.

Professor Monique Simmonds

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Professor Monique Simmonds is Deputy Director of Science for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She has a PhD from the University of London and worked in industry before joining Kew, where she co-ordinates research into uses of plants/fungi, their potential as cosmetics, pharmaceutical and agrochemical leads, and as sources of sustainably harvested medicines. She has over 350 scientific publications and was awarded an OBE for services to science, the environment, technological innovation and community.

Professor Chris Tyas

Nestlé

Chris Tyas is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Supply Chain for Nestle SA, the world’s largest food and drink manufacturer, and is a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University Management School. In a 37 year career in the food industry, Chris has developed a deep conviction that good science, working with a responsible industry focussed on the long term, effectively communicated to consumers and other stakeholders, will be vital for the world to meet the challenges of the next 30 years.

Shankar Venkateswaran

Tata Sustainability Group

Shankar Venkateswaran heads the Tata Sustainability Group, which provides guidance, thought leadership and support to the sustainability and corporate responsibility activities of the $100bn Tata group and individual companies. Shankar has over 30 years of experience in the corporate and development worlds. He started his career in mainstream business consulting and then moved on to work extensively on social development, corporate responsibility and sustainability in several global organisations.

Grantham Supervisors

The Grantham Scholars' PhD projects are supervised by academics from every Faculty in the University of Sheffield, as well as external collaborators.

Arts and Humanities
Engineering

Pratik Desai

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Recycling ammonia from landfill leachate: Out with the old and in with the new

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Dr Iñaki Esnaola

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Entropy calculation to help understand societal change

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Dr Robert Falconer

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Engineering sustainable phosphorus-rich organic fertilisers

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Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Computational simulation of plant-soil-water processes for design of agricultural production

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Dr Jagroop Pandhal

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Sustainable agricultural soil management by recycling algal biomass to land

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Dr Colin Smith

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Assessing the potential of no-­till farming across European soils

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Professor Sandor Veres

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Automating agriculture: using UASs to monitor for environmental and management benefits

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Professor Will Zimmerman

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Recycling ammonia from landfill leachate: Out with the old and in with the new

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Science

Dr Eran Elhaik

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Climate-ready rice: Protecting rice yields under global warming

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Professor Peter Horton FRS

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Biodiversity, the economy and public policy

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Dr Marta Milo

Department of Biomedical Science

The Big Seed Sunshine Project

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Professor Paul Quick

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Climate-ready rice: Protecting rice yields under global warming

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Social Sciences and Health

Dr Craig Berry

SPERI / Department of Politics

Biodiversity, the economy and public policy

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Dr Alasdair Cochrane

Department of Politics

Meat consumption and the idea of animal resources

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Dr Tom Goodfellow

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Vulnerable communities, collective bargaining and adaptation

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Professor Colin Hay

SPERI / Department of Politics

Biodiversity, the economy and public policy

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Dr Johan Oldekop

The Sheffield Institute for International Development

The green economy and protected areas – constraint or opportunity?

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Professor James Wilsdon

Department of Politics

Biodiversity, the economy and public policy

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External collaborators

Dr Holly Lawford-Smith

University of Melbourne

Geography of emissions and forward-looking responsibility

 

Dr Jean Russell

Corporate Information and Computing Services, The University of Sheffield

Arguing about GM – an analysis of the use of science in the GM food debate in traditional and social media

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