Scientist Profiles

Feras' science leaders comprises of renowned scientists who underpin our passion for ground breaking innovation and translational science, all supported with technical expertise to ensure best-in-class governance for the organisation.

Scientist Profiles

As an organisation our focus is translating research into evidence and science-based products and services. As we move forward, we will encourage an approach that is more entrepreneurial, internationally-focused and integrated into cross-cutting, interdisciplinary programmes that are underpinned by our strategic partnerships and driven by the needs of our customers.


Our Scientists
  • Number of scientists
    350
  • Number of PHD scientists
    70
  • National reference laboratory
    9 Different Areas
  • scientific heritage
    100+ Years

We are experts in agri-food science, working across the entire food supply chain.

We are an internationally recognised authority on regulatory science & provider of scientific services, including proficiency testing, chemical regulation & consultancy.

We protect crops, food & the environment from emerging & established threats, including pests, pathogens & chemicals.

We are pioneers in applying diagnostics, measurement & analytical science.

We conduct research to drive the development of innovative products & scientific solutions.

We enhance our customers’ brands, minimise waste and improve their environmental sustainability.


Meet the Fera Scientists:

Science Strategy Team


Rick Mumford
Rick Mumford

Director of Science

Elena Fesenko
Elena Fesenko

Science Strategy

Crop Health Team


Adrian Fox
Adrian Fox

Principle Plant Virologist

Charles Lane
Charles Lane

Plant Health Consultant

Femke van den Berg
Femke van den Berg

Mathematical Modeller

Giles Budge
Giles Budge

Head of Crop Science

John Elphinstone
John Elphinstone

Senior Phytobacteriologist

Julian Smith
Julian Smith

Lead for International Development

Neil Audsley
Neil Audsley

Senior Scientist

Neil Boonham
Neil Boonham

Plant Virologist

Phil Jennings
Phil Jennings

Principal Plant Pathologist

Chemical Regulations Team


Ainsley Jones
Ainsley Jones

Science Lead - Chemical Regulation

Andrew Plum
Andrew Plumb

Analytical Chemist

Carmel Ramwell
Carmel Ramwell

Senior Environmental Scientist

Chris Sinclair
Chris Sinclair

Science Lead - Chemical Regulation

Gordon Turnbull
Gordon Turnbull

Analytical Chemist

Libby Barnett
Libby Barnett

Project Manager for the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme

Meritxell Guino
Meritxell Guino

Regulatory Specialist

Nick Jarratt
Nick Jarratt

Environmental Fate Scientist/Ecotoxocologist

Phil Rooney
Phil Rooney

Senior Environmental Fate Scientist

Sarah Harkin
Sarah Harkin

Bee Ecotoxicologist

Selwyn Wilkins
Selwyn Wilkins

Senior Bee Ecotoxicologist

Tim Bigwood
Tim Bigwood

GLP Study Director

Environmental Services Team


Eleanor Jones
Eleanor Jones

Molecular Ecologist

Glyn Jones
Glyn Jones

Environmental Economist

Naomi Jones
Naomi Jones

Senior Ecologist

Paul Brown
Paul Brown

GI Remote Sensing Scientist

Food Safety Team


Adrian Charlton
Adrian Charlton

Head of Chemical and Biochemical Profiling

Alwyn Fernandes
Alwyn Fernandes

Senior Scientist

Ed Haynes
Ed Haynes

Molecular Biologist

Emma Bradley
Emma Bradley

Science Lead - Food Safety

James Donarski
James Donarski

Scientific Lead and Project Manager for Food Authenticity

Malcolm Driffield
Malcolm Driffield

Senior Analytical Chemist and Team Leader

Matthew Sharman
Matthew Sharman

Head of Business Development

Paul Brereton
Paul Brereton

Analytical Chemist, Head of Agri-food research

Paul Robb
Paul Robb

Contingency Response Coordinator

Rosario Romero
Rosario Romero

Food Authenticity Senior Scientist

Susan MacDonald
Susan MacDonald

Science Lead for Mycotoxins and Natural toxins

Fapas Proficiency Testing Team


Mark Sykes
Mark Sykes

Senior Scientific Advisor