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:

Crop Health Team


Adrian Fox Headshot
Adrian Fox

Principle Plant Virologist

Charles Lane Headshot
Charles Lane

Plant Health Consultant

Femke van den Berg Headshot
Femke van den Berg

Mathematical Modeller

Giles Budge Headshot
Giles Budge

Head of Crop Science

John Elphinstone Headshot
John Elphinstone

Senior Phytobacteriologist

Julian Smith Headshot
Julian Smith

Lead for International Development

Maureen Wakefield Headshot
Maureen Wakefield

Senior Applied Entomologist

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Neil Audsley

Senior Scientist

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Neil Boonham

Plant Virologist

Phil Jennings Headshot
Phil Jennings

Principal Plant Pathologist

Chemical Regulations Team


Ainsley Jones Headshot
Ainsley Jones

Science Lead - Chemical Regulation

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Andrew Plumb

Analytical Chemist

Carmel Ramwell Headshot
Carmel Ramwell

Senior Environmental Scientist

Chris Sinclair Headshot
Chris Sinclair

Science Lead - Chemical Regulation

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Gordon Turnbull

Analytical Chemist

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Libby Barnett

Project Manager for the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme

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Meritxell Guino

Regulatory Specialist

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Nick Jarratt

Environmental Fate Scientist/Ecotoxocologist

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Phil Rooney

Senior Environmental Fate Scientist

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Sarah Harkin

Bee Ecotoxicologist

Selwyn Wilkins Headshot
Selwyn Wilkins

Senior Bee Ecotoxicologist

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Tim Bigwood

GLP Study Director

Environmental Services Team


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Eleanor Jones

Molecular Ecologist

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Glyn Jones

Environmental Economist

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Naomi Jones

Senior Ecologist

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Paul Brown

GI Remote Sensing Scientist

Food Safety Team


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Adrian Charlton

Head of Chemical and Biochemical Profiling

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Alwyn Fernandes

Senior Scientist

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Ed Haynes

Molecular Biologist

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Emma Bradley

Science Lead - Food Safety

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James Donarski

Scientific Lead and Project Manager for Food Authenticity

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Malcolm Driffield

Senior Analytical Chemist and Team Leader

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Paul Brereton

Analytical Chemist, Head of Agri-food research

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Paul Robb

Contingency Response Coordinator

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Rosario Romero

Food Authenticity Senior Scientist

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Stuart Adams

Senior Analytical Chemist

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Susan MacDonald

Science Lead for Mycotoxins and Natural toxins

Science Strategy Team


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Rick Mumford

Director of Science

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Elena Fesenko

Science Strategy