David Parfrey

As Executive Director, Finance and Campus Operations at BBSRC, David has overseeninvestment of around £1bn in new UK science capability, including the ground-breaking high biocontainment research facility at Pirbright. He is a non-Executive Director of Aberystwyth Innovation & Enterprise Campus Ltd. and CFH Facilities Ltd.

Dr. Steven Powell
Executive Director

Steven was CEO of KS Biomedix plc from 1999 until its acquisition by Xenova in 2003 and CEO of Plethora Solutions plc until 2011. He has been an adviser to Gilde Healthcare, a Dutch VC fund, for over 12 years and is adviser to the Pioneer Cancer Fund (UK) and Trustee of a medical research charity.

Prof. Dale Sanders

After a successful career at the University of York, during which time he was awarded the Koerber European Science Prize and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, Dale left his post as Head of the Biology Department in 2010 to become Director of the John Innes Centre, from whence Leaf Expression Systems emerged.

Dr. Jan Chojecki

Jan is Managing Director of Plant Bioscience Limited. Prior to joining PBL in 1997, Jan spent 11 years with Zeneca plc. He has also served on the boards of several PBL spin-out companies, including Novacta Biosystems Ltd, Chameleon Biosurfaces Ltd, Procarta Bioscience Ltd, IDNA, Genetics Ltd and others. Between 2001 and 2007, Jan was Scientific Advisor to the Cambridge Gateway Fund.

Simon Saxby

Simon has over thirty years of global international experience in life sciences, including his recent roles as CEO of Stratophase Ltd and Project Director for the design and build of the UK Government’s Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult commercial scale GMP Manufacturing Centre in Stevenage. He is a course mentor for the Cambridge University MBE programme and has also served as a Visiting Lecturer in Industrial Biotechnology at Vienna Medical and Technical University, and as a Course Student Advisor at The Boston University School of Management, USA. He was appointed as CEO of Leaf Expression Systems in August 2018.