Angela is Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships at Rothamsted Research. She is leading the Institute’s overall strategy on external engagement and partnerships, and is developing new mechanisms for collaborative innovation, including a new accelerator (AgRIA) to co-develop innovative solutions with businesses to challenges in agri-food, and a farmer-led innovation programme. Angela has been instrumental in the creation of the SHAKE Climate Change entrepreneurship programme. Launched in June 2019, SHAKE Climate Change is specifically designed to attract entrepreneurs or start-ups who have developed early stage science or tech-based ideas that can have a significant impact on reducing climate change arising from agriculture, as well as become sustainable and socially responsible businesses within the agri-food sector.
Angela’s career includes more than 35 years’ experience in crop genetics and breeding for food and bio-renewables. She has over 130 refereed publications, co-authored a book on genetics, and is co-editor of books on genetics and bioenergy. In 2007, she received the Royal Agricultural Society of England Research Medal and, in 2008, the Alfred-Toepfer Prize for her research achievements.