New CEO appointed to lead Livestock Innovation Centre CIEL - Cowsmo

New CEO appointed to lead Livestock Innovation Centre CIEL

A former agriculture director with a wealth of experience in the food and farming sectors has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).  Lyndsay Chapman joined CIEL on 18 September.
Mrs Chapman was previously the Agriculture Director for Müller Milk & Ingredients and an integral part of the management team responsible for the integration of the Dairy Crest Dairies business, where she was Director of Agriculture and Communications.

She will be responsible for leading the organisation, working with industry to identify key challenges and priorities, and ensuring relevant research is driven through new world-class facilities.

Commenting on the appointment, CIEL Chairman Tim Bennett said: “We are delighted to have Lyndsay on board. Her experience leading teams and developing collaborative relationships makes her the ideal person to lead CIEL. We need someone who can work across the entire supply chain, bringing everyone together to identify key industry priorities and help reduce fragmentation in the research area.

“Lyndsay’s work at Müller and Dairy Crest demonstrates she is capable of delivering results and leading change. She is an excellent communicator and influencer and I look forward to working with her to take CIEL through the next stage in its development,” he said.

Mrs Chapman added: “Working with CIEL is a really exciting opportunity. Innovation is vital to drive the entire livestock supply chain forward and help the UK remain competitive in a challenging market place.

“I intend to create valuable partnerships and collaborations within the research community and livestock supply chain to identify and accelerate leading innovation for industry and livestock farmers.”

About CIEL

CIEL is one of the four Agri-Tech Centres established as a key pillar of the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy.  As well as CIEL, the others are: the Agrimetrics Big Data Centre of Excellence; the Agri-EPI Centre for Engineering and Precision Innovation; and CHAP the Centre for Crop Health and Protection.
The Centres aim to drive forward a more efficient, profitable and resilient Agri-food supply chain.   They are funded through Innovate UK, the UK’s strategic innovation agency, and are a partnership between industry and academia.

CIEL has the objective to support, promote and deliver industry-led livestock research.  It is an independent business-led organisation that works with 12 of the UK’s leading research institutions and a group of industry Members spanning the entire food supply chain from farmers to processors and retailers.

CIEL aims to use these partnerships to enhance and accelerate business-led innovation, as well as inspire and identify opportunities which could lead to the development of new products, services and techniques that can benefit the entire supply chain.

To-date new world-class research facilities have been built in several of the UK’s leading livestock research institutions – with further investments underway.  These facilities have been funded through investment by Innovate UK, match-funded by the universities.   Several projects are already underway using the new facilities built and this will accelerate as further as these resources come on-stream.

More information can be found here.

 About Innovate UK

Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.

Innovate UK is the trading name of the Technology Strategy Board, which is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and incorporated by Royal Charter in England and Wales with company number RC000818. Registered office: Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1FL

Telephone: 01793 361000 / Email: [email protected]
Innovate UK website 


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