Fera appoints new science director

Fera appoints Reading University doctor to deliver science strategy

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has appointed Dr Philip Newton as director of science.

He will be responsible for maintaining and growing the scientific reputation of Fera, both nationally and internationally. He will lead the development of Fera’s own scientific capability and ensure the integrity and quality of all its scientific activity.

Fera chief executive Hilary Aldridge said: "Phil brings to the position extensive relevant experience and a long list of professional achievements. This is a senior science post in Defra and government and thus will help in collaborative working across Defra, its network, and beyond."

Newton said: "I’m greatly looking forward to leading the delivery of Fera’s science strategy. I will ensure that Fera has the partnerships and collaborations it needs to be at the forefront of using excellent research to provide solutions to securing the food chain in a sustainable environment." 

His most recent work was advising Reading University on bringing together different strands of science, including in food and nutrition areas.  Before that he was director of science for the UK's Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC).

Newton succeeds Professor Robert Edwards who has taken a post in agri-science at Newcastle University.

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