Meet the AFTP Team

Find out more about our team members and the AFTP's organisational structure.

Our training courses are delivered by a core operations team of management, digital and administrative professionals, alongside leading academic and support staff at our six internationally recognised university and research institute partners.

In addition, the AFTP is a Partnership which includes industry representation at all levels of our decision making.

Each of our four subject groups are tasked with reviewing and approving new courses for the Partnership and all these groups are chaired by an industry representative to ensure that we include topical issues and bridge knowledge gaps in areas where industry feels there is an urgent need to respond.

Executive Board

Colin Dennis

Chair of Executive Board

Colin is currently; Chair of the Executive Board of the AgriFood Training Partnership and the Board of Trustees of the International Food Information Service (IFIS), the Vice-Chair of Trustees and Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation, a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Royal Agricultural University and a Board member of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink. After graduating with a bachelors and doctorate from Sheffield University, his career in food science and technology spans more than 47 years. Initially 11 years at the Institute of Food Research, followed by 28 years at CampdenBRI, including 21 years as Director-General (CEO) with the last 9 years as a consultant, advisor and volunteer. From 1991 to 2006, he was the Unilever Visiting Professor in Food Science at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Colin Dennis

Non-executive industry members

Louise Sutherland

Non-Executive Industry Member

Louise has 20 years experience working at senior levels in food supply chains, including 10 years at Marks and Spencer plc. Current roles include Chair of Red Tractor Fresh Produce Board and a director of Assured Food Standards, Chair of the AHDB Soft Fruit Panel, member of the AHDB Horticulture Board and Chair of the Raspberry Breeding Consortium at James Hutton Limited.

Louise Sutherland

Julian Cooper

Non-Executive Industry Member

Professor Julian Cooper is an internationally renowned sugars and carbohydrate expert. During his 35 year career with British Sugar and AB Sugar he developed extensive experience in process and product development, carbohydrate chemistry and product reformulation. He retired in 2015 and set up 342 Consulting Ltd. He has worked with many major food companies, research associations and universities in Europe, North America and Japan and has presented papers at major conferences. As Head of Food Science for both British Sugar & AB Sugar he had responsibility for new product/technology development, external scientific research, health & nutrition and food law. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading.

Julian Cooper

Paul Berryman

Non-Executive Industry Member

With 30 years’ experience, Professor Paul Berryman has worked at senior level with most of the top 100 global food companies. Paul runs his own consultancy, Berryman Food Science Ltd. He is Food & Drink Specialist for the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Technical Adviser to the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA). Previously he was CEO and Research Director of Leatherhead Food Research Ltd and Head of Science & Food Standards at Hampshire County Council, running both Trading Standards and Public Analyst services. Paul has 3 chemistry degrees, an MBA and a PhD and is a visiting Professor at the University of Reading. He is an AFTP Board Member with special responsibility for partnership development.

Paul Berryman

Ed Moorhouse

Non-Executive Industry Member

Ed graduated from Wye College, London University, in 1985 with a degree in agriculture and he completed his PhD in insect pathology at IHR Littlehampton in 1990. He then joined the Horticultural Development Council and managed their research programme for 6 years. He has spent the last 20 years in the fresh produce industry, initially with Mack Multiples and more recently as Group Technical Director for G’s Fresh. He established a new consultancy business in summer 1997 and is currently working for a number of public and private clients in the fresh produce sector and wider food industry. Ed joined the AFTP as one of the industry representatives and brings a comprehensive understanding of the training and development needs of farmers and growers and the wider fresh produce supply chains.

Ed Moorhouse

David May

Non-Executive Industry Member

David May is an Non-Executive Industry Member of the AFTP. David is also the Industry Advisory Board Chair for the AFTP.

David May

Richard Jones

Non-Executive Industry Member

Richard Jones is an Non-Executive Industry Member of the AFTP.

Richard Jones

Executive Academic Members

Julian Park

Executive Academic Board Member

Professor Julian Park is a graduate of the University of Newcastle and Cranfield University. He is currently the Head of School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading and former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow with particular education related interests in assessment, feedback and technology enhanced learning. He currently sits on the Royal Society of Biology Heads of Biosciences Group and their Education and Training Board.

Julian Park

Simon Langely-Evans

Executive Academic Board Member

Professor Simon Langely-Evans is an executive academic member of the AFTP.

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Peter Mills

Executive Academic Board Member

Peter Mills is an Executive Academic Member of the AFTP.

Peter Mills

Dave Chadwick

Executive Academic Board Member

Dave Chadwick is an Executive Academic Member of the AFTP.

Dave Chadwick

Mike Gooding

Executive Academic Board Member

Mike Gooding is an Executive Academic Member of the AFTP.

Mike Gooding

Andrew Thomson

Executive Academic Board Member

Andrew Thomson is an Executive Academic Member of the AFTP.

Andrew Thomson

Baukje de Roos

Executive Academic Board Member

Baukje de Roos is an Executive Academic Member of the AFTP.

Baukje de Roos

Management Board Members

Carol Wagstaff

Director

Carol received her DPhil from the University of York in 1999 and is also an alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London. She was appointed as Assistant Professor at University of Reading in January 2007 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. She took over the Directorship of the BBSRC Food Advanced Training Partnership in 2012 and has subsequently become the Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership. She is also on the review panel of the Swedish Research Council for Natural, engineering and environmental sciences, Chair of Eucarpia Leafy Vegetables Group and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Food and Agricultural Science and Annual Plant Reviews Online.

Carol Wagstaff

Tim Hess

Deputy Director

Tim Hess is a Management Member of the AFTP.

Tim Hess

Barbara Mason

Partnership Manager

Barbara is the Partnership Manager for the AFTP and is based at the University of Reading. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and her research interests are cross-sector partnerships between industry and academia. Prior to joining the University of Reading, Barbara was a physical organic chemist in the biopharama industry for 17 years, specialising in blood brain barrier transport mechanisms.

Barbara is also a key member of the AFTP's Operations Team.

Barbara Marson

Deborah Kendale

Business Development and Marketing Manager

Deborah is a food science/microbiology graduate of the University of Leeds and holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing Postgraduate Diploma as well as Masters in Marketing Management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology. Deborah has held managerial roles in both the food and drink industry and the higher education sector. Whilst working in the HE sector, Deborah has been the project manager of the previous Agrifood Advanced Training Partnership from 2012-17 and prior to that co-ordinated masters level training and education programmes for food and pharmaceutical industry professionals, won regional and EU funding awards and provided consultancy to SME businesses in food product development.

Deborah is also a key member of the AFTP's Operations Team.

Deborah Kendale

Eefke Mollee

Academic Management Board Member

Eefke Mollee is a Management Board Member of the AFTP.

Eefke Mollee

Alan Rowe

Academic Management Board Member

Alan Rowe is a Management Board Member of the AFTP.

Alan Rowe

John Brameld

Academic Management Board Member

John Brameld is a Management Board Member of the AFTP.

John Brameld

Mitch Crook

Academic Management Board Member

Mitch Crook is a Management Board Member of the AFTP.

Mitch Crook

Mike Wilkinson

Academic Management Board Member

Mike Wilkinson is a Management Board Member of the AFTP.

Mike Wilkinson

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Operations Team

Sam Darby

Administrative Officer

Sam is based at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus in the School of Biosciences. She is the partnerships contact for modules held at Nottingham.

Sam Darby

Joel Reed

Digital and e-Learning Developer

Joel Reed joined the AgriFood Training Partnership in 2017 as a Digital and e-Learning Developer and he is primarily responsible for supporting academic staff from the AFTP’s six world-renowned UK university core partners to produce online distance learning and assessment materials. With a technical background in front-end web development and interactive multimedia, Joel was involved in the planning, development and delivery of the AFTP’s award-winning website and he continues to maintain this, alongside the Partnership’s other core online systems and services.

Joel Reed

Luis Ibhiabor

Digital and e-Learning Developer

Luis joined the AFTP team in 2017 as a digital and e-learning developer and is based at the University of Reading. Before joining the team, he worked for several publishing companies and academic institutions. His previous roles involved lecturing, content aggregation and data digitization.

Luis Ibhiabor

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Industry Advisory Board

  • David May, Industry Advisory Board Chair

Technical Groups

Crops & Fresh Produce

  • Co-Chair from industry (TBC)

  • Industry Representatives

  • Course Conveners

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Environment & Sustainability

  • Co-Chair from industry (TBC)

  • Industry Representatives

  • Course Conveners

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Food & Nutrition

  • Co-Chair from industry (TBC)

  • Industry Representatives

  • Course Conveners

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Livestock & Forages

  • Co-Chair from industry (TBC)

  • Industry Representatives

  • Course Conveners

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Our partners

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