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Trish Malarkey joins NIAB Board

The UK crop science organization NIAB has appointed Trish Malarkey as a member of its Board.

With a career spanning over 30 years in food and agritech innovation, Ms Malarkey has held senior research and development roles in multinational businesses in the UK, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the USA. These include Chief Innovation Officer at Royal DSM, Head of Global Research and Development at Syngenta, and various non-executive director and scientific advisory roles in established global companies and start-ups.

Commenting on Ms. Malarkey’s appointment, Dr. David Buckeridge, chair of the NIAB Board, said: “The role of the Board is to support the organization in its strategic development. Global agriculture is changing as we embrace advances in food productivity while reducing its impact on the climate and improving our biodiversity. NIAB has a central role in developing and translating this science into proven and practical applications for farmers and growers. Trish’s ability to bring together commercial business and R&D strategies, alongside her breadth of scientific technical expertise, and her knowledge of the global agribusiness industry, will provide NIAB with unique and valued insight in its future development.”

Trish Malarkey responded: “This is a great time to join NIAB, and I am hugely impressed at the strategic changes the organization has implemented over the past 15+ years to strengthen its capabilities in crop genetic research, applied agronomy, and knowledge transfer. I look forward to being involved in the next steps in NIAB’s vision to ensure high-yielding, profitable crop production goes hand in hand with reducing agriculture’s environmental and climate impact.”

Dr Buckeridge thanked Professor Alison Smith and Dr Nigel Kerby, who are retiring as Board members, for their service and support of NIAB over the past eight years.

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