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Senior Management Team

Photograph of Iain Gordon Professor Iain Gordon, Chief Executive

Iain, who holds both British and Australian nationality, returned to Scotland to take up the post after eight years working with CSIRO - the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - in Canberra. CSIRO is the national government body for scientific research in Australia.

Professor Gordon is native to Aberdeenshire and graduated with a zoology honours degree from the University of Aberdeen. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Cambridge.

He worked at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen, leading the Ecology Group, before moving to Australia in 2003.

imageProfessor Bob Ferrier, Director of Research Impact

Bob is Director of Research Impact and is responsible for the development and delivery of the Institute’s research portfolio, associated knowledge exchange, and income generation strategies.

He has over 20 years experience in water resources management in particular the hydrological, hydrochemical and ecological consequences of environmental change; in particular land use and management, and climate change.

Photograph of Colin CampbellProfessor Colin Campbell, Director of Science Excellence

Colin is Director of Science Excellence and is responsible for the strategic development of the excellence of the institute's scientists, facilities and resources.

He has 23 years of research experience in soil microbiology/soil science applied to agri-environment issues. His expertise lies in fundamental and applied studies on the effects of pollutants on soil microorganisms and soil health and in understanding how microbial diversity contributes to ecosystem functioning.

Beth Corcoran, Director of Finance and Company Secretary

Beth CorcoranBeth has considerable experience in science and accounting. After spending 10 years in analytical chemistry with AstraZeneca she changed career into accountancy.

She has over 20 years’ experience at executive director level in international commerce, public sector and charitable companies. Mergers, acquisitions and transforming businesses have been her speciality for the last 15 years.

Beth is responsible for ensuring the financial probity of the James Hutton Institute Group and delivering effective governance frameworks for the organisation. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Mark Sinclair, Director of Corporate Services

Mark SinclairMark has considerable experience of leading public and private sector organisations through organisational and transformational change both in the UK and internationally, He has managed various corporate services in the NHS, Higher Education, blue chip private sector, oil and gas and specialist chemical organisations and independent Government States. He also has considerable experience of spatial planning and survey having been a Royal Engineer (and in Military Survey) for 10 years. Mark has considerable experience of mergers and acquisitions.

Mark is responsible for Information Technology, Human Resources, Communications, Health, Safety, Quality and Environment, Facilities and Estates, Farms, Fields and Glasshouse Services and Capital Projects. His education includes RMA Sandhurst and he has an MBA.

Organisation Structure

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Registered office: The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie Dundee DD2 5DA. Charity No SCO41796

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.