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Business Sector Leads

The Business Sector Leads are here to support the development of income within the James Hutton Institute which involves working with funding partners, horizon scanning, helping staff to draft proposals, providing advice and guidance to staff and working with the executive team to develop other strategic projects which enhance the institute.

Derek Stewart

Staff picture: Derek Stewart

Derek Stewart is the Business Sector Lead: AgriFood at the James Hutton Institute. As the Business Sector Lead: Agrifood, Derek is responsible for developing the research opportunities on agriculture, food and drink supply and value chains, production systems, biomass, waste valorisation and the (bio)circular economy.  Derek was previously the leader of the Crop Productivity and Utilisation Theme and before that the Plant Product and Food Quality department (SCRI). He current holds the Chair of Food Chemistry in the Department of Engineering and Physical Science at Heriot Watt University.  Over 30 years he has pursued a career in crop production, raw material composition and its relation to product quality, functionality, bioactivity and utility and this is reflected in his >170 refereed publications.  Across his career he has had coordination and WP leader positions in large EU grants and significant experience as a PI in RCUK and Innovate UK projects. Professor Stewart sits on many national and EU review panels and is currently one of the experts on the Quaker Centre of Excellence and Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre scientific advisory boards.

Richard Allan

Staff picture: Richard Allan

Richard Allan is the Business Sector Lead: Environment at the James Hutton Institute. As the Business Sector Lead: Environment, Richard is accountable for developing the research opportunities on natural capital, biodiversity, sustainability, the circular economy, water and other environmental topics.  Prior to working at the institute, Richard started his career in the whisky industry working as a chemist at William Grant and Sons and was involved in quality control, process optimisation and new product development. Richard went on to become the Chief Scientist at Scottish Water and then latterly Managing Director of Scottish Water Horizons and was responsible for delivering sustainable renewable energy for Scottish Water through wind, hydro, solar and waste recycling projects along with providing a range of other services. Richard has 25 years' experience in industry and current holds the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board: Environment at CEN. His PhD is in Risk Analysis and is focused on risk management performance of utilities.


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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.