BSPP Board Members

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Prof Richard Oliver: BSPP President

Centre for Crop and Disease Management, Curtin University, Bentley, Perth, WA 6845, Australia

Prof Murray Grant: BSPP President-Elect and Chair of the Fellowship Committee

Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1392 725166; e-mail:

Prof Dawn Arnold: BSPP Vice-President and Chair of the Travel Committee

University of the West of England, Coldharbour Ln, Bristol BS16 1QY
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 83819 email:

Dr Sarah Holdgate: Secretary

NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE UK
Tel: +64 (0)1223 342211 email:

Prof Mahmut Tör: Treasurer

National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1905 542360; email:

Dr Elizabeth Orton: Programme secretary

Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UH, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1603 450000; email:

Dr Sam Lee: Membership secretary

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ, UK.

Elected Board Members 2015-2017

Dr John Carr: Publicity Officer

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EA
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 766416; email:

Prof John Jones: Liaison with other societies

The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1382 568828; email:

Elected Board Members 2016-2018

Dr Michael Csukai: Innovation & Industrial Liaison Officer

Biostress Biology, Syngenta, Jealott's Hill International Research Centre, Bracknell RG42 6EY
Tel: +44 (0)1344 414094 email:

Elected Board Members 2017-2019

Dr Andy Bailey: Education Officer

Office Life Sciences: 301, Life Sciences Building,, 24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
+44 (0) 117 39 41171 email:

Dr Richard Harrison: PIPs project manager

East Malling Research, New Road, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ
+44 (0)1732 843833 email:

Elected Board Members 2018-2020

Professor Pietro Spanu

Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK
+44 (0)20 7594 5384. email:

Dr Phil Taylor

CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW209TY, UK
+44 (0)1491 829069. email:

Invited to attend board meetings by invitation (not Board members)

Dr Matthew Dickinson: Senior Editor, Plant Pathology

School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough LE12 5RD, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)115 951 3236; Fax: +44 (0)115 951 6334; e-mail:

Prof. Ralph Dean: Editor in Chief, Molecular Plant Pathology

Center for Integrated Fungal Research, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA. Tel: +1 919 513-0020. E-mail:

Dr Gerard Clover: Senior Editor, New Disease Reports

The Royal Horticultural Society, 80 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3176 5800; e-mail:

Dr Jennifer Hodgetts: Newsletter Editor

The Food and Environment Research Agency, Room 04FA09, Sand Hutton, York, YO41LZ, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1904 462330; e-mail:

Dr Phil Smith: Oureach Officer

Coordinator, Teacher Scientist Network, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, NORWICH, NR4 7UH.
Tel. 01603 450304; e-mail:

Mr William Kay: Webmanager

Biosciences, Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD

Dr Nelly Brewer: Social Media Manager