Professor Graham Jellis - BSPP President
Graham is Director of Research and Development at HGCA, responsible for directing and controlling the R&D function, managing research projects on cereals and oilseeds (including the Recommended Lists) and producing independent information based on this research. He is also currently Lead Technical Director for the Applied Research Forum for Farming and Food which brings together the agricultural levy bodies and other funders in agriculture and food. He is a Special Professor in applied plant pathology at the University of Nottingham and sits on a number of agricultural committees/boards, including the BBSRC Sustainable Agriculture Strategy Panel and the Rothamsted Research Association.
Graham was trained as a plant pathologist at Manchester University where he completed a PhD on silver scurf of potatoes supervised by George Taylor in John Colhoun's department. He was employed at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge (later PBI Cambridge Ltd) for 27 years, initially as a potato pathologist, then as Head of the Plant Pathology Group and finally as Head of Plant Technology Group.
Graham has been active in the BSPP since its inception. He is a Founder Member and served as Publications Co-ordinator from 1984-91, co-editing three BSPP books resulting from Presidential Meetings. From 1985-93 he was a member of the Editorial Board of Plant Pathology. Graham was an elected Council Member (1989 -1992) and later served as Secretary (1994 -1998). With Nigel Hardwick (who was President at the time), he was instrumental in the establishment of BSPP as a company limited by guarantee.