Who are we?


John Landell Mills – Managing Director

An agronomist and management consultant trained at Cambridge, he started a number of successful agriculture and natural resources-related ventures (see www.landell-mills.com and www.lmc.co.uk). Landell Mills Limited played a key role in such diverse ventures as the large-scale growing of soya in Zambia, pioneering the Scottish salmon farming industry and the transformation of the global date palm industry by the development of date palm micropropagation. John also has extensive experience as a consultant for DFID, the EC and the World Bank as well as many private clients. Having lived and worked in Brussels he has long-standing links with EU/EC policy makers. LML under his direction worked extensively in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. In Russia his company managed an 800 ha potato farm and has been involved in many other projects.

Rod Scott – Research Director
Head of the highly-rated Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Bath University where he has been a professor for several years.  Rod has a PhD in plant genetic engineering and has worked extensively with the plant biotechnology industry, including with Nickerson Seeds on artificial male sterility systems and Syngenta on wheat improvement. He developed novel IP that increases seed yield in crop species; two systems have been licensed to two major international biotechnology companies.  He has led the recent creation of the Crop-Innovations not-for-profit venture which supports agricultural diversification through research.  He also takes part in public engagement with science by chairing the Bath Science Café and other activities.

Heather Sanders - Business Development Manager.
Heather has a PhD in plant biology and extensive experience of molecular biology research, scientific project management and technology adaptation. Leading cutting-edge collaborative projects, Heather has helped to bring novel technology into developing country value chains. Heather runs Crop-Innovations, conceiving and implementing projects, building collaborative partnerships and sourcing funding.

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