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Our team is led by Iris Anderson who has 35 years of policy, business and research experience specialising in the bioeconomy, agriculture, energy and sustainability issues.

She also has expertise in diversity and inclusion, setting up staff networks and helping to build and lead cross Whitehall diversity networks and help staff development through mentoring and coaching.  Skills available in the team include Project Management, designing and delivering training, facilitation, IT and designing and delivering events.

Bioeconomy Experience

Iris Anderson has represented the UK in bioeconomy, agriculture, energy and sustainability issues and is proficient in global marketing of UK agri-tech and bio industries.

She has spent the majority of her career within MAFF, DEFRA and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Her various roles have included Head of Energy Innovation and Head of Renewable Materials.

She sponsored the National Non Food Crops Centre and led various projects. She has developed UK and EU policy on the use of bio resources, with emphasis on biomaterials and energy from waste to maximise efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions.

She has mentored small business and worked on knowledge transfer whilst at Adapt, UEA. She has supported bioenergy and biomass developments and other related initiatives in energy and renewables. She is an evaluator for BBI JU and H2020.

She is currently the First Ambassador of BBIA, a trade association promoting the bioeconomy in the UK and a Committee member of the Natural Materials Association, part of IOM3.

Diversity & Inclusion Experience

Iris Anderson has longstanding expertise in advising organisations on how to improve their equality and diversity practices and to build the business case for more diversity. Her commitment and ability in these areas were recognised in 2015 when she was awarded the British Empire Medal for her work on diversity.

From 1996 to 2003 Iris was Chair of North Kensington Women’s Refuge, helping women and children suffering from domestic violence. From 2000 – 2008 she helped set up and was Chair of the Ethnic Minority Network, a faith and race staff network at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and then, in 2008, set up and was Chair of the Religion & Ethnic Minority Network in the Department of the Energy & Climate Change until 2016.
As Co- Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum, she worked closely with other diversity networks to embed diversity strategy and processes within the civil service and in policies affecting all communities.
Her greatest strength is the ability to quickly identify problems and propose and implement solutions. She also has excellent persuasion skills and the ability to work cohesively across different organisational boundaries, with staff at all levels.