The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), one of Innovate UK’s four Innovation Centres funded through the government Agri-Tech Strategy initiative, has appointed its first chief executive. York-based CIEL, a public: private company partnership, has been under interim management since it opened in March 2016.

Lyndsay Chapman has spent her career in the dairy processing sector. She was agriculture director at Müller Milk & Ingredients, where she helped integrate the Dairy Crest Dairies business acquired in 2015. She has worked at Dairy Crest in a number of roles since 2001, but started her career as a management trainee with the Milk Marketing Board, going onto work for its successor co-operatives.

In her new role, Ms Chapman will be responsible for leading CIEL, working with industry to identify key challenges and priorities and delivering relevant research through the Centre’s world class facilities.

“Lyndsay’s experience in leading teams and developing collaborative relationships makes her the ideal person to lead CIEL,“ says its chairman Tim Bennett. “We need someone who can work across the entire supply chain, bringing everyone together to identify key industry priorities and help reduce fragmentation in the research area.

“Lyndsay’s work at Müller and Dairy Crest demonstrates she is capable of delivering results and leading change. She is an excellent communicator and influencer and I look forward to working with her to take CIEL through the next stage in its development.”

Mrs Chapman adds: “Innovation is vital to drive the entire livestock supply chain forward and help the UK remain competitive in a challenging market place.

“I intend to create valuable partnerships and collaborations within the research community and livestock supply chain to identify and accelerate leading innovation for industry and livestock farmers.”