Fraser Black – CEO

Fraser spent 2 years at NERC Institute of Virology Oxford as a research scientist before moving to the first step in his commercial roles with Amersham International. He has over 30 years’ commercial experience (sales, marketing, and business and market development) in the Bioscience industry. He lived and worked in UK, Germany and the US in a variety of sectors that included President of Hoefer Pharmacia, San Francisco, Vice-President of Service, Americas for Amersham Biosciences and Global GM for Scientific Asset Services for GE Healthcare, Life Science Division. Fraser has taken leadership roles as Managing Director of BioCity Scotland and latterly as Managing Director of James Hutton Limited where the emphasis has been very much on the interface of academia, industry and government to drive industry lead Commercialisation of IP by building a Professional Services delivery approach. He has a passion for both the development and adoption of innovation to drive health and wealth. Fraser was recently on the Board of Opportunity North East which secured £30M for a Life Science Innovation Hub in Aberdeen and is a member of The Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group, that advises the Scottish Government.

Ruth Bastow – Innovation Director

Ruth has a strong background in genetics and molecular biology with a Ph.D in Plant Biology from the University of Warwick and several research posts in at a number of institutions nationally and internationally. Ruth left the bench in 2004 to pursue a career in science strategy, policy and communication initially as the coordinator of the UK Arabidopsis Research Network (GARNet). She established the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) and was awarded the Society of Biology Presidents Medal for her support of the UK Plant Sciences Community. Ruth has held leadership roles as Head of the ELIXIR UK Coordination Office at the Earlham Institute and was Executive Director of the Global Plant Council where she coordinated the international activities of 28 member national, regional and international plant, crop and soil societies to facilitate the development of plant science for global challenges such as world hunger, energy, climate change, health and well-being, sustainability and environmental protection. As a farmer’s daughter with an outstanding scientific publication record in world-renowned journals, Ruth is well placed to drive forward an innovative and collaborative R&D programme at CHAP that will support sustainable agriculture production at home and abroad.

Lynda Burns Hussein – Chief Operating Officer

Lynda’s background is in programme and project management. She has worked on projects as diverse as the introduction of the Transport of London Oystercard in 2002 to most recently leading the re- design and delivery of investment funding to construction employers at the Construction Industry Training Board. Lynda brings substantial experience of change management, portfolio governance, assurance and project controls in local and central government, higher education, financial services and transportation.

Linsey Cresswell – Commercial Director


Linsey has a strong commercial background (technical services, sales, marketing, business development) with experience throughout the Life Science Sector, leaving the laboratory bench over 30 years ago.Linsey has worked for  Amersham International plc,  GE Healthcare and set up her own company in 2005, LLC Associates Limited, to provide commercial resource to the Life Science Industry with another ex GE colleague

Linsey holds a science degree and an MBA.

Kelly Crowther-Riley – Financial Controller

Kelly has spent over nine years working in the construction industry fulfilling many roles. Most recently she has held a senior, board level position in a SME within the manufacturing sector. Kelly has been successful in enhancing budgetary systems, business planning and cost management. She holds an MSc degree and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Charlotte Milligan – Head of Policy and Communications

Charlotte spent more than 20 years at ITV Yorkshire as a journalist and was Political Editor and Head of Output for many years. Having left ITV at the end of 2008, Charlotte worked for a London/NE based public affairs company. This has involved creating both political and communication strategies for clients in the UK and the US. During this time Charlotte built up a wide network of contacts across the political spectrum and a thorough understanding of political procedure across a range of issues. Alongside this, Charlotte runs her own media training courses to teach senior executives how to create and deliver messages under pressure in a range of formats, including the broadcast media. Charlotte provides political and media support to the Conservative Yorkshire MP, Kevin Hollinrake, and is therefore regularly in Westminster and to other clients on an ad hoc basis.

Katie Edwards – Office Manager

Katie joins CHAP as our York Office Manager having previously spent ten years in commercial and administrative process improvement roles, working within Education and MOD market sectors.  In addition to her Office Management role Katie also provides required support to the CHAP Executive team.

Naurin Fatima – Finance Assistant

Naurin has recently joined CHAP as a part time Finance Assistant. She has 6 years experience in all aspects of accounts. She is currently in the final stages of her ACCA qualification and is looking forward to growing her skills with her new role.