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.

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.

Darren Hassall- Head of Marketing

Darren has wide commercial and journalistic experience and joins the CHAP team as Head of Marketing. Darren is York-based, with a media background, most recently coming from the commercial arm of Minster FM radio in York. Before this, he built and ran a food and drink magazine and website where he played an integral role in the design and development of both the hard-copy magazine and website. He was responsible for the overall branding of the organisation as well as taking the lead on the marketing and communications strategy. He consequently became a digital marketing and social media expert and led a team of ten. From 2000, he spent a number of years working at the Metro newspaper in London and at a public sector recruitment agency. He is a fluent Japanese speaker and spent six years in Tokyo teaching English as a foreign language at both a private school and a medical university.

Richard Glass – Innovation Hub Lead

Richard Glass has over 30 years of experience working with R&D projects and field trials dealing with crop protection with a wide range of crops and climatic zones for both the private and public sector. A farmer’s son, born in County Durham he worked in Latin America, France and Spain before joining the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Central Science Laboratory (CSL) in 1991. During a career at CSL and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) he coordinated EU and EFSA funded projects dealing with pesticide exposure and improving exposure risk assessments. This involved a number of projects developing aggregate and cumulative exposure models and projects supporting the Safe Use Initiative, particularly in southern European Member States. Richard has also managed several Defra funded projects dealing with spray drift and bystander/resident exposure. In 2014 he returned to the private sector managing field studies in the EU and south east Asia. He continues to be a trustee of the Association of Applied Biologists, with specialist groups dealing with biopesticides, sustainable agriculture and pesticide application.

Louise Saw – Membership Scheme Manager

Louise Saw joins the team as Membership Scheme Manager. Initially she will be researching the different types of membership schemes and working with stakeholders to identify the best one for CHAP. Louise’s background is in Project Management, she has over 15 years project, partnership and stakeholder management. She is a skills expert with broad knowledge and experience in UK education systems. She joins us from the Bio-renewables Development Centre where she was managing a bio-refining project, funded by Innovate UK, to reduce waste from sugar cane processing in India. Louise has also recently gained economic development experience by developing the Skills Service for the Leeds City Region Enterprise partnership, a service which sourced training and offered grants of £500-50k to help businesses grow.

Katie Edwards – Office Manager

Katie is our 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.

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.