NIAB chief Tina Barsby awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours List

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Dr Tina Barsby, CEO of Cambridge-based crop science organisation NIAB, has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year Honours List for services to agricultural science and biotechnology.

Dr Barsby is a plant geneticist, well known for her scientific achievements and significant experience in the agricultural crop sector. CEO of NIAB since 2008, her strong leadership skills and supportive staff have enabled Dr Barsby to position NIAB where it is today, the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisation.

Jim Godfrey, Chairman of the NIAB Board, said: “Tina is an outstanding and inspiring scientist who has spent her career ensuring that effective and innovative crop research is translated into practice across farms in the UK and, latterly, in other countries across the world. Everyone at NIAB is delighted and proud that her work is being recognised in this way.”

Dr Barsby said: “This award is a great honour for me and a tribute to all the colleagues I’ve worked with across the industry over the years. Every day I’m inspired by the work being carried out at NIAB and the essential contribution we are making to help our industry fulfil its potential in food production.”


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