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New chairwoman appointed to lead part of Harpenden’s Rothamsted Research

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 December 2018

Baroness of Whitchurch, Margaret Beryl Jones, has been appointed chairwoman of RoCRE. Picture: RoCRE

Baroness of Whitchurch, Margaret Beryl Jones, has been appointed chairwoman of RoCRE. Picture: RoCRE

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A new chairwoman has been appointed to lead part of Harpenden’s famous science lab.

The Baroness of Whitchurch, Margaret Beryl Jones, will take up her position at Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) this month.

She is responsible for developing a strategy, providing clear direction, and ensuring RoCRE delivers for its shareholders.

Baroness Jones is shadow minister for environment, food and rural affairs, a British Labour peer, and previously a trade union official and Labour politician.

Executive director of RoCRE, Nicole Sadd, said: “We are delighted to welcome Baroness Jones to RoCRE. Her skills and expertise coupled with her knowledge and experience of the environment and political landscape are the perfect combination to help RoCRE build to its full potential and respond to the government’s industrial strategy.”

Baroness Jones added: “RoCRE has a big part to play in bringing innovation, research and science together to encourage the development of the agritech sector.

“I’m very much looking forward to taking up the position, and supporting RoCRE in its role in developing a long-term, sustainable solution to tackle the global challenges we face as a society such as a growing population, climate change and an increase in aspirational lifestyle expectations.

“There is a huge opportunity in the agritech arena due to the technological advances taking place and the UK has the ability to be the leader on the world stage.”

RoCRE is part of the historic Rothamsted Research campus.

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