Janet is the Chief Executive of Agri Technology Organisation for UKTI and is a non-civil servant specialist
Janet has a personal Chair in Biotechnology and Food Science, and an OBE for Services to Science and Technology .She was a former Dean of Science and Technology and has a wide range of scientific publications. She is a national expert in the regulatory framework relating to the genetic modification of plants and has Chaired many national and international expert panels.
She was a Senior Specialist Advisor (Government and Europe) to One Northeast from 2004-2007. Janet was also a founder member of the Science and Industry Council and was seconded from academia to the position of Chief Executive of EPICC (European Process Industries Competitiveness Centre) from 1997 until 2001 when EPICC became part of the Centre for Process Innovation.
Prior to following an academic career, she was senior research microbiologist at J Sainsbury Limited and has maintained close links with businesses across the food chain and has delivered a large portfolio of consultancy and non-executive roles bridging the gap between public and private sectors.