Professor Ian Crute Director Rothamsted Research Harpenden Hertfordshire AL3 5HY email@example.com Professor Ian Crute is 59 and has been Director of Rothamsted Research (RRes) since 1999. Ian obtained at First Class Honours degree in botany and a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. From 1973 to 1986 he was a research group leader in plant pathology at what is now Warwick-HRI (formerly Horticulture Research International - Wellesbourne). In 1986 he obtained a Fulbright Fellowship and went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA and on returning to England in 1987 he moved to HRI East Malling (now East Malling Research) as Head of the Crop and Environment Protection Department where his responsibilities included plant pathology and entomology research on perennial crops. He moved back to HRI at Warwick in 1993 and after 2 years as Head of Plant Pathology (with responsibilities across six geographically dispersed HRI sites), he became Director at Wellesbourne with overall responsibility for the research direction at the site until his move to Rothamsted. Ian’s scientific contributions are recorded in over 160 publications; he was awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1992 and the British Crop Production Council Medal in 2006. He was elected President of the British Society for Plant Pathology in 1995, holds a Visiting Professorship in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, is Chairman of the Sainsbury Laboratory Council (at the John Innes Centre) and a member of the Council of the Biosciences Federation. In the recent past he has also served as Chairman of the Plant and Microbial Sciences Committee of BBSRC and as a member of BBSRC Strategy Board. Ian is currently working as a member of the Royal Society working group on “Biological methods of enhancing food-crop production” as well as the Lead Expert Group for the UK Foresight project on “Food and Farming Futures”.