Stephen Visscher

Deputy Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Steve has been Deputy Chief Executive at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) since November 2008. He now leads on BBSRC international activities and global partnerships. He has extensive experience of research policy, funding and administration in institutes and universities having joined BBSRC on its formation in 1994 from the Agricultural and Food Research Council, initially serving as Director of Finance. He has subsequently undertaken a variety of roles, including BBSRC Interim Chief Executive for one year and Chief Operating Officer for seven years, a role that included international relations alongside other strategic initiatives such as UK Campus Developments.

Steve has developed extensive links in food security with funders in the US, Canada, Brazil, France, India, China, the European Union, and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He took a leading role in establishing the G20 International Wheat Initiative and the International Wheat Yield Partnership, a public-private partnership. In recent years, he has led the UK delegation to G20 meetings of agricultural chief scientists in Russia, Australia, and Turkey.

Steve’s external roles include Chair of the Institutions’ Committee of the G20 sponsored Global Wheat Initiative, Vice Chair of the International Wheat Yield partnership, director of the Norwich Research Park Campus Partnership, trustee of the Medical Research Foundation and observer member on the boards of two leading institutes: Rothamsted Research and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Steve is fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

For his support for scientific research, Steve was honoured in 2013 with the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire, awarded for outstanding work in the respective individual’s field.