Steven Walker has been Director-General of Campden BRI since June 2009. He has been with the Company for over 30 years in a variety of roles and a Director with over 22 years of operating at the highest levels of managerial accountability at the organisation interacting with senior technical, operational, financial and political representatives from the agri-food and allied industries and funding bodies.
Steven grew up in Hollywood, Co. Down and went to Queens University, Belfast where he obtained his first degree in Food Science and a PhD in Microbiology. He then moved to England and joined Campden in the Microbiology Department of the Company in 1986. In this role he worked extensively on predictive microbiology and chilled foods microbiology.
From 1994-2004, Steven undertook the newly created role of Director of Research, which guided, directed and managed the Company’s research programme, funded by membership-subscriptions, UK Government, the EC and industrial consortia. There was also extensive liaison with the industrial members of the agri-food chain.
From 2004 to 2009 Steven was Director of the Cereals and Cereal Processing Division. This involved leading and managing the research, consultancy, analytical and training activities in relation to cereals and their processing. During this time, he developed and extended the Company’s profile with key Government, trade bodies and industrial clients.
He was appointed Visiting Professor at Harper Adams University College, May 2010.
In addition to his roles at Campden BRI, Steven is also a Board Director at the Institute of Food Research and AIRTO. He sits on a number of BBSRC and government committees as was recently appointed to the DEFRA Agri-Food Tech Council. Steven has been actively involved in the evaluation of other research organisations in N. Ireland, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia.