Our team

Hadyn Parry, Chief Executive Officer

Hadyn ParryHadyn has an extensive background in the Life Science sector. During his fifteen-year career at Zeneca/Syngenta he held various positions, including General Manager of Zeneca Plant Sciences and European Director and Global Head of R&D for Advanta, one of the world’s largest seed companies. More recently he was CEO of MNL Pharmaceuticals, a company that was focused on pioneering a novel approach in immunology. Hadyn is also Chairman of Help For Heroes, a charity founded in 2007 to support wounded British soldiers.

Simon Warner, Chief Scientific Officer

Simon WarnerSimon has eighteen years of global commercial experience in biotechnology R&D in various roles at Syngenta in the United Kingdom and the United States, leading collaborative programs and delivering biotechnology products in crops for feed and fuel. Additionally, whilst at Syngenta he also worked as the R&D lead on technology acquisition on various agreements. Immediately prior to joining Oxitec, he was Senior Director of Research and Development Programs at Sapphire Energy, a start-up making algae based fuel, based in San Diego, California. Simon has a BSc in biochemistry from UCL and PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Leicester.

Bill Fleming, Chief Financial Officer

Bill Fleming Bill joins us from Bayer Healthcare having held senior finance positions in Europe and the USA. He has a law degree from Cambridge University and is a qualified ACMA. Previously, Bill served as European Finance Director for Visible Genetics, a pioneering company in the field of nucleic acid diagnostics.

Camilla Beech, Regulatory Affairs Manager

Camilla BeechCamilla has extensive international experience in the regulation of biotechnology products and crops. She obtained commercial food approval in the UK for the first GM crop in Europe, and obtained registrations for numerous biotechnology crops in Africa, Asia and the Americas. She advised the Humanitarian Board for Golden Rice on regulatory matters (1997 to 2004), and was a member of both US (BIO) and European Inter-industry groups (EUROPABIO) on The Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, Convention on Biological Diversity and Plant made Pharmaceuticals. Her most recent post was International Regulatory Manager for Syngenta Biotechnology Inc., based in San Diego, California.

Glen Slade, Head of Business Development

Glen SladeGlen has worked in agribusiness since 1998 when he joined Zeneca Agrochemicals as Head of Strategy. There he championed the role of biotechnology in integrated crop solutions, leading to the merger that formed Syngenta. He then worked in independent consulting roles addressing high profile marketing and strategy projects for Syngenta, Arysta and other agribusiness firms. In parallel to this work, Glen set up and ran two IT-related companies. He has a degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Insead.


Non-executive team

The Board of Directors is responsible for Oxitec’s corporate governance and is ultimately accountable for our activities, strategy and financial performance. The Board is comprised of Hadyn Parry CEO, Dr Luke Alphey CSO and the following non-executive directors:

Dr Christopher Richards, Chairman

Chris has more than 25 years’ experience in the agriculture and public health fields. In 20 years with ICI, Zeneca and Syngenta, he had very wide experience in technical and commercial areas, including ICI Public Health and general management roles in S America and Asia. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Arysta LifeScience, the Tokyo-based international agrochemical company and was responsible for transforming the company into a powerful global force in the sector. From 2010, Chris has been Chairman of Arysta LifeScience. He is also a member of the Boards of Dechra plc, an international veterinary pharmaceutical business and of Bio Products Ltd, a blood plasma products company owned by the UK Department of Health. Prior to joining the private sector in 1983, he worked in research with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the UK. Chris earned a master’s degree in zoology and a D. Phil. in ecology at St. John’s College, Oxford University.

Dr Luke Alphey, Director

After completing a degree at Cambridge University and a PhD at the University of Dundee, Luke held research posts at Imperial College, London and the University of Dundee, was a lecturer at the University of Manchester and then became an MRC Senior Research Fellow and Reader in Genetics at the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, where he is now a Visiting Professor. Luke is also Group Leader of Vector-borne Viral Diseases at The Pirbright Institute. He is the inventor of the RIDL® system, and a founder of Oxitec.

Landon Clay

Landon is a Managing Member of East Hill Advisors, Chairman of the Clay Mathematics Institute, and Chairman of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation. Prior to founding East Hill, he was CEO and Chairman of Eaton Vance. Landon serves on various other boards including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received an AB cum laude from Harvard College.

Edward Mott

Ted founded and is Chief Executive of Oxford Capital Partners. After a period with Corning Inc., where he led the introduction of fibre optics in Europe, Ted pursued a career in investment banking in New York, Paris, Hong Kong and London. Ted is a graduate of Cambridge University (MA Economics) and INSEAD Business School (MBA), and speaks fluent English, French and German. He serves on the boards of several companies as a non-executive director, mostly in the fields of new technologies and has a keen interest in sustainability engineering.

Christopher Towler

Dr Towler was educated in the life sciences and then spent 23 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry, 13 of which were as leader of a project management organisation. He also led a variety of projects and programmes relating to drug development and organisational change in an international context. Chris joined Imperial College in 2001 to assist new Vice Chancellor, Sir Richard Sykes, particularly in the realms of complex project management, commercialisation of science and communication. He joined Oxford University in 2008 as Director of Oxford Spinout Equity Management to create new unit with responsibility for management of University’s shareholdings in its spinouts and investment of University funds in portfolio companies. Chris is a non-executive director of a number of life-science based spinouts.