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Meet the Teams

Research & Innovation

19 August 2015

Dr. Bill Parker

Director of Research

024 7647 8669

The AHDB Potatoes R&D team is responsible for developing and implementing a research strategy which focuses on priorities crucial for a profitable and sustainable future. They also provide the link to government sponsors and industry collaborators, as well as representing the industry on technical issues.


Dr Sue Cowgill, Senior Scientist (Pests)


t: 07768 177 569

Sue has a background in crop protection research. Her roles include the development and monitoring of a programme of commissioned R&D projects to address knowledge gaps in pest and disease management; and potato storage.


Alice Sin, Research Management Scientist


t: 024 7647 8785

Alice is responsible for the project management of AHDB Potatoes funded research covering soils, water, environment and precision agriculture. She also oversees the studentship and fellowship schemes. Her background is in environmental management and data analysis.


AHDB Potatoes R&D

“The investment in R&D is driven by customer needs and innovation and focuses on the industry priorities that are crucial for a profitable and sustainable future.”

Projects are commissioned and managed that aim to improve marketable yield, reduce defects and reduce input costs. Currently the programme involves around 40 projects with a total programme value of approximately £15m. Of this £1.2m p.a. is levy payer funding, with the remainder coming from other sponsors including Scottish Government, Defra, Innovate UK, BBSRC and potato industry businesses. Links to the AHDB Potatoes Corporate Plan and R&I Strategy Document are provided below.

AHDB Potatoes Corporate Plan 

Research and Innovation Strategy 2015-2020

AHDB Potatoes position statement on use of Genetic Modification 

Current R&D Programme

The research programme can be divided into 5 key areas: pest; disease; agronomy; storage; and consumer-related research. The projects are carried out at research centres throughout the UK.

Current R&D Projects Summary

Commissioning of Research



To find out more about both completed and live projects in our research programme please go to the research projects section of the library.