Board of Directors

Colin Bennett is appointed Alan Tayler Advisory Fellow (Mathematics) by the University of Oxford. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School affordable medicines programme through the support of the Structural Genomics Consortium at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford. 

Colin is external board advisor at the University of Oxford Mathematical Institute and at the department of Biomedical Science, respectively to their separate centres for doctoral training (CDT) in industrially focused mathematical modelling (InFoMM) and sustainable approaches to biomedical sciences (SABS).

He is a trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the global centre for learning and experiencing the works, life and times of William Shakespeare through five historic houses and gardens; internationally designated museum collections; award-winning learning programmes and digital channels.

Colin is also a trustee at the Wallacea Trust, an international conservation body that aims to address the decline of environmental biodiversity found across world’s poorest counties in partnership with local communities. With a continued interest in earth sciences and environmental protection he advises the Oxford Climate Policy body and the Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute.

Dr James McIlroy is a practicing NHS doctor and the Founder of EnteroBiotix, one of Europe’s leading microbiome companies.

He started EnteroBiotix as a 21-year-old medical student in his Mum and Dad’s garden shed. He built the Company alongside his studies: raising over £2m in seed funding, hosting a visit from the First Minister/Chief Medical Officer and establishing several NHS and EU based hospital partnerships. As CEO, he led the Company to become the first in the world to secure a license from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in order to manufacture microbial products derived from faecal donations. Following this success, EnteroBiotix began distributing its first medicinal products internationally and the Company is now opening offices in Boston and Paris in 2019. 

James holds an Honours degree in Physiology from the University of Edinburgh and a degree in Medicine (MBChB) from the University of Aberdeen, graduating with a distinction and the Elective Prize in Child Health. After graduating, he was appointed as Honorary Lecturer in Healthcare Innovation to The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. His main research interest is the role and influence of gut bacteria in the pathogenesis and management of intestinal and extra-intestinal disease. He has presented work at over ten national/international conferences and has published several first author peer reviewed articles and book chapters in journals such as Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 

He is a Founding Member of the next-generation advisory committee at Opportunity North East, a privately held regional development agency founded by Sir Ian Wood that is focussed on stimulating economic renaissance in the North East of Scotland. He is also Orator at Robert Gordon’s College and Co-Founder of EthosBio CIC, an organisation established to embed socially impactful entrepreneurship within the life-sciences sector. 

James has won a number of awards for his entrepreneurial endeavours. He was named ‘Young Innovator of the Year’ by Herald Scotland and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Business Quarter Magazine. In 2016, he was awarded an Enterprise Fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2017, he was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship by United European Gastroenterology. 

Lewis Ritchie is a James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen. He holds honorary Professorships at the Universities of Edinburgh and the Highlands and Islands (UHI), and is an honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine with NHS Grampian. He is currently Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland and previously held posts as Principal General Practitioner at Peterhead Health Centre and Community Hospital and as Director of Public Health NHS Grampian.

Gavin is Managing Director of Marlin Bioconsulting Limited, and an experienced life sciences licensing and business development professional. His previous roles include Vice President of Business Development for Tibotec-Virco NV and Commercial Director of Phares Technology BV. At GSK, he was responsible for Global Licensing Infectious Diseases, and held senior marketing and commercial management posts with Novartis, Bayer and Janssen. He co-founded novel class antibiotic company MGB Biopharma in 2009 and currently represents the investment interests of Scottish Enterprise as Non-Executive Director at Lamellar Biomedical Limited.

Gavin serves on the advisory board of the Scottish Lifesciences Association, is an Enterprise partner at University of Strathclyde and is a Certified Licensing Professional as accredited by the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada).

Through her thirty year career, Carol has held a range of global HR Director roles within Investment Banking and high growth Technology businesses in London, Amsterdam and Edinburgh. She has led teams that have supported business strategy and change within international businesses, working alongside C-suite and Board level decision makers. Carol continues her career advising, mainly SME’s, whilst running her hypnotherapy business. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development. Carol is a member of both Equity Gap and Par Equity, Scottish business angel syndicates.