Chief Executive Officer

Dr Sinclair Mayne 

Dr Sinclair Mayne
Dr Sinclair Mayne
Dr Sinclair Mayne was appointed as AFBI's Chief Executive Officer on 1 November 2016.

Dr Mayne graduated in agriculture from Queen’s University, Belfast and undertook his PhD at the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ARINI) at Hillsborough. He was then appointed leader of the dairy research programme at the Grassland Research Institute in Devon, England, before returning to ARINI as Head of Dairy Research in 1987. He was appointed Director of ARINI in 2002 prior to its incorporation into AFBI in 2006.

Dr Mayne was appointed Departmental Scientific Adviser with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2009, and returned to AFBI in 2013 as Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division.

Dr Mayne is recognised internationally for his research on grassland and milk production and is a past President of both the British Grassland Society and the British Society of Animal Science. He has published over 100 scientific papers, is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and received the Princess Royal Award in 2013 from the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.