Dr Belinda Clarke

Director of Agri-TechE

Belinda is driven by the belief that innovation is a critical driver for agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability and economic growth. Starting her career in crop research, she developed experience at the interface between industry, academia and government, and became determined to bring farmers, researchers and technology developers closer together to improve the efficiency of communication and collaboration between them, and to accelerate the adoption of new innovations on farms.

Over the last 8 years she has led the creation and development of Agri-TechE, an independent membership network spanning large and small agribusinesses, farmers, the research community, investors and entrepreneurs. With members from across the UK and internationally, Agri-TechE is one of the largest and longest-established agri-tech innovation ecosystems in Europe and was named national Networking Group of the Year at the UK SME Business Awards 2019.

Belinda is also a Non-Executive Director of Agrimetrics (one of the UK’s Agri-Tech Centres) and was a member of the Council of UKRI-BBSRC and a Trustee of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (2015-2021).

She has a first degree from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences (Part II Plant Sciences) and a PhD in plant biochemistry from the John Innes Centre. She is a Nuffield Scholar, an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Councils, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Chartered Biologist, and a qualified business coach.