Leadership and trustees

At IFIS, we’re extremely proud of our reputation for authenticity, integrity and excellence. These values are lived at every level of our organisation, starting with our board of trustees and management team.

Management team

Jonathan Griffin

Managing Director

Jonathan joined IFIS as Head of Product Development in January 2018, being appointed as Managing Director shortly after.

Jonathan has been developing digital services for the academic and regulatory markets for the last 15 years. He has worked for Thomson Reuters and the British Standards Institution, where he was Head of Market Development. Most recently, he worked at the Publishers Licensing Society, where he developed new licensing tools that won two innovation awards in 2017. He has an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

Carol Durham

Head of Sales and Partnerships

Carol joined IFIS as Business Development Manager in January 2019 and was appointed Head of Sales in March 2020.

Carol has worked in the field of academic publishing since 2006. She worked for Emerald for 8 years, initially as Business Manager for Australasia then moving into the areas of Business Development in the UK and later Publishing Development, managing the new launch and acquisition programmes. Most recently Carol worked for Pearson, working with senior stakeholders at universities in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland to help them achieve their long and short-term strategic aims.

Rhianna Gamble

Head of Marketing and Engagement

Rhianna joined IFIS in 2014 and is responsible for marketing, customer relations and training.

She is on the committee of the British Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) looking after Marketing and Communications; co-chair of the Web Page Committee of the Food, Agriculture and Environmental Resources (FAER) division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA); and a member of the Marketing and Communications working group of the Research4Life programme. Rhianna previously worked for Elsevier, marketing scientific journals and conferences.

James Nash

Finance Manager

James joined IFIS in April 2019 as Finance Manager.

James has been working in finance for 32 years with multi-national companies in manufacturing, IT & data capture. Most recently for the UK office of MacDermid Performance Solutions Ltd  as Treasury accountant in the Financial Shared Service Centre.

During his career, James has gained a wealth of workflow systems knowledge where he has been a project sponsor on ERP upgrades and new installs.

Andrew Tarling

Head of Product Development

Andrew joined IFIS in 2019 as Digital Product Manager and became Head of Product Development in 2020.

He has a background both in digital technologies and ePublishing, and has previously worked with a number of UK and European publishers including Thomas Nelson, Infinitas Learning, OUP and Wolters Kluwer. He has degrees in Computer Science and Archaeology, and has published research on Digital Business Transformation in conjunction with IMD in Switzerland.

Gary Taylor

Senior Editorial Manager, Research

Gary joined IFIS in 1999 as part of the Editorial team responsible for the production, content and quality of FSTA.

Gary has a background in medical sciences, undertaking research into the lipid-lowering properties of pre- and probiotics at Reading University. Areas of particular interest whilst at IFIS have been the expansion of the nutrition and health content in FSTA, and improving content discoverability through development of the FSTA thesaurus.

Board of trustees

Colin Dennis

Colin has been a member of the IFIS Board since 2009 and has been Chair since 2013. He has extensive experience in food research and senior management, including 21 years as Director-General at Campden BRI.

Barbara Byrd Keenan

Barbara joined the IFIS Board in 2003. She is currently CEO at the Endocrine Society having previously been Executive Vice President of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Barbara is a well-respected contributor and key note speaker at industry events across the globe.

David Duncan

David joined the IFIS board in 2012. Most recently the Group Head of Technology at Bloomsbury, David has also occupied senior positions at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Wolters Kluwer.

Pedja Pavlicic

Pedja joined the IFIS board in 2017. He is currently Head of Digital at Bloomsbury, having previously worked in senior positions at Cengage Learning, Experian QAS and Ovid Technologies

Weibiao Zhou

Weibiao joined the IFIS Board in 2012. He is currently a full professor and Director of the Food Science and Technology Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS). In his career in academia and research, Weibiao has focused on food research since 1992.