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 and head of product development

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.

Maria Severino

Head of finance, hr and admin

Maria has been with IFIS since 2001, initially as Accountant and more recently as Head of Finance, HR, and Admin, where her duties cover all aspects of financial control and management.

A full member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT), Maria has previously worked for CSL, Avco Trust, Guardian Royal Exchange, and BT in various financial roles.

Rhianna Jones

Head of marketing

Rhianna joined IFIS in 2014 and is responsible for marketing.

She is on the committee of the British Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Webmaster of the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition 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.

Carlos Gimeno

Head of sales

Carlos joined IFIS as Head of Sales in January 2018.

He has been an active member of the international publishing community since 2005 and has held international development roles with Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press and Ingram. His area of expertise is in digital migration in developing markets and will be leading the commercial expansion of FSTA and Escalex globally.

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.