Professor Mark J Bailey OBE Executive Director of UKCEH – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

After graduating with a degree in microbiology and a PhD in insect virology, Mark spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow studying bacterial pathogenicity before moving to the NERC Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology, later CEH’s Oxford site.

Mark became the Oxford site’s director in 2002 and Science Director of CEH’s Biodiversity Programme from 2003 to 2012, when he was appointed Director of CEH and in 2019 Executive Director of UKCEH.

Markā€™s key research interests include biogeochemical cycling, functional diversity and microbial metagenomics in the study of soil-plant-microbe interactions, and the wider application of molecular ecology in the environmental sciences.  Broader interests include the general ecology of systems and multi-scale trophic interactions, and the role and relevance of biodiversity in sustaining our planet.