Dr Julian Little FRSB
Having worked in plant science and crop production for over 30 years, Julian have recently set up Julian Little Communications, using his experience to help other individuals and organisations improve their communications and public affairs activity, their confidence in front of the media or Select Committees, and to help affect real management change where it is really needed.
With a PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology from the University of Wales, he worked initially as a plant biochemist in both the UK and France, before switching to communicating science in 2002 and has been Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Bayer Crop Science in the UK, chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, and chair of the EuropaBio Communications Committee in Brussels.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and based in deepest, darkest north Essex, he loves explaining complex issues especially in plant science and agriculture, recognising that different people need different approaches.
He has been interviewed on BBC CountryFile on many occasions as well as a regular contributor to BBC and commercial radio and TV news programmes, including Newsnight, HardTalk, the Adam Boulton Show on Sky, the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Costing the Earth, and You and Yours, and even a mention on BBC’s Have I Got News for You.
He has given both written and oral evidence to numerous Parliamentary Select Committees including the Science & Technology, Environmental, Food & Rural Affairs, EU Scrutiny, the Environmental Audit Committees, as well as a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups.
A regular key note and engaging guest speaker, Julian also runs workshops for university students who may be entrepreneurs of the future, encouraging them to integrate communication plans right at the start of their thinking, to avoid problems later.