The N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub Operational Team oversees the running of the hub, liaising with the Working Group to organise activity and outputs such as publications, events, publicity and training,

  • Professor Bob Doherty

    Policy Hub Director, University of York


    Bob Doherty is Professor of Marketing and N8 Chair in Agrifood at the University of York Management School.  Since joining York in 2012 he has been Principal Investigator of ‘IKnowFood’ and more recently ‘FixOurFood’ from the Transforming Food Systems SPF. From April 2019, Bob has been seconded as a policy fellow into UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on a new science research programme launched to inform DEFRA policy making:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/science-research-programme-launched-to-inform-defra-policy-making

    Bob has also provided both oral and written evidence for a range of House of Commons select committees, House of Lords Food and Farming enquiries and for the National Food Strategy, where he has played the role of rapporteur at public dialogues. In addition, he holds a number of institutional wide research positions including the University of York lead for N8 AgriFood with the role as Director of the N8 Food Systems Policy Hub and research theme leader for sustainable food in the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI). Furthermore, he is a trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation. Bob specialises in research on hybrid organisations and the management aspects of fair trade organisations and social enterprises and has published in Nature, Journal of Business Ethics and the International Journal of Management Reviews. Prior to moving into academia Bob spent nearly five years as Head of Sales and Marketing at the Fairtrade social enterprise, Divine Chocolate Ltd.

  • Anthonia James

    Operations Director


    Anthonia joined the N8 AgriFood Programme in November 2017 as the Operations Director, and in 2020 led the development of the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub.

    She has worked for 20 years in research project management, managing multiple projects and programmes totalling over £30m. She began her career managing a research network, building the capacity of primary care researchers across the UK Yorkshire region. She then spent over a decade at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development at the University of Leeds. During that time she managed several large EU funded projects and was the lead non-academic for two successful international research consortia, both funded by the Department for International Development.

  • Dr Belinda Morris

    Policy Hub Manager


    Belinda is responsible for internal and external reporting and financial monitoring on the N8 AgriFood programme.

    Belinda’s interests lie primarily in maths and science – she holds a PhD in surface and solid state chemistry (Manchester) and tutors maths and science to Key Stage 4. She built her experience in financial and project management whilst leading the Interpretation and Exhibition teams at the National Railway Museum. Prior to that she worked as a science communicator – designing and delivering community science events around the Yorkshire region.