Experience

Dr Mark Whittaker (Managing Director)

Mark is the owner and Managing Director of APIS, and a leading authority on the registration of biopesticides in Europe and the US. With an international reputation for his pragmatic approach to regulatory problem solving, he has assembled a team of uniquely talented people who help to make APIS one of the world’s most innovative contract research labs.


Vicki Whittaker (Facility Manager)

Vicki has an academic background in environmental science and a post-graduate career that included financial services and intelligence coordination for the police. She is the organisational hub of APIS, with responsibility for all personnel and finance matters, and for the coordination of our busy study schedule.


Dr Rüdiger Hauschild (Director of Biopesticides, APIS GmbH)

A biologist specialising in molecular plant physiology, plant pathology, nematology and applied biocontrol research, Rüdiger has been closely involved in the regulation of biocontrol products since 2004. He has been involved in more than 40 dossier submissions for microorganisms, botanicals and semiochemicals in the EU, and was involved in several EU research and policy initiatives, including the REBECA, ProLarix and BIOCOMES projects.


Dr Götz Neurath (Director, APIS GmbH)

A European Registered Toxicologist, Götz has been involved in regulatory affairs for Plant Protection Products since 2002. He has been involved in study design and monitoring, dossier preparation and risk assessment for microorganisms, botanicals and semiochemicals in the EU. He also provided toxicological support to the EU REBECA project.


Dr Jacqueline Süß (Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Biopesticides)

Jacqueline is a biologist with research experience in microbial ecology, molecular biology and applied microbiology. She has 9 years’ experience in regulatory affairs for microbial active substances and products, as well as for biostimulants, biofertilizers and adjuvants. In addition to her strong scientific and project management skills, Jacqueline is also responsible for managing some of our key accounts.


Dr Catherine Morris (Regulatory Affairs Manager)

With an academic background in microbiology and a PhD from the University of London, Catherine earned her stripes in the biopesticide industry as a Study Monitoring Lead and Regulatory Scientist. She is the oil in our numerous cogs, responsible for liaising between clients, third party labs and regulatory authorities to ensure the smooth running of all our studies and regulatory projects.


Dr Agata Jakubowska (Project Manager)

Agata is a biotechnologist, specialising in molecular biology and microbiology. Prior to joining APIS in 2018 she had 4 years’ experience in regulatory affairs as a biopesticide project manager, and 15 years of research experience in biological plant protection and virology. She has participated in more than 10 biocontrol projects, including the EU BIOCOMES project, which sought to develop new biopesticides. She has been involved in more than 10 new microbial active ingredient submissions and numerous national product registrations.


Gianpiero Gueli Alletti (Project Manager)

A biologist, specialising in molecular biology and applied biocontrol research with a strong focus on genomic analyses. Gianni brings 1.5 years’ experience in regulatory affairs for biocontrol products, including the production of scientific statements, study monitoring and dossier preparation.


Jasmin Oudemast (Documentation Manager)

Jasmin is our Documentation Manager, bringing 12 years’ experience in administrative project assistance, documentation work, CADDY preparation and coordination of dossier submissions.


Dr Ben Jones (Study Director)

Ben is an expert in honeybee health and joined us in 2017, having previously spent many years managing the diagnostic lab at the UK National Bee Unit. From acute and chronic lab studies through to full-scale field trials with either honeybees or bumblebees, Ben brings a wealth of experience to APIS. He is also responsible for our on-site and field trial apiaries.


Will Askew (Study Director)

Will has an academic background in molecular biology, entomology, plant science and biotechnology, and leads our plate-based and qPCR bioanalytics activities. He is now working toward an APIS-funded PhD at Newcastle University on the biosafety of novel biopesticides.


Graeme Shaw (Study Director)

With a background in biomedical science and pharmaceutical research, Graeme brings considerable experience of working to GLP and GMP. As one of our Study Directors, he is responsible for the smooth running of the in-life phases of our studies.


Carolyn Ma (Study Scientist)

Carolyn joined APIS in 2018 with responsibility for running our lab and field studies on honeybees and bumblebees. She is an entomologist with a background that includes fruit fly research at the University of Melbourne, and honeybee research at Newcastle University.


Elliott Feakes (Study Scientist)

Elliott has an academic background in conservation and a passion for wildlife that has seen him looking after lions, cheetahs and crocodiles at a conservation ranch in South Africa. He provides invaluable laboratory support to our team of Study Directors across all disciplines.


Julie Walker (Laboratory Assistant)

An experienced laboratory technician, Julie started her career as a food safety microbiologist before moving to the Veterinary Laboratory Agency. She has extensive expertise in parasitology and histopathology, and in the identification of pathogenic microorganisms. Following a move to the Animal and Plant Health Agency she joined APIS in 2018 to support our growing scientific team.


Dr Lisa Heely (Quality Assurance Manager)

Lisa went from her academic studies in zoology, physiology and neurobiology straight into Quality Assurance, first for a large contract research organisation and then for her own successful consultancy. As the QA to APIS since its inception, she is responsible for ensuring the GLP compliance of everything we do, from study planning and conduct through to reporting and archiving.


Liz Keogh (Quality Assurance)

Liz joined APIS as one of our ecotoxicology Study Directors, bringing nine years’ experience from a large contract research organisation. However, it wasn’t long before her laboratory experience and meticulous eye for detail saw her move into our Quality Assurance team, where she is perfectly placed to ensure the compliance of our studies.