Professor John H Anstee
Non Executive Director
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Remuneration and Appointments Committee for the CPI Group.
John is Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at Durham University. He is a Member, and former Council Member, of the Society of Experimental Biology, Fellow of the Zoological Society, Fellow, and former Council Member, of the Royal Entomological Society. John enjoyed a very successful academic career at the University of Durham, first as Lecturer and ultimately as Professor in Biological Sciences.
John is highly experienced in the policy and strategic management of Higher Education. He was Dean of the Science Faculty at the University of Durham, before going on to serve as the senior Pro-Vice Chancellor and Sub-warden (Deputy Vice Chancellor). He was responsible for External Affairs, Resource Planning/Allocation across the University, Health and Safety Policy and IT Strategy. He led the University’s input into the Lambert Review on Business and University collaboration.
John is a recognised expert on technology and knowledge transfer, and the commercialisation of scientific research. As Scientific Director until 2009, he is the founding force behind the establishment of NETPark, one of the fastest growing science parks in the UK and home to numerous start-up and spin-out companies working in printable electronics, microelectronics, photonics and nanotechnology.
He has held numerous non-executive director roles in start-up companies commercialising research, as well as being the Chair of Durham Business School. He is also a non-executive director of the Company of Biologists, which publishes four internationally renowned scientific journals; Development, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Cell Science, and Disease, Models and Mechanisms.
Professor Anstee’s research interests are in cell biology and biochemistry and he has published a substantial number of peer-reviewed papers in his field of research. His major research interests include the mechanisms involved in enzyme catalysed ion transport across cell membranes and their control; and novel approaches to insect pest control, including genetic engineering of plant resistance to insect attack.
John holds a 1st Class Honours BSc in Zoology and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham.
He is a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for County Durham.