Background

NNFCC is a strategic consultancy with in-depth knowledge of the bioeconomy. We offer clients a wealth of experience ​in the bioenergy and biofuels markets and the growing biobased products sector.  The team has international experience to guide businesses through policy hurdles and assist in the development of technology and international markets.

The bioeconomy embraces the economic, social and environmental activity and impacts associated with the use and conversion of biomass into energy and products, and the use of biotechnology as a research, process and environmental technology.

The bioeconomy has the potential to supply a large array of biobased products, fitting all forms of circular thinking from reuse to closed and open loop recycling. It can be viewed as an enabler for an optimised circular economy beyond the current largely linear fossil based economy.

At NNFCC we firmly believe in a future where biobased technologies are a key component of the low carbon circular economy.

Our mission? To provide sector leading strategic business consultancy; analysing, explaining and de-risking the bioeconomy for our clients.

Established by the UK Government in 2003 as the National Non-Food Crops Centre, NNFCC has grown to become a leading commercial bioeconomy consultancy serving an international client base across bioenergy and bio-based products.

Our initial focus on the development of the rural economy, through the development of industrial crop applications, has widened over the years to embrace climate change mitigation through biofuel and bioenergy deployment. We cover land and marine based bio-based feedstock from agriculture and forestry through to municipal and industrial wastes.​

We are driven by our belief that the bioeconomy will create sustainable business opportunities and deliver wide ranging environmental and societal benefits.


 
 

 

Our objective is simple - to provide clients with a strategic view of feedstock, technology, policy and market development across the bioeconomy, enabling them to make informed business decisions and develop sustainable business strategies.

We have successfully delivered projects to a wide range of clients including agricultural businesses, biotechnology developers, power companies, chemical producers and product manufacturers, brand owners and retailers, Universities and ​Research Funding Agencies and both regional and national Governments.

NNFCC is proud of its heritage and maintains its position in the marketplace through its membership of key trade bodies and professional organisations.

Team

Dr Jeremy Tomkinson

CEO and Lead Consultant for Biofuels: Jeremy has over 18 years’ experience of working with UK Government, EU Commission and business sectors on strategic bioeconomy policy development and project deployment.
Dr Jeremy Tomkinson

Lucy Hopwood

Lead Consultant for Bioenergy & Anaerobic Digestion: With a farming background, Lucy has over 15 years' experience of land based and renewables consultancy.
Lucy Hopwood

David Turley

Lead Consultant for Biobased Feedstock. David has over 20 years experience in the strategic analysis of bio-resource supply, product opportunites and environmental impacts.
David Turley

Dr Adrian Higson

Lead Consultant for Bio-based Products: Adrian has over 16 years’ research and consulting experience within the chemical and bio-based products industry.
Dr Adrian Higson

Prof. Michael Roberts, CBE

Non Executive Director: Michael joined the Board in 2008 following a distinguished career in senior science management roles in UK Research Councils and Defra. He became NNFCC Chair in September 2013.
Prof. Michael Roberts, CBE

John Steedman

Non Executive Director: John joined the Board in September 2013. John’s most recent role was Director Venturing for BP Alternative Energy with responsibility for market scanning and investment.
John Steedman

Dr Michael Goldsworthy

Senior Consultant: With a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology, Michael specialises in biofuel sustainability and certification covering traditional and advanced production routes.
Dr Michael Goldsworthy

Dr Caitlin Burns

Consultant: Caitlin holds a PhD in Microbiology & Crop Science. Her focus is on bioeconomy innovation and policy. She is the NNFCC contact for the H2020 project AgroCycle.
Dr Caitlin Burns

Dr Paula McNamee

Consultant: Paula holds a PhD in Bioenergy. She undertakes strategic sustainability, market, and policy research and analysis across bioeconomy sectors.
Dr Paula McNamee

Dr Lucie Pfaltzgraff

Consultant: With a PhD in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Clean Technology, Lucie covers SME funding support and innovation. She is the NNFCC contact point for the H2020 project SuperBIO.
Dr Lucie Pfaltzgraff

Lucy Montgomery

Consultant: Lucy has a background in industrial biotechnology and anaerobic digestion. She works on SME support and innovation. She is the NNFCC contact for the Interreg project BioBase4SME and the H2020 project DAFIA.
Lucy Montgomery

Bob Horton

Research Analyst: Bob works on marketing publications and databases for NNFCC, including weekly news reviews and more in-depth news pieces.
Bob Horton

Christine Appleyard

Office Manager. Christine is our first point of contact for subscription and general enquiries.
Christine Appleyard

Phil Macklin

Finance manager. Phil is responsible for internal budget control, client accounts and company audits.
Phil Macklin

Kevin Lindegaard

Kevin has 20 years’ experience of the technical and economic aspects of energy crop production and supply. He has authored numerous papers/reports on energy crops policy.
Kevin Lindegaard

Mike Tooke, C.Eng

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in the energy and utilities sector and is a Charted Energy Engineer, focusing on the thermal conversion of biomass and wastes to produce power and fuels.
Mike Tooke, C.Eng

Careers at NNFCC

Be part of something special

We offer ​exciting and challenging careers for people who are passionate about the future and are committed to success.

Do you match what we're looking for?

We're looking for people who:
Have excelled - not just academically
Stand out from their peers as excellent performers
Display exceptional talent, enthusiasm and drive, and thrive on hard work

Do we match what you're looking for?

Our website tells you what we do and who fill the jobs in our organisation.
What really matters to us is a good academic background, technical work skills and your analytical and communication skills. Some areas do have specific requirements such as a science or relevant discipline to PhD level.

The company's responsibilities to its employees are undertaken seriously and proactively, starting at recruitment level. We support and develop people and teams to deliver outstanding business performance.

We recruit for our job vacancies on the basis of your suitability for a career with us. If you think you have what it takes to become part of our team, please send us your CV and a cover letter describing how you match our requirements.

NNFCC is based at the York Science Park, home to more than 100 leading science and technology companies from across the globe.

Open Positions

We are seeking high quality candidates for the post of Consultant.

  • Salary: Competitive plus benefits (medical and pension)
  • Based: York
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 24th March at 1700hrs

The post is for an initial 24 months with the potential for extension.

As a key member of NNFCC reporting to a member of the management team you will undertake technology, policy and market research and analysis and assist in the preparation of client reports.

The post requires the ability to rapidly assimilate and critically analyse data in a well-planned and efficient manner, and to communicate information clearly and concisely. Individuals must have strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to work within a flexible team environment. The ability to confidently present work to clients and at conferences is essential.

Qualified to degree level in physical sciences, biological science or engineering the ideal candidate will demonstrate a broad scientific understanding and possess experience of working in a field relevant to the bioeconomy or renewable industry either in industry or as part of an MSc or PhD. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding of the drivers for, and challenges faced by the emerging bioeconomy.

The role is ideally suited to candidates with a strong science or technology background looking to apply their knowledge in the areas of business, technology and policy assessment.

Experience in techno-economic modelling, (bio) process modelling, commercial project evaluation, sustainability assessment or strategic business analysis would be considered advantageous.

NNFCC has an international client base and occasional travel outside of the UK will be required.

The role provides a great opportunity for ambitious individuals to apply their knowledge and skills within a high profile and rapidly growing business sector and to drive forward a low carbon economy based on renewable materials.

Applications should be received in writing, stating the position of interest, enclosing full Curriculum Vitae and Covering Letter, to:

The Office Manager
NNFCC
Biocentre
York Science Park
Heslington
YORK
YO10 5DG 

Or email: recruitment@nnfcc.co.uk