Alice Raine

Director of Operations at Arrell Food Institute

Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

"Everyone has been so interesting... I have enjoyed hearing about lots of different research projects across a number of different university departments... The Centre is a welcome stepping stone for people like me who couldn't possibly know all of the expertise available in the Cambridge area, and I feel very lucky to have been approached to take part in this scheme." (June 2010)

Alice Raine is Director of Operations for the Arrell Food Institute, which aims to transform global food systems and elevate Canada’s place within the global food economy, building on the University of Guelph’s world-class strengths in all aspects of food research and education. Her responsibilities include the Annual Arrell Food Summit, the Arrell Food Innovation Awards, AFI governance and the day to day administration of the Institute.

Prior to this, Alice was Head of the EIEG Secretariat at Infrastructure UK, part of HM Treasury, where her role related to the use of technical advice, overseeing Engineering & Interdependencies work, including: effective engagement with and management of a group of 40+ experts.

Alice was formerly Assistant Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). As de-facto deputy for Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Adviser in BIS, Alice took the lead in designing and implementing a system to improve the use of scientific and technical expertise in policy decisions. She also brokered meetings to bring together people within and from outside the Department on policy-relevant science and engineering issues, led the ‘Head of Science and Engineering Profession’ function, designed to support the Department’s S&E specialists, and had responsibility for day-to-day running of the BIS CSA function.

Prior to joining BIS, she worked at the Royal Society as Policy Manager for the Science Base (research funding and higher education), and subsequently joined the Society’s senior management team with responsibility for strategic liaison with Government and Parliamentary stakeholders. Her earlier career included working on a project helping to define the role of Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser as Head of Profession for its science community, and time with the Campaign for Science & Engineering (then the Save British Science Society).

She holds an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU (University of Sussex) and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford.