Agrifood Bioscience Specailist
Dr Boyd began his career as a marine zoologist. While lecturing at
Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland) and at University College,
Galway, (Ireland) he conducted research on marine plankton around the Irish coast.
He worked for the Department of Industries (Sea Fisheries Branch) in Cape Town (South Africa)
where he led a multi-disciplinary team investigating the biological oceanography of the
South-western Cape sea area. At that time he was a National Examiner in Biological Oceanographer.
Dr Boyd returned to Ireland to take up the post of Head of the Department of Agriculture's
Fisheries Research Laboratory where he managed staff engaged in freshwater and marine fisheries research
and lectured and examined in ecology in the University of Ulster, Coleraine.
He was later promoted to Senior Principal Scientific Officer responsible for Research Administration
in the Department. In April 2006 he moved to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
(a newly created Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
in Northern Ireland) where he became Head (Grade 5) of AFBI's Corporate Service's Division. In this
role he was responsible for the management of all finance and personnel aspects of AFBI (which has
800 staff and an annual budget of circa £M50). During his time in AFBI and since his retirement in
January 2010, he has had close interaction with the British Agrifood Consortium (BAC) as a Fisheries
and Environment Consultant. He has participated in a number of BAC projects in India, Argentina and South Africa.