James Coombs PhD

Director and Company Secretary

James Coombs is an internationally known consultant in biomass energy, organic waste management, biotechnology, agriculture and food. He has performed extensive work for governments, the European Commission, NGOs and private clients in these areas. In recent years he has managed CPL's work for a number of European Projects including EPOBIO, BioMatNet and the Biofuels Technology Platform. He is also responsible for work for public sector bodies, as well as writing and editing CPL Press publications.


1996 - Gold Medal awarded by His Highness Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Amir of the State of Bahrain for contributions to the development of Biomass Energy


2001 - CPL Scientific Publishing Services Ltd trading as CPL Press - Director and Company Secretary

1987 - 2001 CPL Scientific Group - Director

1982 - 1992 EC Expert. This included work for DG XII on biological conversion and as the nominated EC/UK expert for evaluation of research proposals for the following programmes: Biomass Energy, Fermentation Pilot Plants, JOULE, ECLAIR, Agricultural Development, AIR. He also provided services for DG VI (Agriculture) and DG XVII (Energy).

1981-1988 Private consultant in technology. Extensive work for the UK Government, the European Commission and private clients in food, (especially sugar, starch and palm oil) as well as agriculture, biotechnology, organic waste treatment, etc with an emphasis on renewable energy and non-food use of crops and residues. Overseas work included projects in tropical countries (ranging from China and the Philippines through Kenya and Cameroons to Brazil and Chile) as well as supervision of research projects in member states of the EC. A number of new companies were established as part of these projects. Director of a small company building anaerobic digesters (ADBAC Ltd) and partner in a University linked consultancy (Bio Services, linked to King's College, University of London).

1968-1981 Tate and Lyle plc Group Research and Development. In reverse order ending as Principal Research Scientist, Biology and Agriculture; Deputy Programme Director, Biology and Agriculture; Manager, Analytical Services; Project Leader, Biology and Agriculture; Senior Research Scientist.

1965-1968 Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, Research Biochemist

1964-1965 Chelsea College, University of London, Lecturer in Biochemistry

1963-1964 West Ham Technical College, Lecturer in Biology


Over 350 scientific papers and technical articles in areas of algology, photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation, enzyme kinetics, plant physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, sugar processing, biomass energy, analysis, biopesticides, single cell protein, biotechnology, bioethanol, anaerobic digestion, waste treatment.


1965 PhD Imperial College, University of London, Plant Biochemistry
1962 BSc Special Honours Botany, Queen Mary College, University of London

Contact Details

Dr James Coombs
Director & Company Secretary
CPL Press, Liberty House
Greenham Business Park
Thatcham, Berks RG19 6HS, UK
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 1635 817359
E-mail: jim@cplpress.com


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