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Dr. Robert Saville

Dr. Robert Saville

Innovation Growth Manager



Robert has over 10 years of experience working with the horticultural sector. He worked as a research scientist at NIAB, East Malling for seven years before working as Head of Science at a Plant Biotechnology SME, serving the horticulture, agriculture, and retail sectors.

Most recently, Robert worked at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) as a Research Portfolio manager. Together providing a broad understanding of the horticultural industry, research and business. 

In his current role, Robert promotes the engagement of businesses in the region with the facilities, resources, and expertise available within the Growing Kent & Medway cluster.

Robert is always keen to engage with businesses, to understand their challenges and opportunities and identify how Growing Kent & Medway could help. As well as help sign-post to external partners where necessary.

Area of expertise

  • Post-harvest technology
    • Storage and shelf-life
    • Quality management
  • Plant breeding and genetics
    • Stress resistance
    • Genetic modification
  • Alternative protein technology
    • Fungal biology
  • Crop protection and fertilizers
    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Soil health
    • Spraying and irrigation systems
  • Production systems
  • Sustainability
    • Net-zero