Alison Bentley is Director of Genetics and Breeding at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) in Cambridge, UK. She leads a 40-strong team of scientists working across a wide range of applied crop genetics and plant breeding projects. Alison studied Agricultural Science at The University of Sydney, Australia where she also completed a PhD. Her work is focussed on understanding the genetic control of complex crop traits and in the application and integration of new breeding technologies for crop improvement. At NIAB Alison leads the exploitation of novel ancestral genetic diversity for wheat improvement via the BBSRC funded cross-institute Designing Future Wheat Institute Strategic Programme and is involved in a wide-range of crop research and breeding projects in the UK and internationally.