The AgbioInvestor Team


Fraser McDougall 

Founding partner, crop protection industry analyst

Fraser graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in business and economics.

He began his career in Edinburgh’s financial institutions before running the Kleffmann Group’s Australian business. He joined Phillips McDougall in 2006 as a senior crop protection analyst, then advanced to the post of associate director at Informa.

Fraser is part of the crop protection team at AgbioInvestor, with a particular focus on company analysis and macro-economic trends.

Allister Phillips

Founding partner, seeds & GM traits industry analyst

Allister gained an honours degree in biotechnology from the University of Abertay Dundee.

Allister began his career at an Aberdeen-based biotechnology firm. Following this, he joined Phillips McDougall in 2007 as a senior seed analyst, then advanced to the post of associate director at Informa.

Allister heads the seeds & traits business at AgbioInvestor, specialising in the GM seed market.

Derek Oliphant

Founding partner, crop protection industry analyst

Derek graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree (with distinction) in Software Technology.

He began his career at Phillips McDougall in 2007, advancing to become a senior analyst at Informa.

Derek is part of the crop protection team at AgbioInvestor, with a key focus on AgbioNews as well as regional and product-level trends.

Garry Mabon

Founding partner, crop protection industry analyst

Garry graduated with a first class honours degree in Ecology from Stirling University.

He began his career at Phillips McDougall in 2011, progressing to become a senior crop protection industry analyst whilst managing the AgrAspire (formerly AMIS Global) database.

In addition to his role as a senior crop protection industry analyst, Garry heads the development and operation of AgbioInvestor and Kynetec’s sigma Select product.

Jack Hopper

Partner, Head of Sales & Client Relations

Jack gained an honours degree in International Business from Kingston University as well as a Chinese language diploma from the Beijing University of Language and Culture. Prior to joining AgbioInvestor, Jack held roles in business development and account management.

Dr John McDougall

Consultant & Advisor

Following gaining his doctorate in botany from the University of Glasgow, John has spent his career involved in animal health, crop protection and seeds. John was a founding partner of Phillips McDougall in 1999 and later a director at Informa. John is now part of AgbioInvestor’s consultancy team and holds an advisory role.

Dr Matthew Phillips

Consultant & Advisor

Matthew gained a doctorate in animal biochemistry and metabolism from the University of Reading. Following a career in animal health, crop protection and seeds, Matthew was a founding partner of Phillips McDougall and later a director at Informa. Matthew is now part of AgbioInvestor’s consultancy team and acts as an advisor to the company.