Professor Mark Bailey has received his OBE from the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle in recognition of his contribution to the field of microbial ecology and his scientific leadership.
Professor Bailey retired as Executive Director of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) in June 2023 after 12 years at the helm and is now a Fellow. He led UKCEH to become one of the world’s foremost research institutes for environmental science across water, land and air, including overseeing its transition to an independent, not-for-profit organisation in 2019.

Professor Bailey is internationally recognised microbial ecologist, studying complex biological systems, from landscapes to gene regulation within cells and across soil ecosystems. 

He was awarded an OBE in the King's New Year's Honours List - see our story for more information.

Mark Bailey OBE
Professor Mark Bailey with his OBE outside Windsor Castle.