Current members of UK REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool (RISEP)

This is a list of current members of the UK REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool (RISEP) including their professional qualifications and declared interests.

Dr Alaric Desmarchelier

Qualifications

  • PhD in Science and Technology (Chemistry)
  • Research Masters in Organic chemistry

Biography

Dr Alaric Desmarchelier is a business development manager and former senior scientist with 11 years of research and development (R&D) and project management experience.

He is a seasoned organic chemist with broad experience in academic and industrial chemical R&D and good manufacturing process (GMP) development .

As a postdoctoral fellow in the Netherlands, he worked on various method development projects in catalysis, trying to find alternate and environmentally friendlier ways to prepare complex building blocks in chemistry. He has also gained in-depth knowledge in supramolecular and electronic materials chemistry in his three following postdoctoral projects, as well as being involved in both analytical and radiolabelling c hemistry to support these.

Declared interests

Direct Employment

Almac Sciences Scotland

Clubs and other organisations

Former member of the French Chemical Society

Dr Alex Greenaway

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) (I) Chemistry
  • MSc (Nanoscience)
  • PhD (Chemistry)
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Biography

Dr Alex Greenaway is based at Durham University Department of Chemistry where he works as a Technical Manager for h ealth and safety.

Previously, he worked at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) which is part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Prior to working in health and safety, he worked as a scientific researcher in materials chemistry, focussing on functional materials for catalysis and gas separations.

He has published academic papers in nationally and internationally recognised scientific including 'Nature', 'Chemical Science', 'Angewandte Chemie' and 'the Journal of the American Chemical Society'.

Declared interests

Direct Employment

Durham University

Other public appointments

Town councillor, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council

Andrew Fasey

Qualifications

  • MSc, The Social and Economic Aspects of Science and Technology in Industry.
  • Diploma of Imperial College
  • BSc (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Biography

Andrew Fasey has been extensively involved in a number of important developments in international regulatory chemicals management including REACH regulation and Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals (CLP) .

From 2011 to 2021, he was the Technically Qualified Member (TQM) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal (BoA) taking decisions on appeals against certain ECHA decisions.

Prior to his work with the ECHA BoA he was a consultant working with individual companies and other stakeholders on regulatory chemicals issues such as GHS, CLP and REACH.

He has worked in the field of international regulatory chemicals issues for over 20 years as a consultant, for ECHA, the European Commission and UK Government.

He helped develop REACH from its inception under the UK Presidency in 1998, in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, and as a special advisor to the Government of Finland (during the FI presidency when REACH was agreed).

He was a co-author of the European Commission's REACH proposal and one of the lead EU negotiators in the development of the GHS.

Declared interests

Direct Employment

ECHA as the TQM ECHA BoA (From 1 March 2011 until 28 February 2021)

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Independent consultant. Senior Scientific and Regulatory Advisor at Mayer Brown LLP. Senior Advisor at BCW-Global

Shareholdings

Owner of Protection Through Knowledge Ltd

Dr Camilla Alexander-White

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Life Systems & Pharmaceuticals
  • D.Phil Chemistry
  • Eurotox Registered Toxicologist (ERT)
  • Chartered Chemist (CChem)

Biography

Dr Camilla Alexander-White is a chemical safety assessor with over 25 years of experience. She is a strategic advisor to the cosmetics and foods sectors on assuring the safety of product-critical ingredients or contaminants coming under regulatory scrutiny in Europe.

She is a Eurotox registered toxicologist (ERT), chartered chemist (CChem) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

She worked at Unilever for a decade, working on developing novel approach methodologies (NAM) for safety testing without animals and as Programme Manager covering safety programmes for foods and cosmetics products. She was Principal Scientist in human health at the Environment Agency before joining the global consultancy company Ramboll Environ.

She has worked on regulatory dossiers, across the USA and EU, on a wide range of challenging and globally critical product ingredients, novel foods products and environmental contaminants in air, soil, water and waste.

She now works for the Royal Society of Chemistry as senior policy advisor, and over the past 3 years has been advising the government on chemical regulation post Brexit, and on the development of a new Chemicals Strategy for the UK.

She is Chair of the board at LHASA Ltd UK, a not-for-profit organisation developing the use of a suite of in silico predictive toxicology approaches for chemical and drug safety assessment. She is also Deputy Chair of the Office for Product Safety and Standards' Science Advisory Group on Consumer Safety.

Declared interests

Direct employment

Royal Society of Chemistry

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Director MKTox & Co Ltd; Independent Consultancy

Shareholdings

51% share in MKTox & Co Ltd

Clubs and other organisations

Member of the British Toxicology Society

Fellowships

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Trusteeships

Chair of the Board of Trustees at LHASA Ltd

Other public appointments

  • Chair of the FSA Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (2020-2023)
  • Deputy chair of the BEIS-OPSS Science advisory group on consumer safety (SAG-CS)

Chris Hughes

Qualifications

MChem Chemistry

Biography

Chris Hughes is an environmental scientist and regulatory expert with over 10 years of experience. He currently works for Ricardo Plc, a global engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy.

He specialises in the environmental hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, and global regulations, REACH and GHS. He provides support to a range of private and public sector clients.

He participates in a number of research projects including being the research lead for Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council's Long-Range Research Initiative ECO52 project.

He's made various presentations and frequently chairs discussions at international conferences, webinars and workshops. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on the subject of environmental hazard and persistence assessment of chemicals. Chris also acts as Product Director for RKicardo's REACH and Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology consultancy services, responsible for technical, commercial and financial oversight of these business areas. Prior to joining Ricardo in 2018, Chris worked for Shell, supporting regulatory compliance for its downstream products. Chris has a master's degree from the University of Manchester and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Declared interests

Shareholdings

Shell shares (as of 30 March 2021)

Clubs and other organisations

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

Indirect support

Consultancy projects for Ricardo

Prof Christopher Collins

Qualifications

  • PhD Agriculture
  • BSc (Hons) Agricultural Botany

Biography

Chris is Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Reading University specialising in the fate and behaviour of pollutants in the environment, and the assessment of risks to human health and ecosystems with twenty years of academic research experience and 80refereed papers published. Professor Chris's work is used by industry, regulators and the academic community to develop and validate chemical exposure models. He chaired the department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (2017-2022) providing expert advice to the UK Government on how to protect the environment from chemicals. Chris was Natural Environment Research Council Soils Coordinator overseeing a multi-million-pound research investment to improve our understanding of how soils resist, recover and adapt to land use and climate change. From 2018-2020 he was a member of the UK Natural Capital Committee.

Declared interests

Direct Employment

  • University of Reading
  • Natural Resources Wales

Dr David Lovell

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • BSc (Hons)
  • FRSB
  • CStat
  • CBiol
  • CSci

Biography

Dr David Lovell is a Reader (Emeritus) Medical Statistics at St George's Medical School, University of London. Previously he was Reader in Medical Statistics at the Postgraduate Medical School, University of Surrey and an Associate Director and Head of Biostatistics support to Clinical Pharmacogenomics at Pfizer Global Research and Development (PGRD).
Before joining Pfizer, David was the Head of the Science Division at BIBRA International, which included Molecular Biology, Genetic Toxicology, Biostatistics and Computer Services.
Until 2021 he was Chair of the UK Government's Advisory Committees on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM) and a member of the Committee on Carcinogenicity (COC). He is a member of the Board of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).In 2019, he receved from UKEMS the Jim Parry Award to a senior scientist who has made substantial contributions to the field of environmental mutagenesis.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Member of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT).

Shareholdings

National Grid plc.

Pensions

  • USS
  • Pfizer

Scientific Societies and other organisations 

  • Biometrics Society
  • British Toxicology Society (BTS)
  • Genetics Society
  • Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA)
  • Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
  • Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PSI)
  • United Kingdom Environment Mutagen Society (UKEMS)
  • MRC EMINENT Scientific Review Board
  • HESI GTTC
  • ILSI Europe Threshold of Toxicological Concern Task Force (TTC)

Other personal interests

  • British Trust of Ornithologists
  • English Heritage
  • Liberty Campaign of the Protection of Rural England
  • Kew Gardens
  • Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust
  • Chelsea Physic Garden National Trust

David Tyrer

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Urban and Regional Geography.
  • MSc Modernity, Space and Place.

Biography

David Tyrer is an environmental policy and economics expert with over fifteen years professional experience.

He is currently Technical Director of the Logika Group's Environmental Policy and Economics Practice. He leads all Logika's work in chemicals policy, in socio-economic analysis, cost benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis and impact assessment. Prior to this he had an equivalent position at Wood Plc, held posts in an environmental economics think tank and in economic research and consultancy.

David Tyrer has extensive project direction, management and technical experience for the European Commission and their agencies, for UK and European Member State governments, for the United Nations and the private sector - in the UK and Europe, North America and South East Asia.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Independent consultant including working on chemical related projects for Defra.

Prof Debbie Pain

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Chemistry (1st)
  • DPhil Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology

Biography

Following her degree in environmental chemistry (London University) and a D Phil on the biochemistry of lead poisoning from ammunition sources in birds (Oxford University) Debbie Pain spent four years carrying out postdoctoral research at the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in the Camargue, France.

She then spent 16 years in the Research Department of the RSPB where she initiated and headed up the International Research Section working on bird conservation problems. Subsequently, she was Director of Conservation at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) overseeing their wetland science and delivery in the UK and overseas. This included a secondment to World Land Trust acting as CEO.

She has worked independently after leaving the WWT and is actively involved in conservation science. In 2018 she became an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge University and in 2019 she became an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia. She is deputy president the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat Science Council and a member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) Collaborative Fund Selection Panel.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Previously employed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (2008-2018) and RSPB (1992-2007)

Trusteeships

Trustee of the RSPB

Fellowships

  • Fellow of WWF-UK
  • Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge University

Other public appointments

Member of Lead Ammunition Group

Dr Derek Knight

Qualifications

  • BA Chemistry
  • MA Oxon
  • DPhil Aspects of Organo-sulphur Chemistry

Biography

Derek Knight worked at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) until January 2022. As the Senior Scientific Advisor, he was responsible for providing expert scientific and technical advice on matters relating to chemical regulation, with the focus on the EU REACH, CLP and Biocides Regulations and the operations of ECHA. Latterly he was a Senior Scientific officer in the Hazard Directorate.

Previously he headed a team of regulatory affairs professionals at a UK contract research organisation for almost 18 years, covering a wide range of regulatory schemes worldwide. He has also registered medicinal products and worked as a Technical Support Chemist. He has a broad understanding of the regulation of chemicals and is especially interested in approaches to hazard and risk assessment using non-standard data. He represented ECHA in the EU-ToxRisk research initiative.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chartered Chemist, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Organisation of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs. His doctoral studies at the University of Oxford in the UK were in organosulphur chemistry.

Declared interests

Direct employment

  • Regulatory consultant
  • Senior Scientific Officer at ECHA until January 2022

Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellow of the Organisation of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs

Derrik Jones

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Economics and Economic History
  • MA Economic Policy and Planning

Biography

Derrik Jones is a consultant with over 30 years of practical experience in applying cost-benefit analysis and other economic appraisal and evaluation techniques.

For 13 years he was Chief Economist and Chief Analyst at the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

He has worked in many areas of Government, both as a civil servant and as an economic consultant. Since 2015 he has been a co-opted expert on the European Chemicals Agency's Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC). During this time, he has acted as economic rapporteur on dozens of the Committee's opinions, assessing applicants' cases and drafting the socio-economic elements of opinion texts.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Member of European Chemicals Agency's Socio-Economic Analysis Committee

Dr Edwin Routledge

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biology
  • DPhil Identification, Quantification and Assessment of Oestrogenic Chemicals in Sewage-Treatment Work Effluents
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Biography

As a Reader (Associate Professor) in aquatic ecotoxicology at Brunel University London, Edwin Routledge has been working in the field of chemicals (mainly endocrine disrupting chemicals) and pollution for over 20 years. He has amassed significant experience in ecotoxicology in particular, including aspects of both pure and applied research relevant to the understanding of the impacts of chemicals on environment and human health.

His track record of research and scientific expertise can be seen by his publication record. He has published 42 papers in high impact international journals, with over 6500 citations to date, putting him in the top 2% of environmental scientists globally.

Declared interests

None declared

George Kowalczyk

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Molecular Science
  • MSc Enzymology
  • MSc Toxicology

Biography

George Kowalczyk has over 30 years of experience in the assessment of human health risks from chemicals in a wide variety of settings, namely in environmental, occupational, agrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

He has worked in industry (Roche), Consultancy (Dames and Moore, wca) and as a toxicologist in government agencies (Department of Health (1997-2003), the former Health Protection Agency (HPA) (2003-2013) and Public Health England (PHE) (from 2013)). He also spent 15 years as head of the Toxicology Unit within the Occupational Medical Service of the British Coal Corporation (1981-1996).

At HPA/PHE he had a strategic role in proving health advice and guidance on chemical related issues, particularly in respect of contaminated land, asbestos in the environment, waste incineration, drinking water quality and revisions to the COMAH Regulations.

Though retiring from full time work in 2014, he has continued to work as an independent toxicology consultant, specialising in environmental, consumer and occupational chemical risk assessment and REACH registration work. He regularly returns to work for PHE on  short toxicological projects.

Declared interests

Direct employment

Public Health England (until April 2021)

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

  • CL:AIRE
  • derivation of HBGVs for soil contaminants

Dr Gill Clare

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Genetics
  • PhD Measurement of Neutron R.B.E Banding and Exchanges in Human Lymphocyte Chromosomes

Biography

Gill Clare is currently an independent consultant. She has over 30 years of experience in genetic toxicology, working in the university, health and private sectors.

She specialises in the identification and characterisation of genotoxic hazards of substances to human health. She has significant experience of performing risk assessments for substances, including those found in food.

She has served on the Committee of Toxicity (COT), Veterinary Residues Committee (VRC) and the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC).

She is currently a member of the Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, the Consumer products and the Environment (COC), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) registers of specialists and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) registers of specialist, the COT on Joint Expert Group for Food Contact Materials (FCMJEG), the National institute for health and Research (NIHR) Patient and Public Involvement, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Scientific Advisory Group (SAG).

Declared interests

Direct employment

Covance Laboratories Ltd (cytogenetic consultant)

Shareholdings

  • AstraZeneca
  • Diageo
  • Marks and Spencer

Clubs and other organisations

Member of United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society

Other personal interests

  • Shell Research Ltd
  • AstraZeneca Ltd.(pensions)

Other public appointments

  • COC
  • the FSA and OPSS register of specialists
  • COT on FCMJEG
  • a PPI on NIHR
  • and the BEIS SAG

Dr James Hanlon

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Medical Chemistry
  • PhD Chemistry

Biography

James Hanlon is a Senior Scientist in the Research section of the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM).

He undertook a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow focussing on hydrogen storage materials before holding two post-doctoral positions, one in France and one in the UK where he was involved in the EU FP7 HYPER project for hydrogen storage. From this, he gained his experience in nanomaterials characterisation including in powder X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, spectroscopy and microscopy and in structure-property relationships.

He worked in consultancy for four years (prior to joining IOM) with a focus on EU legislation for occupational exposure (REACH, CAD and CMD).

His research interests lie in safe by design strategies for nano-enabled products for reducing exposure, measuring exposure to nanomaterials and assessing exposure to hazardous substances.

Declared interests

None declared

Dr Karen Galea

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
  • MSc Occupational Hygiene
  • PhD Environmental Medicine

Biography

Karen Galea is a Research Team Lead at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh. She is actively involved in a wide variety of research projects, mainly focused on exposure assessment relating to health risks.

Her workplace-based research has included inhalation, dermal and biomonitoring exposure assessment in a range of industrial sectors. A very recent example of this is HBM4EU European chromates study and she's involved in future occupational campaigns under the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC) project.

Her research extends beyond the working environment, such as pesticide biomonitoring in residents living near agricultural land, and use of respiratory protection against volcanic ash.

Declared interests

Direct Employment

Institute of Occupational Medicine

Clubs and other organisations

  • Member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society
  • Member of the International Society of Exposure Science

Dr Laura Carter

Qualifications

  • BSc Environmental Science
  • PhD Environmental Science

Biography

Laura Carter is an Associate Professor in Soil and Environmental Chemistry in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds. She was appointed in 2018 as part of the '250 Great Minds' programme, a five-year University of Leeds scheme designed to support promising early career researchers in academia. 

She holds a prestigious UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship. Her research expertise focuses on understanding the risks of emerging contaminants in the natural environment, in particular pharmaceuticals. Within the area of environmental risk assessment, she has expertise in ecotoxicology (soil and aquatic systems), and fate and behaviour of chemicals (uptake, soil chemistry, bioavailability, degradation/sorption) from a modelling (including QSARs) and experimental perspective.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Defra Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee

Prof Len Levy (OBE)

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Zoology
  • MSc Applied Physiology
  • PhD Experimental Pathology

Biography

Len Levy is currently Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Cranfield. Prior to this he was Head of Toxicology and Risk Assessment at the UK Medical Research Council's Institute for Environment and Health at the University of Leicester.

He is an occupational and environmental toxicologist and risk assessor, and holds a PhD in experimental pathology from the Institute of Cancer Research in London. He has held academic positions at the University of Aston and the University of Birmingham's Institute of Occupational Health, where he was Reader in Occupational Health, continuing his research into the causes and mechanisms of occupational cancer.

In 2000, he was awarded an OBE for Services to Health and Safety and is a recipient of the ACGIH Herbert E. Stokinger Award.

He has been a member of the UK's Health and Safety Commission's Working Group on the Assessment of Toxic Chemicals (WATCH) and the Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances (ACTS), as well as the Chair of the EU Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL). He is a member of the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC). He is also an expert adviser to the UK Interdepartmental Group on Hazards and Risks from Chemicals (IGHRC), and a member of the Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC).

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

  • Health and Safety Committee of the International Manganese Institute
  • Scientific Advisory Group of the International Carbon Black Association
  • H and S Committee of the International Molybdenum Association
  • Vanitec Health and Safety Committee
  • International Copper Association

Dr Lesley A Stanley

Qualifications

  • MA Biochemistry
  • PhD Biochemistry

Biography

Lesley A. Stanley's PhD and postdoctoral research focused on xenobiotic metabolism and mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis. In 2005, after six years as a key player in the multidisciplinary Biomedical Science team at De Montfort University and three years as Head of Operations at CXR Biosciences Ltd, Dundee, she established her own business as an Independent Consultant in Investigative Toxicology.

She authored the textbook, 'Molecular and Cellular Toxicology: An Introduction' in 2014 and is currently an Associate of the School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University.

She has been the Chair, Vice-Chair and a panellist of the UK Register of Toxicologists, and  was awarded a Fellowship by the British Toxicology Society in recognition of her substantial contributions to the discipline of toxicology and to the work of the Society.

In December 2019 she was appointed to the Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC). She has previously been a member of the Scottish Food Advisory Committee, the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee  and the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT).

Declared interests

Direct employment

Associate of Edinburgh Napier University – Non-stipendiary position

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

University of Dundee

Shareholdings

Investment Portfolio managed by Quilter Cheviot

Clubs and other organisations

Fellow of the British Toxicology Society

Other personal interests

  • Local Ministry in the Church of Scotland
  • Christian Aid
  • International Justice Mission

Meg Postle

Qualifications

  • BSc Natural Resource Economics
  • MSc Environmental Economics

Biography

Meg Postle is a founding Director of Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA), with over 20 years of consultancy experience. With a background in environmental economics, she has extensive experience in undertaking economic analyses of projects, programmes and policies, and has worked internationally in Hong Kong, China and Indonesia as well as throughout the EU.

She has overseen and undertaken work on a wide range of impact assessments carried out for the European Commission and various national governments. She has been active in the field of chemical risk management since the early 1990s and currently sits on Defra's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) Recovery Science Advisory Group and until recently was a member of Defra's Economics Advisory Panel.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd

Dr Michael Holland

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • PhD

Biography

Mike Holland has been involved with REACH from the mid-2000s when he was engaged in the review and appraisal of work on the development of methods for Socio-Economic Assessment (SEA). This drew on his extensive experience of pan-European work on air quality, particularly the quantification of health and environmental impacts, monetisation of effects and use of cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis for policy appraisal.

He has been an observer to the Socio-Economic Assessment Committee (SEAC) under REACH since 2009 and has first-hand knowledge of how EU REACH operates and how restrictions and authorisations are developed and evaluated.

He was a lead author in the development of the impact pathway approach for quantification and monetisation of the effects of pollutants on health, ecosystems and other sensitive receptors in the early 1990s. He is also an independent expert on socioeconomic analysis on the UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Public and Private sector work on EU REACH and UK REACH matters

Dr Olwenn Martin

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • PGDip in Environmental Decision Making
  • MSc Environmental Technology
  • PhD Environmental Sciences

Biography

Olwenn Martin is an associate professor in Health and Environment at University College London.

Building on an academic interdisciplinary background in natural sciences and social sciences, she has developed expertise in the translation and application of both fundamental and observational research into policy, with the aim of tackling the global challenges related to mismanaged chemical emissions.

Her research focuses on 'emerging' issues for the risk assessment of contaminants, such as mixtures and endocrine disrupters. She is a European Parliament's representative on the European Chemical Agency's management board and acts as an expert on international and national regulatory panels such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) or the Food Standards Agency.

Declared interests

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

  • Defra
  • Food Packaging Forum
  • ClientEarth
  • ChemTrust
  • UK Food Standard Agency
  • European Environment Agency

Other personal interests

European parliament - ECHA management board

Dr Paul Ylioja

Qualifications

  • MChem (Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery
  • DPhil Organic Chemistry
  • CChem

Biography

Paul Ylioja is a chartered chemist with significant experience in chemical regulatory impact assessment, especially in the context of applications for authorisation and restriction under REACH.

As a consultant at RPA between 2012-2015 he worked on preparing Applications for Authorisation and assessments of the impacts of proposed restrictions. Since then he has worked in industry regulatory roles.

His DPhil is in synthetic organic chemistry. His background in developing new process chemistries and in drug discovery means he has an excellent understanding of substance characterisation or identification and how structure activity relationship may be realistically applied.

Declared interests

Direct employment

Scott Bader Company Ltd

Shareholdings

Johnson Matthey

Clubs and other organisations

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Chemical Industry

Dr Qintao Liu

Qualifications

  • BSc Applied Chemistry
  • PhD Microbial Metabolism  
  • Executive MBA

Biography

Qintao Liu has significant experience in the chemical and life science sector, in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, research operations, project management, open innovation and strategic problem solving.

She has provided scientific advice and worked with government, industry leaders, think tanks and other external stakeholders. Her work often involves regulatory bodies in different jurisdictions. This includes working to ensure compliance and reporting for Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Good Laboratory Practice, REACH, Environmental Directives, animal testing, human bio-sample regulations, IT and data security.

Her earlier Ministerial appointment as a scientific adviser at Defra Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC) exposed her to early (pre-REACH) thoughts, and allowed her to take a lead role for industry in steering evidence-based approaches to the safety and risk management of chemicals, active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients in the UK and overseas.

Declared interests

Direct Employment

AstraZeneca plc.

Clubs and other organisations

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Prof Rhys Green

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Zoology
  • PhD Applied Biology

Biography

Rhys Green is a population ecologist and Honorary Professor of Conservation Science at the University of Cambridge.

He has worked on several topics relevant to the conservation of wild species such as the effect of pollutants. His scientific publications include papers on the effects of veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on populations of wild vultures in Asia and Europe, the effects of ammunition-derived lead on wild birds, including ducks, raptors and California condors and on public health and studies of the degree of fragmentation of lead bullets and shotgun pellets in game animals.

Declared interests

Direct employment

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (until May 2017)

Clubs and other organisations

Member of the RSPB

Richard Dubourg

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • MSc Economics and Social Policy Analysis

Biography

Richard Dubourg is an economist with 30 years of experience in academia, central government, regulation and consultancy. He has worked in areas including risk and safety, environmental economics and health economics.

For the last 10 years he has specialised in the economics of chemicals regulation, first as the lead on socio-economic analysis at the EU REACH regulator, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and then as a consultant to companies and governmental organisations.

He is an expert in cost-benefit analysis, health impact assessment and non-market valuation, as well as chemicals regulation under REACH including authorisation and restriction.

Declared interests

Direct employment

The Economics Interface Limited

Richard Murray-Smith

Qualifications

  • BSc (Joint Hons) Applied Mathematics and Oceanography

Biography

Richard Murray-Smith worked for many years in his early career on regulatory risk assessment of new and existing substances, predominantly as an exposure expert but also supporting statistical analysis and modelling of ecotoxicological data sets. He became lead Environmental Risk Assessor at ICI group's (later AstraZeneca) Environmental Laboratory and eventually became head of AstraZeneca's Environmental Risk Assessment and Compliance Team.

In 2015 he began work as an independent consultant which he has been doing successfully since. He now provides technical expertise on environmental risk assessment issues to multinational clients, to support both regulatory applications for products and voluntary initiatives concerning assessment and control of manufacturing discharges.

Declared interests

None declared

Dr Robin Foster

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry (1st)
  • PhD Chemical Physics

Biography

Robin Foster has a degree in Chemistry (first class) from University College London, and a PhD from Cambridge University.

He has12 years of experience advising on and enforcing health and safety requirements, working for HSE as HM Inspector of Health and Safety, with a focus on chemical safety.

He has more than 30 years of experience developing policy, including nearly 20 years working in EU and international fora on the safe supply and use of chemicals.

Declared interests

None declared

Rohit Mistry

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Economics with Information Technology
  • MSc Economics

Biography

Rohit Mistry is a Director at Economics for the Environment Consultancy (EFTEC) specialising in environmental economics.

His experience spans 17 years, with nearly 10 years at EFTEC and over five and a half years at Entec (formerly AMEC and now Wood) as a senior economist. He has managed and worked on over a hundred projects both for the private and public sector.

He has worked on and managed a number of projects related to chemicals regulation ranging from the Impacts of REACH Authorisation for the European Commission, the Pharmaceuticals in the Environment Strategy for Defra and REACH Regulation to the Carcinogens Directive and Biocides Directive. He leads EFTEC's chemical policy work and is a leading EU expert in Socio-Economic Analysis (SEA) under REACH.

Declared interests

Direct employment

Economics for the Environment Consultancy Ltd

Dr Sarah Bull

Qualifications

  • BSc Biomedical Technology
  • PhD Toxicology

Biography

Sarah Bull is a Eurotox Registered Toxicologist, and has over 20 years of experience in areas including in vitro, human, veterinary and regulatory toxicology and human health risk assessment.

She has worked at Health Protection Agency, and various consultancies, where she provided toxicology and risk assessment advice to Government agencies, Expert Governmental Committees on Toxicity, Mutagenicity and Carcinogenicity, and industrial stakeholders on the potential effects of chemicals on human health.
Her areas of expertise are the toxicology and human health risk assessment of chemicals in environmental media (such as water, soil and air), food and feed, and cosmetics and consumer products.

She is on the Royal Society of Chemistry Toxicology Committee and Environmental and Regulation Collective. She also sits on the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) Working Group on Rapid Risk Assessment and she is on the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) list of specialist experts.

Declared interests

Direct employment

  • Toxicology and Risk Assessment consulting
  • Cambridge Environmental Assessments

Dr Sibylle Ermler

Qualifications

  • Dipl.-Ing. (Diploma) Environmental and Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology
  • Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) Pharmacy

Biography

Sibylle Ermler is a Research Fellow in Human Toxicology in the Department of Life Sciences, Brunel University London. She has expertise in the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and genotoxicants on human and environmental health.

Her research interests are in male and female reproductive health, metabolic disorders, and the developmental origins of health and disease. She is an expert in mixture toxicology with an interest in the translation of (mixture-) toxicology into chemical risk assessment. Her research focusses on the development and application of novel in vitro approaches with the aim of creating human relevant models for human disease, and reducing the requirement for animal testing. Additional interdisciplinary research interests include the impact of climate change on food systems and on human development and health.

Declared interests

Direct employment

Brunel University London

Clubs and other organisations

UK Committee on Toxicity, Joint Expert Group on Food Contact Materials

Sue Bullock

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physics

Biography

Sue Bullock has over 30 years of experience in international environmental, health and sustainability consultancy, specialising in product safety and stewardship.

She advises organisations around the world on all aspects of compliance with chemical and product regulations such as EU and UK REACH, on strategies for sustainable products, and on the characterisation and effective management of environmental and human health risks across product life-cycles and value chains.

An expert in applying risk-based approaches to new and often critical problems, she is highly practiced in working with experts and synthesising complex evidence across disciplines, bringing focus and clarity to key issues, and integrating appropriate governance to deliver environmental and health improvements. She has led and prepared numerous EU REACH applications for authorisation since 2011, covering a range of chemicals, uses and industry sectors, directing major and ground-breaking upstream applications for consortia (CTAC, CCST, GCCA, EAAC), downstream group applications as well as individual downstream applications.

Declared interests

Direct employment

TSG Consulting

Teresa Fernandes

Qualifications, biography and declared interests pending.

Thea Sletten

Qualifications

  • BSc Astrophysics
  • BSc Mathematics and Economics
  • MSc Economics

Biography

Thea Sletten is an Associate Director at Economics for the Environment Consultancy (EFTEC).

She has expertise in economic techniques and an in-depth knowledge of chemical risk management. She joined EFTEC in 2018 as an expert in economics for chemicals regulations and has since managed and worked on a large number of projects.

She is one of the leading economists in the field of chemical risk management and was appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment to the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) under REACH in 2013. She was an active SEAC member for more than four years, taking on a number of rapporteurships as well as being involved in the development of guidance materials and training of SEAC members. As part of her role in the Norwegian Environment Agency she also advised representatives in other chemicals policy committees, including the Member State Committee, the REACH Committee and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC). Over the years, she has been actively involved in the development of methodology for assessing socio-economic impact of regulating persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances and very persistent and very bioaccumulative substances, including preparation of several ANNEX XV restriction proposals.

Declared interests

Direct employment

Economics for the Environment Consultancy Ltd

Prof Vicki Stone

Qualifications

  • BSc Physiology
  • PhD Toxicological effects on hepatobiliary function in vitro
  • FRSC
  • FRSE
  • FIBiol
  • CBiol
  • ILTM.

Biography

Vicki Stone is Professor of Toxicology in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She is also an Honorary Principal Investigator at the Institute of Occupational Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Vicki Stone was editor-in-chief of the journal Nanotoxicology from 2005 to 2011. She has coordinated several EU projects, most recently www.h2020gracious.eu, which supports the safety assessment, safer design and risk assessment of nanomaterials.

Declared interests

Funding of research projects

  • Horizon 2020
  • ECFIA
  • BYK Altana
  • GSK
  • Unilever
  • Kingspan
  • UKRI

Indirect support

  • BASF
  • Plasmachem
  • Nouryon
  • Laurentia
  • Avanzare
  • CIAC
  • Mintek
  • Mattek
  • Insphero
Updated 2022-11-07