The Directors at IEH Consulting routinely work on projects with a number of Associates, allowing us to expand both the service range and the depth of experience that we can offer.
All our Associates are highly respected scientists from a range of complementary disciplines, and each possesses considerable relevant experience.
For full details of the Associates please click on their name below:
- Dr Camilla Alexander-White
- John Bassett
- Dr Geoff Brighty
- Dr Terry Brown
- Alexander C Capleton
- Dr Derrick Crump - Associate Director
- Annette Ewence
- Dr Keven Harlow
- Professor David R Harper
- Philip Holmes
- Kathryn James
- Dr Natalie Kenny
- Professor Mark Kibblewhite
- Professor Len Levy
- Professor Joe Lunec
- Dr Franziska Matthies - Associate Director
- Professor Robert L Maynard
- Dr Paul McDermott
- Isabella Myers
- Dr George Prpich
- Dr Mike Roberts
- Dr Paul Rumsby - Associate Director
- Dr Lesley Rushton
- Professor Lewis Smith
- Dr Mike Waldock
- Professor Jason Weeks - Associate Director
Dr Camilla Alexander-White BSc, PhD, FRSC
Dr Camilla Alexander-White is a Eurotox Registered Toxicologist and Chartered Chemist with over 20 years' experience in chemical safety assessment. After obtaining a DPhil in Chemistry at the University of York, Camilla has developed her experience as a toxicologist at Imperial College London (1996-2000), Unilever’s Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre (2000-2010), Environment Agency (England & Wales)(2010-2012) and Ramboll Environ (2012-2016).
Camilla is an experienced risk assessor and strategist, and has been an advocate of using novel approaches in chemical safety assessment, including PBPK modelling data, comparative risk assessment, human exposure metrics and in vitro data. She specialises in preparing and reviewing safety dossiers for consumer goods (foods and cosmetics) and environmental (air, land and water) contaminants.
Camilla operates internationally and has led the safety evaluation strategy for global market-critical cosmetics ingredients and performed advocacy work at senior level in the EU. Camilla participates in European task forces, is a toxicologist on UK government scientific committees, and leads and facilitates workshops. In the UK, she was a key player in the Defra Category 4 Screening Level (C4SL) project for the development of a novel framework for assessing land contaminants.
Camilla currently has a role as a senior policy advisor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she prepares and presents objective scientific evidence on chemical regulation for policy development.
John Bassett BVSc, Dip.Bus.Admin, MRCVS, FIFST
John Bassett has over 20 years’ experience of risk assessment and risk management, in both industry and government roles. A veterinarian by training, he brings a “farm to fork” perspective on food safety challenges, specialising in microbiological risk.
His consultancy, John Bassett Consulting Ltd, works with clients in the commercial food industry as well as governments and inter-governmental agencies.
John is particularly passionate about the practical use of ‘risk-based’ approaches in innovation and food safety management systems for industry, and in the application of optimal regulatory models – he is currently a member of FSA’s expert advisory group supporting their ‘Regulating our Future’ activity and a past member (for 10 years) of the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF).
Dr Geoff Brighty BSc, PhD
Geoff Brighty is a highly experienced and passionate environmentalist with career roles that span strategy, policy and operations in environmental regulation and management in the UK. He leads his own independent consultancy specialising in sustainability, environmental risk and emergency planning.
In a 26 year career in the environmental sector he led the Environment Agency’s research programmes on endocrine disruption in the aquatic environment, including groundbreaking discoveries of biologically-active chemicals and their impacts on fish and invertebrates. He has held roles leading ecotoxicology laboratory and pollution investigation teams, as well as conducting technical negotiations for UK in EU Directive development for chemical and water regulation. He developed the UK environmental quality standards (EQS) programme and classification of substances under the Groundwater Directive.
Following his science and research management roles, he led the environmental response to three regional spatial strategies (RSS) in the South and East of England, focusing on waste, climate change, health and flood risk impacts on housing and business growth plans. This led to operational roles within the Environment Agency, including 6 years as Area Manager (Deputy Director), regulating industry and managing flood protection. As Deputy Director for Sustainable Places at the Environment Agency, Geoff led the environmental policy response to the current Government’s economic growth agenda.
As well as managing relations with Members of Parliament, Ministers, and broadcast media, he is a passionate advocate for the public understanding of environmental science through schools and universities, including working with Brunel University as an Associate Fellow on their sustainability programme, and on the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
Dr Terry Brown BSc, MPhil, PhD
Dr Terry Brown is based in the Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Warwick. He is involved in the operationalisation and delivery of research projects using the Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Outcomes registry data; developing data linkage opportunities with other national and international databases/registries to support delivery of research project outcomes; and analysing and interpreting national routinely collected data in relation to OHCAs.
Other areas of research interests are:
- Human health and air pollution, especially in relation to cardiac arrest;
- Investigation of cardiac arrest in the workplace, and their management;
- Epidemiology and the burden of occupational disease, especially cancer;
- Health effects of exposure to pesticides.
Terry obtained is first degree in Human Biology at Loughborough University, where he also obtained an MPhil. His PhD in occupational epidemiology was gained at Nottingham University. Terry’s previous experience includes being a lecturer in public health and epidemiology at Cranfield University; a period as Senior Occupational and Environmental Epidemiologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory, where he was principal investigator on a study examining pesticide exposure and the health experience of licensed pesticide applicators in the UK, and estimating the burden of occupational cancer in Great Britain. He also took the lead in analysing data for the 1991-2000 Occupational Health Decennial Supplement. Terry has also investigated the human health risks associated with exposure to a range of environmental pollutants, and been principal investigator on several projects, including:
- The possible health effects of aircraft cabin environments;
- A study of a cohort of workers in the UK silica sand industry;
- The development of risk reduction strategies for the prevention of occupational dermatitis;
- A systematic literature to evaluate the effects of pesticides on the development of Parkinson’s disease.
He has worked with scientists in government departments (MoD, DH, Defra) and agencies (HSE, EA), and the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive. He has undertaken a number of projects for EFSA. He has also worked with trade unions, industry and trade organisations.
Alexander C Capleton BSc, Dip Med Tox, MSc
Alex began his career with the MRC Institute for Environment and Health where he worked as an Environmental Chemist and developed expertise in human exposure assessment to chemicals in environmental and in relation to occupational scenarios. He subsequently worked for the Health Protection Agency as a Health Protection Scientist, where he took a substantial role in developing a national children's environment and health strategy, and also worked as the technical lead for an EU-funded project developing health risk assessment training materials in support of establishing European regulatory requirements for health risk assessment. Alex has also worked for the National Poisons Information Service where he developed skills in clinical toxicology and gained experience in applied public health. Alex has over 15 years experience in research and public health at both a national and European level. He is a member of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists and is also a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner.
Dr Derrick Crump BSc, PhD, FRSPH, MIES
Associate Director IEH Consulting and Director at Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Consulting Limited, St Albans, UK
Derrick is an environmental and health scientist with an international reputation for his expertise in the measurement and assessment of indoor air quality. For approaching 40 years he has been engaged in scientific consultancy, research, teaching and government policy work. In that time he has led scientific teams within the (then) UK Department of Environment, BRE (and the former Building Research Establishment) and was Director of the Institute of Environment and Health (IEH) at Cranfield University (2009-2015). Since the early 1980s the main focus of his work has concerned indoor environments. Major projects include the IAQ survey of England, contaminated land at Weston Village, development of methods for VOC emission testing, air quality in new homes in England, and contaminants in aircraft cabin air. He currently serves on national (BSI) and international standardisation (CEN and ISO) committees concerned with developing methods to measure indoor pollutants and the evaluation of ‘dangerous substances’ used in materials, as well as European expert groups concerned with air quality and assessment of exposure to pollution. His research and consultancy work has been reported in 175 peer reviewed journal, book and conference papers as well as numerous client reports. Currently he works independently with a number of organisations as an expert advisor as well as in association with colleagues at IEH Consulting.
Annette Ewence BSc
Annette Ewence is an independent consultant with over 15 years’ experience in toxicology and clinical science and is UK and EUROTOX Registered. Annette has in-depth working knowledge of regulatory toxicology, and has extensive experience in liaising with governmental and industrial stakeholders on emerging legislation and new issues within the field (such as endocrine disrupters, REACH, and the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent).
She previously worked for an environmental consultancy (WRc plc) where she conducted expert toxicological hazard and risk assessments for numerous UK and EU legislative programmes and provided rapid response toxicology for UK-wide pollution incidents. Annette was a key member of the REACH team, providing regulatory and toxicological advice to both industry and authorities. She also taught toxicology principles in relation to water quality on an MSc. course.
Prior to WRc, Annette worked for the Health and Safety Executive’s Chemical Assessment Schemes Unit as a Regulatory Toxicologist, where she was the UK rapporteur on numerous occasions at EU and UN level for chemical legislation. Annette was the UK representative for an EU Stakeholder Expert Group developing new EU toxicology guidance for REACH and was a member of an expert working group developing new OECD testing guidelines for acute inhalation toxicity. She also gave support for various worker-related chemical policy, delivered expert toxicological hazard and risk assessments for EU regulatory bodies and UK proposals for the classification and labelling of existing chemicals.
Dr Keven Harlow BSc, PhD
Keven Harlow has been involved in the metals industry for his entire professional career. A metallurgist and materials scientist graduate, Keven spent over 20 years in the commercial area of the global metals industry where he was able to marry his technical knowledge with sales and marketing experience. Not forgetting his technical roots, Keven became involved with the EU-REACH regulation in 2005, supporting various companies and trade associations with REACH compliance strategies and consortia management.
From 2008, Keven managed the Manganese REACH Consortium at the Paris-based International Manganese Institute (IMnI) – the trade association for the global industry. In 2011 Keven assumed the role of global Regulatory Affairs Manager at the IMnI, including chemical regulations worldwide as well as maritime shipping codes.
In 2016 Dr Harlow formed NEVEK Consulting Limited, a UK firm offering regulatory guidance and compliance support to the global metals industry.
Dr Harlow holds his PhD (metallurgy) with The University of Nottingham, UK.
Professor David R Harper CBE, CBiol, FSB, FFPH, Hon FRSPH
Professor David Ross Harper is the Managing Director of Harper Public Health Consulting Limited. He is also Senior Consulting Fellow at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security. Previously, David was the Chief Scientist and Director General for Health Improvement and Protection in the UK Department of Health. In addition, he has been Special Adviser to the WHO in Geneva.
A scientist by training, David graduated in microbiology from the University of Dundee and gained his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians, and an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002. He has honorary Professorships at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Dundee, and an honorary Doctorate of Science from Cranfield University, where he is also a visiting Professor.
Philip Holmes BSc, CBiol, MSB, ERT
Following his retirement as a Director of IEH-C Ltd. in June 2018, Phil remains actively engaged with the company as an Associate providing toxicological and chemical risk assessment expertise. During a career extending more than 40 years, he has held a range of posts including: as Technical Director of Chemicals Science at Risk and Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA) from 2009-2013; various positions at the Institute of Environment and Health ranging from Senior Toxicologist to Deputy Director of the Institute, located firstly at the MRC Institute located at University of Leicester and subsequently at IEH at Cranfield University, during 1996-2009; and in regulatory toxicology in the contract sector (1975-1996).
Phil holds a degree in Zoology and was a member of the Institute of Biology (CBiol, MIBiol) from 1979-2009, the Society of Biology (CBiol, MSB), 2009–2015, and of the Royal Society of Biology (CBiol, MRSB) until 2017. He was on the British Toxicology Society Register of Toxicologists from 1995-2016 and a EUROTOX Registered Toxicologist (ERT) from 1997 to 2016. He also held the position of Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University (2009-2017). During his career he has gained considerable expertise in toxicology and risk assessment relating to a wide range of chemical classes (including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, food additives and industrial and consumer chemicals) and has particular interests in endocrine disrupting chemicals, regulatory toxicology (including study design), and the assessment of risk to humans from occupational and environmental exposures (including via consumer articles, drinking water, food and air).
Kathryn James BSc, MSc
Kathryn is an independent scientific consultant who previously worked as a Health Scientist and Toxicologist in the Toxicology and Risk Assessment Group of the Medical Research Council’s Institute for Environment and Health (IEH) based at Leicester University. Subsequently, she fulfilled this role at the Institute of Environment and Health, part of the Health School at Cranfield University. Kathryn’s expertise and experience lie in toxicology and human health risk assessment in areas connected with environmental and occupational exposure to chemicals. This includes, in particular, provision of expertise in health risk analysis via critical review of published literature, and scientific support for toxicological evaluations and health impact assessment. In addition, Kathryn has research programme project management experience and for three years she provided the Scientific Secretariat to the Interdepartmental Group on Health Risks from Chemicals (IGHRC).
Prior to joining IEH Consulting, Kathryn worked as a Laboratory Research Assistant at Harefield Hospitals’ Heart Science Research Centre and as an Industrial Trainee and subsequently Scientific Officer at Syngenta (formerly Zeneca Agrochemicals) in Bracknell. Her qualifications include BSc (Hons) in Applied Biochemistry from Brunel University and MSc in Environmental Technology: Health Risk Assessment, Policy and Management from Imperial College, London.
Professor Mark Kibblewhite BA, MBA, PhD, DipM, CSci, CChem, FRSC, CEnv, FIAgrE
Mark is Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University, Director of MK Soil Science Ltd and the current President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.
Mark is an environmental chemist who specialises in soil systems and their relationship to other environmental compartments (air and water), ecosystems and human health and well-being. His research focuses on the management of soil resources and the development and implementation of policy measures aimed at dealing with risks arising from soil contamination, erosion, organic matter loss and other soil processes. His expertise includes risk estimation and economic evaluation as well as soil science. His work has informed policy development at national and global levels and he has completed a range of projects for international clients including recently the United Nations, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency. He was previously Chairman of the European Soil Bureau Network of the Joint Research Centre and is currently a member of the Strategic Science Advisory Panel of Landcare Research New Zealand.
Prior to establishing his consulting business in 2013, Mark was Professor of Applied Soil Science, Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the National Soil Resources Institute, all at Cranfield University. Before joining Cranfield in 2002, he was Head of Land Quality at the Environment Agency after being a Director with Hyder Consulting and a Head of Division at Warren Spring Laboratory.
Mark graduated from York in chemistry and completed his PhD at Aberdeen. He holds an MBA from Cranfield and is a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Environmentalist.
Professor Len Levy OBE, BSc, MSc, PhD, FFOM, FBTS
Professor 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. An internationally-known occupational and environmental toxicologist and risk assessor, Professor Levy holds a doctorate in experimental pathology from the Institute of Cancer Research in London and 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.
Professor Levy has published more than 250 papers on occupational carcinogenesis, occupational and environmental toxicology, risk assessment and risk management and the regulatory aspects of environmental and occupational air standards. In 2000, he was awarded an OBE for Services to Health and Safety. Professor Levy's contributions have earned him a place on the list of esteemed recipients of the Herbert E. Stokinger Award.
Professor Levy is an independent 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 UK nominee and Vice-Chair of the EU Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL), DG EMP. He is a member of the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) and Chair of two of its sub-committees. He also currently serves as Chair of the UK Interdepartmental Group on Health Risks from Chemicals (IGHRC). Professor Levy has been an invited member at 12 IARC Monograph Working Group meetings on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans and recently chaired two of these meetings. He has conducted occupational and environmental risk assessments on many types of substances, ranging from pesticides to metals and solvents, and has led teams responsible for producing authoritative Criteria Documents used for setting Occupational Exposure Limits in the UK and the EU.
Professor Joe Lunec BSc, PhD, DSc, FRCPath, FSB
Joe is currently Professor Emeritus at Cranfield University specialising in the provision of consultancy services in the areas of medical toxicology, chemical pathology and nutrition research.
He recently retired as Executive Dean and Head of Cranfield Health, one of five Schools at Cranfield University. His academic career spans 40 years in the NHS and research and teaching. He began as a trainee Clinical Biochemist in 1974, working in a routine chemical pathology department at the Whittington Hospital. Since that time, he successfully pursued, in parallel, a research, service and administrative career in chemical pathology. This led to two postgraduate degrees (PhD and DSc), Fellowships of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRC Path) and of the Society for Biology (FSB) and over 250 peer-reviewed publications focused on the fields of free radicals and pathology. Throughout his career he has acted as an external examiner in chemical pathology, toxicology and nutrition courses; these have been appointments both in the UK and overseas. For example, Joe continues to examine in these areas and, as a consequence, have honorary professorial appointments in Hong Kong and China.
Dr Franziska Matthies MSc, PhD
Franziska Matthies holds a MSc in Biology from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Between 1998 and 2005, she worked at several European University Institutions such as the Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Lausanne, the Department for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Heidelberg, and the Department for International Health at the University of Copenhagen, where she was collaborating in designing, coordinating and running various short courses and training modules in international health as well as a one year Masters Programme in Health Economics (offered in Hanoi, Vietnam).
She started working on global climate change and human health when she joined the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) as research analyst in 2001 at the Department for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Heidelberg. Her main interest lies in the development of adaptation and response strategies in health policies and health systems to prevent and reduce impacts of climate change on human health. The work for the German Advisory Council also continued when she moved to the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in 2003, where she joined a research team on flooding and human health. She was a co-editor of the book “Flood Hazards and Health”. Dr Matthies was seconded to the Parliamentary office of Science and Technology to compile a briefing note on health impacts of climate change in the UK for the British Parliament.
In 2005, she joined the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Centre for Environment and Health in Rome. She coordinated the DG Sanco co-funded project EuroHEAT to improve public health responses to extreme weather events and heat-waves in particular. The project was successfully concluded in April 2007 with a range of documents on public health advice for heat. Other projects focused on climate change and extreme weather as well as the interface between global change, security and human health.
Since October 2011, Franziska Matthies has been working as a freelance consultant in the area of environment and health. She develops and edits technical documents (books, book chapters, background documents, scientific articles, meeting reports etc.), develops training materials, and organizes and contributes to capacity-building events, conferences, workshops and seminars.
Professor Robert L Maynard CBE, BSc, MB BCh, FRCP, FRCPath, FFOM, FBTS, FSB
Professor Maynard retired from the UK’s Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) in 2011, having led the Department of Health’s and, subsequently, the Health Protection Agency’s work on the effects of air pollution on health since 1990. He holds a BSc in Physiology and an MB BCh from the University of Wales. He became a Member of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1991 and a Fellow in 1999, and has since 1996 been a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, becoming a Fellow in 2002. Other distinctions include Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the British Toxicology Society, and in 2000 he received a CBE. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Public Health, Birmingham University and an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, London.
Much of his work on air pollution has been undertaken in close association with the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP), where he was Medical Sectretary, and the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (EPAQS). He has served on a number of other UK Governmental committees including the UK Advisory Group on the Medical Aspects of Air Pollution Episodes, and was Chairman of the Expert Group on Climate Change and Health, the Chief Medical Officer's Working Group on Montserrat, and the ad hoc Expert Group on the Effects of Environmental Noise on Health. He acted as Secretary to the Expert Group on the Management of Chemical Casualties Caused by Terrorist Activity and was also a Member of the Defence Science Advisory Council (DSAC) Panel of Experts. In addition, he has served as Chair at a number of World Health Organisation (Geneva) committees and meetings, including a Working Group set up to convert the WHO Air Quality Guidelines for Europe into a world-wide edition, the Steering Group for the third edition of WHO Air Quality Guidelines, and a WHO meeting in Bonn on the relevance to health of particulate matter from various sources.
Prof. Maynard’s particular interests now extend to the toxicological properties of nanoparticles, having set up the National Nanotoxicology Research Centre at Public Health England (PHE) before retiring; this is the only public laboratory in the UK that can undertake inhalation studies on nano-particles. More recently, he has pursued his keen interests in air pollution science and nano-toxicology and also the interface between structure and function of the lung.
Dr Paul McDermott BSc, PhD, MISTR, FRSPH
Paul McDermott has an Honours degree and PhD in microbiology and spent the first 11 years of his career in microbiology research and as a university lecturer. More recently, Paul worked as a Specialist Inspector in the Health and Safety Executive's Biological Agents Unit, regulating laboratory work with biological agents as well as providing advice and support to HSE and OGDs in relation to incidental exposure and biosecurity risks. In his role as a regulator, much of Paul’s time was spent working in the field of occupational Legionella risk control where he developed both a deep understanding of the regulatory framework and an appreciation of the practicalities of effective management of water-associated infection risks.
Paul was an active member of HSE's Legionella Committee and its Legionella Technical Working Group and has facilitated the development and delivery of past and current HSE intervention strategies for the control of Legionella risks in workplaces.
Paul has acted as expert witness in a number of Legionella enforcement cases and has contributed to the production of numerous Legionella-related guidance documents, including:
- BS 8580:2010 - Water quality. Risk assessments for Legionella control. Code of practice;
- CIBSE's TM13 - Minimising the Risk of Legionnaires' disease;
- The HSE’s revised Approved Code of Practice, L8 (4th edition) - Legionnaires' disease: the control of legionella bacteria in water systems;
- The HSE's revised guidance document, HSG274 – Legionnaires' disease: technical guidance.
Paul is also a Technical Assessor for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, conducting assessments of companies seeking UKAS accreditation for Legionella risk assessment services.
Since setting up his biorisk consultancy in July 2014, Paul has undertaken a variety of work including the role of (Water Safety) Authorizing Engineer at a number of NHS Trusts and is currently supporting water risk management arrangements at a number of large academic institutions.
Paul is a member of ISTR and the Water Management Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Isabella Myers BSc, DIC, MSc
Isabella Myers is an independent consultant with over 20 years’ experience on the health effects associated with environmental hazards in the indoor and outdoor environment.
Previously, Isabella was a member of the Public Health England (PHE) Toxicology Unit at Imperial College, London, where she supported the Air Pollution and Climate Change Group within PHE (previously the Department of Health’s Air Pollution, Climate Change and Noise Unit). She was responsible for: the development, implementation and support of health-based policies for government departments; leading the scientific work on indoor air pollution, creating and implementing the strategic approach to the protection of public health from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning; providing scientific Secretariat support to the Government’s Expert Committee on the Medial Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP); the provision of advice to other government departments, UK Minsters and stakeholders on air pollution, climate change, extreme events and noise pollution; developing advice relating to the deliberate release of biological and chemical pollutants. She ran prominent scientific and policy orientated conferences, workshops, accredited training days with national and international attendees and speakers. Prior to this, Isabella worked with the pharmaceutical industry on the development and delivery of therapeutics for respiratory and neurological conditions.
A scientist by training, Isabella graduated, with Honours, in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and gained her Diploma and Masters degree in Environmental Technology, specialising in Health, from Imperial College, London. She is a Member of the All Fuels Forum Advisory Board and Forum, Chairman of its Medical and Healthcare Professionals’ Sub-Group; Committee Member of the UK Indoor Environments Group and a member of the British Toxicology Society.
Isabella has been a contributing author to numerous Government and expert committee reports on the health effects of air pollutants and climate change and has published papers and book chapters on the same topics.
Dr George Prpich BSc, PhD
I am an expert in environmental risk management, decision analysis, and environmental engineering. Most recently, I was an Assistant Professor of Environmental Risk Management at Cranfield University where I studied problems that stretch across the water, energy, and food sectors. I approach problems as an engineer, a policy analyst, and a scientist and I have published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and reports that describe my work in these areas. I am particularly interested in helping organisations prioritise their strategic risks, manage uncertainty, and identify emerging risks. In addition, I have advised and consulted for a number of international clients, such as the UK Government, the European Commission, and the United Nations. I hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.
Dr Mike Roberts BSc, MSc, PhD
Mike has Doctoral, Master and Bachelor degrees in environmental biology. He has over 20 years’ experience with the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the sustainable management of chemicals, specifically with regard to potential endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and metals in the environment (especially mercury, lead and cadmium), chemical mixtures and possible interactions between the environment and human health.
From 2009 to 2016, Mike was one of the two UK National Co-ordinators on the OECD chemicals Test Guidelines programme and a member of the OECD’s Endocrine Disrupters Testing and Assessment Advisory Group (EDTA). He was instrumental in the development of several test guidelines and guidance documents for the detection of EDCs, for example utilising freshwater mollusc species and sticklebacks.
Mike was formerly a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and, in 2013, the Chair of the SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Global Partners Council. He was one of the two co-chairs for the SETAC Pellston Workshop™ Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Approaches for Endocrine-Active Substances (EHRA), held in early 2016 at Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA. The Workshop developed consensus-based advice on scientifically-defensible approaches for the environmental assessment of endocrine active substances.
Since leaving Defra and becoming an independent consultant in 2016, Mike has worked with colleagues on the assessment of chemicals as potential endocrine disruptors, utilising the OECD Guidance Document on Standardised Test Guidelines for Evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption.
Dr Paul Rumsby BSc, PhD
IEH Consulting Associate Director. Paul has been a toxicologist for 35 years and has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Applied Biochemistry and a PhD in biochemical pharmacology. He has been a European Registered Toxicologist since 1997. For 20 years, he was a laboratory scientist conducting cancer and toxicological research before undertaking desk-based toxicology. He has technical expertise on a range of toxicological mechanisms including mutagenesis, carcinogenesis, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption. He has authored many scientific papers, reviews and client reports and presented at many national and international meetings.
Until recently, Paul was Principal Toxicologist and manager of the National Centre for Environment Toxicology, a group at WRc plc (formerly the Water Research Centre). He has undertaken many chemical risk assessments particularly on chemicals in the environment (air, soil and drinking and environmental waters) including incineration and landfill. This included the technical management of 24/7 advisory services for contamination of both drinking and environmental waters for the UK water industry and the Environment Agency. As such, he has expert knowledge of health-based screening levels (both short and long-term) for chemicals in water.
He has worked on projects for many UK government department and agencies and the EU including cancer risk estimates for ECHA and technical advice on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) as part of the UNEP Rotterdam Convention for the import and export of dangerous chemicals.
Dr Lesley Rushton OBE, BA, MSc, PhD, Hon FFOM, CSTAT
Lesley is a medical statistician and epidemiologist. She holds a PhD in methodological aspects of epidemiological studies gained at the Institute of Cancer Research, London and was awarded an OBE for service to occupational health in 2004. She has worked in several UK academic institutions including the Universities of Greenwich and Nottingham and for the Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health in Leicester. She is now a Reader in Occupational Epidemiology at Imperial College London, where she is involved in multidisciplinary research programmes into occupational and environmental causes of ill health.
Lesley has specialised in health studies in various industries carrying out research into mortality and cancer incidence, and case-control studies. These include studies of workers in several industries such as the oil industry, silica sand and printing industries, children’s health and air pollution, estimation of burden of occupationally-related cancer in Britain, and design and application of an occupational module for UK Biobank. Methodological research includes systematic review and meta-analysis in the areas of risk assessment and cross-design synthesis. She has been a member of several UK government committees including the Committee on Toxicity and is currently a member of the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity and the UK HSE Engineering and Environmental Assurance Committee. She has recently been appointed as the Chair of Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.
Professor Lewis Smith BSc, PhD, FRCPath, FBTS
Professor Smith has extensive experience in the study of mechanisms of toxicity and their relevance to risk assessment. He has held positions as Director of the M.R.C. Toxicology Unit, Director of the M.R.C. Institute of Environment and Health and Director of C.T.L. Laboratories, which were part of Zeneca, then subsequently Syngenta. He sits on various Boards of Academic Institutes in both the UK and USA.
Dr Mike WaldockPhD
Mike had 35 years of experience of working in Government Science in various roles at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science before retiring from Government Service in 2015. He became Chief Executive of Cefas in July 2012, after spending 10 years on the Cefas Management Board as Cefas’s Chief Scientist and Science Director. As an advisor to senior policy makers and Ministers in the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, he has held a number of high profile positions nationally and internationally including Chairing national monitoring forums and was the UK delegate to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.
Mike has a PhD in Marine Biochemistry and research career focussed on the fate and effects of environmental pollutants in marine systems and design and delivery of national monitoring programmes. As a “next steps” Agency Cefas took on a consultancy roles for a number of UK and overseas customers and Mike’s experience includes working closely with Government Policy Makers in the Middle East.
Professor Jason Weeks BSc PhD CBiol FRSB EurProBiol MIEnvSci CEnv CSci CMIEEM MInstKT
Jason Weeks is Director of ERA and Head of Business Development and Marketing, JNCC. He has over 25 years’ experience as an ecotoxicologist with extensive experience in the environmental, food and aquaculture sectors. Over this period Jason has been instrumental in the successful delivery of significant international aid funded project work, including in Latin America, SE Asia, Australasia, Canada, Central and Eastern Europe, Central and Middle Asia, the Caribbean, Korea and Africa. He has extensive experience of delivering and managing large scale technically challenging applied ecotoxicology projects. Jason is an internationally recognised expert on ecological and environmental risk assessment, environmental monitoring and auditing, Environmental Impact Assessment, ecotoxicology and socio-economic studies. He is an accredited CPD trainer, Chartered Biologist and Environmentalist and Member of CIEEM and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Former Chief Scientist of the UK Water Research Centre, he has particular experience in understanding the fate, effects and ecotoxicity of chemicals relating to industrial, mining, contaminated land and agricultural pollution to biota. Jason has been responsible for the design and execution of projects on behalf of organisations such as the UK Department for International Development (DfiD), WHO, World Bank, FSA, EFSA, FAO and the UN. Jason has managed complex research projects and consortia and represented a number of organisations as an invited expert. He has published in excess of 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers on a broad range of subject areas. Jason was a former scientific advisor to the Argentinian Government and expert consultant to WWF, UNIDO and the World Bank. Jason was recently Chair of an ad hoc Expert Group for the European Medicines Agency, and is presently a co-opted member of the CVMP for environmental issues.
Jason was formerly Professor of Environmental Risk Analysis at Cranfield University and (amongst other roles) Veterinary Medicines Programme Director at Cefas, being responsible for the innovation and development of aquaculture therapeutants. He is a marine biologist by training and has worked on the significant challenge of ensuring the continued supply of sustainable and healthy aquatic food chains at the same time as increasing intensification of farmed fish and shellfish.