Membership

Name Expertise
Mrs Dorothy Craig - Chair

Mrs Dorothy Craig - MBE, JP, BSc

Mrs Craig has been a member of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Advisory Committee, the MAFF/FSA Beef Assurance Scheme Membership Panel, the Board of the United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards and the MAFF Consumer Panel. She was previously a member of the Advisory Group on Veterinary Residues. Mrs Craig was the first chair of Foodaware, the Consumers' Food Group, which co-ordinated the broad UK consumer movement's work on food safety, nutrition and standards. She is an active member of the committee of Tyneside Consumers' Group. Mrs Craig has a degree in zoology and physiological science and has over twenty years experience as a magistrate. Mrs Craig has declared no political activities.

Consumer
Mr Jon Averns

Mr Jon Averns - MSc, FCIEH

Jon Averns is currently employed as Port Health Services Director by the City of London Corporation in its role as the London Port Health Authority. He qualified as an Environmental Health Officer with the London Borough of Greenwich in 1980, specialising in food control in 1982, and joining the London Port Health Authority in 1989. Since then, he has worked throughout the Authority's area which includes the ports of Tilbury, Thamesport (Isle of Grain), Sheerness, London City Airport and the whole of the Tidal Thames.

During his career with the London Port Health Authority he has been actively involved in all aspects of Port Health and also the implementation of the European Community's Veterinary Checks regime. He was one of the Association of Port Health Authorities' representatives during discussions with Government about the problems with illegally imported meats and gave evidence at the Parliamentary Select Committee. In 1997 he was awarded a MSc in Food Safety and Food Control, having submitted a dissertation on the microbiological problems associated with imported spices.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and is immediate past President of the Port Health Special Interest Group. He is also Under Secretary of the Association of Port Health Authorities, the secretary of its Border Inspection Post Technical Committee and also chairs the newly formed National Animal Feed Ports Panel. Mr Averns has declared no political activities.

Local Authority
Mr Tim Brigstocke

Mr Tim Brigstocke - MBE, BA, CBIOL, FSB, FIAgrM, MPhil, DipFarmMan, CEnv, FRAgS (Agriculture Industry)

Tim Brigstocke runs a livestock consultancy business. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), a position he held for seven years and remains Policy Director to the Association. He is Executive Director, Cattle Health Certification Standards UK Limited (CHeCS), the accreditation body for the various cattle health schemes operating in the British Isles, and Chairman of the industry-wide cattle Health and Welfare Group. Mr Brigstocke has declared no political activities.

Agriculture Industry
Dr Gill Clare

Dr Gill Clare - BSc, PhD (Food Chemical Safety/Risk Assessment)

Gill Clare is a genetic toxicologist, speciality cytogenetics, with a PhD gained in a hospital radiotherapy department. She has been employed for more than 30 years in science in university, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and contract research organisations. The majority of her work has been safety assessment, with knowledge of regulatory requirements, and helping people understand the human health impacts of chemicals. Dr Clare has declared no political activities.

Food Chemical Safety/ Risk Assessment
Mrs Susan Phoebe Knox

Mrs Susan Phoebe Knox - BA

Susan Knox was Chairman of Foodaware, the Consumers Food Group which is the successor group to the Food and Agriculture Working Group of Consumers in Europe Group which she chaired until 2001. She has just completed her term as the UK Alternate Delegate to the European Consumers Consultative Group at the European Commission, DG SANCO, having previously been the delegate. As Chairman of Foodaware she attended the Stakeholder Forum with the Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency (FSA). She was also a member of the Meat Hygiene Policy Forum, the Enforcement Liaison Group at the FSA and DEFRA's Pigmeat Task Force and also attended the Consumer Liaison Group with the Chief Veterinary Officer at DEFRA. She is an active member of the Women's Institute and Vice Chairman of the board of Trustees for the Plunkett Foundation and past Chairman of the ViRSA (Village Retail Services Association) which has merged with the Plunkett Foundation. Mrs Knox has also been a member of the Board of the United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards and the Public Affairs Committee for the National Federation of Women's Institutes. Mrs Knox has declared no political activities.

Consumer
Mr John Points

Mr John Points - BSc

John Points graduated in Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology in 1990, and for the past 20 years has worked on the analysis of pesticide and veterinary drug residues in food. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

From 2003 to 2008 John managed the delivery of the analytical testing for the VMD's GB Statutory Residues Surveillance Scheme. He acts as subject matter expert for the UK's National Reference Laboratory for a number of classes of EU-regulated veterinary drug residues. This has included developing laboratory guidelines and policy advice at a national and international level. John is a regular contributor to analytical chemistry conferences and symposia.

He is a trained laboratory auditor, and has audited residues testing laboratories in both the UK and 3rd countries. Mr Points has declared no political activities.

Analytical Chemist
Mr Declan O'Rourke

Mr Declan O'Rourke - MVB, DipM, MBA, FRCVS

Declan O'Rourke is a veterinary surgeon and works as an independent consultant in pharmacovigilance and livestock medicine. Following a couple of years in practice, in England and Canada, he joined the Milk Marketing Board. Subsequently, he worked in the animal health industry where he held technical, marketing, product development, clinical development, production and pharmacovigilance roles. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) in 1990, is a Council member of the British Cattle Veterinary Association and a Director of the British Veterinary Association. Mr O'Rourke has declared no political activities.

Pharmaceutical Industry
Mr David Alan Ralph

Mr David Alan Ralph - BSc Hons

David Ralph comes from an agricultural background and has experience of a range of livestock production systems. He graduated from Newcastle University with an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science and joined RHM Agriculture in 1967. During the course of an 18 year career with RHM, he was the operations manager at a number of the Company's feed mills and was the commissioning Mill Manager at two green field sites, new feed mills. He eventually joined the head office staff with responsibility for the development of feed milling technology and the harmonisation of milling procedures across 19 feed mills, producing feeds for all classes of agricultural livestock.

For a period, he worked as an independent milling consultant to clients in the UK, Turkey, Australia and the Middle East. He designed and installed a premix manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia and spent two years as a Mill Manager for an integrated Dairy operation in the Sultanate of Oman. In 1991 he joined the senior management team of one of the UK's foremost integrated Broiler producers and immediately undertook an 18 month running re-model of its feed mill, as well as being responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations including raw material procurement, formulation implementation and compliance with the various regulatory requirements such as Class A Compounder accreditation with the (then) RPS (GB), Universal Feed Assurance Scheme and Assured Chicken Production audit and various audit requirements of the retail sector. Mr Ralph has declared no political activities.

Agriculture & Feed Industry
Professor Michael Roberts

Professor Michael Roberts - PhD, CBIOL, FSB, MIEEM (Food Industry)

Michael Roberts has extensive experience in senior science management in the Research Councils and Defra dealing with a range of issues relating to the food chain and environmental objectives. In his most recent position as the Chief Executive of Defra's Central Science Laboratory, he coordinated food surveillance programmes and related research in support of both VMD and the Food Standards Agency. These programmes required extensive interactions with food producers, processors and the retail sector. He has served on three Government Advisory Committees dealing with a range of risk assessment issues that relate to food chain safety (the Advisory Committees on Pesticides, Genetic Modification and Hazardous Substances). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology and has declared no political activities.

Food Industry
Professor Shirley Price

Professor Shirley Price - BSc, MSc, PhD, FILT, FBTS, Eurotox Registered Toxicologist

Professor Price is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Organiser of the Modular Training Programme in Applied Toxicology within the School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. She has over 20 years experience in toxicology specialising in mechanisms of toxicity, combined effects of chemical mixtures at low exposure level and the effects of non-genotoxic carcinogens. Professor Price specialises in pathology and electron microscopy and has been responsible for a laboratory conducting many toxicology studies in compliance with GLP. She has a broad base of experience in toxicological risk assessment. Professor Price also has experience in working as a WHO expert in Reproductive Toxicology. Professor Price is on a number of committees for the British Toxicology Society and is a member of the Royal College of Pathologist's Special Advisory Committee for Toxicology. She also chairs the panel for the Register of Toxicologists. Professor Price is a member of the Paediatric Medicines Expert Advisory Group. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Toxicology. Professor Price has declared no political activities.

Eurotox Registered Toxicologist
Mr Jonathan Statham

Mr Jonathan Statham - MA, VetMB, DCHP, MRCVS

Jonathan Statham is a veterinary surgeon and after graduating from Cambridge University in 1996 spent two years in rural general practice before moving to focus on solely food animal medicine in a 20 vet practice in North Yorkshire where he became a partner in 2003. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health & Production in 2005 and the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health & Production in 2011. He has been a serving council member of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) since 2005, chair of Herd Health Management and Endemic Disease Group since 2006 and became junior vice-President in 2011. He is a member of the England Cattle Health & Welfare Group (CHAWG), Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group, International Embryo Transfer Society, past-President of the Yorkshire Veterinary Society and director and chair of a veterinary research, fertility and training company. Mr Statham has declared no political activities.

Veterinary Surgeon
Dr Stella Walsh

Dr Stella Walsh - BEd, MEd PG, CERT RM, PhD

Stella Walsh has been actively involved representing consumer views in food issues for over twenty five years. She has recently been reappointed as a consumer representative on the Department of Health's Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition, and was one of the initial consumer members of the committee when it was established by FSA for over ten years. Stella also represents consumers on the Rural Payments Agency's Bovine Industry Panel and is the consumer and Education representative for the National Beef Association. She is an active member of the National Consumers Federation Food Group. Stella also provides a consumer perspective on the Food Standards Agency 'Delivering Safer Food Consultative Group'.

Stella has extensive experience teaching in higher education, teaching food retailing and marketing at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is a member of the Academy of Marketing. The research focus for her PhD was an investigation of food and shopping patterns of older working-class women in Leeds. Dr Walsh has declared no political activity.

Consumer

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