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 Expert  728143

Expert in Risk Assessment and Risk Management for Health, Safety and the Environment

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Expert has been Professor of Risk Management at Expert's University since 1997 and Director of their Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management. Previously he was Director of the Centre for Environmental & Risk Management at the University of East Anglia from 1992 until 1997. He is a qualified scientist (B.Sc. 1965 and D.Phil. 1969) and has worked on a very wide range of risk and safety issues since 1974, ranging from consumer safety, to transport, flooding, occupational, leisure and environmental safety. Much of this work is now in the form of published reports and papers of which there are over two hundred.

He has acted as a consultant for most government departments and safety regulators, and for several international agencies and the private sector on safety issues. These include the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the Department of Health, DEFRA, the European Consumer Safety Association (ECOSA), the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 1995/96 he served on an HM Treasury committee reviewing the setting of safety standards in Britain. He has been personally appointed by several UK Secretaries of State to lead risk assessment projects of national significance or participate on independent national advisory committees. A few years ago he completed a major project for the Consumer Safety Unit of the then Department of Trade and Industry on methods of gauging the appropriateness of safety measures to protect consumers. Recently, in 2008-9, he co-authored four reports for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (now BIS) on risks to the public, and two for the Department of Children, Families and Schools, and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, also on risks to the public (children in that case) resulting from non-work activities. In 2006 he wrote a book ‘Environmental health policy' at the request of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

One area of work he has been professionally associated with for over 20 years, from a risk perspective, is outdoor sport and leisure activities. His research on this includes children's play, the safety of a wide range of popular sports including conventional sports like football, adventure sports, and countryside activities more generally.

However, his main interest and expertise is in the application of risk assessment techniques and risk management principles to essentially any kind of hazard, using a multi-disciplinary perspective grounded in science, economics, psychology, sociology, communication, and legal principles.

Expert is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IoSH). This is the highest grade of membership in the leading professional agency of its kind in the UK and possibly Europe. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He established and teaches a postgraduate level course at Expert's University on Risk Management at Masters and Doctoral level.

As an off-shoot his primary work in risk assessment and risk management (decision making), Expert has had two decades of experience of health and safety law in the UK through dealing with a wide variety of liability cases, many involving personal injury and some the environment. He produces post-event expert analyses for consideration by the legal process including the courts and quite often presents evidence in court.

His work has in particular identified the importance of trade-offs between the benefits of public sector activities and the risks associated with them, such that risk minimisation is not normally the objective. He is an expert on the interpretation of the international concept of 'reasonable practicability.'




risk assessment


risk management




safety analysis


health safety


public safety


statutory law


consumer safety


injury law


tort law



Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1969   D.Phil.   Physics   Sussex University, england  
1965   B.Sc. (Hons.)   Physics   Exeter University, England  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to


(Undisclosed University)


School Health and Social Sciences


Professor of Risk Management


Head of Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management; post-graduate teaching and research

1989 to 1997


University of East Anglia


School of Environmental Sciences




Head of Centre for Environmental and Risk Management

1974 to 1989


Greater London Council


Scientific Branch


Member of staff


Developing science-based policy on pollution control in London

1972 to 1974


National Physical Laboratory





Application of scientific methods to metallurgical processes

1969 to 1972


Bell Laboratories, USA



Member Technical Staff


Research on solid state physics

Career Accomplishments:

Fellow Institute of Physics (UK) Chartered Fellow Institution of Safety and Health (UK)

Professional Appointments

Appointed by several UK Secretaries of State to lead various studies or be a member of a nationally-important committee e.g. Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, Committee on Disposal of Offshore Structures, the panteg investigation...

Publications and Patents Summary

Over 200 publications and articles

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - UK Dept Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform  
 - McGraw-Hill  
 - UK Dept Culture, Media and Sport  
 - Risk Regulation Advisory Council  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2007 to 2009   DCMS/DCFS   Author   Produce state of the art report on the management of risk as it affects children
2008 to 2009   BERR   Author   Produce reports on how different risk actors affect societal risk decisions (the courts, insurers, experts and standards-setters)
2005 to 2007   DEFRA   Member of Committee   Deciding what to do with the UK's nuclear waste
2007 to 2009   HSE   Adviser   To advise the HSE on its policy regarding major hazard sites

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Adviser to major UK land owners under the auspices of the National Tree Safety Group regarding the conflict between the risk posed by trees and their benefits
  • Adviser/consultant to the UK Play Safety Forum for a decade on child safety issues
  • Consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency on the risks posed by different means of electricity production
  • Consultant to the European Consumer Safety Association on the economic valuation of injury
  • Consultant to barristers on the viability of legal claims and counterclaims
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Fairly regular stream of cases involving mainly personal injuries. Preparation of reports, appearance in court. Most recent court appearance was Uren v Corporate Leisure & MoD, Royal Courts of Justice, London.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on UK beach flagging warning system.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2003 to   Austria   Advice on issues to do with the risks of energy production
2004 to   Holland   Member of committee dealing with consumer safety issues
2003 to   Scandinavia   Speaker at various semibars and conferences n energy risks

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Moderate

Market Research:
Expert thinks his experience is relevant to industry because it is very up to date being based on academic underpinnings and frequent contact with policy persons in key sectors, such as regulation and the courts.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has designed and teaches an MSc in Risk Management

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Some experience built over many years


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