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Register of Interests

Science Council Members' Register of Interests

Last updated: 25 July 2022

Expert Register of Interests FSA Science Council

(June 2022)

In line with FSA policy and established good practice for accessing external expertise, Scientific Advisory Committee members are required to declare any personal or non-personal interests which represent a real or potential conflict in respect of general or specific aspects of work undertaken. Interests will be managed in accordance with the FSA’s policy and guidance.

If members have interests not specified in these notes, but which they believe could be regarded as influencing their advice or other work for FSA, they should declare them. However, members are not under any obligation to search out interests of which they might reasonably not be aware. For example, either through being unaware of all the interests of family members, or of not being aware of links between one company and another.  

Prof Sandy Thomas

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment :Director of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Nil
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Deputy Chair of the Advisory Group, SPRU, University of Sussex; Chair of the International Advisory Board, Action Against Stunting, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Fellow of the UK Zoological Society
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Historic Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : Nil
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Nil
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Nil
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Prof Patrick Wolfe

Updated: July 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment :University College London, Professor of Statistics and Honorary Professor of Computer Science; Executive Director, UCL Big Data Institute and UCL Centre for Data Science; Purdue University in the USA, Professor and Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science.
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies :Data science executive education consultant for global engineering firm Arup (UK).
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Editorial board service, no remuneration: Proceedings of the Royal Society A; Editorial board service, no remuneration: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B; NTU Singapore Data Science & AI Research Centre Scientific Advisory Board; IEEE Signal Processing Society Special Interest Group on Big Data and Technical Directions Board; IEEE Signal Processing Society Data Science Initiative Steering Committee; UK Data Sharing Principles Group; Lloyd’s Register Foundation Advisory Council; Whitechapel Think Tank on disruptive innovation in financial services; UK Medical Research Council Computational Genomics and Analysis Training Centre Scientific Advisory Board; Non-executive director of Turing Innovations Ltd ; Non-executive director of the Alan Turing Institute charity
  • Other personal interests: Spouse is a partner (Principal) with consulting firm PwC (USA), working at the intersection of its Operations and Consumer and Retail teams.

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Royal Society Research Fellow; EPSRC Established Career Fellow in the Mathematical Sciences
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Through UCL’s Big Data Institute the FSA sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship in data science for food.
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Historic Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : Nil
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Nil
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Nil
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Dr Paul Turner

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : Imperial College London – Reader in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology (2012-current)
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Consulting for Allergenis (2019-current); Aquestive Therapeutics (2021); UK Food Standards Agency (2016-current); Peer-reviewer for a number of journals; Member of European Medical Task Force for Aimmune, a pharmaceutical company specialising in treatments for food allergy (2018-current)
  • Shareholdings: Shares in Royal Mail plc
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Membership and member of Advisory Healthcare Professional panel for Allergy UK and Anaphylaxis Campaign (2013-current); Member of British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2011-current); Member of European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2011-current); Member of American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (2011-current); Honorary appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in Paediatrics, University of Sydney (2011-current); Honorary consultant to Public Health England / UK Health Security Agency (Vaccine & Immunology) (2019-current); Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Trust, London (2013-current); Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, London (2015-current); Member of ILSI Europe food allergy task force (2018-2019)
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Grant income: NIHR; Grant income: MRC; Grant income: Action Medical Research; Grant income: Food Standards Agency.
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Historic Interests

Personal: 

  • Direct employment : Nil
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Consulting for Reacta Biotech (2015); Specialist Adviser to COT (Food Allergy) (2015-17)
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Executive member of British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infection Group (2015-18). Chair, Paediatric Allergy Committee and Council member of British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2018-2021); Member of Allergy/Immunology/ID specialist training committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) (2016-2021);
  • Other personal Interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Grant income: EAT Foundation, USA; Grant income: EU FP7;
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Prof John O’Brien

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : The Food Observatory, Founder and Director (2018-)
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Book Reviewer.  Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA (2019-); Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. USA (2018-); Scientific Advisory Board, Danone Food Safety Center; Crème Global, Dublin, Ireland, Consultancy project on food factory risk management.   (2019-). Arthur D. Little, Consultancy on Food Quality Management (2021-). Elsevier Ltd, Editor, Trends in Food Science & Technology (2021-)
  • Shareholdings: Nestlé SA.
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Member International Advisory Board IFST (UK); Trustee and Chair, External Affairs Advisory Group, IFST (UK); Non-Executive Board Member and Deputy Chair, Campden BRI, UK; Chair, Advisory Board, NICHE, University of Ulster.
  • Other personal interests: Wife works for Johnson & Johnson (UK).

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC, Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK), FIFST; Society of Toxicology; Institute of Food Technologists; Nutrition Society; Society of Risk Analysis.
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Strategic Advisory Committee, Need For Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEDPRO), Cambridge, UK

Historic Interests

Personal: 

  • Direct employment : Nestlé SA, Head of Food Safety & Integrity Research Programme
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Nil
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, Queens University Belfast; Executive Advisory Board, Institute for Food Safety & Health, Chicago; Chair, ILSI Europe Branch; Trustee, ILSI, Washington; Trustee, Feeding Tomorrow, IFT, Chicago.
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Ms. Claire Nicholson

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : Nil
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Nil
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Trustee of the Reading Foundation, a small education charity associated with Reading School (2017-present).
  • Other personal interests: My husband works for a small private equity company with direct investments in early stage tech companies primarily in Northern Europe, and indirect investments via buy-out funds globally (To present).

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Historic Interests

Personal: 

  • Direct employment : Independent Director for consumer interests at Red Tractor Farm Assurance (2014- January 2020)
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Member for consumer interests (Advisory Committee for Novel Foods and Processes) (2013-June 2020)
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Red Tractor (2014-January 2020)
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Prof. Peter Gregory

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : Nil
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: AHDB (Chair of Recommended List board); BBSRC grant reviews; EU SusCrop Research Programme.
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations:  CFF UK (CIC) - Director
  • Other personal interests: Member, Scientific Advisory Committee ZALF, Germany; Member, Rank Prize Nutrition Committee; Assessor, Commonwealth Studentships

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Royal Society of Biology; Royal Agricultural Societies; Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Historic Interests

Personal: 

  • Direct employment : University of Reading (1980-2016)
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: East Malling Research (2011-2015)
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: NIAB-EMR - Director
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Prof. Jonathan Wastling

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : University of Keele.
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: UKRI (Selection panel work) (Ongoing); Cambridge University - Press editor of Parasitology (Ongoing).
  • Shareholdings: BP (<£1000).
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Governor - Oswestry School, Shropshire; Trustee - Songbird Survival Trust.
  • Other personal interests: Spouse is an employee of Liverpool University; Parents-in-law run a farming business in Cheshire

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Historic Interests

Personal: 

  • Direct employment : University of Liverpool (2004-2015)
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: BBSRC Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (2006-2015)
  • Shareholdings: Nil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Nil
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Research interests or funding which could benefit from work with FSA: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Prof Simon Pearson

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : University of Lincoln, Fruitcast Ltd, Cambridge Enterprise (spouse)
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultanciesBritish Summer Fruits Ltd (spouse)
  • ShareholdingsFreiston Associates Ltd, Fruitcast Ltd
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Nil
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisationsFRSB, FIAgrE
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Trusteeships: Douglas Bomford Trust
  • Other public appointments: BBSRC SAF SAP,
    CoChair DEFRA Robotics Review for Horticulture
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Prof Michael Tildesley

Updated: June 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : Professor at the University of Warwick
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: Consultancy for APHA on recent HPAI outbreak in the UK, Jan – Mar 2022

    Expert witness for a court case on the emergence of COVID-19, Jan-Jun 2022

  • ShareholdingsNil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Nil
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Trusteeships: Nil
  • Other public appointments: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil

Peter Borriello

Updated: July 2022

Current Interests

Personal:

  • Direct employment : Nil
  • Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies: 1 year consultancy – Bill & Melinda Gates foundation – improving veterinary medicines regulation in sub-Sahara Africa.
  • ShareholdingsNil
  • Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations: Nil
  • Other personal interests: Nil

Non-personal:

  • Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations: Nil
  • Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations: Nil
  • Trusteeships: Nil
  • Other public appointments: Nil
  • Other non-personal interests: Nil