Head of the Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks Unit, European Food Safety Authority, EFSA
Currently head of EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks unit; the main task of the Scientific Committee is the preparation of scientific advice in the area of new and harmonised approaches for risk assessment of food and feed; included in this is putting in place a process for the early identification of emerging risks in the European food and feed chain, as well as preparation for responding to urgent issues.
He has been working for EFSA for over nine years, the first three of which were spent working in the Biological Hazards unit, dealing with pre-harvest microbiological risks.
He has previously worked in the dairy industry and started his career at the Reading laboratory of the Institute of Food Research, working on microbiological food safety. He graduated from Cardiff University where he obtained both a degree and PhD in microbiology.