Lowermoor subgroup members

Details of members

Professor H Frank Woods CBE BM (DPhil) FFPM FRCP (Lon & Edin) FMed Sci

Formerly Sir George Franklin Professor of Medicine
Division of Molecular and Genetic Medicine
University of Sheffield
Now Emeritus

Professor Woods was appointed Chair of the COT from 1992 to 2002. He has also chaired a number of the COT Working Groups, including the Working Group on Phytoestrogens, the Working Group on Risk Assessment of Mixtures of Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines. He is currently chair of the Subgroup to consider the health effects of the Lowermoor Water Pollution Incident. He also chaired the Working Group on Organophosphates and Peanuts Allergy. He was Dean of the Medical School at the University of Sheffield from 1988 to 1998. He is a clinical pharmacologist and was Honorary Consultant Physician at the Central Sheffield University Hospitals Trust. Professor Woods was a Member of the General Medical Council and was a Member of the Sheffield Area Health Authority (Teaching) and Rampton Hospital Authority.

Professor J Kevin Chipman BSc PhD CBiol FIBiol FRCPath FBTS FSB

Professor of Cell Toxicology, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham

Professor Chipman was a member of the COT from 1995 to 31 March 2004. He was a member of the COT Working Group on Phytoestrogens is a member of the COT Working Group on the Lowermoor Water Pollution Incident.. He is Professor of Cell Toxicology at the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham where he is Director for the MSc Course in Toxicology and has research interests in mechanisms of cell and genetic toxicity. He is a Scientific Sub-committee member of the British Toxicology Society and is Director of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Toxicology. He is also a member of the Committee on the Safety of Medicines (CSM).

Mr Douglas Cross BSc Cert Ed EurProBiol CBiol MIBiol FSB membership ceased as of 16 October 2012

Local representative

Mr Cross is an independent Forensic Ecologist and a Member of the European Countries Biologists Association. He specialises in Environmental Impact Assessment and multi-disciplinary investigation of environmental disasters and related incidents, for law firms, Governments and International Development Agencies. As a Camelford resident, he convened the Camelford Scientific Advisory Panel after the 1988 incident, and was a member of the Lowermoor Liaison Group set up by South West Water Authority.

Dr Lesley Rushton OBE BA MSc PhD CStat

Head of Epidemiology, MRC Institute for Environment and Health
University of Leicester

Dr Rushton was a member of the COT from 1998 to 2007 and is a member of the ad hoc Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals and the COT Working Group on the Lowermoor Water Pollution Incident. She is Head of the Epidemiology Group at the Medical Research Council Institute of Environment and Health, Leicester. Her expertise is in the integration of epidemiological and toxicological studies in the assessment of environmental hazards. In addition Dr Rushton is a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and the Faculty of Occupation Medicine Research Committee.

Ms Jacquie Salfield BSc MSc MIFST Cert Ed

Public interest representative

Ms Salfield was a member of the COT from 1998 to 31 March 2004 as the Public Interest Representative and was a member of the Working Groups on Phytoestrogens. She is a member of the COT Working Group on the Lowermoor Water Pollution Incident. She is a nutritionist and formally the course leader for a BSc in Food and Consumer Studies at the School of Leisure and Food Management, Sheffield Hallam University. She was a member of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food Consumer Panel and the Health of the Nation Low Income Project Team. In addition she is a member of the Consumers Food Group, Foodaware, and the Institute of Consumer Sciences.

Mr Peter Smith LCH RSHom membership ceased as of 16 October 2012

Chair of Lowermoor Support Group and local representative

In private practice since 1984, he has treated over 200 Camelford sufferers under the aegis of The North Cornwall Homoeopathic Project, which he established in November 1988. He went on to form the Lowermoor Support Group with the late Doreen Skudder in 1989. Lecturing at various homoeopathic colleges, he served as Head of Department of Complex Homoeopathy at the College of Practical Homoeopathy, London from 1994-1995.

Professor Stephan Strobel MD PhD FRCP FRCPH

Director of Clinical Education, Peninsula Postgraduate Health Institute

Professor Stephan Strobel was a member of the COT from 1998 until 2007 and is a member of the Working Group on the Lowermoor Water Pollution Incident.

Formerly Consultant Paediatric Immunologist at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, University College London Medical School, Vice Dean for Education and Training at the Institute of Child Health and Deputy Head of the University College London Graduate School (Biomedicine), in 2004 he took up the new post of Director of Clinical Education of the University of Plymouth's Peninsula Postgraduate Health Institute.

Professor Strobel was a member of the COT Working Groups on Peanut Allergy and Food Intolerance and on Adverse Reactions to Foods and Food Ingredients, and the British Nutrition Working Party on Adverse Reactions to Foods. He serves on a number of international committees, particularly on the European Food Safety Authority, as a Panel Member and Working Group Chairman on Nutrition, Diatetics and Allergies.

Dr Anita Donley (formerly Thomas) OBE MB ChB PhD MRCGP FRCP

Consultant Physician and Associate Medical Director (Education), Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Anita Thomas was appointed to the COT in 1992 until 30 September 2001 and is a current member of the Working Group on the Lowermoor Water Pollution Incident. She is a Consultant Physician in General (Internal) and Geriatric Medicine and Associate Medical Director (Education) at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. She was honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Plymouth and Clinical Subdean (Plymouth) for Peninsula Medical School. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals. She has twice served on Council of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr Thomas is a member of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board and Chairs the Training Committee.

Secretariat

Ms Frances D Pollitt MA Dip RCPath
HPA Secretariat - Scientific

Ms Alison Gowers BSc MSc
DH Secretariat - Scientific (From 28 April 2003 to 2 April 2004)

Ms Helen Smethurst BSc MSc
DH Secretariat - Scientific (From 10 December 2001 to 28 May 2004)

Mr George Kowalczyk BSc MSc DABT CChem FRSC
DH Secretariat - Scientific (Until 11 October 2002)

Mr Khandu Mistry
DH Administrative Secretary (From 31 October 2001 to 5 May 2007)

Mrs Sue Kennedy
HPA Administrative Secretary (From 8 December 2011)