Member's Biographies

Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment Working Group on Phytoestrogens


Professor H Frank Woods
Sir George Franklin Professor of Medicine
Division of Molecular and Genetic Medicine
University of Sheffield

Professor Woods was Dean of the Medical School at the University of Sheffield from 1989 to 1998 and Chairman of the COT since 1992. He is a clinical pharmacologist and Honorary Consultant Physician at the Central Sheffield University Hospitals Trust. Professor Woods is a Member of the General Medical Council and has been a Member of the Rampton Hospital Authority.


Professor Sheila A Bingham BSc MA PhD

Professor Bingham is currently Deputy Director and Head of Diet and Cancer Group at the MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, Cambridge. She has worked and published articles in the field of phytoestrogens and health for a number of years. Professor Bingham is a principal investigator of the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer and visiting professor at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. She has been a member of the department of Health Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy since 1991.

Professor Nigel A Brown BSc PhD

Professor Brown has been a member of COT since 1994. He is Professor of Developmental Biology at St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, where he leads research on heart development. Professor Brown is an expert on developmental toxicology, and has been President of the European Teratology Society and is Chairman of the International Federation of Teratology Societies. He has a particular interest in embryonic responses of chemical exposure.

Professor J Kevin Chipman BSc PhD CBiol FIBiol FRCP

Professor Chipman was appointed to the COT in 1995. 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 an active member of the British Toxicology Society and is also a member of the CSM and the DETR, CCM committees.

Ms Susan E Dibb Public Interest Representative

Ms Dibb is Co-director of the Food Commission and Co-editor of the food Magazine. She is also a consultant to the National Food Alliance Working Party on Food Labelling and Marketing and a Member of the Working Party on Chemical Contaminants in Food. Ms Dibb has worked as a researcher for both the Campaign for Freedom of Information and CLEAR, the Campaign for Lead-free Air. In 1998 she received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to New Zealand and Australia to study public policy on phytoestrogens.


Professor Hindmarsh is a reader in Paediatric Endocrinology at University College London. He is also an honorary consultant at University College London Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as to eight District General Hospitals in the Thames Region for the provision of outreach clinics.

Professor Ieuan A Hughes MA MD FRCP FRCP(C) FRCPCH

Professor Hughes is Professor and Head of Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge. He is also an honorary consultant to both the Addenbrook’s NHS Trust and the Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust. His research interests are in disorders of sex differentiation and the mechanisms of hormonal control of gene action.

Dr Michael Joffe MD MScEcon FRCP FFPHM

Dr Joffe was appointed to the COT in 1996. He is a Reader in Epidemiology and Public Health at Imperial College School of Medicine. He is an epidemiologist with a particular interest in reproductive health. Dr Joffe was also a member of the COT working group looking at organophosphates.

Professor Ian Kimber BSc MSc PhD FIBMS CBiol MIBiol

Professor Kimber was appointed to the COT in 1992. He is Research Manager of the Zeneca Central Toxicology Laboratory. His main interests are in chemical and protein allergy and all aspects of immunotoxicology. Professor Kimber is a member of many national and international scientific and advisory committees and sits on the Medical Research Council Physiological Medicine and Infections Board. He was also a member of the COT Working Groups on Peanut Allergy and Food Intolerance

Professor Ian R Rowland BSc PhD

Professor Rowland was appointed to the COT in 1998. He is Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Diet and Health at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. He is interested in the role in human health of naturally occurring substances in the diet (eg phytoestrogens and dietary carbohydrates).

Ms Jacquie Salfield BSc MSc MIFST CERTED RPHN. Public Interest Representative

Ms Salfield was appointed to the COT in 1998 as the Public Interest Representative. 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 MAFF Consumer Panel and the Health of the Nation Low Income Project Team. In addition she is a member of the Consumers in Europe Group and the UK Home Economics Federation and was Chairman of their Nutrition and Health Committee.

Dr Richard M Sharpe Bsc Msc PhD

Dr Sharpe currently works at the Medical Research Council Human Reproductive Sciences Unit in Edinburgh. His main research interest is in the development and function of the male reproductive system. He is a Member of The Royal Society Working Group on Endocrine Disruptors and a Member of the MRC Advisory Board. Professor Sharpe is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Andrology. He also acts as an external expert reviewer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.