Dr Phil Botham was appointed to the Committee on 1 April. He is the Global Head of Product Safety for Syngenta, an international agribusiness, with responsibility for ensuring the human and environmental safety of the company’s agrochemical, biotechnology and seed products. He is based in Jealott’s Hill, Berkshire, and manages teams of product safety specialists based in a number of countries around the world.
Dr Botham has over 35 years of experience in toxicology and human safety assessment. He joined ICI in 1980 at the company’s Central Toxicology Laboratory (CTL) in Cheshire where he undertook a number of scientific and leadership roles, developing specific expertise in acute toxicology, allergy and immunotoxicology, as well as in in vitro toxicology and more recently neurotoxicology. He relocated to Jealott’s Hill in 2007 and moved into his current role in 2013. He is a Fellow of the British Toxicology Society and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and has been a Board Member of the UK NC3Rs. He also chairs a number of industry association expert committees in toxicology and human safety. He has been an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer for several journals in his fields of expertise.
Dr Botham’s appointment expires on 31 March 2020.