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Council Members 

The SETAC UK Branch constitution requires that the Council has a President, Secretary, Treasurer and Student Representative, plus Council Members representing different sectors. Typically this includes 3 members each from government, business and academia (13 members in total). It is possible to count the executive roles from the sector, and the branch often operates with 9 members + student representative (10 people).

 

Each year the SETAC UK Council has a minimum of two face to face meetings (usually in London). Teleconferences are also interspersed between the face to face meetings.

Dr Michelle Bloor
President

Michelle has a PhD in Environmental Engineering and specialises in aquatic ecotoxicology and pollution remediation. She is currently a Principal Lecturer and Environmental Programme Manager at the School of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Portsmouth (and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy); previously holding positions at Fisheries Research Service (now Marine Scotland Science) and the University of Southampton. She has published a book and a substantial number of journal articles on topics related to her research. Michelle is an editor of the Cogent Environmental Science journal, is on the editorial board of World International, the International Journal of Earth and Environmental Science and Advances in Environment and Pollution Research. She has also edited special issues for Hydrobiologia and the International Journal of Zoology. Michelle has been selected to sit on NERC Research Moderating Panels and participate in NERC Scoping Workshops. She is an Expert Referee for the Research Council of Norway’s CLIMIT Funding Programme and is a reviewer for the NERC and British Council’s Newton Fund and Higher Education Academy's Teaching Excellence Awards. Michelle is a SETAC Europe Council Member, Chair of the SETAC Europe Education Committee and Co-chair of the SETAC Europe Finance Committee. She is also a member of the SETAC Europe Awards, Development and Branch Committees. 

Dr Vera Jones
Vice President

Vera is a Principal Environmental Consultant at Atkins Ltd.  Vera has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in aquatic organic biogeochemistry, focusing on the characterisation of dissolved organic nitrogen, from the University of Liverpool. She worked as a research scientist in France and the US, before joining Atkins.  Vera’s work encompasses a wide range of projects for the water industry and regulators, including work on trace substances in water, bathing water quality and nutrient cycling in rivers and estuaries.  Vera is the Chair of the Atkins Water Quality Technical Excellence Network and a member of the Nereus COST Action technical working group on wastewater reuse.

Dr Kirit Wadhia
Past President

Kirit joined Fjords Processing in 2013 and is an experienced ecotoxicologist with a wide range of skills, and knowledge of the chemical industry. His role involves technical sales and business development, as well as direct consultancy on specific projects. He represents Fjords Processing on European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association (EOSCA) and on the UK Chemical Working Group. Kirit has previous work at Sheffield University, ALcontrol Laboratories and NCIMB Ltd. He has been an active member of the UK’s MCERTS Direct Toxicity Assessment (DTA) Steering Committee, Standing Committee of Analysts (SCA), International Symposium on Toxicity Assessment (ISTA) and the Society for Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (SECOTOX), and represents the British Standards Institution (BSI) on the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Committees. Kirit was also the SETAC UK President between 2011 and 2016, and is currently a SETAC Europe Council Member.

Dr Christopher Green
Council Member

Chris is an ecotoxicologist interested in interdisciplinary research to identify potential chemical hazards and to mitigate their risk. He worked with Brunel University assessing the efficacy of wastewater treatment technologies and studied the impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals on sexual development in fish during his PhD. During his post-doc he provided scientific advisory on plastic pollution for the documentary film A Plastic Ocean and collaborating with a social scientist to better understand public perceptions of this environmental issue and how the risks it poses are communicated by the media. He also ran public engagement events and collaborated with citizen scientists of the eXXpedition Round Britain trip and the University of Hull to analyse microplastics in mussels and flame retardants in seawater. Having transferred into the world of regulation he is now part of Defra’s International Chemicals Team at Defra where he is involved in chemicals policy and engagement with the OECD Test Guidelines Programme for the development of ecotoxicity tests for chemical hazard assessment.

Dr Liz Nicol
Council Member 

Liz is a Senior Chemical Policy Consultant at Amec Foster Wheeler and is responsible for evaluating the implications of changing legislation or regulation of chemicals at the UK and EU level. Before this, she worked on a range of water quality projects, including the use of chemical source apportionment models to inform regulation of emissions of persistent pollutants and modelling the remediation and longevity of legacy contaminants in the environment. Liz previously completed a PhD in Ecotoxicology and Population biology at Brunel University where she investigated the effect of steroid hormones on fish populations and has also worked in research positions at both UCL and Imperial. She is also a STEM ambassador and member of the WISE campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering.

Council Member 

Dr Andy Smith
Council Member  

Andy has worked in the Conservation, Water and Environmental Science fields since the 1990’s. He has over 15 years’ experience as an ecotoxicologist working mainly in marine research and test application, and leads a team of ecotoxicologists at Cefas, the government’s marine science agency. Andy started as a fieldwork specialist moving into lab and desk based science, and has worked on a diverse range of projects, from Endocrine disruption in European Flounder to Pharmaceutical Impact studies to Monitoring for evidence of contamination events for overseas Governments. He is part of the BSI, and ISO expert panels for Water Quality, Biological methods and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Currently his work is involved with water quality and contamination issues in the middle east and in small island developing states. Andy is also a part of the Reading University THRIVE mentoring team, and the Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS), based at UEA.