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Chair Sir John Lawton
Members Professor Nicholas Cumpsty
Professor Paul Ekins
Dr Ian Graham-Bryce
Professor Stephen Holgate
Professor Jeffrey Jowell
Professor Peter Liss
Professor Susan Owens
Professor Judith Petts
Professor Jane Plant
Professor Steve Rayner
Mr John Speirs
Professor Janet Sprent
Professor Lynda M. Warren

# These former Members of the Commission are continuing to contribute to the drafting of the bystanders exposure to pesticides report. It should also be noted that former Members of the Commission often attend events on behalf of the RCEP to promote the findings of RCEP reports, as well as the current Membership.

Secretary Mr Tom Eddy

Brief biographical details of Members are below on this page.
Click here for the separate Register of Members' Interests

Sir John Lawton CBE FRS (Chairman)

President of the Council of the British Ecological Society 2005 -
Chief Executive of Natural Environment Research Council, October 1999 - March 2005
Director (and founder) of Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College, Silwood Park 1989 - 1999
Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1990 - 1996
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor of Biology, York University 1972 - 1989
Lecturer in zoology at St Anne's and Lincoln College, Oxford 1968 - 1971
Chairman of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds 1993 -1998
Vice-president of Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Vice-president of British Trust for Ornithology
Member of Tarmac Environmental Advisory Panel
Member of the Freshwater Biological Association

Professor Nicholas Cumpsty FREng

Chair of the Council, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College
Professor of Mechan ical Engineering, Imperial College
Chief Technologist, Rolls-Royce plc, 2000-2005
Professor of Aerothermal Technology and Director of the Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 1989 - 1999.

Professor Paul Ekins MPhil MSc PhD

Head, Environment Group, Policy Studies Institute
Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Westminster
Associate Director, Forum for the Future
Senior Consultant, Cambridge Econometrics
Specialist Advisor, House of Commons Environmental Audit
Member, Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board
Member, Judging Panel, Aslden Awards for Sustainable Energy
Member, Environmental Advisory Group, OFGEM
Trustee and Special Adviser, Right Livelihood Awards Foundation

Dr Ian Graham-Bryce CBE DPhil FRSC FRSE

President, Scottish Association for Marine Science
Principal Emeritus, University of Dundee
Chairman, East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee
Convener, Committee of Scottish Higher Education
    Principals 1998-2000
President, British Crop Protection Council 1998-2000
British Crop Protection Medal 2000
Member of Natural Environmental Research Council
Head of Environmental Affairs Division, Shell
    International 1986-94
President, Association of Applied Biologists 1988-89
Chairman, Agrochemical Planning Group, International Organisation for Chemistry in Development (IOCD) 1985-88
Director, East Malling Research Station 1979-86
President, Society of Chemical Industry 1982-84
Member of Editorial Board of Journal 'Pesticide Science' 1978-1980
Chairman of Pesticides Group of the Society of Chemical Industry 1978-80
Head of Insecticides and Fungicide Department, Rothamsted Experimental Station 1972-79
Senior Research Officer, ICI Plant Protection Division 1970-1972
Special Lecturer in Pesticicde Chemistry, Imperial College of Science and Technology 1970-72
Personal research on pesticides (efficacy and behaviour in the environment) 1964-79; author of book and various papers.

Professor Stephen Holgate MD DSc FRCP FMedSci FRSA

Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology,
    University of Southampton
Member, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorary Consultant Physician, Southampton University
    Hospital and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Trusts
Former Adviser, House of Lords Select Committee
    on Science and Technology
Chairman, Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards
Seat on various Department of Health advisory committees.

Professor Jeffrey Jowell QC
Professor of Public Law, University College London
Vice President, Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy Through Law ("The Venice Commission").
Member of the Board of the Office of Rail Regulation.
Chair, British Waterways Ombudsman Committee.
Vice Provost, University College London 1993 - 2001.
Dean, Law Faculty 1981 - 1989; 1999 - 2002.

Professor Peter Liss FGS FIMarEST

Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia 1985-
Chair, Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme 1993-1997
Member, NERC Council 1990-1995
Independent Member, Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology
Vice-Chair, Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee
Member, Council of The Marine Biological Association of the UK
Chair, Higher Education Funding Councils' Research Assessment Exercise Panel in Earth & Environmental Sciences 2001
Guest Professor, Ocean University of Qingdao, China

Professor Susan Owens OBE AcSS FRSA

Professor of Environment and Policy, University of Cambridge,
    Department of Geography and Professorial Fellow of Newnham College
Member, Defra's Horizon Scanning Sub-Group 2003-04
Member, Countryside Commission 1996-99
Member, UK Round Table on Sustainable Development
Member, Deputy Prime Minister's Panel during preparation
    of 1998 Transport White Paper 1997-98
Member, Foresight Agriculture, Natural Resources and
    Environment Panel, Office of Science and Technology

Professor Judith Petts

Head of the School of Geography, Earth and Environment Sciences at the University of Birmingham
Further details to be supplied

Professor Jane Plant CBE FRSA FRSE FIMM CEng FGS

Chief Scientist, British Geological Survey (Natural
    Environment Research Council)
Professor of Geochemistry, Imperial College London
Visiting Professor, University of Liverpool
Council Member, Parliamentary and Science Committee
Chairman, Advisory Comittee on Hazardous Substances
Member, Chemicals Stakeholder Forum

Professor Steve Rayner FRAI, FRSA, FAAAS, FSfAA

James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization, Saïd Business School, Oxford University
Professor of Environment and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 1999-2003
Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA 1996-1999
Director, ESRC Science in Society Programme
Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Past President, Sociology and Social Policy Section of the British Association


Member of the Chemistry Leadership Council 2004- and Chairman of its Futures Group Committee 2003-
Past President, National Society for Clean Air and Environmental
    Protection 2002-2003
Director, Carbon Trust 2001-
Member, Management Committee of the Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme 1996-, and Chairman of its UK faculty 1994-2002
Member, Advisory Committee, Kleinwort Benson Equity Partners 1991-
Chairman, Dramgate Limited 1991-
Managing Director, Norsk Hydro (UK) Limited 1981-2001
Past President, Aluminium Federation 1997-1998
Member of the Chemical Industry Association Council 1993-2002 and chairman of its Public Affairs Committee 1993-2000
Member, Science and Engineering Research Council 1993-94
Member, Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment
Chairman, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Family Health
    Services Authority 1989-95
Divisional Director, National Enterprise Board, 1976-81

Professor Janet Sprent OBE DSc FRSE FRSA FLS

Honorary Research Professor, Scottish Crop Research Institute
Emeritus Professor of Plant Biology, University of Dundee
Board Member, Scottish Natural Heritage
Member SHEFC 1992-96
Member, Natural Environment Research Council 1991-95
Governor, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute 1990-2000;
    Chairman 1995-2000
Honorary Member, British Ecological Society

Professor Lynda M. Warren, PhD FBiol

Emeritus Professor of Environmental Law, University of Wales, Aberstwyth
Board Member of Environment Agency
Board Member of British Geological Society
Member of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)
Member of Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC) 1994-20003
Chair of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review 1998-2000
Member of Joint Nature Conservation Committee 1997-2003
Trustee of Field Studies Council
Trustee of the Association of River Trusts
Trustee of Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales
Trustee of WWF-UK 2002-05



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