Tuesday 2 March 2010

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointments of Professor Jon Ayres, Professor Gordon MacKerron and Professor Ethel Marian Scott OBE as members of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for a term of three years with effect from 1 February 2010.

Biographical Notes

Gordon MacKerron is a Professor and Director, Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, where he has worked for much of his career.  He is an economist by original training and specialises in issues of energy and environment policy.  He has also worked both in private consultancy (NERA Economic Consulting) and Government (Strategy Unit of the Cabinet Office).  He chaired the Energy Panel of the Government’s Technology Foresight Programme from 1995 to 1998, has frequently acted as both Specialist Adviser and invited witness to many Parliamentary Select Committee inquiries, and from 2003 to 2007 chaired the Government’s independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. 

Marian Scott is Professor of Environmental Statistics at the University of Glasgow.   Professor Scott’s research interests focus on the use of statistics in environmental science, policy and regulation.  She sits on the Natural Environment Statistics Advisory Committee, the Particles Retrieval Advisory Group (Dounreay) (PRAG), the science advisory committee of the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre and the Scottish Science Advisory Council. In 2009 she was awarded the OBE for services to Environmental Science.

Jon Ayres is Professor of Environmental & Respiratory Medicine at the University of Birmingham and holds honorary chairs in environmental medicine in the Universities of Warwick and Aberdeen.  He is a respiratory physician whose main research interests are in the respiratory and cardiac effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution through epidemiological and human challenge studies.  Current research is on the smoking bans in Scotland and England and the effects of biomass smoke exposure in Nepal and Malawi. He chairs the Dept. of Health’s Committee on the Health Effects of Air Pollution, of which he has been a member since its inception in 1991, is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and was a member of the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards until it was subsumed into Committee on the Health Effects of Air Pollution in 2009.

Notes for Editors

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution is an Independent, standing body established by Royal Warrant, which advises The Queen, Government, Parliament and the public on environmental issues.

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