Consultant in Biosecurity Law and
Regulation [Updated December 2015]
Specialising in legal and regulatory frameworks for health and environmental protection:
- Pesticides control, plant and animal
health/quarantine, food safety
- Risk assessment methodologies for pests and
- Teaching and training
Availability: Retired from overseas-based consulting. Available for home-based legal review and drafting (legislation, standards, etc.) for food, agriculture and environmental protection
Work experience in following countries: Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, PR China, DR Congo,
Ethiopia, Republic of Georgia, Ghana, Italy, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, FYR Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Poland, Reunion, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, St Helena, St Vincent and Grenadines, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- BA Hons. Agriculture (Oxon.) 1971
- PhD Soil Microbiology (Stirling) 1974
- Common Professional Examination, Nottingham Law School 1997
- LLM (Research), University of Greenwich, 1999
Key to Consultancy and Training Experience
September 2006 - present
Part-time Lecturer and Consultant in Biosecurity Law & Risk Assessment, Natural
Resources Institute, University of Greenwich at Medway, UK
September 2004 - August 2006 (early retirement)
Reader in Biosecurity Law and Risk Assessment, Department of Law, University of Greenwich, UK
September 2004-May 2006
Member of Scientific Panel on Plant
Health, Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR Panel) of
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
September 2002 - August 2004
Senior Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Greenwich, UK
October 1997 - August 2002
Principal Scientist, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK
June 1990 - September 1997
Senior Scientific Officer, NRI, Kent, UK
Plant Pathologist, UK Overseas Development Administration in positions in Thailand (1980-85), Belize (1986-1989) and UK (1989-90).
Lecturer in Botany, University of West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
Research Assistant, University of Leeds, Department of Plant Sciences.
I have managed:
- Statutory Body (PCB) in Belize
- A section of Ministry of Agriculture, Belize
- Department of NRI (civil service and university
- Health and safety programmes at NRI
- Biosecurity law and regulation
- Legislation and regulation of agriculture and
environment in developing countries
- Agricultural trade law
- Risk assessment and precautionary principle, especially in relation to phytosanitary affairs and pesticides
Professional & Academic Associations
- Statute Law Society (2005)
- Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel (2015)
- Fellow of Higher Education
- International Law Association (2000)
- Tropical Agriculture Association (1986)
- British Society for Plant Pathology (1983) - Ex officio Board member as Senior Editor of journal 'New Disease Reports'
Selected Consultancy Work since 1997
LEGISLATIVE REVIEW AND DRAFTING, SPS MATTERS (SELECTED)
|June - December 2015
||Developing import health standards for meat, fish, dairy, produce and livestock feeds for importation into island of Saint Helena|
Team leader and risk analysis coordinator for Government of Saint Helena
|February 2014 - March 2015
Promoting Regional Cooperation in Sanitary & Phytosanitary Measures for Central Asia Regional Economic Copperation
Phytosanitary specialist for ADB
|August 2013 - May 2014
||Research on SPS and Trade Facilitation in Africa.
International Consultant for WTO/STDF
|November 2012 - August 2013
Developing regulatory framework for biopesticides in harmonised registration guidelines for Africa.
Legal/regulatory expert for AATF
|August - November 2012
||Developing and delivery food safety training packages.|
Preparing Technical Handbook on "Specific import requirements for food of plant origin imported into EU"
EU expert for EDES/COLEACP
|November 2011 - December 2012
||SPS Expert Preparing SPS Plan for countries in CAREC for Asian Development Bank|
||Turkey: EU Expert in Taiex Regional Training Programme, Turkey, "Registration & Approval of Establishments".|
Trainer on fertiliser legislation, "Strengthening The Quality Infrastructure in Turkey Project"
|December 2010 - January 2011
||Legal adviser drafting Orders and Regulations to implement Law on Protection of Plant Health in Rwanda and Law on Agrochemicals|
|September - December 2010
||Legal Expert, WTO-SPS Accession Project, Seychelles. EU-ACP MTS Ptogramme)|
|September - October 2009
||Lawyer reviewing regulatory and legal framework for banana industry in Capacity Needs Assessment for
European Banana Support Programme (Framework Contract)|
|January 2007 - May 2008
||Legal Expert in EuropeAid project on Approximation of EU and RF
legislative and methodological basis in Sanitary and Phytosanitary
area, Russian Federation.
consultant to Rwanda Horticultural Export Standard Initiative,
drafting new Plant Health Law and new Agrochemicals Control Law
(Michigan State University/WTO STDF); training NPPO|
||Leader of a legal team deployed on an SVG Agricultural Diversification Project to review and make recommendations on agricultural legislation in St Vincent and the Grenadines.|
2006 - March 2007
||SPS/legal specialist in project commissioned by DEFRA/DFID 'Investigating the possibility of designing a sustainable development test
to outline the effects of the European Unions Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) based import requirements on developing countries'.|
- June 2006
||Legal/SPS specialist, Tanzania, project to establish of an Institutional and Legal Framework on Hygiene and Safety of Agricultural and Natural Resource Products.|
|June - July 2005
||Legal/regulatory consultant, Ethiopia, project
to formulate quality control and certification system for horticultural
exports. (Japanese International Cooperation Agency)
|March 2005 - January 2006
||Legal Expert to advise Government of FYR of
Macedonia on approximation of its pesticide laws to EC Directive
91/414/EEC. European Commission/European Agency for Reconstruction.
|February 2004 - January 2005
||Legal Adviser, Programme Regional de Protection
des Vegetaux (harmonisation of phytosanitary legislation in
Indian Ocean). European Commission/Indian Ocean Commission
||Review and draft amendment of Plant Protection
Act and relevant delegated legislation, Seychelles. Sponsored by the
Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
|March - August 2003
||Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA).
Review of all legislation on animal and plant health and food safety;
amendment of existing legislation and drafting of new regulations.
Funded by Inter-American Development Bank.
|September - December 2002
||International Bamboo and Rattan Centre (INBAR).
Review of regulations of member countries relevant to international
trade in bamboo and rattan materials.
|February 2001 -
Harmonisation of African Phytosanitary
Project leader of initiative to harmonise African plant
protection and quarantine laws in compliance with world trade law
(SPS and TRIPS Agreements of World Trade Organisation).
||Legislative Consultant to the Pesticides Control Board to strengthen and extend the legislative framework of pesticide regulation (amendments to existing statute and new regulations (DFID).|
PLANT QUARANTINE, PLANT PATHOLOGY, IPM
||Advising Mauritius Sugar Industries Research Institute on quarantine facility for sugarcane|
||Providing expert training in pest risk analysis and support for operation of plant clinics - support for the Institute of Phytopathology of Georgia (UK Global Partnership Programme)|
||One-week training course on pest risk analysis for Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture (TAIEX)|
|May 2009 - March 2010
||Advice on pest risk analysis for multinational company trading plant commodities|
|February - April 2009
||Phytosanitary Expert in missions to write TOR for phytosanitary component of new IPA 2009 project in Bosnia Herzegovina.|
|June 2008 - July 2009
||Phytosanitary Expert in EU Framework Contract Project 'Support to improving quality of the food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary system in Georgia'|
|December 2006 - present
||Senior Editor, New Disease Reports for British Society of Plant Pathology (Plant Pathology family of journals)|
|June 2004 - May 2006
||Member of Panel on Plant Health, Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR), European Food Safety Authority (EFA). Brussels and Parma, Italy.|
|October - November 2000
||Technical Reviewer of African Fruit Fly
Initiative (AFFI) managed by International Centre of Insect Physiology
and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya, on behalf of International Fund for
||Member of Expert Evaluation Panel for
DGXII-INCODEV proposals under Framework 5, European Commission.
|November - December 1998
||Plant Protection Specialist in Integrated
Support for Private Agriculture Phase II project (DFID Know How Fund for
Republic of Georgia) developing a project proposal to strengthen
regulatory activities of Plant Protection and Quarantine Service.
|August - September 1998
||Consultant on plant quarantine for Indian Ocean
Commission Regional Fruit Fly Programme (European Commission). Over two
weeks provided training on plant quarantine in
Mauritius and Runion and advised Government of Mauritius on
strengthening plant quarantine services. Investigated and reported on
outbreak of oriental fruit fly in Mauritius.
||Island of St Helena (South Atlantic Ocean).
Manager of NRIs contract in three-year Link Programme to supply advice
and support to DFID-funded IPM project; providing advice on plant
quarantine, pesticides supply, etc.
||As Plant Quarantine Consultant visited the
island to review phytosanitary procedures and to provide
liaison with other specialists in Link, including proposed eradication
of Mediterranean fruit fly. Also visited South Africa to discuss export
certification of the islands fruits and vegetables with Department for
Plant and Quality Control.
|February - March 1997
||Plant Pathologist and Pesticide Management Specialist, West Bengal for ODA CPP-funded project identification mission to determine the potential for an IPM project in vegetables in the saline zones. As part of a team of British and Indian pest management specialists and socio-economists helped design a survey/questionnaire and assisted in bulk of interviews of farmers (over 100) with local colleagues. Analysed pesticide use data and contributed to final report.
TEACHING AND TRAINING
University and FE college teaching in agricultural science, pest management/IPM/plant pathology and law/regulatory affairs up to and including Masters level (MSc/MA/LLM)
- University of Leeds
- University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
- Chiangmai University, Thailand
- Belize College of Agriculture
- Wye College, University of London
- University of Greenwich
PhD supervision in plant pathology, plant quarantine, socio-legal research
Farmer training in IPM and pesticide use
Continuing professional development in most of these areas through short-course provision and on-job training.