Head of Plant Biosecurity and Inspections
Research interests/Areas of expertise
- Development of international phytosanitary regulations
- Plant health and agricultural microbiology
- Implementation of phytosanitary measures
- Quarantine pests
- Plant pathology
- Following a BSc at the University of Bristol and at PhD at the University of Essex, I was involved in a postdoctoral research at Imperial College. I subsequently lectured in mycology and environmental microbiology at Edinburgh University until joining the Scottish Agricultural College as a specialist adviser in agricultural microbiology.
- I joined SASA in 1992 as head of Plant Health Branch, where my responsibilities include providing scientific advice on drafting and implementation of phytosanitary measures, guidance on surveillance and testing for quarantine pests.
- Following a secondment to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat in Rome in 2002, my experience of international plant health work led to a nomination in 2008 to join the IPPC Standards Committee (SC) as a European representative. I was elected chair of the SC in 2010.
- The Scottish Government's Horticulture and Marketing Unit joined with Plant Health at SASA in 2013 and the Branch was then renamed Plant Biosecurity and Inspections.