Our Experts

  • Andy Stelling Senior Occupational Hygienist
  • Dr Alan Dickson Jones Senior Consultant Specialising in Exposure to Fibres
  • Martin Dippnall Senior Occupational Hygienist
  • Dr Graeme Hughson Senior Occupational Hygienist
  • Dr Andrew Phillips Senior Occupational Hygienist
  • Julian Bugler Senior Occupational Hygienist
  • Prof John Cherrie Senior Occupational Hygienist and Principal Scientist
  • Dr Richard Graveling Principal Ergonomics Consultant
  • Dr Joanne Crawford Senior Consultant Ergonomist
  • Prof Damien McElvenny Principal Epidemiologist
  • Sheila Groat Head of Health and Safety Services
  • Andy Stelling Senior Occupational Hygienist

    Andy has a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Biology, the Diploma in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Manchester, and the Diploma of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene (Dip Occ Hyg) from the Faculty of Occupational Hygienists within the British Occupational Hygiene Society.

    He holds the status of Chartered Scientist (CSci); is also a Chartered Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygienists (CMFOH) and a member of the Institution of Environmental Scientists (MIEnvSc).

    Andy has worked full time as an asbestos consultant/occupational hygienist for 29 years during which time he has been both quality and technical manager for large UK consultancies.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Occupational asthma, bladder cancer, lead poisoning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis, respiratory diseases, silicosis, exposure to irritant and asphyxiant gases, asbestos diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, breaches of statutory duty (Control of Asbestos Regulations).

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Senior Occupational Hygienist
    • Office: +44 (0) 1246 383126
    • Email: andy.stelling@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Tapton Park Innovation Centre, Tapton, Chesterfield   S41 0TZ
  • Dr Alan Dickson Jones Senior Consultant Specialising in Exposure to Fibres

    Alan’s specialist field is Occupational Hygiene Research and Consultancy, and in particular the health risks associated with asbestos.  Alan has a BSc (Hons) in Physics and an MPhil and PhD in Engineering.  He has worked in health and safety for 30 years, and has specialised in aspects relating to the risks from exposure to asbestos and other fibres.  Until recently, he was the Head of Fibres and Physics Section at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and is currently a Senior Consultant working in the IOM’s Strategic Consulting Division. 

    Alan provides advice on the likely health risks from asbestos, frequently with a retrospective estimation of the likely exposure, He has led a European collaborative project on a new sampling technique for collecting samples for measurement of asbestos concentrations, and is secretary to an HSE Committee on Fibre Measurement, and recently led an IOM team in drafting a European guide on best practice to prevent or minimise exposure to asbestos.  Alan has published over 100 papers and reports, the majority of them relating to asbestos and other fibres.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Asbestos diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, retrospective risk, mineral and other fibres.

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Senior Consultant Specialising in Exposure to Fibres
    • Office: +44 (0) 131 449 8041
    • Email: alan.jones@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP
  • Martin Dippnall Senior Occupational Hygienist

    Martin joined IOM in 2015 to expand the Institute’s senior consultancy team. With over 25 years’ experience in occupational hygiene consultancy and worker health protection, Martin will continue to expand on his reputation as a practised occupational hygienist by providing expert opinion on occupational disease claims for civil litigation cases in the UK.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Skills include: occupational hygiene / exposure assessment surveys (including biological hazards, noise, hand-arm vibration, chemicals, dust, fumes and gases. Review expertise includes legionella, asbestos, hand-arm vibration and noise. 

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Senior Occupational Hygienist
    • Office: +44 (0) 1246 383110
    • Email: martin.dippnall@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Tapton Park Innovation Centre, Tapton, Chesterfield   S41 0TZ
  • Dr Graeme Hughson Senior Occupational Hygienist

    Graeme is a professional safety practitioner with over 20-years practical experience. Graeme has extensive experience managing occupational health and safety risks across a wide range of industrial situations.

    Graeme spent 16 years at IOM as a Senior Scientist between 1990 and 2006 and has worked internationally since 2006 in the oil and gas industry until his return to IOM in 2015.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Skills include: hazard identification; exposure assessment for hazardous substances (chemicals, asbestos, etc.) and physical agents (ionising radiation, noise, thermal); and technical safety risk assessments. Graeme is a Chartered Member of IOSH and BOHS and has a PhD in Occupational Hygiene awarded by Aberdeen University.

     

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Senior Occupational Hygienist
    • Office: +44 (0) 1246 383125
    • Email: graeme.hughson@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Tapton Park Innovation Centre, Tapton, Chesterfield   S41 0TZ
  • Dr Andrew Phillips Senior Occupational Hygienist

    Andrew has a PhD in Chemistry and a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.  Andrew is also a Lifetime Honorary Member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and a holds a Specialist Diploma in Occupational Hygiene (Dip OH(S)) in chemical risk. Andrew is a Chartered  Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene.  He worked initially for a UK-based gases company before joining the Health and Safety Executive in 1979, as the manager of the regional occupational hygiene field consultant group laboratory in the South of England.  He gained wide experience of typical work practices and exposures to substances in a many industries, small and large.  In 1984 Andrew became a Specialist Chemical Inspector for HSE, a role which provided him opportunities to better understand exposure and reasonable practicability of control across the breadth of the work as required in that regulatory context.  His roles included technical input into limit setting, development of guidance, oversight of research activities, development of exposure models and management of the National Exposure Database.  Latterly he provided specialist input into exposure to biocides and their products.  From 2011 to 2016 Andrew worked as a Senior Scientist at the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki providing exposure expertise for REACH processes.  Andrew retired from that role at the end of 2016 but continues his quest to ensure that exposures to substances are not misinterpreted. 

     

    Areas of expertise


    Historical exposures to many substances with specific knowledge of exposure to asbestos, both in manufacturing and removal, respirable crystalline silica, man-made mineral fibres and refractory ceramic fibres.  Andrew has knowledge of typical workplace exposures and application of the concept of reasonable practicability within the UK health and safety legislative framework, specifically COSHH.  Andrew has interests in dermal exposure and application of methods to control it.

  • Julian Bugler Senior Occupational Hygienist

    Julian has an MA (Hons) in Chemistry, and an MSc in Industrial Hygiene. He also holds the status of Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist and is a Chartered Member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society.  He also holds the Diploma of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene (Dip Occ Hyg) from the Faculty of Occupational Hygienists within the British Occupational Hygiene Society and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

    Julian’s career began as an industrial hygienist in 1978 specialising in the provision of services to the rubber and polyurethane foam industries.  Since 1987 Julian has been a freelance occupational hygienist providing a diverse range of consultancy services in the field of occupational hygiene and environmental testing services.

    From 1989 until 2013 Julian was a consultant for Morgan Finch and Partners. He is now continuing his career as an expert witness at the IOM specialising in Occupational Hygiene claims.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Occupational asthma [including exposures to flour and grain, dust, isocyanates, anhydrides, colophony (solder) fumes, glutaraldehyde, wood dust, latex, enzymes, hard-metal, cyanoacrylates, epoxies, metal-working fluids]  respiratory disease [including byssinosis, fibrosis, Farmer’s lung, EAA]  occupational cancers [including bladder, lung, nasal sinuses, nasopharynx, and leukaemia] exposure to chemical hazards  dermatitis.

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Senior Occupational Hygienist
    • Office: +44 (0) 1246 383110
    • Email: julian.bugler@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Tapton Park Innovation Centre, Tapton, Chesterfield   S41 0TZ
  • Prof John Cherrie Senior Occupational Hygienist and Principal Scientist

    Professor John Cherrie is Principal Scientist in the Research Division at IOM, as well as Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University. John has a BSc (Hons) in Physics and a PhD in Occupational Hygiene. He also holds the Diploma of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene (Dip Occ Hyg) from the Faculty of Occupational Hygienists within the British Occupational Hygiene Society and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen. He has worked as an occupational hygienist for more than 30 years. 

    When a lecturer at Aberdeen University John organised and taught a Master of Science degree course in Occupational Hygiene (from 1991 to 2001).

    John has undertaken a wide range of occupational hygiene and epidemiological studies including:

    • Workers exposed to tetrafluoroethylene.
    • Collaborations with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on various epidemiological studies.
    • The development of regulatory risk assessments for industrial chemicals by adapting deterministic models for inhalation exposure (ART).
    • A research programme funded by the Health and Safety Executive to provide estimates of the number of people in Britain that annually die from occupational cancer.
    • A study of risk factors for dermatitis amongst engineering workers exposed to soluble cutting oils.
    • Environmental exposure to asbestos and determination of future cancer risks for local communities living near to asbestos contamination and workers who may have encountered asbestos.

    Among his many professional achievements John was President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society 2007/08 and is currently a member of the Editorial Board for the Annals of Occupational Hygiene.

    John regularly undertakes consultancy work, either for industry, medico-legal cases or to assist other organisations. John continues to be a member of several  Governmental Advisory Committees

    John has to date published 116 peer-reviewed scientific articles and over 120 book chapters, letters, reviews and other scientific publications. 

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Occupational asthma, occupational cancer, human exposure assessment, environmental and occupational epidemiology, natural and synthetic fibres, dermal exposure and air pollution asbestos diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Senior Occupational Hygienist and Principal Scientist
    • Office: +44 (0) 131 449 8032
    • Mobile: +44 (0) 7796 261 688
    • Email: john.cherrie@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP
  • Dr Richard Graveling Principal Ergonomics Consultant

    Dr Graveling has the benefit of over 30 years of experience of work as an ergonomist and is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

    In his time at the IOM, musculoskeletal disorders, in particular back injuries from manual handling and work-related upper limb disorders, have formed a major focus of both his research (including studies into the epidemiology of both back pain and upper limb disorders) and consultancy activities. 

    On manual handling, he was a member of an ad hoc advisory group providing assistance to the HSE before the Manual Handling Regulations and guidance were formulated (including helping to construct the numerical guidelines).  He has also carried out research for the HSE, evaluating current scientific knowledge regarding manual handling training.  This work was used in revising the HSE guidelines on the Manual Handling Regulations (2004, see Guidance Note 198). 

    His work in relation to ULDs is equally comprehensive.  He had primary responsibility for the development of an early risk-assessment tool for industrial settings on behalf of the HSE (Graveling et al, 1990) and was a leading member of the research team who carried out a major epidemiological survey of work-related upper limb disorders in the office environment, again with HSE funding (Hanson et al, 1999). He was the only ergonomist on a Royal College of Physicians working party which prepared evidence-based guidelines on the management of selected upper limb disorders in the workplace. His team was also responsible for investigating the incidence of ill-health (particularly ULDs and other MSDs) amongst office workers, on behalf of the HSE.

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Principal Ergonomics Consultant
    • Office: +44 (0) 131 449 8039
    • Mobile: +44 (0) 7818 426 620
    • Email: richard.graveling@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP
  • Dr Joanne Crawford Senior Consultant Ergonomist

    Dr Crawford is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors specialist and a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.  

    Joanne has a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences, an MSc (Eng) in Work Design and Ergonomics and a Ph.D. from the Robens Centre for Occupational Health, University of Surrey. 

    Joanne has worked in research and consulting for much of her career.  She was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham; firstly in the Industrial Ergonomics Group (1993-2001) and secondly at the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2001-2007).  During this latter period she was the Programme Director for the MSc in Occupational Health.

    From her research experience, Joanne has been involved in research projects and consultancies examining the occurrence and management of musculoskeletal disorders including back pain and upper limb disorders at national and European level.  She has also been involved in a number of product safety cases establishing the human force requirements that can cause equipment failure.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Musculoskeletal injury or disorders, human force and strength data in relation to product safety

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    • Senior Consultant Ergonomist
    • Office: +44 (0) 131 449 8037
    • Mobile: +44 (0) 7890 728813
    • Email: joanne.crawford@iom-world.org
    • Mail Address: IOM, Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP
  • Prof Damien McElvenny Principal Epidemiologist

    Damien is an epidemiologist working in the Statistics and Toxicology Section of Research Division and is a chartered statistician and chartered scientist.  He has nearly 30 years' experience working in a variety roles relating to the statistical analysis of health data in the public and private sector.  Damien is an independent scientific member of the UK Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.  He joined IOM in 2011 and is currently leading two projects, one on the carcinogenicity of occupational exposure to lead, the other on the carcinogenicity of work in the hard-metal manufacturing industry.

    CONTACT DETAILS:

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • BSc (Hons)
    • MSc
    • CStat
    • CSci

    COMMITTEE AND SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:

    • Royal Statistical Society
    • International Epidemiology Association
    • International Commission on Occupational Health
    • Society for Social Medicine

    RESEARCH INTERESTS:

    • Meta-analysis methods
    • Carcinogenicity of occupational exposure to lead
    • Carcinogenicity of working in the hard-metal industry
    • Carcinogenicity of working in the rubber industry
    • Carcinogenicity of work with acrylonitrile
    • Health effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals
    • Health effects related to ionising and non-ionising radiation
  • Sheila Groat Head of Health and Safety Services

    Sheila is one of IOM's most experienced consultants in the field of Occupational Hygiene and Health and Safety. Sheila has worked across multiple industry sectors and brings a wealth of experience to role of Expert Witness.

    For more information please contact:-

    • Sheila Groat, Manager, Head of Health and Safety Services,
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