Tom has been working in the agrochemical industry for over 10 years, working as a Study Director at well-established contract research organisations in the UK. Following graduation from the University of Birmingham, Tom worked as a Study Director and has technical experience with non-target arthropods, non-target plants and acute aquatic studies. While at CEM Analytical Services Ltd. (CEMAS), Tom moved his focus to agrochemical residue studies which included operator, worker, resident and bystander exposure (OPEX) studies. While acting as the Study Director for the analytical phase on a range of crop residue, field dissipation and validation studies, Tom became an integral part of the OPEX offering at CEMAS. This involved overseeing all related analysis including dislodgeable foliar residue studies, identifying sites, producing reports and acting as the first point of contact for the applicant. His first-hand experience in the field, organisation skills and understanding of the analytical procedures has formed a strong foundation for moving into the regulatory area.
From March 2020 to June 2021, Tom worked for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in New Zealand as a Senior Advisor focussing on the environmental aspect of the risk assessment. This role involved assessing reports submitted by applicants, generating study summaries and identifying key endpoints to use in the risk assessment.
Tom is now focusing on the consumer risk assessment for human safety (dietary and non-dietary), bringing together all of his technical experience in the field and analytical laboratory with the regulatory mindset he developed at the EPA.