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Annex 8 - Information on the
Steering Panel

Terms of Reference
1.       The Steering Panel’s terms of reference were to:
        oversee the GO-S review of the quality, management and use of science in the Home Office
         (HO) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ);
        advise on the scope and content of the science review (including the identification of topic
         areas for more detailed scrutiny);
        review progress and output from the science review;
        identify areas of good practice in the quality, management and use of science by HO, MoJ;
        identify significant gaps and opportunities in HO, MoJ’s areas of responsibility where high
         quality science could be used more effectively;
        identify and recommend options for strengthening the HO, MoJ science base; and
        work with GO-S to finalise a report on the quality, management and use of science in HO,

2.      The Panel met as a group three times during the review (between March 2006 and
November 2006) to discuss progress and comment on draft papers. Individual Panel members also
met with members of the review team, in particular to discuss case studies and peer review papers
within their respective areas of expertise.

3.       The names, CVs and declared interests of the Panel members are detailed below.

Steering Panel CVs and Declared Interests

Professor Sir David King
Sir David was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Office of
Science and Technology on 1 October 2000, and advises the Prime Minister directly on scientific
issues. He chairs a number of committees including: the Science and Engineering Base
Coordinating Committee; Chief Scientific Adviser’s Committee; Chief Scientific Adviser’s
International Committee; Government Science Advisory Panel and the High Level Energy Group,
and is an invitee to five Cabinet sub-committees, and a member of the Council for Science and
Technology, which he chairs in the absence of the Secretary of State and Science Minister.

Prior to the appointment, he was head of the Department of Chemistry and Master of Downing
College, University of Cambridge. He continues as the 1920 Professor of Physical Chemistry and
Fellow, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge, where his research is maintained. He was made
a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991 and a Knight Bachelor in 2003.

Declared interests: none

Professor Nigel Allinson
Since 2004, Professor of Image Engineering, University of Sheffield. Personal research activities
are focussed on image and data engineering - in particular novel imaging devices and systems for
scientific and forensic applications, image and video compression, pattern recognition and data
visualisation. Previously Professor of Image Engineering at UMIST (1995-2004). Nigel Allinson is
director of ICARIS, the EPSRC human identification research network funded under the
Technologies for Crime Prevention and Detection Programme. Member of the Scientific Advisory
Committee of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble; External board member of
the STFC Centre for Instrumentation; International panel member for the Hong Kong University
Grants Committee Research Assessment Exercise; Judge for The Royal Television Society Awards;
Member of management committee of the International Research Centre 'Al-Khwarizmi',
Uzbekistan; Member of EPSRC and BBSRC Colleges, and panel member and chair; editor of the
International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education.

Declared Interests:
Founding director of the following spin-off companies: Video and Image Coding Specialists
(VICS) Ltd., Dmist Technologies Ltd. and Paraytec Ltd. Developed with HO funding system for
remote transmission of fingerprint lifts as part of Project Skiddaw.

Professor Sheila Bird
Professor Sheila Bird is Principal Statistician at the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit.
Her research interests and areas of statistical expertise include, VCJD and BSE epidemiology;
incidence, progression and projection of blood-bone viruses (such as HIV and Hepatitis C); illegal
drugs epidemiology including in prisons; application of scientific method to criminal justice for
managing injecting drug users and in determining cost-effective sentencing; database linkage,
survival, quality of life and cost-effectiveness methods; statistics in medical journals; performance
monitoring in the public services.

Awarded RSS Guy medal in bronze (1989) and Bradford Hill medal (2000). Awarded Fellowship
by distinction of Faculty of Public Health of the UK Royal Colleges of Physicians (2005). Co-
author of Statistics and Practice and of Transplantation: Sense and Sensitization. Past member of
Medical Section Committee (1976-1979); member of RSS working parties on official statistics
(1989-91) and on drugs and drug regulation; Chair of RSS Working Party on Performance
Monitoring in the Public Services (2003-06) and member of Working Party on Statistical Issues in
First-in-Man Studies (2006-07); member of scientific programme committee for RSS99 on risk and
co-organiser of one-day meeting on drugs and criminal statistics (1999) and appraisal of cost-
effectiveness (2001). Statistician-member of UK's appraisal committee for National Institute for
Clinical Excellence (1999-2005), Home Office's Science and Technology Reference Group,
scientific committee of European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (2001-2005),
and formerly of EU's ad hoc BSE/TSE subgroup.

Declared interests:
Member of Home Office’s Science and Technology Reference Group (now Scientific Advisory
Group) and newly-appointed chair of its Surveys, Design and Statistics subgroup.
Co-applicant for Research Council/other funding of large prison-based randomised controlled trial
to test the effectiveness of Naloxone-on-release in reducing by 30% drugs-related deaths soon after
release from UK prisons (N-ALIVE received PQAB approval, and approval by Scottish Prison
Member of Home Office’s scientific steering panel for Arrestee Survey, of Scientific Advisory
Group on Experimental Methods, and have served as external assessor/referee, including fro PQAB.

Professor Brian Collins
Professor Brian Collins became the Department for Transport’s Chief Scientific Adviser in October
2006. He is also Professor of Information Systems at the Defence College of Management and
Technology (DCMT), Cranfield University. His research centres on information management using
next generation information and communication technology. Brian is a graduate of Oxford
University where he read Physics and also obtained his doctorate in Astrophysics. His early career
was in the scientific civil service, culminating as Deputy Director of RSRE and then Chief Scientist
at the Government Communication Headquarters. He then worked in the private sector at KPMG,
Wellcome Trust and finally as Chief Information Officer for Clifford Chance. He has been an
adviser to several Government Departments.

Brian’s role at DfT is to ensure that the department’s scientific activities are well directed and that
all policy is soundly based on good science.

Declared Interests: none

Professor Adam Crawford
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice
Studies at the University of Leeds. In addition to work for the Home Office, he has managed studies
in the fields of crime prevention, community safety, victims of crime, policing and youth justice,
variously funded by the Northern Ireland Office, New Zealand Ministry of Justice, the French
Ministry of the Interior, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme
Trust, West Yorkshire Police and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has worked as a
scientific adviser to the European Forum on Urban Safety and is currently an international assessor
for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. He is a
member of the Scientific Committee of the Groupe Européen de Recherche sur les Normativités
(GERN) network. Professor Crawford has published widely on themes of policing, community
safety, restorative justice and criminal justice policy. He is on the editorial boards of the British
Journal of Criminology, European Journal of Criminology and Déviance et Société.

Declared Interests:
Evaluation research for the Home Office / Youth Justice Board notably into the national
implementation of referral order pilots.
Member of the Home Office Review of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships ‘Governance

Professor David Delpy
Chief Executive of EPSRC since September 2007. Professor Delpy is a Fellow of the Royal Society
and was a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council until August
2007. His main research interests are biomedical sensors and optics, including for physiological
monitoring, and especially the development of techniques for the non invasive monitoring of tissue
oxygenation and metabolism.

Professor Delpy joined the Medical Physics & Bioengineering Department at UCL in 1971. In 1986
he became a Senior Lecturer at UCL, and in 1991, Hamamatsu Professor of Medical Photonics.
Head of Department from 1992-1999 and was Vice Provost for Research at UCL from 1999 to
October 2007.

Declared Interests:
Member of BBSRC Council (to August 2007)
Non-Executive Director, RNOH Trust Board (to August 2007)
Member of Scientific Review Board, Smith & Nephew Research (to August 2007)
Research funding from Hamamatsu Photonics KK, Hitachi Medical Ltd, EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC
and Wellcome Trust.

Professor Peter Fielden
Professor of Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. His research interests include:
analytical measurement instrumentation, chemical sensing and quantitative bioanalytical
measurements, explosives and biological agent detection, lab-on-a-chip (including polymer
microfabrication, and high-throughput experimentation. He was Head of the former Department of
Instrumentation and Analytical Science (UMIST), and currently heads the Technology and
Instrumentation Research Theme within the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre. He was
awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry SAC Silver Medal in 1993. He is a member of EPSRC

He is a member of the Home Office Science Advisory Committee; Chair of the Home Office CBRN
Sub-Committee; and Chair of the SAPER CBRN Sub-Group.

Declared interests:
Member of the Home Office Science Advisory Committee and Chair of the Home Office CBRN

Professor Jim Fraser
Jim Fraser is Professor of forensic science and Director of the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for
Forensic Science. He is Chair of the European Academy of Forensic Science, Associate Director of
the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and a past President of the Forensic Science Society. He
has extensive experience as an expert witness in criminal courts in the UK and has been involved in
many high profile cases e.g. Robert Black, Stephen Downing, Michael Stone, Damilola Taylor.

Professor Fraser has significant experience in strategic and policy matters in relation to forensic
science in the UK and internationally. He has advised a range of agencies on forensic, scientific and
investigative matters, including the Association of Chief Police Officers, Her Majesty’s Inspector of
Constabulary, the Home Office and the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments.

His main areas of teaching and research focus on the relationship between science and law and the
contribution of science to criminal justice. He is a member of the editorial board of Problems in
Forensic Science, the Royal Statistical Society Working Group on Statistics and the Law and the
EPSRC Peer Review College.

Declared Interests: none

Professor Leslie Iversen
Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate Member of the US National Academy of
Sciences. Visiting Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, Member of
the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and founder of the pharmaceutical company Panos
Therapeutics Ltd. He was previously Director of the Wolfson Centre for Research on Age-Related
Diseases at Kings College London (1999-2004), Director of the Neuroscience Research Centre set
up by Merck & Co. (1983-1995), Director of the UK Medical Research Council Neurochemical
Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge (1970-1983) and a contributor to the Foresight project on Brain
Science, Addiction and Drugs. He is the author of more than 350 scientific publications and several
books and acted as the specialist adviser to the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee’s
enquiry into Cannabis in 1998.

Declared interests:
Member of the Home Office Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs.

Professor Ken Pease
Ken Pease OBE is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and recently retired. He was, inter alia,
Professor of Criminology at Manchester University and Acting Head of the Home Office Police
Research Group. He served on the Parole Board and worked as a psychologist at maximum security
prisons in Canada, also being attached to the Neuropsychiatric Research Unit at the University of
Saskatchewan. He still sits on the HO Science and Technology Reference Group and remains active
in research on predictive crime mapping with colleagues at University College London.

Declared Interests:
Until recently a member of the Home Office Science & Technology Reference Group.

Professor Stephen Pudney
Professor Pudney is Director of MISOC: the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change at the
University of Essex.

His main research interests are micro econometrics - the econometric analysis of data relating
directly to the economics behaviour of individuals - with applications to tax-benefit policy, poverty,
labour economics and the economics of crime and illicit drugs.

Declared interests: none

Ann Singleton
Ann Singleton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice
at the University of Bristol. She has published in the areas of asylum and international migration in
Europe and the use of asylum and migration statistics in policy development. Her work focuses on
the conceptual and definitional constraints associated with the use of statistical data on international
migration in Europe and on the research potential of using large-scale international datasets in
qualitative research, with particular reference to migration data in cross-national social research.
She is particularly interested in the use of official statistics in policy formation and in the
criminalisation of migration in Europe.

Between 2002 and 2004 she was responsible for policy on statistics in the European Commission’s
Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs. She has advised the European Commission, the
European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and EU Presidencies and collaborated with many
NGOs and international organisations including the UNHCR and the UNECE.

Her main research interests include: international migration in Europe; the use of migration
statistics in European Union policy development; human rights, labour migration, trafficking of
human beings, migration as crime.

Declared Interests:
Various HO contracts in the migration field.

Teresa Williams
Teresa Williams is Deputy Director of the Government Social Research Unit (GSRU), located in
HM Treasury.

Teresa’s career has been devoted to social research. She began her working life as a researcher at
the National Centre for Social Research and has since worked in a range of Government
Departments specialising in areas such as local government, welfare issues, and drug and alcohol
policy. Prior to joining GSRU in 2004 she was responsible for a programme budget of £6.5 million
and a team of 35 staff at the Home Office.

Teresa holds a first class honours degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, and a
pass with distinction for her MSc degree in Social Research Methods and Statistics from City
University. She is married with two children, and lives in London.

Declared interests: none


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