Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment - Members

Body: Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £173 per day spent on ACRE business, and reasonable travel expenses.
Time Requirements: Up to 5 days per year for meetings; some business will be conducted between meetings.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Mr Eustice has appointed members to the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment:

•Professors Andrew Peters

•Alan Raybould

The appointments will run from 2 March 2020 until 1 March 2023. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. The appointees have not declared any political activity in the past five years.

Three reappointments from 08 March 2019 until 7 March 2023

•Dr Kathy Bamford
•Dr Ben Raymond
•Dr Andrew Wilcox

ACRE is an independent Advisory Committee composed of leading scientists. Our current members are:

•Professor Jim Dunwell (Chair)
•Dr Kathy Bamford
•Professor David Hopkins
•Dr Peter Lund
•Professor Andy Peters
•Professor Alan Raybould
•Dr Ben Raymond
•Dr Andrew Wilcox

Date: 06/05/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    07/11/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    06/05/2020 at 16:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) is a non-departmental public body composed of leading scientists. It is sponsored by Defra. ACRE provides statutory advice to the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland on the potential risks to human health and the environment from the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for research and marketing purposes. ACRE also has a role in evaluating new research findings and any science-based GM matter, as well as providing advice on releasing non-native animals and plants into the environment as bio-control agents.

Person Specification

– the ability to assimilate complex information, and participate fully in Committee deliberations, including offering contributions, and challenges, outside of your expertise;

– possess strong analytical skills, and the capacity to examine issues, and evidence relevant to GMO safety considerations, in an impartial way, with an ability to apply this when ACRE is assessing applications to use GMOs;

– effective interpersonal, and communication skills,

demonstrating an ability to work collaboratively, and identify key issues, and communicate conclusions to a non-specialist audience, if necessary;

– skills in risk assessment, or an ability to develop those skills, in order to help ACRE advise on the potential environmental risks (including risks to human health) associated with the use of GMO products in clinical trials, and commercial use;

– expertise in either veterinary medicine; entomology, or plant ecology.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest, Conduct and Political Activity Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on 7th November. Email to quoting reference APPT03-19.

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