Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) - Council Members

Body: Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care, Science & Technology
Location: London
Skills required: IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £142 per meeting
Time Requirements: a minimum commitment of attending four Council meetings a year


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

New appointments to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
Two new members have been appointed to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council from 1 December 2021 for 5 years.

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
8 December 2021

On behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Damien McElvenny and Dr Gareth Walters as independent members to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council for a term of 5 years from 1 December 2021.

The Chair of IIAC, Dr Lesley Ruston OBE welcomed the appointments and the experience that both Professor McElvenny and Dr Walters will bring in taking IIAC’s work forward.

Professor Damien McElvenny
Professor Damien McElvenny has been appointed as an independent member for 5 years. He is Principal Epidemiologist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Manchester.

Having joined the IOM in 2011 he has successfully led many research projects including those related to cancer in the lead, rubber and hard-metal industries as well as projects on shift work and cancer and trauma and cancer.

Other honours and membership of academic bodies held include:

Honorary Member, Society of Occupational Medicine
Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Central Lancashire
Honorary Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Professor McElvenny was previously an independent member of IIAC from September 2008 to August 2018.

Dr Gareth Walters
Dr Gareth Walters has also been appointed as an independent member for 5 years. Dr Walters is a consultant in respiratory medicine, occupational and interstitial lung disease at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and a clinical lead for the regional NHS occupational lung disease service at the Birmingham Chest Clinic. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Birmingham.

Other honours and positions held include:

Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians
British Thoracic Society Clinical Statement Group on Occupational Asthma
BOHRF Occupational asthma systematic evidence review Group

Date: 08/12/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    24/05/21 TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    30/06/21 & 01/07/21 TBC

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (The Council) is an independent statutory body set up in 1946 to advise the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland on matters relating to the Industrial Injuries Scheme.  The majority of the Council’s time is spent considering whether the list of prescribed diseases for which benefit may be paid should be added to or amended. The Council can also provide advice on the administration of the scheme.

Background to Industrial Injuries Scheme (IIS)
The (IIS) is made up of a number of benefits providing tax free, non-contributory, no fault compensation to employed earners for injury arising from an industrial accident, or from specified occupationally caused diseases (prescribed diseases). Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit (IIDB) covers over 70 occupationally caused diseases. Further information about the scheme can be found at: GOV.UK technical guidance
Most IIDB claimants are required to undergo a medical examination (carried out by an external provider), to confirm their diagnosis and to determine their percentage of disablement, which in turn is used to calculate the level of weekly award to which they are entitled. The criteria for assessing disablement under IIDB are set out in regulations and apply to all claims. The assessment is made by comparison to a person of the same age and sex whose physical and mental condition is normal and is expressed as a percentage. Most awards become payable from 14% disablement.

IIAC members are appointed by the responsible Minister, on behalf of the Secretary of State, and typically consist of:
•Independent members, made up of the chair, doctors, scientists and solicitors
•Representatives of employers
•Representatives of employees.
There are usually 16 members of IIAC at any one time – although this will vary from time to time.  Legislation states that there must be equal numbers representing employers and employed earners respectively.  Independent members come from occupational medicine, science and related fields.  As Ministers are required to refer proposed regulations concerning Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit to IIAC for their consideration, there is usually at least one legally qualified member to assist the Council with this task and any other legal issues that may arise.

IIAC’s advice to the Secretary of State usually takes the form of Command Papers. These are published by DWP and copies placed in the House of Commons and House of Lords’ libraries and on the IIAC website.  Ministers then respond to the recommendations made by IIAC in their reports.
IIAC meets four times a year, and has a standing committee (the Research Working Group) that also meets four times a year. The Council has committed to meet with a range of stakeholders annually including holding public meetings bi-annually to ensure it maintains a good relationship with its stakeholders. IIAC has a Secretariat staffed by DWP officials and is funded and sponsored by DWP.
The Council is seeking to fill a number of roles. We welcome applications from experts across all fields of occupational health but are particularly seeking expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment and women’s occupational health or a combination of these.  Further information about the Council can be found at:

Role of the Council Member

Members will be expected to:

•review information from a variety of sources, including research papers;

•put forward informed constructive assessments in Council investigations and contribute to the preparation of their recommendations/reports;

•participate in the other duties of the Council, such as advising the DWP on the drafting of relevant legislation and guidance;

•fully prepare for all meetings by reading papers in advance and carrying out any other necessary preparatory work; and

•attend a minimum of four Council meetings per year and be available for other related work to enable the Council to conduct its business, such as attending ad hoc meetings or working offline to evaluate the scientific evidence where necessary and attending external stakeholder events.


Person Specification

Candidates must demonstrate the following areas of experience:

Independent Medical Expert or Independent Scientific Expert (Two Roles)

Essential criteria:

•Expertise in the key issues and causes of occupational ill health and the impact of the broad issues surrounding disability;

•Proven ability to analyse complex technical and/or medical issues relating to the detail of occupational health and industrial injuries/diseases;

•Experience of conducting reviews impartially and objectively, and the ability to contribute to the drafting of Council reports;

•Will have published papers on occupational injuries and diseases, preferably with a reputation as an expert in your selected field;

•Able to fulfil the role with professional integrity, exemplifying the highest standards of behaviour in public life; and

•Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills – especially the ability to communicate to different audiences;


Desirable criteria:

•We welcome applications from experts across all fields of occupational health but are particularly seeking expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment and women’s occupational health or a combination of these;

•Experience as a member of an expert Committee or similar body; and

•General knowledge of:
-industrial injuries compensation;
-disability and sickness-related benefits;
-the framework of legislation – Acts, Regulations, including general anti-discrimination, data protection or human rights legislation.


How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

1.A CV (maximum 2-3 pages) with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.

2.An accompanying Supporting Statement (maximum 2 pages, font 12.  Please state the post that you are applying for at the top of the statement). This is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in this information pack. The initial sift is based on this information so it is important to fully address the criteria. You should aim to provide specific examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria, and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result.

Please ensure that you clearly state your full name at the top of your CV and supporting statement;

3.Personal Information Form Most of the information requested is not seen by the panel assessing your application (though the panel will consider any declaration of interests).

4.Diversity Monitoring Form. This is for monitoring purposes only.  By collecting and analysing the data of those applying and obtaining an appointment, we can improve our diversity strategy.  This form is not part of the selection process and will be treated in confidence. It will be kept separate from your application and not be seen by the selection panel.


You will receive an automated acknowledgement once your application has been received. If you do not receive this receipt email, then your application will not have been successfully sent to the inbox. If you do not receive the acknowledgement email, please resend your application or contact us separately as soon as possible on the above email address.

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If you have any difficulty in sending your application or need the application pack in an alternative format (e.g. Braille, large print, audio CD, tape or e-text), please contact the ALB Public Appointments Team.

Please send your applications to ALB.PUBLICAPPOINTMENTS@DWP.GOV.UK


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