Professor Malcolm Clench, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor of Mass Spectrometry, Head of the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre

Professor Malcolm Clench was appointed to Sheffield Hallam University in 1990 having spent time in the scientific instrument industry working for VG (now Waters) and Kratos Analytical (now Shimadzu).

He completed his undergraduate degree in Applied Chemistry at Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1981 and my PhD in "Strategies for Protein and Peptide Analysis by Fast Atom Bombardment Mass Spectrometry" as a collaborative project between Manchester Polytechnic and The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1988.

He has published 117 papers, one book and three book chapters. He has been Director of Studies for 35 PhD completions including a number of split and part-time PhDs.

He lead the Imaging and MALDI Special Interest Group of the British Mass Spectrometry Society and was awarded the Society's Lectureship 2006-2008. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Journal "Proteomics" and was UK Management Representative for EU COST Action BM1104 Mass Spectrometry Imaging: New Tools for Healthcare Research 2012-2015.

Dr Fahad Malik, Aintree University Hospital

Senior House Officer, Department of Emergency Medicine

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Fahad is a medical graduate from King’s College London and has worked in Liverpool at Aintree University Hospital since 2020. He has followed his interest in public health through a Master of Science from LSHTM in 2018, and a Research Fellowship in Cystic Fibrosis in 2018/19.

He worked on early COVID surveillance in a local Public Health Unit in Canada and led COVID-19 databases at LSHTM in 2020. His interest in CO stems from his work in public health and an interest in increasing awareness of CO poisoning amongst frontline healthcare workers.

Dr Randa Ghazal Asswad, Aintree University Hospital

Department of Emergency Medicine

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Randa is a junior doctor currently working in Liverpool. She earned her medical degree from the University of Liverpool in 2020 where she also completed an MRes in Cancer Medicine undertaking both laboratory and clinical research. She has an interest in research having successfully completed the Academic Foundation Programme.

She has published and presented her work internationally including a clinical project aiming to increase carbon monoxide awareness among the medical community.

Dr Hilary Cowie, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Research Director

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Dr Hilary Cowie is the Research Director for the Institute of Occupational Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Hilary has extensive experience in the design and analysis of epidemiological morbidity and mortality studies. She has been the project leader of a number of studies including a detailed statistical analysis of the relationship between exposure to inspirable dust and the presence of respiratory symptoms among UK wool textile workers, and a study of the inter-relationships of dust exposure, lung function and respiratory symptoms among workers in a variety of industries (including underground coal miners and opencast workers). Much of her work has been concerned with the investigation of exposure-response relationships, primarily among occupational populations.

Dr Plamena Stroh, University College London

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Plamena R. Angelova (Stroh) obtained her BSc in Molecular Biology and MSc in Biophysics and Radiation Biology, both from Sofia University, Bulgaria. She completed her PhD in Experimental Biophysics from Humboldt University Berlin, studying the oxidative modulation of potassium channels in the hippocampus. She continued to work on epilepsy at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin. Prior to joining UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in 2011, she completed a postdoctoral training at Technical University Munich (Rechts-der-Isar University Hospital, Experimental Neurosurgery group) working on in-vivo imaging of neurovascular coupling in migraine and tested the neuroprotective effects of treatment candidates for acute ischemic stroke.

She is currently Senior Research Associate at Department for Clinical and Movement Neurosciences, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, where she studies the mechanisms underlying neuronal loss in neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, focusing on alteration of function of misfolded proteins, cellular signaling, mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress.

Dr Mari Herigstad, Sheffield Hallam University


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Dr Herigstad is a physiologist whose research interests lie in the intersection between physiology, neuroscience and medicine. She has worked on the effect of carbon monoxide and hypoxia on human physiology and pathophysiology and on perception of respiratory symptoms in cardiorespiratory disease. She did an undergraduate degree in biology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a DPhil in physiology at the University of Oxford.

Kevin Herron, APPCOG

Policy Project Coordinator

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Kevin joined the Policy Connect Health Team in March 2022 as Policy Project Co-ordinator for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Carbon Monoxide. He works closely with the Policy Manager for Carbon Monoxide Safety, the Health Team and a wide variety of stakeholders to collaboratively develop policy solutions and ensure carbon monoxide issues are raised within the parliamentary agenda.

Sam Graham, Cadent

Social Programmes, Technical Manager

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Sam Graham is the Technical Manager within the Social Programmes team at Cadent, managing the implementation of Cadent's Services Beyond The Meter (SBTM) projects, which are committed to never leaving a customer vulnerable without gas.

Sam works with the wider team and strategic partners to deliver a range of services supporting customers in vulnerable situations, including educating communities on the dangers of CO, and ensuring they are aware of the steps that need to be taken to stay safe and well. Sam is the business lead for the Smart metering implementation programme; managing and minimising any Regulation or Operational impact on the Cadent Network.

Sam has worked as a Network Supervisor for Cadent, managing emergency operations and domestic connections. Sam has been employed in the gas industry since leaving school back in 2004, joining Cadent Gas in 2017 after eight years working for British Gas in technical and management roles.

Dan Taylor, Frazer Nash

Senior Software and Modelling Engineer, AI & Analytics

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Dan Taylor is a senior analyst working within the Artificial Intelligence and Analytics group at Frazer-Nash Consultancy. Dan enjoys using data science techniques to help solve difficult problems that impact the most vulnerable people in our society.

Professor Sani Dimitroulopoulou, UKIEG

Vice Chair

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Professor Sani Dimitroulopoulou is a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist, Air Quality and Public Health within the Environmental Hazards and Emergencies Department, UKHSA (formerly PHE) leading on indoor air quality and health. She is also Visiting Professor, at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL.

She has thirty-years experience in air pollution and health, developed through her PhD at Imperial College, her work at Imperial College and Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK, as well as at the National Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (Greek Environment Agency) and the University of West Macedonia in Greece. Her research interests include exposure assessment to air pollution, based on modelling and monitoring of outdoor and indoor air pollution and ventilation, health impact assessments and development of environmental public health indicators and indoor air quality guidelines. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals and conferences and more than 50 technical research and consulting reports. She was the Editor of the State of the Environment Report 2008, for Greece.

Jonathan Kane, Kane International


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Jonathan Kane is CEO of KANE, a 2nd generation family business celebrating 60 years of innovation and receiving the Queen's Award for Innovation. Kane is the UK's only portable analyser manufacturer testing boilers, engines, heat pumps, HVACR systems & indoor air quality. After graduating from the Universities of Buckingham & Edinburgh, Jonathan joined Kane in 1989.

Working with CO-Gas Safety charity, Jonathan is a tireless CO safety campaigner developing products & standards to safely & efficiently test heating systems, engines & building indoor air quality.

Earlier this year, on behalf of Kane & CO-Gas Safety, Jonathan won the IGEM Lion's Lair competition, renamed the Chris Bielby Award, why the Gas Emergency Service must test appliances & homes for CO.

Andy Speake, AICO

National Technical Manager

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Andy’s role as National Technical Manager within Aico provides technical expertise on domestic Fire and CO alarm production and installation.

Andy has responsibility over the technical aspects of Aico products, support, and training, as well as working alongside various standards agencies and industry associations.

Along with Andy’s role within the technical team at Aico, he is a board director of the FIA(Fire Industry Association, a member of the FIA FD&A (Fire Detection and Alarm) council, chairs the FIA IoT (Internet of Things) Forum as and chairs the FIA Smoke Alarm Devices working group. Andy an active member of CoGDEM (Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring) for expertise in domestic Carbon Monoxide alarms and is also a member of CENELEC Technical Committee 216 for gas detection.

As a participant on several National and European committees Andy is heavily involved in standardisation and is the convenor for the CENELEC working group responsible for BS EN 50292 (Apparatus for the detection of carbon monoxide in domestic properties, caravans,and boats).

Prior to working for Aico, Andy provided technical/engineering services within the housing sector.

Jack Hulme, BSR

Technical Policy Lead

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Jack Hulme is Technical Policy Lead at the newly established Building Safety Regulator(BSR). His responsibilities include the energy efficiency and ventilation standards of the Building Regulations. Jack joined the BSR from a similar role in the Department forLevelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Prior to this, he worked at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) where he led major studies including on energy efficiency, fuel poverty, SAP, stock condition and thermal performance. Jack is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and has authored numerous publications including on the performance of solid walls, fuel poverty and the energy performance of housing in England.

James Heydon, Nottingham University

Assistant Professor in Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences

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James joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy in September 2019. He holds a PhD in Criminology, PGCHE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and an MA in International Criminal Justice.

James is a member of the British Society of Criminology and the current Chair of its Green Criminology Research Network. He is also a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, where he is part of its Green Criminology Specialist Group. James has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013.