Prof Richard Wakeford

Honorary Professor

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Overview

Substantial expertise in epidemiology and risk assessment of ionising radiation.

 

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and Chartered Statistician

Honorary Fellow of the Society for Radiological Protection and Chartered Radiation Protection Professional

Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicist and Chartered Scientist

Member of the Nuclear Institute and Chartered Engineer

 

Employment History (prior to The University of Manchester)

1976-1977 

Demonstrator, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool

 

Continuing postgraduate research on proton-antiproton reactions using bubble-chamber photographs produced at CERN, Geneva.  Some undergraduate teaching duties.

 

 

1977-1981

Shift Shop Manager/Technical Support Shop Manager/ Operations Shop Manager, British Nuclear Fuels plc, Centrifuge Operations, Capenhurst Works, Chester

 

Responsible for the shift-to-shift and day-to-day running of the commercial gas centrifuge uranium enrichment plant. Conducting statistical analysis of plant performance data to improve the efficiency of the plant.

 

 

1981-1987

Senior Technologist, British Nuclear Fuels plc, Technical Services Department, Risley, Warrington

 

Criticality specialist involved in the safety assessment of new and existing plants at Sellafield.  Part of a team developing a large statistical simulation computer program for the analysis of neutron multiplication behaviour in a wide variety of systems, in the context of nuclear criticality safety.

 

 

1987-1993

Principal Research Scientist, British Nuclear Fuels plc, Health & Safety Directorate, Risley, Warrington

 

Investigating the epidemiology of childhood leukaemia and nuclear installations, the statistical analysis of the spatial distribution of childhood leukaemia cases, the risks to health from exposure to radiation, including occupational exposures.

 

 

1993-2003

Principal Research Scientist, British Nuclear Fuels plc, Group Legal Department, Risley, Warrington

 

As above, but with special responsibility for the preparation of technical material for legal cases.  Also carrying out consultancy for external clients on epidemiological matters.

 

 

2003-2006

Principal Research Scientist, British Nuclear Fuels plc, Group Legal Department, Daresbury Park, Warrington

 

 

 

As above, but at Daresbury Park, Warrington, rather than Risley, Warrington.

 

External positions

Member of Expert Group on Epidemiological Studies of Radiation and Cancer, United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

2020 → …

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Radiation Protection and Research

2019 → …

Member, Scientific Committee SC 1-27, US National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP)

2019 → …

International Associate Editor, Journal of Radiation Research

28 Feb 2018 → …

Member of Committee to Develop Guidance Material on Radiation Health Risk for Occupationally Exposed Workers, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

2018 → …

Member of the Advisory Board to the Centre for Health effects of Radiological and Chemical Agents, Brunel University

2017 → …

Member, Scientific Committee SC 1-25, US National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP)

Dec 2015 → …

Member UK delegation, United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)

2013 → …

Member, Editorial Board, British Journal of Cancer

2012 → …

Member, COMARE Contaminations Working Group

2012 → …

Member UK Government Scientific Advice Group for Emergencies (SAGE) for Japan Nuclear Incident

2011

Member, World Health Organization Health Risk Assessment Working Group for the Fukushima Accident

20112013

Member, COMARE Sellafield and Dounreay Review Subcommittee

20112016

Member of the External Advisory Board of the DoReMi Programme, European Commission

20102016

Member of ICRP Task Group 79 on Effective Dose, International Commission on Radiological Protection

2010 → …

Member of ICRP Task Group 64 on Risks from Plutonium and Uranium, International Commission on Radiological Protection

2010 → …

Member Committee 1, International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)

2009 → …

Member of the Subgroup on Human Radiosensitivity of the Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation, Health Protection Agency

20092012

Member, UK Government Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE)

20082017

Member, European Commission GoE Working Party on Research Implications and on Health and Safety Standards

20062015

Epidemiological Adviser to the study, Genetic Consequences of Cancer Treatment

20062012

Member Technical Working Party, Compensation Scheme for Radiation-linked Diseases

2006 → …

UK member, European Commission Group of Experts (GoE) Established Under Article 31 of the Euratom Treaty

20052015

Expert Adviser to National Institute for Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Japan, on its research programme, National Institute for Radiological Sciences

20052009

Chairman of IAEA/ILO/WHO meeting on developing international guidance for aiding decision-making on the attribution of detrimental health effects to occupational exposure, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

2003

Member, UK Government Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE)

20012004

Member of Expert Panel to discuss Fifth Framework Programme, European Commission

1998

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Radiological Protection

1997 → …

Member of European Commission/US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Expert Panel on Somatic Health Effects, European Commission

19951996

Member of Technical Committee Meeting on Classification of Cancer by Probability of Radiation Induction, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

1995

Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy University of Liverpool
  • Bachelor of Science University of Liverpool

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