Technical Advisory Board

Technical accuracy is fundamental to our approach which is why we have established an editorial board of eminent experts to make sure readers can rely on the information they read in Pest. On the board, in alphabetical order, are:

Moray Anderson    Professor Moray Anderson: After studying zoology and entomology at Glasgow University, Moray was on the staff at the University of Birmingham from 1977 to 1996. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California in 1981/2. In 1996 he joined the Killgerm Group as technical director. He holds a visiting professorship at the Department of Entomology and Nematology, at the University of Florida and an honorary professorship in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
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Clive Boase   Clive Boase: Clive established the Pest Management Consultancy in 1992 and works with a wide range of clients in the UK and overseas. Key areas include the biological development of novel pest control products, resolving ‘difficult’ pest issues, and providing support to litigation. Recently, he has become very involved in the bed bug upsurge. He is highly regarded for his lecturing, training and writing activities as well as for the organisation of industry events. His aim is to separate the facts from the myths of pest control.
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Alan Buckle   Dr Alan Buckle: Alan's career has been centred around the development of the second-generation anticoagulants – notably for over 20 years with ICI, Zeneca, Syngenta, and latterly as an independent consultant. He has been chairman of the CEFIC Rodenticide Working Group since 2005, is chairman of the Rodenticide Resistance Action Group and the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. He has authored numerous publications on pest control, including, with Prof Robert Smith, the benchmark book Rodent Pests and their Control.
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 John Charlton  

John Charlton: John's career began at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland monitoring warfarin resistance in rodents. Other work was on hooded crow, geese, starling scaring, American mink, grey squirrel and fox. He held a variety of positions with Rentokil Pest Control, latterly as UK technical director. The role covered Europe, South Africa and South East Asia. John now has his own consultancy business providing technical support, pest control quality audits and training and sits on the CIEH National Pest Advisory Panel.

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 Brian Duffin  

Brian Duffin: An environmental biology graduate from Plymouth University, Brian joined Rokill in 1991 and is still enjoying working in this industry. He has experience in many roles – technician, field biologist, operations manager and is currently chief technical officer for Rokill. He is a past chairman of the BPCA Servicing Committee. Brian now specialises in the provision and management of pest control in the food manufacturing and food retail sectors, managing a dedicated team of field biologists. He is also responsible for coordinating training and ensuring Rokill’s ISO and SSIP needs are met.

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Rob Fryatt   Rob Fryatt: Rob has over 25 years of international marketing and commercial experience in pest management. He has held senior positions with ICI, Zeneca and Sorex. Currently he operates Xenex Associates, an international business services company, with many clients involved in the global pest management industry. He was deputy president of BPCA for many years and served as director general of CEPA (the European Pest Management Industry Association). In 2014 he was named as one of the first ever recipients of the pest management industry's Global Ambassador Award.
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Adrian Meyer   Adrian Meyer: Adrian holds a masters in population dynamics from Durham University. He began his career with the London Pests Unit in the mid 1970s. He worked with ADAS in the SE and the SW before moving to the Central Science Laboratory CSL). He remained at CSL until 1995 when he co-founded the Acheta consultancy. A vertebrate pest control specialist, he has worked in over 20 countries. Amongst his publications are the 1993 and 2001 National Rodent Surveys, a WHO booklet of rodent control and he is an editor of the British Pest Management Manual.
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 Dave Oldbury  

David Oldbury: Dave’s expertise in pest management and its implications for public health has been gained over a long career, originally as a technical director in Ontario, Canada and, more recently, until his retirement in 2011, as group manager & principal environmental health officer for Manchester City Council. He is currently an RSPH examiner, chair of the BASIS Prompt Committee and secretary to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) National Pest Advisory Panel (NPAP); a position which he has held since the inception of NPAP in 2001. Dave has authored a number of NPAP best practice guidance documents and regularly lectures to environmental health students and trainee pest technicians. He was made a fellow of the CIEH in 2009.

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John Simmons   Dr John Simmons: Having worked for two pest control servicing companies (National Britannia and Igrox), John spent five years as technical manager at BPCA. In 2000, he joined Acheta, a collaboration of independent consultants working in pest control. He is now managing director of Acheta Consulting Ltd specialising in independent inspections for the food industry. He is also membership development director of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology.
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 Richard Strand   Richard Strand: Richard has over 30 years experience in pest control having started with the British Rail Pest Control Unit in Manchester. For 18 years he was executive director of BPCA gaining valuable experience consulting with government departments on behalf of the industry. Having set up his own consultancy business in 2006, Richard writes a regular pest column in the Sunday Times. He is an active tutor and examiner for industry bodies, including the RSPH/BPCA (Level 2) Certificate in Pest Control and a technical services verifier for Lantra Awards.
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Grahame Turner   Grahame Turner: Having studied applied zoology at Bangor University and insect control at Southampton, Grahame went on to work in a variety of pest-related roles, including pest control operations with National Brittannia, insect breeding research with The Wellcome Foundation and pest control consultancy to the food industry with ADAS. From 1999 to mid 2013 he was technical manager - bird control at Network, now part of P+L Systems Ltd. Grahame is currently training and techncial manager for Mitie Pest Control where, as well as being responsible for staff training in pest control, he represents the company on technical issues.
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