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Rick Mumford, Acting Director of Science

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Professor Rick Mumford is Director of Science, Evidence & Research at the Food Standards Agency, where he leads a multi-disciplinary team of over 90 staff, providing expert risk assessment and socio-economic evidence to support UK food safety.

A virologist and molecular biologist by training, he has 25 years’ experience, as both a practising, applied scientist (focusing on diagnostics and biosecurity), and as a science leader, including senior roles up to executive level, within government and the private sector.

An author on over 75 scientific publications, Rick is a Visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.