More IIAC Appointments

At the close of 2018 (here), we reported that Professor Kim Burton, Professor John Cherrie, Dr Valentina Gallo, Dr Max Henderson and Dr Samuel (Chris) Stenton had been appointed to the Industrial Injuries Advice Council (IIAC) to serve 5-year terms as independent members, while Dr Ian Lawson had been appointed as an employee representative.

In edition 272 of BC Disease News (here), we reported that Professor Raymond Agius had subsequently been appointed by the Department for Work and Pensions-sponsored body, also in the capacity of an independent member.

Last month, more appointments were announced.[i]

Dr Jennifer Hoyle (appointed as an independent member)

  • Consultant Respiratory Physician and Occupational Lung Disease.
  • Member of GORDS UK (Group of Occupational Respiratory Disease Specialists).
  • Member of the British Thoracic Society.
  • Honorary Lecturer at Manchester University.
  • Publishes research on occupational lung diseases, including interstitial occupational diseases.

Daniel Shears (appointed as an employee representative, in compliance with Schedule 6 of the Social Security Act 1992)

  • National Health, Safety and Environmental Director at the GMB Union.
    • Responsible for the provision of specialist advice and guidance for members employed in both the public and private sectors.
  • Unite the Union member.
  • Labour Party member since 2008.

Lesley Francois (appointed as an independent member with legal experience)

  • Slater and Gordon LLP solicitor with 15 years of legal experience.
  • Specialist in mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease.
  • Has experience of handling occupational asthma, hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and other work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD) claims.

The new appointees commenced their 5-year periods of employment with the IIAC, on 1 September 2019, and were welcomed by Council Chair, Dr Lesley Rushton, for the ‘wealth of experience they will bring in taking IIAC’s work forward’.

Speaking of areas for future work, we summarised the Council’s latest Annual Report (for the period between April 2018 and March 2019), in edition 281 (here). We did so, in conjunction with analysis of an IIAC Position Paper on assessment and objective testing of the vascular component of HAVS.


[i] Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, ‘New appointments to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council’ (23 August 2019 GOV.UK) <> accessed 2 August 2019.