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Plenary Two: Major regulatory issues – are we ready to protect consumers

Plenary Two - Tuesday 11 June 2019

Major regulatory issues – are we ready to protect consumers

Recent crises may have changed views on regulation.  Whether it’s tumble dryers catching fire in homes, consumers being tricked into eating horsemeat, car traders cheating consumers on emissions - or the horrific sight of a high-rise building inferno - regulation and regulators matter.  The question remains, in the current landscape, have we learnt the lessons from the past and are we ready to respond effectively? Local authority services will be engaged as the relationships between specific local and national enforcement bodies are subject to strong ongoing debate in trading standards.

Learning outcomes

Delegates will gain an understanding of the roles/ambitions of ‘national’ regulators such as OPSS/FSA and become aware of the preparedness for major regulatory challenges

David Riley, Chair, Chartered Trading Standards Institute

David became the Chair of CTSI in September 2018. David is currently employed as a Programme Manager within the National Trading Standards Programme Office. Until April this year he served as the Chief Public Protection Officer with The Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Public Protection Section and was responsible for delivering the wide range of duties allocated to the service including Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Licensing, Civil Registration and Corporate Health & Safety.

David joined the Trading Standards service in 1979 and qualified as a Trading Standards Officer in 1983. He was employed by the then Gwynedd County Council and joined the Isle of Anglesey County Council upon Local Authority reorganisation in 1996. In April 2014 he was appointed as Chief Public Protection Officer and in April 2018 he moved to work within the National Trading Standards Programme Office.

David has been a member of the Institute since 1985 initially as a member of the North West Branch, but transferred on the creation of the Welsh Branch in 2001. He is a fellow of the Institute and has served as Chair of the Welsh Branch from 2015 to 2017. He is looking forward to assisting the Chair and representing the interests of all our members. David lives on Anglesey with his wife Catherine and two sons.

Graham Russell, CEO, Office for Product Safety and Standards

Graham Russell is CEO of the Office for Product Safety and Standards in the UK government, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is building a team to upgrade the UK’s product safety system and to improve the delivery of regulation in the UK.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards was created in 2018 as a new national oversight body working with Trading Standards to identify consumer risks and manage responses to large-scale product safety issues. Also taking forward existing work and responsibilities, the new Office is enabling the UK to meet the evolving challenges of product safety by responding to expanding international trade, the growth in online shopping and the increasing rate of product innovation.

Graham’s professional background is as a regulator in local government, and he understands the contribution that local authorities make to protection and growth in the local economy. His previous roles include Head of Trading Standards and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council.

He co-chairs the International Network for Delivery of Regulation with Professor Chris Hodges of Oxford University and together they are writing a book on the delivery of regulation with colleagues from around the world.

Michael Jackson, Head of Regulatory Standards and Assurance; Food Standards Agency

Bio to follow.

Steph Young, CTSI Lead Officer Agriculture and Animal Health
Graham Venn, Regulatory Expert & Former Head of Service


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