Dave Bench

Dave Bench
Dave Bench


Dave Bench
Chief Executive at CropLife UK

Areas of Expertise
Leadership, particularly of specialist teams; chemical risk assessment; public affairs and stakeholder engagement; policy development; change management.

Introduction
As Chief Executive, has overall responsibility for all CropLife UK activities promoting the essential role of science and innovation in protecting food, parks, gardens, roads and railways; and advocating good stewardship, better regulation and best practice.

Career History
Until June 2020 led the Health and Safety Executive’s work to ensure that UK chemicals regulation would be operable and effective post-Brexit.  From 2011 - 2017 led the UK regulatory authority for plant protection products, biocides, and other chemicals.

Most of career spent leading specialist teams and in strategic policy roles in UK Government.  Started career dealing with risk assessment of plant protection products.  Throughout  career involved in policy development and regulation in a range of areas, including genetic modification in agriculture, animal health, marine, and particularly chemicals & plant protection products.

After starting career in Harpenden, adjacent to the Central Science Laboratory site, has a long history of interacting with FERA.

Board Service, Honours, Special Skills and Education

Degree in applied and environmental biology from the University of York.

Non-executive director on the boards of BASIS and the Voluntary Initiative.

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