David Keir joins VERTIC’s arms control programme

Dr. David Keir joined the arms control and disarmament programme in early September 2011. He brings a wealth of technical expertise into the organization.

Originally a research chemist in academia, David Keir joined the nuclear industry in the 1980s, as part of a UKAEA team, analyzing nuclear reactor accidents and their environmental consequences worldwide. Subsequently he headed a group looking at chemical and biological risks, and developing assessment methods for release of genetically modified organisms. He provided technical reportage for the European Union on member state implementation of GMO directives, as well as developing risk assessments for legacy anthrax and other biohazards.

Returning to nuclear issues in the late nineties, he then acted as a safety consultant in the UK nuclear weapons field, specializing in nuclear safety cases and environmental management systems. For more than a decade thereafter, he was a key member of the Atomic Weapons Establishment’s Arms Control Verification Research programme, based at Aldermaston.

VERTIC’s Executive Director, Andreas Persbo, said: ‘I have known Dave for several years through the UK-Norway Initiative on verified warhead dismantlement. During that time, his sharp analytical mind and impressive technical knowledge never ceased to impress me. In addition, he is a pleasure to work with. We are all thrilled that Dave has joined the team’.

Last changed: Sep 13 2011 at 2:49 PM