UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Met Office have appointed Professor Gary Fuller as the new Clean Air Champion for the SPF Clean Air Programme.

Dr Fuller will join the existing Champions, Professor Sir Stephen Holgate and Dr Jenny Baverstock, working to bring together outstanding researchers across atmospheric, medical and social sciences to develop practical solutions for air quality issues.

His expertise is wide-ranging: from air quality measurement and source apportionment, for example leading the development of the London Air Quality Network, to promoting the best use of the air pollution measurements in health studies. As a member of the Medical Research Council Centre for Environment and Health, he has collaborated with modellers, toxicologists, clinicians and epidemiologists. He provides independent scientific advice as a member of Defra’s Air Quality Expert Group and has worked closely with national and city authorities across Europe. In addition, he is a passionate communicator and believer in evidence-based policymaking. He will help support the Champions’ efforts to ensure that the interdisciplinary communities working on improving air quality are connected to the public, wider policy and business environment.

In a joint statement, the Clean Air Champions said: “We are truly delighted to have Gary Fuller join us as a UKRI Clean Air Champion. He brings a unique mix of experience and skills flowing from his important work as an atmospheric scientist interested in health, his running of the London Air Quality Network, his outstanding ability as a highly effective communicator and above all, his enthusiasm for wanting research to translate into societal benefit.”

Dr Fuller steps into the role following the sad news of the death of Professor Martin Williams, who is greatly missed by the Clean Air Programme and the wider research and policy community.

For more information about all of the Champions’ background and expertise, please visit the ‘Meet the Champions’ page

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