Dr Lesley Rushton was appointed chair of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) on 1 April 2018.
She is Emeritus Reader in Occupational Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London. Her expertise is in epidemiological and statistical research investigating environmental and occupational causes of ill health. She has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of occupational, environmental and public health.
She is also:
- an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and a Member of its Academic Forum
- a chartered statistician with the Institute of Statisticians
- on the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC)
- on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Science, Engineering and Environmental Assurance Committee
- on the International Congress on Occupational Health Working Group on Occupational Cancer
The chair of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) leads a committee of 16 members appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to:
- update the list of diseases and the occupations that cause them for which Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be paid
- draft papers for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to present in Parliament, when legislative changes to the Industrial Injuries Scheme are proposed
- scrutinise proposed regulations relating to industrial injuries benefit or its administration