Wendy Middleton

Insights Lead, Office for Product Safety & Standards at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


Insights Lead, Product Safety National Capacity, Office for Product Safety & Standards, BEIS
Policy Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy

Wendy joined BEIS’ Office for Product Safety & Standards in August 2018, to create and lead their new Insights Team. Two main workstreams of the team are the development and application of a behavioural science programme of research, and systems thinking approaches to strengthen the evidence base for safety and standards policy, delivery and enforcement.

Wendy joined the civil service in 2003. A biologist by background, she started out by managing Defra’s animal welfare research programme. She then spent 7 years working on bovine tuberculosis, eventually as head of science in Defra’s bTB programme. From there she went to work with Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Professor Ian Boyd, before moving to DECC (now BEIS) in 2015 to work with their CSA, Professor John Loughhead. More recently she was head of science for climate and energy, before moving to product safety.

Wendy received a Biology BSc (Hons) from Leeds University and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare from Edinburgh University. She is passionate about developing BEIS’ Science & Engineering Network, diversity in STEM and the use of evidence in policy making.