Dr Francesca Gauntlett

Head of Science at Office for Product Safety and Standards, Department for Business and Trade

Head of Science, Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), Department for Business and Trade (DBT)
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Francesca Gauntlett is Head of Science at the Office for Product Safety and Standards in DBT, providing scientific advice and evidence to support policy and regulatory decision making. This includes externally commissioned research and advice.

Francesca has worked for over 15 years as a scientist in government, always on the interface of science and policy. She’s passionate about ensuring good quality science and evidence informs policy and regulatory activity. She believes that the role of knowledge broker is a specialism that sits within the wide range of exciting science jobs that exist within government.

Prior to working in product safety, Francesca worked in Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency. In the Defra CSA’s Office, she worked on evidence assurance and science capability. In APHA, her work focussed on exotic animal disease outbreak investigation and preparedness (notably, Avian Influenza and Foot-and-Mouth disease), and, most recently as Head of International Disease Monitoring and Risk.

With a PhD in avian virology, MSc in Epidemiology, MSc in Biochemistry, and a BSc (Hons) in Genetics with French, Francesca is a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. She loves nature, science and muddy walking boots.

  • 18 June 2024, 9:30am

    2024 CSaP Annual Conference

    Our Annual Conference brings together an audience of policy professionals, academic experts and business leaders for a day of talks and presentations, and to share and discuss issues and ideas on a range of topics from innovation and economic growth to climate and sustainability. Speakers from government, academia, and industry will present examples of how we are working together to address new and emerging policy challenges.

  • 18 January 2024, 5:30pm

    2024 Christ's Climate Lecture: On nature, biodiversity and climate - Sir Patrick Vallance

    The 2024 Christ's College Climate lecture was given by Sir Patrick Vallance, Chair of The Natural History Museum, and former Chief Scientific Adviser. His lecture explores the inextricably linked challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change.