Policy Fellowship for Dr Francesca Gauntlett

Head of Science, Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), Department for Business and Trade (DBT) (view profile)

Dr Francesca Gauntlett is Head of Research, Evidence and Dissemination at the Office for Product Safety and Standards in BEIS. She has worked for over 15 years as a scientist in government, always on the interface of science and policy, or in an evidence-broker role.  

Prior to working in product safety, Francesca worked in Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency. The remit of her roles in the Defra CSA’s Office was evidence assurance, science capability and quality, and she held a number of science roles at APHA related to exotic animal disease outbreak investigation and preparedness (notably, Avian Influenza and Foot-and-Mouth disease), including commissioning modelling and translating findings into policy recommendations for disease control, and, most recently as Head of International Disease Monitoring and Risk.   

She’s passionate about ensuring good quality science and evidence informs policy and regulatory activity. She believes that the role of knowledge broker is in itself a specialism that sits within the wide range of exciting science jobs that exist within government.  

With a PhD in avian virology (Royal Veterinary College, London and Institute for Animal Health, Compton), MSc in Epidemiology (Imperial College, London), MSc in Biochemistry (University of Poitiers, France), and a BSc (Hons) in Genetics with French (University of Liverpool), Francesca is a Chartered Scientist and a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. She loves nature, science and muddy walking boots.  

Questions

  • 1. How can we pull in thought-leaders across disciplines, to solve some of the challenging policy and regulatory questions that we have in order to better identify and prioritise our evidence gaps, for example, the Online Marketplace, and to develop our evidence base as a forward-looking regulator? (How can we ensure diversity within the expert community that we are working with? How can we build trust and respect with the academic community, alongside a mutual understanding of our evidence needs?)
  • 2. In the context of Online Marketplaces, how can we use AI to be a better regulator, and how can new technologies better support online market surveillance of consumer products? (What technologies / tools / digital solutions to improve safety of products sold on Online Marketplaces could be developed to support our regulatory activities now, and, what we might need in five years’ time)
  • 3. Given OPSS’ role as a product safety regulator, how do we keep abreast of current and emerging technologies to better our understanding of what is possible for Online Marketplaces to do themselves, to ensure consumer safety? e.g. technology around image recognition.
  • 4. What research activities should we prioritise to have the most impact? Technologies? Understanding the supply chain? Consumer behaviour? In this area, our evidence needs are vast, we don’t fully understand the scale of the problem that we are trying to regulate (unsafe and noncompliant products which are now widely available to consumers via the internet) or even have an agreed taxonomy for how we describe this online activity, both across OPSS with policy or enforcement colleagues, or, when describing our research needs.
  • 5. Across OPSS’ research themes, how do we measure and communicate the impact our science and evidence has already had? (How can we ensure the credibility of our staff and of the science and evidence that we produce and use? What impact are we looking to demonstrate and where and how do we realise this impact? Do we do this differently if we are considering the impact on the citizen via regulation, or, the impact of the use of evidence for policy via the translation of science/technology on policy initiatives?)
  • 7 Mar 2023 10:15 – 10:30

    CSaP intro

    r.brodie@jbs.cam.ac.uk

    Judge Business School, Trumpington Street. Meet in reception area.
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    Directions to next meeting: 2 minute walk.

  • 7 Mar 2023 10:30 – 11:00

    Meeting with Professor Vincent Mak, Professor of Marketing & Decision Sciences, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

    v.mak@jbs.cam.ac.uk

    Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street. (Meet in reception)
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 11:15.

  • 7 Mar 2023 11:30 – 12:30

    Meeting with Professor Sir John Aston, Harding Professor of Statistics in Public Life, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge Former Chief Scientific Adviser, Home Office

    jada2@cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, CB3 0WA. Ask for John at reception when you arrive.
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 12:40.

  • 7 Mar 2023 12:30 – 14:00

    Lunch - free time

  • 7 Mar 2023 14:00 – 15:00

    Meeting with Dr Pantea Lotfian, Founder and Director, Camrosh ltd

    lotfian@camrosh.com

    JBS Cafe. Meet in foyer of Judge Business School. CSaP to escort.
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    Directions to next meeting: 10 minute walk.

  • 7 Mar 2023 16:00 – 17:00

    Meeting with Professor John Clarkson, Director, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre

    pjc10@eng.cam.ac.uk

    Department of Engineering, Trumpington St, Cambridge. Ask for John at reception.
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  • 7 Mar 2023 17:00

    Westminster College accom- Check in

    Reception is staffed 7am to 7pm Monday to Sunday and can be reached on 01223 33 06 30. Emails to accommodation@westminster.cam.ac.uk are monitored during office hours.

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  • 8 Mar 2023 09:30 – 10:30

    Meeting with Dr Jatinder Singh, Senior Research Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

    js573@cam.ac.uk

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    Zoom call from CSaP. 10 Trumpington St. Call mobile to be let in.
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  • 8 Mar 2023 10:45 – 11:30

    Meeting with Professor Ross Anderson (1956-2024), Professor of Security Engineering, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

    DECEASEDRoss.Anderson@cl.cam.ac.uk

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    Passcode: 328727

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  • 8 Mar 2023 11:30 – 13:30

    Lunch - free time

  • 8 Mar 2023 13:30 – 14:30

    Meeting with Dr Eszter Czibor, Head of Research, StateUp

    czibore@gmail.com

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    Meeting ID: 874 8861 9377
    Passcode: 964097"

    Zoom call from CSaP, 10 Trumpington Street, Cambridge. Ring mobile to be let in.
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  • 8 Mar 2023 15:00 – 16:00

    Meeting with Dr Advait Sarkar , Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge

    advait@microsoft.com

    Microsoft. 21 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB. Near to the main train station. Report to reception on arrival.
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  • 8 Mar 2023 16:30 – 17:00

    CSaP wrap up

    r.brodie@jbs.cam.ac.uk

    CSaP, 10 Trumpington Street. Cambridge. Ring mobile to be let in.
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  • 8 Mar 2023 19:15 – 21:00

    Dinner at Browns

    june.brawner@royalsociety.org Emma.pacey@dhsc.gov.uk

    Dinner with Policy Fellows, June Brawner, Emma Pacey and CSaP -Charlotte Sausman and Rebecca Brodie

    Browns Restaurant, 23 Trumpington Street. Cambridge. Booking is under the name CSaP.
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  • 9 Mar 2023 09:00

    Westminster College accom- Check out

    Reception is staffed 7am to 7pm Monday to Sunday and can be reached on 01223 33 06 30. Emails to accommodation@westminster.cam.ac.uk are monitored during office hours.

    Check out is by 10am on the day of departure. On your departure, please leave windows open and return the key back to the Reception or the Key Deposit Box outside Reception.

    If you need any urgent assistance with anything during your time here with us, whilst Reception is closed, the Duty Manager can be contacted on 07514 958 481

    Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA.
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