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Dr Paul Riley


Senior Scientific Manager in the Emergency Response Department

Theme 7 - Enhancing emergency preparedness through improved exercises and training

Public Health England

Dr Paul Riley is a senior scientific manager in the emergency response department of Public Health England.

He has a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in microbiology from the University of the West of England.

Following a career in microbiology, he moved into the emergency preparedness field in 2003 following a short secondment to the United Nations Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission, based in their Baghdad office.

For eight years he led the HPA exercises team, a 16 strong team delivering health led exercises across the UK and Europe.

He currently specialises in the design and delivery of exercises to aid the health community in responding to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) and infectious disease emergencies as well as developing processes to provide expert scientific support to first responders in emergencies and managing programmes for emergency preparedness development and delivery for the European Commission.

He is a member of the British Standards Institute exercising and testing committee and the Society for General Microbiology.