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Jeff Hart retired in 2015 after 38 years public service with the United Kingdom Department for Transport (DfT) following an entirely undistinguished academic career studying history and politics! He has worked in the international arena for most of his career, firstly as part of the UK delegations to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Assembly, Council, Facilitation and Technical Cooperation Committees and then with the European Civil Aviation Conference in the field of passenger fare liberalisation and cargo operations. He joined DfT’s Dangerous Goods Division in 1990 and became the Head of Division in 1996. Jeff then led the UK delegations to the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, the RID/ADR/ADN Joint Committee, ADR WP.15 and various other international dangerous goods meetings such as the European Union, OECD and the UN GHS Sub-Committee. With multi-modal dangerous goods transport responsibilities he was also part of the UK delegation to IMO and International Civil Aviation Organization meetings. Following 9/11 Jeff played a leading role in introducing international security provisions within the dangerous goods safety regulations. He was responsible for enacting UK national legislation for the safe transport of dangerous goods by road and rail and acted as the UK competent authority for international road and rail dangerous goods transport. Jeff was privileged to be elected as Chairman of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on Transport of Dangerous Goods at the end of 2010 until his retirement. Since then he has spoken at a number of conferences and events but only when he feels like it! He currently provides advice to the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council on issues relating to the IMDG Code. Jeff was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2016 New Years’ Honours List for services to transport.



Geoff Leach joined the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 1982, and transferred to the Dangerous Goods Office in 1990.  In May 2002 he was appointed Head of the Dangerous Goods Office, also becoming the United Kingdom member of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP), having attended all working group and Panel meetings since 1993 in the capacity of advisor. In November 2007 he was elected Chairman of both the DGP and the Dangerous Goods European Liaison Group, an informal body of European authorities and operators.  Geoff has also chaired all 6 of the IATA lithium battery workshops held to date and been an advisor to the United Kingdom expert at the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous goods by Air.  In 2013, he left the CAA to form the Dangerous Goods Office Limited, Labeline International’s training partner, offering training and consultancy to industry and regulators worldwide.



Ross joined the CAA’s Dangerous Goods Office in 1993 becoming the Deputy Head of the Office in 2002.  Ross became the ICAO DGP member nominated by the UK in 2014 and was responsible, amongst many other things, for the oversight of the CAA Approved Dangerous Goods Training Scheme.  He has been heavily involved in the development of the new ICAO Competency Based Training standards.  He is also a DGSA.  Ross left the CAA in 2016 to join the Dangerous Goods Office Ltd.



Educated at Rickmansworth Grammar School Richard began working life in London in advertising and marketing.  A chance opportunity to try something completely different led to him accepting a job in a shipping company in Felixstowe, the first UK port to fully embrace containerisation.  Richard got involved in the early days of containerisation, Ro-Ro ships, and one of the last regular UK general cargo liner services. He left Felixstowe to work as a cargo superintendent in Jeddah for Gray Mackenzie Ltd who had the contract to operate the port on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government. Returning to Felixstowe Richard worked for the rapidly expanding Port of Felixstowe where his final role was to join the company safety management team to create the port’s dangerous goods control system in compliance with the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations.   During this period he also got involved in road, rail and sea interface safety issues and studied to obtain the Nebosh Diploma and is now a chartered member of IOSH as well as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. After a long career with the port, eventually Richard left and began an association with the UK P&I Club, for whom he wrote the IMDG Code guidance books “Book it Right and Pack it Tight,” and updated the content for the recently published third edition.  During his association with the UK P&I Club, Richard also carried out dangerous goods training for them in Germany, China, Korea and Singapore, as well as in the UK. For 7 years Richard was the health & safety manager and DGSA for the Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) Ltd.  In 2017 he started his own consultancy and training business and is a Labeline partner.



Gene has been consulting and training in the field of Dangerous Goods for most of the 20 years that he has worked in the industry.  With degrees in Biochemistry, Chemistry and a “minor” in Microbiology, he has a good understanding of the chemistry behind the regulations for both supply and transport.

He is a Director on the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council and holds the following qualifications:

  • CDGP – Certified Dangerous Goods Professional
  • CET – Certified Environmental Trainer
  • CDGT – Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer
  • DGSA – Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor
  • CDL – Commercial driver’s license with Hazmendorsement

Gene is also the regular “From the Porch Swing” columnist in HCB magazine.



Stuart joined Cambridgeshire Police 15 years ago after service in the Royal Air Force Police. He has been a Roads Policing Officer for 11 years, specialising in the Carriage of Dangerous Goods after training to be an Inspector with EDI qualifications in 2013. Shortly afterwards, Stuart qualified as a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor and has remained qualified since.

When Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Police collaborated in 2014 Stuart became the DGSA for three forces. He was appointed as Secretary of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Practitioners Forum in 2016, and subsequently became Chairman. This organisation is prescribed in the CDG manual and comprises of all UK Police Forces, DFT, HSE, ONR, DVSA and other enforcement bodies. Stuart has responsibility for all UK enforcement operations, UK Dangerous Goods Intelligence and as an advisory role to Industry and representing UK Police in European Meetings. He is a member of the Training Advisory Panel, DFT Compliance Committee and UK LNG Steering group.

These Duties are carried out whilst still a full time front line armed Police Officer as well as training Police Officers in Enforcement and Prohibition.



Herman Teering was born in the Netherlands in 1968.  During his time in the Dutch Army he worked for 5 years as a logistics coordinator for Explosives and Fuel distribution and 5 years as expert on International movement of equipment, ordnance and personnel.  In the years that followed he held senior management positions within the international DGM network. In 2003 Herman became Managing Director of DGOffice, an IT company that specialises in databases, tools and solutions for all modes of transport, production, storage, handling and waste of Dangerous Goods.  Herman is married to Pauline and has one son. 



William “Bill” Diesslin is the Associate Director within the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Iowa State University (ISU). He has thirty years of experience managing health and safety in higher learning. In addition to his role at ISU, Mr. Diesslin consults with educational institutions and industry throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Middle East.

Mr. Diesslin has a B.S. in Life Sciences from Winona State University and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has earned an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), served on the Coordinating Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sectors Strategy Initiative, and chaired the government relations committee for the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA).




Caroline is DGSA and she sits on a number of UK and international committees including several UK working groups concerning the Transport of Dangerous Goods. In addition to being a founder member of the British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP), of which she is the Chairman.  Caroline is also a member of the council for the Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS).

She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in REACH Management and The NEBOSH General Certificate and diploma.

Specialties: Dangerous Goods and Chemical Safety Legislation, Health and Safety legislation. (REACH, DGSA, CLP, GHS, ADR, IATA)



Peter Mackay is editor-in-chief of Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB), a monthly magazine covering the transport, storage and handling of dangerous goods worldwide. He has been involved in the industry for more than 30 years as a consultant, analyst and commentator and is a regular speaker at industry events.

HCB is now in its 39th year of publication and has built up a considerable reputation as the leading worldwide publication in its field, having a particular focus on the regulations governing the transport and storage of chemicals and other dangerous goods by all modes.

Peter is past chairman of the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA), which has developed a certification system to act as a quality assurance model for training personnel. He is these days in great demand as a speaker and chair at industry events around the globe