Recruitment of members of the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG)

News published: 13/07/2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking up to seven individuals to serve as members of the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) from 9 November, 2021.

AQEG plays an important role in advising officials and key office holders in Government and the Devolved Administrations (DAs) on the evidence base supporting air quality policies and operations. The independent advice from AQEG helps shape Defra’s evidence base to robustly support policy development and implementation. The role of AQEG is particularly significant at present as Government begins to implement its Clean Air Strategy and the Net Zero climate policy.

The posts require scientific expertise in an area relevant to air quality and related pollutants. Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the range of the Committee’s work and high levels of technical expertise in one or more of the fields detailed in the “Qualities and experience required” section.

The posts are part-time and voluntary, although modest travel and subsistence costs are met and attendance and preparation fees paid. The workload will vary, but on average AQEG members will be required to work approximately 2 days per month, attending 4-6 meetings per year with a maximum workload of 20 days per year.

Appointments will be based on merit, with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Government and devolved administrations are committed to the principles of equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the Community regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion or disability. Women, representatives of ethnic minority communities and people with disabilities are currently under-represented on government committees and applications from these groups are therefore particularly welcome.

“The Air Quality Expert Group fulfils a vital role in providing advice to Government, ensuring that the setting and management of policy on air quality is underpinned by the latest and best scientific thinking. Working on AQEG is a rewarding experience for any scientist wishing to extend the impact of their knowledge and research, further their influence and network, and bring the best evidence to Government policy.”
Gideon Henderson, Defra Chief Scientific Advisor

How to Apply

If you are interested in serving on AQEG and have the necessary qualifications and experience, an information pack is available for download.

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

All candidates are also required to complete the following forms:

Your CV, statement and forms should be returned to by the closing date (Monday, 16 August, 2021, mid day) quoting reference AQEG_Members_2021

For queries about your application or the recruitment process, please email:

For queries about AQEG, please email Prof Ally Lewis, AQEG Chair:

In order to give candidates a further insight into the type of work AQEG does and how it operates, an informal information session is planned on:

Tuesday, 27th July 2021, 11:30 – 12:30pm

This session will be delivered online by Defra officials and the AQEG Chair and is open to all potential applicants to help inform your decision to apply. If you wish to attend, please register your interest by contacting

Closing date for applications: Monday, 16th August 2021 12:00 (midday)

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