Dr Christopher Timperley was elected Chairperson of the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in June 2015 and is currently serving in his second term as a SAB member. Dr Timperley had been appointed to the SAB in 2013 and became Vice-Chairperson that same year, the year the OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr Timperley has contributed to the SAB’s Temporary Working Groups on the Convergence of Chemistry and Biology, Education and Outreach, and Verification. He has given presentations to diplomats, national authorities, industry, and the Executive Council at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague, and to states parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention at the UN Office in Geneva, on the work of the SAB and OPCW.
Dr Timperley is the Capability Advisor for Chemistry Hazard Assessment, and a Technical Fellow, at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Porton Down, UK, where he has worked for 21 years. He conducts research into improved means of chemical defence in support of the strategic goals of the OPCW. He has a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1995) and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield (1991). He has authored over 75 peer-reviewed papers on chemical defence topics and a book on organophosphorus chemistry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2007. He served as a UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) weapons inspector in 1997.