About Us

We are the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens. We work tirelessly to apply pressure to governments, regulators, policy makers, industry and retailers to reduce the impacts of harmful pesticides to both human health and the environment.

Our work includes campaigning for change in policy and practices at home and overseas, co-ordinating projects which help smallholder farming communities escape ill-health and poverty caused by pesticides, and contributing our wealth of scientific and technical expertise to the work of other organisations who share our aims.

Our Aims

We strive:

  • To eliminate hazardous pesticides
  • To reduce dependence on pesticides
  • To promote ecologically sound alternatives to chemical pest control

Our Achievements

  • We have achieved global bans on lindane and endosulfan – hazardous pesticides that were once widely used.
  • We have campaigned for the global removal of the most hazardous pesticides from use.
  • We have established the Africa Stockpiles Programme to remove 50,000 tonnes of dangerous obsolete pesticides from Africa.
  • We have increased the use of organic cotton in UK textiles and clothing which helps prevent deaths and ill-health from poisonous cotton pesticides in developing countries.
  • We have strengthened the international commitment to deal with pesticide hazards.

A UK charity tackling the
problems caused by pesticides

What We Do

  • We publish independent information on pesticide use and impacts for governments and decision makers, researchers, media, concerned citizens and other interested groups.
  • We undertake and target research to promote better understanding of the cause and effects of pesticide problems.
  • We undertake projects to demonstrate that growing food and textiles, and managing amenities, is possible without the use of hazardous pesticides.
  • We promote effective and progressive policies to eliminate pesticide hazards, representing concerns of users, consumers and exposed communities nationally and internationally.
  • We support projects with partners in developing countries to demonstrate the efficacy of organic and low input production as a means of providing farmers with economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound livelihoods.

PAN Worldwide

PAN UK is part of a network of over 600 participating non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals in over 90 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.

PAN was founded in 1982 and has five independent, collaborating Regional Centres that implement its projects and campaigns:

PAN North America,
PAN Latin America,
PAN Africa,
PAN Asia Pacific
and PAN Europe.

PAN UK is an active member of PAN Europe.

Our Trustees

Lasse Bruun
Global Mobilisation Co-ordinator, Climate Action Network International

Barbara Dinham (Chair)
Independent Pesticide Consultant

Vicky Johnson
Senior Research Fellow, Goldsmiths University London

Vicki Hird
Independent Campaign Strategist and
Farming Campaign Coordinator, Sustain

Eileen Maybin
Independent Communications Consultant, former Head of Media Relations, Fairtrade Foundation

Christopher Stopes
Founder Director of EcoS Consultancy Ltd.,
former Head of Research at The Organic Research Centre

Anthony Youdeowei
Independent IPM Consultant

Adam Wakeley
Managing Director and Chairman of Organic Farm Foods Ltd

Dave Goulson
Professor of Biology, University of Sussex

Meet Our Team

Keith Tyrell
Keith TyrellDirector
Keith started at PAN UK as Director in May 2010. Keith has over 20 years’ environmental experience. He was previously the Director of Programmes and Research at the Koru Foundation – a charity that supports community scale renewable energy projects in the developing world. He spent eight years working on UK and EU environmental policy at the ENDS Report where his last role was Climate and Energy Editor. He has extensive experience of working with grassroots organisations and ran the European arm of a three-year international research and advocacy project for WWF. He holds a Doctorate in Development Studies, and MA in Environment Development and Policy from the University of Sussex – both of which involved research into pesticide use.
Sheila Willis
Sheila WillisHead of International Programmes
Sheila’s academic background is in Agricultural Zoology/Entomology and she is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town. As a doctoral student Sheila tutored undergraduates in Entomology and Pests and Diseases at Oxford University before working in farmers’ participatory research in Ethiopia and Kenya. More recently Sheila has been concerned with broader aspects of pesticide risk reduction, mainly in East Africa but also in the Former Soviet Union and the Caribbean. She has undertaken assignments for UN FAO, UNEP and the secretariats of the chemical conventions.
Josie Cohen
Josie CohenHead of Policy and Campaigns
Josie joined PAN UK in June 2017 to head up the organisation’s UK campaigning, policy and communications work. She studied politics at university and has spent the last fifteen years working as a campaigner for a range of organisations including the League Against Cruel Sports and Save the Children UK. For the past eight years she has focused on social, environmental and human rights issues associated with large-scale agriculture, leading ActionAid UK’s biofuels campaign and working on land rights for Global Witness.
Jon Farrant
Jon FarrantHead of Finance & Governance
Jon joined PAN UK in December 2019. Prior to this he worked for nine years at the international NGO, Sightsavers, in a variety of roles including Head of Finance. Jon trained as a chartered accountant at the National Audit Office and has an MSci in Natural Sciences, focusing on geology, from the University of Cambridge.
Nick Mole
Nick MolePolicy Officer
Nick joined PAN UK in March 2007 as the UK and European Programme Coordinator. At university Nick studied environmental science focussing on hydrology, water quality and environmental hazards. Prior to joining PAN UK Nick spent six years working for the Environmental Investigation Agency as a campaigner, working on a diverse range of issues relating to investigating and exposing the illegal trade in endangered species.
Stephanie Williamson
Stephanie WilliamsonStaff Scientist
Stephanie trained as an ecologist/biologist, with an MSc in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and PhD on pesticide use and impacts on African smallholders. Formerly at CABI Bioscience working on biological control and IPM training, she joined Pesticide Action Network UK in 2000. She has over 20 years’ experience relating to pesticide issues and sustainable agriculture, working in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Her current work covers: promotion of ecologically informed alternatives to hazardous pesticides; pesticide policy assessment; and advising food and fibre standards and companies on strategies for reducing pesticide use and risks.
Rina Guadagnini
Rina GuadagniniToxicologist
Rina obtained a degree in Biology from the Padova University in Italy and a PhD in Toxicology from the Denis Diderot University of Paris, in France. She previously worked for Legambiente (the most widespread environmental NGO in Italy), dealing with environmental issues and their impact on human health, focusing particularly on air pollution and pesticide residues. Rina joined PAN UK in 2013 to collaborate on a project about migrant farm workers. She is currently working on international projects to monitor and report pesticide exposure in countries with an economy in transition.
Geremew Tereda
Geremew Tereda Finance Officer
Geremew joined PAN UK as Finance Manager Assistant in November 2008. In 2010, he became Finance Officer, responsible for all financial issues at PAN UK. Geremew has a BSc degree in Finance and Accounting from London South Bank University and a BA degree from Asmara University, Ethiopia. Geremew started his professional career at The Institute of Agricultural Research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as Project Accountant, responsible for managing World Bank loans and grants. He has also worked as Finance Officer for The Green Belt Movement from 2010-2016.
Sam Claydon
Sam ClaydonCommunications Manager
Sam has previously worked at the Dragon School, Oxford, as Web and Social Media Manager and as a Key User and Training Manager at Oxford University Press. She has a BSc in Ecology and has worked on a number of invasive species projects. She has also spent many years volunteering for environmental groups as both a communications officer and in the field.
Hannah Conway
Hannah ConwayCampaigner
Hannah joined PAN UK in April 2019. She studied Politics and International Relations before going on to work in the office of Green MEP Molly Scott Cato on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, where much of her work was centred around reducing the use of pesticides, promoting the value of ecology and tackling the influence of the agrochemicals industry in the EU. Hannah has also interned for Progressio and CAFOD, where she focused on issues around social and environmental justice.

Our Audited Accounts

Pesticide Action Network UK - Audited Accounts 2018
Pesticide Action Network UK - Audited Accounts 2017
Pesticide Action Network UK - Audited Accounts 2016
Pesticide Action Network UK - Audited Accounts 2015

Get in Touch

The Brighthelm Centre
North Road

01273 964230