Dennis Papworth OBE dies

Dennis Papworth died aged 89 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on 31st July 2010 after a short illness.

Dennis was a former head of the Pesticides Safety Precautions Scheme. The PSPS was the non-statutory scheme which was responsible for pesticides approvals before the introduction of the Control of Pesticides Regulations in 1986.

He was a graduate of Liverpool University, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Chartered Institute of Biology and the Royal Society of Health. He was also a member of the Editorial Board of the RSC’s Pesticide Outlook.

On retiring from MAFF in 1984, he became a special advisor to BPCA during the negotiations over the introduction of the 1985 Food and Environment Protection Act and the subsequent regulations. His invaluable contribution was recognised when he was made a life member of BPCA.

Jonathan Peck, who worked closely with Dennis in the 1980s, remembers his contribution with great affection. “The public health pest control industry owes a great deal to the expert advice that Dennis gave at that time. His understanding of how the civil service worked and his mischievous sense of humour made him a great colleague to work with”.

Dennis subsequently became the Secretary of the Animal Health Trades Association Group (AHTAG) and the President of the Radon Council.

A former pilot in the Fleet Air Arm during the war, he was the author of the book “Pappy’s War Capers: Notes of a Fleet Air Arm Fighter Pilot 1940-1946”.

His cremation will take place on Wednesday August 18th followed by a memorial service to celebrate his life.