British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals

BADGP Management Committee

BADGP is run by a volunteer member Committee assisted by a part time administrator. The Committee also has Sub-Groups, with defined, specific responsibilities. You can read more about these at BADGP Sub-Groups.

Growing an organisation like BADGP is challenging and exciting, and you might find that being a BADGP Committee member to be a rewarding extension to your dangerous goods work. Committee meetings are held at the work-places of Committee members, or online, about four times per year. If you think you might be interested in becoming a Committee member please email us at in the first instance.

Each year, our members, at our Annual General Meeting (usually held around March) elect the members of our management Committee. 

Our current Committee, elected in March 2020, are as follows:

Mark Spence - Chair

Mark grew up in Leicestershire & Cheshire and then went to Aston University in Birmingham in the mid 80’s.

After graduating, he stayed in Birmingham and moved between several jobs and then got a position in the Traffic Office at Cadbury’s in Bournville running several different projects for them. He also worked for Severn Trent, Cummins Engines and several regional hauliers in a variety of roles, before ending up at Fortec Distribution Network and Geodis United Kingdom Ltd in 2007. Having qualified as a DGSA in his previous job, Mark took over training of staff and upgrading all the procedures while setting up and running the Compliance department looking after members of the Fortec pallet network.

Mark's DG specialism has always been Limited Quantities, Special Provisions and Exemptions as that was the only DG freight allowed through Fortec. He also qualified as an ISO Internal Auditor and got Geodis re-accredited for ISO 9001 and through their 9001:2015 transition. Once appointed as Company DGSA, Mark was also heavily involved on the Class 7 side of their operation with audits and internal training.

After nearly 13 years with Fortec & Geodis, he took redundancy in January 2020 to be able to set up a Dangerous Goods consultancy. Having been told “You like technical stuff Mark, I’m sending you on a DGSA course” nearly 15 years ago, he found a vocation and now has more time to do training, provide advice, and at a higher level, via BADGP, develop contacts in government and in industry to improve the level of knowledge in general business.

Mark is not known for being quiet and because he's happy to volunteer to help, often ends up running things. Fairly soon after graduating from Aston, he joined the governors at an Infant school in Small Heath (as he had studied the Education Reform Acts of the early 80’s) and spent 12 years there, the last 5 as Chair.

After moving to Daventry in Northamptonshire, Mark joined the governors at 2 local schools. When they became academies, he became involved with the Career Ready group in a local secondary school and then Northampton College where he became the Chair of the Local Advisory Board for 2 years helping to oversee the Logistics Academy there.

Mark is also part of the Northamptonshire Logistics Forum and has been involved since it started 5 years ago. There is an allotment he doesn’t get to visit as often as he would like and has been Chair of the local allotment association for the last 6 years.

Mark is married with 4 adult children, 1 grandchild, 1 foster child and 2 dogs (Labrador crosses), all of whom do their upmost to keep him busy.

Trevor Green - Vice-Chair

Richard Masters - Treasurer

Richard’s first contact with transport was in ship’s agencies in the UK and port development projects in the Middle East. He established the dangerous goods management system at the Port of Felixstowe and afterwards was responsible for safety of dangerous goods transiting the port by road, rail and sea. Then during a stint with London marine underwriters that included work in the Far East, he wrote “Book it Right and Pack it Tight” a guide book for shippers to the IMDG Code which is endorsed by container shipping lines. He then spent 10 years as the UK safety manager for the haulage, warehouse and landside terminal operations of Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) and was their DGSA.

A long time resident of Felixstowe, Richard is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a chartered member of IOSH. He now runs DG Masters Ltd offering DGSA consultancy and training in road and sea transport of dangerous goods.

Christopher Abrahams

Christopher is a member of the team of DGSA’s at Peter East Associates Ltd - a leading provider of Dangerous Goods Training and Consultancy services in the UK. When not on DGSA assignments, Christopher manages the administration, logistics, IT infrastructure of the business. He is also air & sea qualified and is also a member of the Dangerous Goods Training Advisory Panel.

Elaine Campling

Elaine graduated in 1996 with an Environmental Science degree and has maintained focus on environmental issues ever since. She now runs her own regulatory compliance company, having worked within the chemical industry for more than 20 years. Before setting up Chemical Compliance Advisory Services (CAS), Elaine was Product Safety Manager for a large multinational corporation, responsible for REACH, CLP and most chemical regulation, including all modes of dangerous goods transportation. She has been a qualified DGSA since 2001 and supports the industry by providing dangerous goods regulatory updates and working with BADGP. Elaine is Secretary and Council member of the Chemical Hazard Communication Society (CHCS).

Keith Gray

Andy Holton

Mark Hunsley

Mark’s introduction to Dangerous Goods came during his time at sea updating the old IMDG Blue Book pages in the early 1980’s, this exposure expanded when he came ashore and was working as a vessel stowage planner at OOCL, screening dangerous goods bookings and ensuring correct stowage and segregation on board the vessels; in the days when stowage planning was done with A3 paper sized bay plan layouts and felt tip pens. Since then he continued to work in the shipping industry; designing, installing and supporting IT systems in numerous global logistic companies, including integration of dangerous goods management to booking and documentation systems. A qualified DGSA since 2007, Mark is also one of the few in the UK to hold an ADN (Inland Waterways) DGSA qualification, although having no reason to use it! Mark and his fellow DGSA’s in the company, support a number of customers nationally. The company also provide an accredited training programme for roadside enforcement of the DG regulations for many UK police forces along with government agencies, along with IMDG training for many prominent shipping companies and agencies.

Dawn Kenyon

Dan Lee

Dan Lee’s initial experience with Dangerous Goods came within his career as a Police Officer but when this was curtailed with an injury, he continued his exposure during his following employment as an Operations Training Manager for both United Airlines and TNT Express.

Qualified as a DGSA since 2005 Dan confesses that his DG expertise covers the Road, Sea and Air aspects of transport and is a qualified Radiation Protection Supervisor. Additionally he is a qualified Health and Safety professional and Lead Auditor in both H&S (18001) ISO9001 and Maritime Safety Systems. A BADGP member since 2015 Dan brings to the committee a vast range of skills and knowledge which are being channelled into appropriate areas. Dan lives in Devon, near the sea, with his wife and 2 daughters.

Katherine Prigmore

For the last 6 years Katherine has worked with her husband and in-laws in the family business Prigmore Haulage Ltd. As a company that has always specialised in the transport of dangerous goods Katherine worked closely with their DGSA and in 2019 decided to become one herself. Since then she has received IATA and IMDG training. She has also become the companies ADR trainer and offers external training and DGSA consultancy.

She now aims to help BADGP obtain maximum potential through membership, marketing and social media. Katherine's aim is to support new DGSA's who are only steps behind her. Similar to the mentors that has done this for her.

Caroline Raine

Caroline works at the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) where she works with both supply and transport legislation, so REACH, CLP, Safety Data Sheets and all the modes of transport. More recently Caroline has become very involved in the poison centre requirements and of course Brexit! Caroline was the previous Chairman of the British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP) and is also Caroline is the current chair of the Member Services Committee (MSC) and Council member of the Chemical Hazard Communication Society (CHCS).

Les Richings

A director of the dangerous goods consultancy and training company LRT Ltd, Les has been involved in the transport of dangerous goods for over 30 years. He has a degree in education and training and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT), currently Chairman of the Ports, Maritime and Waterways Professional Sector of the Institute.

Les is currently a member of the Technical Panel of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) and head of the Panel’s Dangerous Goods Working Group and has visited and worked in ports around the world.

Les is an active member of the UK Department for Transport (DfT) Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and Secretary of the Dangerous Goods Training Advisory Panel (TAP).

Beccy Ricketts

Beccy has been working in the transport industry for more than 25 years, starting her career in the Irish Freight market. In 2002, she set up her own light haulage transport company specialising in the express carriage of dangerous goods, servicing the commercial industry and public sectors. Initially transporting dangerous goods within the United Kingdom, this has expanded into the world-wide movement of dangerous goods.

Beccy became a DGSA in 2008 which enabled her to offer an additional service to her existing client base as well as expanding the consultancy services as a DGSA to new clients.

She joined BADGP in 2015 and was co-opted to the Committee in 2020.

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