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CHEM Trust team

Executive Director:

Dr Michael Warhurst has been Executive Director of CHEM Trust since July 2014. He previously worked on waste & resource use at Friends of the Earth from 2005-June 2014, including heading up Friends of the Earth Europe’s Resources and Consumption programme for over 5 years. Prior to this he worked on chemicals policy at WWF European Policy Office for 3 years and at Friends of the Earth for 5 years, focussing on advocating for reform of EU chemicals policy and working on the initial stages of REACH. He is a PhD Biochemist, with an MSc in Environmental Chemistry and a degree in Biochemistry.


 Elizabeth Salter Green Elizabeth Salter Green is co-founder of CHEM Trust and has overseen governance and the steady growth of the organisation.  She worked for WWF-UK, WWF European Policy Office, Brussels and WWF International, Switzerland for over 10 years.  She was Director of the WWF-UK Toxics Programme.  She holds degrees in Clinical Physiology and International Environmental Law and speaks French and Spanish.  Prior to WWF she worked for several years as a marine biologist.  She is author of the book “The Toxic Consumer.”

Head of Science:

 Ninja Reineke Ninja Reineke has been working with CHEM Trust as a Senior Policy Adviser since January 2013 with a main focus on improving EU regulation on endocrine disrupters, e.g. within REACH and pesticide law. She holds a degree in chemistry and a PhD on marine pollutants.  She worked for WWF on EU chemicals policy for almost a decade, first in Germany and then in the European Policy Office in Brussels.  She took a leading role in WWF’s International DetoX Campaign for strengthening the EU chemicals law REACH, and subsequently attended EU expert groups dealing with implementation.  Since leaving WWF in 2012, Ninja Reineke has been based in Hamburg.  In addition to her CHEM Trust work she also provides technical expertise and support for other non-profit organisations, institutes and foundations.


 Gwynne Lyons Gwynne Lyons is co-founder of CHEM Trust which she soon established as the leading civil society organisation working on EU endocrine disruption policy and the EU’s REACH chemicals regulation. She worked for many years as a pharmacist, before becoming Senior Researcher at Friends of the Earth in 1987, and subsequently Toxics Science and Policy Advisor at WWF-UK.  She has been a member of the Health and Safety Commission’s Advisory Committee on Toxic Chemicals, and was a member of the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on Hazardous Chemicals from 2001-2008.In 2008, Gwynne was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s list of Britain’s top 100 environmentalists as “Britain’s most effective expert on toxic chemicals.”

Head of Advocacy:

  Dr Anna Watson has been working with CHEM Trust as Head of Advocacy since January 2018.  Before joining CHEM Trust Anna worked at Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) for almost 20 years. During this time she led work on UK waste policy, the Rights and Justice team, the Fair Transition programme and devised and led the organisation’s Run on Sun campaign, calling for a national roll-out of solar on schools. She is a scientist by background, and has a PhD in Freshwater Ecology.

Science and Policy Consultant:

  Sidsel Dyekjaer has been working as a consultant to CHEM Trust since September 2018. Her main focus is EU regulation of chemicals in Food Contact Materials and the implementation of EU chemicals law REACH. She has a masters degree in Biology and she has been working for 12 years as a REACH expert at the Chemicals Department of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Previously she worked for many years as Chemicals Policy Advisor for the Danish Ecocouncil NGO. She is based in Denmark.

Brexit Campaigner:

Kate Young has been CHEM Trust’s Brexit Campaigner since June 2018.  She previously worked as Head of Research for a political consultancy specialising in healthcare, conducting issue-led campaigning for a range of patient groups, charities and professional organisations. She has a degree in Biochemistry and experience in several multidisciplinary scientific research laboratories, and developed her German language skills whilst working for a start-up in Berlin.


Julie Schneider has been CHEM Trust’s Campaigner since December 2018. She has BSc and MSc degrees in Earth Sciences and a PhD in Geochemistry. After 8 years as a lecturer in Geosciences at Nice-Sophia Antipolis University in France she decided to change career path and volunteered at Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) from 2016-2018. She worked as CHEM Trust’s intern from April 2018 till December 2018.

Campaign intern:

CHEM Trust’s Campaign intern is a 12 month role, 4 days/week paid at the London living wage. We normally recruit around March, keep an eye out for the blog advertising the post on our web site if you are interested in applying.

Eleanor Hawke has been CHEM Trust’s Campaign Intern since December 2018. She has a degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews. Prior to joining CHEM Trust, she volunteered at The Climate Coalition, assisting with their campaigns on climate change.

Previous campaign interns:

Charlotte Coquard was CHEM Trust’s Campaign intern from April 2017 to April 2018. She has a Masters in Risk Management in Southern Countries and a diploma in Political Sciences. She was the Campaign intern at Surfrider Foundation Europe in Brussels for six months in 2016.
Lise Masson Lise Masson worked for CHEM Trust as Campaign Intern from March 2016 to March 2017. She has a Masters in International and European Environmental law, and was the legal intern at Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) for 6 months in 2015.
 Gwen Buck Gwen Buck worked for CHEM Trust as a Campaign Intern from March 2015 to March 2016. She has a degree in Environmental Science and brought knowledge from volunteering with third sector organisations, most recently at the Economics and Resource Use Programme at Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).