Richard (Dick) Shaw
Country Director CABI UK/ Regional Coordinator Invasives
+44 (0)1491 829025
CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW209TY, United Kingdom
Currently, I am responsible for over 60 staff and the running of CABI's UK centre in Egham, as well as strategy and activities for invasive species in Europe and the Americas.
I started my career at CABI as a casual technician and have since gained comprehensive knowledge and experience in biocontrol programmes including project development, and project delivery. I have also had the opportuntiy to gain practical experience of field entomology, quarantine laboratory studies and have undertaken fieldwork in 18 countries.
I recently managed the Japanese knotweed biocontrol programme for the UK, USA and Canada which has culminated in the first officially-sanctioned release of a weed biocontrol agent in any EU Country. I also continue to provide strategic leadership for three other biocontrol projects against Water Framework Directive weed targets on behalf of Defra.
My career has involved considerable overseas fieldwork, and coordination of collaborators and supervision of students, and am competent in natural enemy surveys, experimental design & implementation, data collection and analysis, running projects and managing staff and budgets and the eventual production of reports for international and governmental sponsors.
I am regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences on invasives and have served on the organizing committees and chaired sessions at events. I have had considerable interaction with the public and all parts of the media to make CABI's work known to a wider audience and make science accessible.
I have also trained, supervised and taught up to and including post-graduate level on the Imperial College Pest Management MSc. Course and co-supervision of PhD students.
I am on the EC Working group for the development of the Invasive Species Strategy for Europe and on the editorial board of the journal Neobiota.