EWDTS Executive Board
Alberto Salomone, Italy
Alberto received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Turin, Italy. Since 2006, he is the Laboratory Supervisor at the Centro Regionale Antidoping e di Tossicologia “A. Bertinaria” in Turin, Italy. The laboratory received ISO 17025 accreditation in 2009 and performs over 300000 tests per year for road and workplace drug testing, driving re-licensing and drug abuse history. Alberto is regularly appointed as expert by the prosecutors or counsels in Italy to provide chemical analysis and assessment within complex judicial cases on biological fluids, drug-facilitated crimes and post-mortem. He is also in charge of tutorship at the University of Turin for thesis direction. Alberto is member of TIAFT, SoHT, EWDTS, SOFT and GTFI. He co-edited a book about Hair Analysis in Clinical and Forensic Toxicology and authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and several plenary lectures at national and international scientific meetings.
Michaela Brcak, Austria
After completing her education as medical assistant, Michaela spent about 20 years working in the field of molecular biology and microbiology in laboratories of clinical hospitals. There she established molecular diagnostics and adopted research protocols for routine diagnostic. In 2003 she started her Social Economics studies at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz where she received her MBA. Her diploma thesis “Integration of temporary workers in the company” focused on organizational sociology and human resources. Since 2008 she is product manager for Saliva Systems at the company Greiner Bio-One GmbH (Austria).
Wim Schielen, The Netherlands
I am basically an Organic Chemist with a long track-record in human and veterinary diagnostics. I have been a Research Director at Prionics Lelystad, responsible for the development of the current line of Classical Swine Fever and Food and Mounth Disease screening assays. I have been responsible for many veterinary disease-eradication programs in far-away countries and have skills in the setting up of laboratories, implementing quality-systems, training lab-staff on Elisa screening and eradication-techniques.
Since end of 2011 I'm running a private testing lab that fully focuses on Elisa-testing, serving BeterVee BV (www.betervee.nl) with commercial veterinary testing and The Maastricht Forensic Institute (www.TMFI.nl) with Elisa-Tox testing.
My main area of interests are (International) Regulations, Guidelines for Elisa-testing, Lab-setup and sample integrity/logistics.
Peter Akrill, UK
Peter began his career in Analytical Toxicology at Cardiff Bioanalytical Services in 1994, carrying out analysis of clinical trials samples for CBS and hair samples for the then fledgling Tricho-Tech business. He then worked for 9 years for the UK government at the Health and Safety Laboratory. As part of his role there he was involved in the development and use of analytical techniques for monitoring workers exposure to chemicals. He carried out novel research into chemical exposure, and also contributed to the advice given to government to support their policies. It was also here that he began a long association with the analysis of drugs of abuse in oral fluid. This continued when he joined Cozart (now Alere Toxicology) in 2005, where he had overall responsibility for the oral fluid testing laboratory for many years. In this role he oversaw the provision of a drug testing services to the workplace, drug addiction treatment and criminal justice sectors in particular. As Senior Toxicologist he is now focussed on providing toxicological advice and support to the analytical service users, technical training to analytical staff and provision of specialist training to groups such as Medical Review Officers. Peter also advises a wide range of organisations on the development of robust workplace drug and alcohol policies.
Peter is a member of the LTG as well as The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT). He has published peer reviewed papers and a book chapter and given oral presentations at international conferences including at the EWDTS. Additionally, he was a member of the forum that developed the UK guidelines for legally defensible workplace drug testing in oral fluid.
Per Björklöv, Sweden
IFDAT Organizer Sr. Director, International Operations at DISA Global Solutions Sweden and CEO for Drugtesting Scandinavia in Stockholm
Per lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied at University of Stockholm (teaching, information and marketing) and University of Uppsala, (biology and geography). He worked between 1991 and 2005 at the Department of Pharmacology at Huddinge University Hospital in Stockholm, with the project "Workplace Drug Testing and Doping”. Per started DrugtestScandinavia in 2006 and has since become Senior Director, International Operations at DISA Global Solutions.
Per organized the first European symposium on Drug Testing at the Workplace in 1998 and also co-founded the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS). He was president of EWDTS from 2000 – 2005. Per is also the initiator and founder of IFDAT, the International Forum for Drug and Alcohol Testing.
Tom Donnelly, Ireland
A native of Banbridge, Co Down, Tom Donnelly qualified from Medicine in UCD (1987) and then trained to become a General Practitioner in Birmingham. After one year as a GP, he changed tract and trained as an Occupational Physician (Industrial Medicine) and worked for a healthcare trust and local authority in England.
He returned to Ireland in 1993 and worked for the Health and Safety Authority (H.S.A) as an occupational medical advisor until 2006. He then joined the Civil Service Occupational Medical service (Dept of Finance).
He is a past member of the Board of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine RCPI and is a former President of the Irish Society of Occupational Medicine and is on the committee of the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland. He is past secretary of the Medico Legal Society of Ireland. He likes sailing, skiing and hill walking.
Nadia Fucci, Italy
Ms.Nadia Fucci is a forensic toxicologist, she is a Doctor of Research in Forensic Science since the year 1991. Since the early years of training attention was focused on topics concerning the development of analytical techniques for chemical and toxicological investigations on biological and non biological matrices. She had a scientific cooperation with the drawing-up of contracts of research with UNICRI United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research) as scientific consultant (years 1992-1993-1994) in the international project “Comparative study for the standardization of the indicators and methodologies of the toxicological analysis in the field of cocaine abuse”. She had scientific collaboration with “Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri -Dipartimento Politiche Antidroga” - N.E.W.S. National Early Warning System EMCDDA Italian Focal Point . Furthermore has been responsible for toxicological analysis of biological and not biological samples coming from attachments make from the Judicial Authority. Since 1994 it has been inserted by the Anti-mafia National Power of attorney in the preset list in relation to the name selection project with qualified professional experiences. In the last period of research a special attention was given to the toxicological analysis of alternative matrices including saliva and sweat applying innovative methods. For many years dealing with issues related to the checks on workers at risk in the workplace drug testing.Actually Ms. Fucci is member of G.T.F.I. (Italian group of forensic toxicologist), TIAFT Forensic Toxicologists), SOHT (Society of Hair Testing) and EWDT (European Workplace Drug testing).
Gary McCutcheon, Northern Ireland
Engineer in the Royal Navy followed by 25 years in Law Enforcement and an acknowledged specialist in Controlled Drugs.
I spent the last 15 years in law enforcement on a Home Office secondment dealing with controlled drugs and drug abuse at a Strategic and International level, spending long term attachments to the Governments of Belgium and the Netherlands working within this arena.
I held the role of Global Operations Manager for Randox Testing Services for 3 years prior to being promoted to the company’s General Manager in 2014 with overall responsible for delivery and management of all aspects of the company’s Forensic Toxicology and Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing services.
My background provides me with an excellent understanding of all issues regarding Drug and Alcohol abuse from an Operational perspective and an expertise in Evidence/Sample Integrity and Chain of Custody processes.
Since becoming involved commercially in the Drug and Alcohol testing industry I have been instrumental in reviewing and rewriting all sample collection procedures, developing training programmes to support the new procedures and establishing a new Paper free Chain of Custody system fit for the electronic age we now live in.
Michael Michalakis, Cyprus
Michalakis works as a Scientific Advisor for international science group LGC Ltd and is a key point of contact in the field of workplace drug testing. His background is in Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, which has enabled him to work in a number of diverse areas, including workplace drug testing, toxicology, veterinary residues, pesticides, and hydrocarbon oils, to name a few. This experience has given Michalakis the opportunity to work with a wide range of analytical techniques, from atomic absorption spectroscopy to X-ray diffraction, but he has specialised in chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques. Michalakis has experience in establishing new laboratories, radically re-structuring long-standing processes, and implementing LEAN in to established laboratories. His former career as a science teacher has given him a good grounding for the educational aspects of his role in which he is fortunate enough to work with a wide range of industries, from the US and UK military to occupational health providers. These duties range from educational speeches, assisting industries gain a better understanding of the technical aspects of employment testing, and helping to keep people up to date with new developments.
James Nutt, Wales, UK
James has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Forensic Science from the University of Glamorgan, Wales (now University of South Wales).
James entered the field in 2006 at TrichoTech, prior to its sale to Concateno and subsequently Alere Toxicology. He worked in a variety of laboratory based roles, ranging from the analysis of hair, saliva and urine samples to the reporting of their results.
In 2011, Cansford Laboratories was formed to provide hair and saliva testing to the UK and global markets with their sister laboratory Chromatox, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. James joined Cansford soon after its inception as a Senior Scientist, and was employed as Laboratory Manager. He was involved in all related laboratory procedures, interpretation of results including regulatory and legal implications of analytical results. In addition to his regular responsibilities, he participated in R&D initiatives and has been involved in the development and validation of several propriety techniques used in the laboratory. In September 2012 the laboratory was accredited to ISO 17025 by UKAS. In addition to managing the laboratory, James prepared witness statements for use in family/county court proceedings. As such, he was a key point of contact for technical enquiries received from clients, social services, and court support staff. He was also deputy Quality Manager for the company.
James is now a senior lecturer in Forensic Sciences (Toxicology and Separation Science) at the University of South Wales.
James has attended and presented research findings at various scientific conferences, social work shows and solicitor's group seminars.
James is a member of the Society of Hair Testing (SOHT), The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), London Toxicology Group (LTG), together with being a Board member of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS).
José Restolho, Portugal
José received his PhD in Forensic Toxicology in the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Since 2015 works as forensic toxicologist and business developer at nal von minden GmbH (Germany) and is also a certified collector and collector’s trainer for both urine and hair. José authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and several plenary lectures at international scientific meetings. Recently was also appointed as an Ambassador for the Alliance of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Global Compact Network in Portugal.
Maria de Fátima Pereira da Silva, Portugal
Fátima Pereira da Silva is part of the Traffic Psychology International (TPI), where she leads the Public Relations Group, and part of: “German Society for Traffic Psychology (DGVP)”. She is Invited Associate Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra- IPC (since 2000).Over the years she is responsible for teaching among others: Training of Workers in Companies; Total Quality Management; Organizational Knowledge Management. She is also a national and international expert and consultant in human resource management and road safety since 1988 (Europe and Latina America) and CEO of InOutCister, Lda (company specializing in Road Safety). She was the Coordinator of: (a) IX Workshop of International Traffic Psychology (May 2015); (b) "Human Factor and Road Safety -.. Towards Zero Accidents- From-Century IXX to Century XXI - Three centuries, Three Good Practices in Three Minutes" (May 2015; (c) “World day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims” (November, 2014); (d) “European night without accidents” (0ctober, 2013, 2014); (e) ”Weighting for the consumption of alcohol/drugs and driving for university students” (May, 2014, 2015). She is member of: Scientific and Editorial Board of Polish Social Gerontology Journal; Commission of Chamber of Portuguese Psychologists for Accreditation of Testing and Evidence in assessing drivers. She is authored of international journal articles and plenary lectures at national and international scientific meetings. She is part as an author in the book: Kleinmann, K.,et.al, (2015) Transport Psychology Trends 2014, Banská Bystrica, Salvus s.r.o, ISBN: 978-80-970920-3. She has a Master Degree from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Coimbra (2004): Research work: “Learning and behaviours in car driving” and she is taking a PhD about Organizational Work and Human Resources Management (Road Safety Research).