OPAL spokespeople

The OPAL partnership benefits from the expertise and knowledge of numerous individuals who can give informed comment on a range of environmental topics.

Get in touch with our experts. If you would like to speak to one of our spokespeople, please contact OPALon 020 7594 9295 or email media@opalexplorenature.org.

Dr David Slawson

David SlawsonDavid is the OPAL Director based at Imperial College London.

Prior to taking up this role in early 2014, he spent 30 years at Defra and its agencies, and most recently he was based at the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) in a role that focused on plant health, including public engagement.

His research interests include citizen science, plant health, tree health, biosecurity and plant pathology.