Member profile

Dr Ray Kemp

Last updated: 08 July 2022


Dr Kemp is a social scientist specialising in risk perception and communication. He has had an international academic and consulting career in risk management for both ionising and non-ionizing radiation protection. He has held honorary visiting professorships in risk communication at the University of Surrey in Guildford; at Swinburne University in Melbourne and at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. From 2012 to 2015, he was Vice-Chair then Chair of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). 

He has served nine years as Lay Member and Public Interest Representative on the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)’s Advisory Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Foods, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC), and since 2016 he has been a member of DHSC’s Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE).

Dr Kemp is currently a member of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), providing independent scrutiny and advice to the UK governments on the long-term management of higher activity radioactive wastes.

Register of interests

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Current interests


Category of interests

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Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies

Expert Adviser to the International Atomic Energy Agency


Non-Executive Director in BEIS and member of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)




Category of Interest

Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest (period) need these details confirmed

Other public appointments

Member, Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation on the Environment (COMARE)

Other non-personal interests

Hon Member, Royal College of Radiologists