Trained as a
biochemist, Tony Phillips spent two thirds of his career as a 'bench'
scientist. He carried out some of the first evaluations of the potential
of antibodies in forensic biology and toxicology, and has explored
a number of methods for the rapid identification of micro-organisms
in environmental samples. He had some 35 years' experience working
as a government scientist on aspects of chemical and biological
defence. In 1990, he joined a group providing technical advice to
the formulation and implementation of British government policy
on CB arms control, export controls, and anti-terrorism legislation.
He was particularly involved in the UK delegation inputs to the
BWC VEREX and Ad Hoc Group processes, and was a Friend of the Chair
to the latter. He was also involved with UNSCOM. He was an ex officio
member of the UK's CWC National Authority Advisory Committee.
Since his retirement from government service in 2003, Tony Phillips
has been active as a scientific consultant. As a Visiting Fellow
at SPRU, he has been particularly interested in the regulation of
science and the interaction between the science community and government,
and in the vulnerabilities of societies.