Jeff Hart

Jeff Hart

 Jeff Hart retired in 2015 after 38 years public service with the United Kingdom Department for Transport (DfT) following an entirely undistinguished academic career studying history and politics! He has worked in the international arena for most of his career, firstly as part of the UK delegations to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Assembly, Council, Facilitation and Technical Cooperation Committees and then with the European Civil Aviation Conference in the field of passenger fare liberalisation and cargo operations. He joined DfT’s Dangerous Goods Division in 1990 and became the Head of Division in 1996. Jeff then led the UK delegations to the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, the RID/ADR/ADN Joint Committee, ADR WP.15 and various other international dangerous goods meetings such as the European Union, OECD and the UN GHS Sub-Committee. With multi-modal dangerous goods transport responsibilities, he was also part of the UK delegation to IMO and International Civil Aviation Organization meetings. Following 9/11.

Jeff played a leading role in introducing international security provisions within the dangerous goods safety regulations. He was responsible for enacting UK national legislation for the safe transport of dangerous goods by road and rail and acted as the UK competent authority for international road and rail dangerous goods transport. Jeff was privileged to be elected as Chairman of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on Transport of Dangerous Goods at the end of 2010 until his retirement. Since then he has spoken at a number of conferences and events but only when he feels like it! He currently provides advice to the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council on issues relating to the IMDG Code. Jeff was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2016 New Years’ Honours List for services to transport.