Our governance

The Government Chemist Programme Expert Group (GCPEG) plays a key role in the governance of the GC programme by providing the necessary independent scrutiny.

The GCPEG membership is given below.

Paul Berryman

Chair of Government Chemist Programme Expert Group Paul is the Director of Berryman Food Science Ltd, which works closely with government and businesses, including the Department for International Trade (DIT), Innovate UK, FERA and SGS Ltd. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Reading. Paul has an extensive career spanning more than 30 years in which he has worked at senior level with most of the top 100 global food companies. An Expert Witness and former Public Analyst, he holds the MChemA, an MBA and a PhD in Science Strategy. He was also CEO and Research Director at Leatherhead Food Research Ltd.

Robbie Beattie

Robbie is appointed as Public Analyst, Agricultural Analyst and Food Examiner to nine local authorities in Scotland. He leads 48 laboratory staff who test a range of samples including food, water, asbestos, consumer products and environmental samples. He also leads an Environmental Assessment team. He has had a varied career spanning a range of businesses and organisations including Royal Ordinance Factory, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, and Medicines Testing Laboratory. He is currently a senior manager with The City of Edinburgh Council where he manages a portfolio of income generating assets.

Simon Branch

Simon is Director of Research, Development and Scientific Affairs at Herbalife and sits on a number of committees including the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) LGC Advisory Committee and the RSC Science and Technology Board.

Andrew Damant

Andrew is an official UK delegate on numerous international committees and an advisor to various UK committees. Andrew retired from the FSA, where he led Surveillance, Methods and Laboratory Policy Team, in 2018.

Lucy Foster

Lucy began her career as a government scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1998. She joined the Food Standards Agency in 2000 before moving to Defra in 2009. Lucy has considerable experience in food safety from a science and a policy perspective, including microbiological foodborne disease, food hygiene, food additives and food compositional and labelling standards.

Stephen Garrett

Steve is Food Authenticity Team Leader at Campden BRI, having joined from the Institute of Food Research where he worked as a research officer developing molecular biology and immunological methods to detect food pathogens and contaminants.

Jonathan Griffin

Jonathan began his career as a graduate scientist at Kent County Council, where he carried out classical and instrumental analysis of foods, agricultural samples, water and consumer goods. He completed the MChemA in 2002 and became a Public Analyst. He continues to work as Public Analyst and Technical Manager for Kent Scientific Services.

Kasia Kazimierczak

Kasia leads a multidisciplinary team covering marine science and shellfish hygiene, authenticity, allergens, foodborne viruses and surveillance at Food Standards Scotland (FSS). Kasia joined FSS from her previous role as a scientific advisor at FSA in Scotland after her academic research career. Kasia brings significant experience in food safety, having worked in foodborne disease, chemical safety and shellfish teams.

Chelvi Leonard

Chelvi is Policy Lead at the Accreditation at the Office of Product Safety & Standards, BEIS. Previously Chelvi led Laboratory Policy at the FSA having started her career in the Food Science Laboratory at the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, developing legislation on mycotoxins and other contaminants. Chelvi is the UK representative at CEN and Codex meetings in the standardisation of analytical methods for food.

Declan Naughton

Declan joined the Inflammation Research Group at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he spent 10 years before accepting posts at Bath University and the University of Brighton. He is currently Professor of Biomolecular Sciences at Kingston University London. His research interests span food safety, nutrition, natural products, performance enhancing drugs, inflammation, drug discovery and endocrinology. He is currently the Interim Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

Brenda McRory

Brenda is a Technical Lead Officer at Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority, based at the port of Felixstowe. Brenda currently leads on imports of fishery products, and is also involved with the import of foodstuffs of non-animal origin, having qualified as an Environmental Health Officer and been part of, and managed, teams dealing with imported food ever since.

Andrew Millman

Andrew is the nominated representative for the British Retail Consortium. Andrew chairs the Authenticity and Chemical Contaminants and Emerging Risks Work Groups and is currently employed by Asda Stores Ltd, working within the Compliance team. Andrew brings significant experience of a wide range of food related subjects with specific interests in food safety and quality, microbiology, food labelling, authenticity and analytical techniques.

Helen Munday

Helen Munday re-joined the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in 2016 as Chief Scientific Officer having previously worked for the trade association as Director of Food Safety and Science. Helen is accountable for sustainability, and food safety and science policy briefs at FDF, drawing on her expertise in R&D, scientific and regulatory affairs as well as product development and innovation across the agri-food chain. As a Registered Nutritionist, Helen also contributes to health and wellbeing policy.

David Pickering

David is the Trading Standards Manager for the Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards Service. David qualified as a Trading Standards Officer in 1989 and has been part of and managed teams dealing with food, animal feed and animal health throughout that time. He has been the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Lead Officer for food for over 16 years and represents the profession on numerous groups including the national Food Standards Focus group. He has a law degree and a Masters of Law (LLM) in European Law.

Sophie Rollinson

Sophie is the food science Lead in Defra’s Food and Farming Directorate and manages the Department’s food authenticity research Programme. Sophie brings expertise gained during her scientific career in government at Defra and FSA in the areas of food standards and labelling, and microbiological food safety.

Roger Wood OBE

Roger, after being appointed as Chief Chemist at a Public Analyst and Consulting Chemist practice, moved to the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and completed his MChemA, both in 1974. Roger is an experienced food analysis specialist, who recently retired from the Food Standards Agency. He has represented the UK at numerous EU methods of analysis and sampling working groups in the food and feed sectors over the past 35 years and has been Chair of a number of international food analysis working groups.

Programme Expert Group Meeting records

The Government Chemist Programme Expert Group meets twice a year. Minutes of the meeting will be published once approved for transparency.

Government Chemist Programme Expert Group meeting - 29 November 2018

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