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 joined RHM Technology as a Senior Analytical Chemist in 1990, where he progressed through a number of roles to become Head of Innovation and Improvement, before moving to the McCormick Corporation where he took responsibility for the Product and Process Development teams. In 2014, he moved to Goldenfry as Head of Innovation. During his career, Simon has sat on a number of committees including the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) LGC advisory committee and the RSC Science and Technology Board.

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.

Sophie Rollinson

Sophie is the Food Science lead in Defra’s Food and Farming Directorate and manages the Department’s Food Authenticity Research Programme. She has worked as a scientist in government since 2003 in the areas of food standards and labelling, and microbiological food safety at Defra and the Food Standards Agency.

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. Jonathan became President of the Association of Public Analysts (APA) in 2015, representing them in discussions with central and local government bodies and chairing the Council of the Association.

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.

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.

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.

Kirsty Dawes

Kirsty is a specialist in imported food, working for Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority, based at the Port of Felixstowe. Kirsty is an Environmental Health Practitioner with a BSc in Environmental Health, and one of the few non-chemists in the group.

David Ferguson

David spent the first half of his career with BP Research before operating as an independent consultant for clients in the industrial, public and charity sectors in the analytical chemistry arena. During this time he worked for government as the Independent Advisor for the Government Chemist Function. He is currently semi-retired and looks after the affairs of the RSC Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund.