Dr Derek Craston became the Government Chemist in June 2008. He is also the Chief Scientific Officer and Managing Director of Science and Innovation at LGC, a life sciences research and testing company.
Derek joined LGC in 1991 and has carried out a variety of research and development roles relating to new methods of analysis. He has a degree in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews and a PhD from Imperial College, London, for research into enzyme electrochemistry.
The Government Chemist is responsible for overseeing the statutory function of referee analyst, resolving disputes over analytical measurements, particularly in relation to food regulatory enforcement.
The role also includes promotion of analytical science and technology and providing advice to Government on policy standards, regulation based on research carried out by him and his team.