Michael Walker joined the Government Chemist Programme in August 2006 as a Consultant. In Northern Ireland he was resident Public Analyst from 1986 to 2004, before spending 2 years as Chief Executive, Forensic Science Northern Ireland.
He returned to private practice in 2006. Michael has held independent public appointments including serving as a board member of the Food Standards Agency (2000 to 2004), member of the Northern Ireland FSA Advisory Committee (2006 to 2012), a subject matter expert to the Elliott Review, (Department of Health/Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2013 to 2014) and he currently chairs the FSA Northern Ireland Strategic Committee on Food Surveillance.
Within the programme he acts as training officer for the Association of Public Analysts and sits on the Institute of Food Science and Technology Science Committee. His particular research interests include food allergy and food intolerance.
Consultant Science Manager
The Science Manager is responsible for using their experience to benefit the Government Chemist programme. They improve how research findings are shared with government, the public, and the food and feed industry.
Nominated officers have the overall responsibility for referee case supervision and prepare and sign Government Chemist certificates of analysis. They must hold the statutory Mastership in Chemical Analysis qualification to act as referee analyst.