Deputy Government Chemist, Nominated Officer, and Project Manager (advisory function)

Selvarani Elahi MBE, BSc, CChem FRSC, FIFST.


Selvarani Elahi has worked for LGC, a life sciences research and testing company, since 1991. Her first role was as a scientific officer in the Food and Nutrition Group. Since then Selvarani has worked in a number of different roles in food and agricultural analysis. She joined the Government Chemist programme in 2011 as Deputy Government Chemist.

Deputy Government Chemist

The Deputy Government Chemist deputises for the Government Chemist, advising on food and agricultural analysis and authorises certificates of analysis for referee cases in his absence.

Government Chemist

Nominated Officer

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.

Government Chemist

Project Manager (advisory function)

The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring the advisory function of the Government Chemist is fulfilled.

Government Chemist

Previous roles in government

  • Programme Manager