Selvarani Elahi takes over as Deputy Government Chemist


With more than 20 years’ experience in food and agriculture sample analysis

LGC, a UK-based specialist in analytical, forensic and diagnostic services and reference standards, has appointed Selvarani Elahi as deputy Government Chemist. She becomes the first female scientist to hold this title in the UK and takes over the role from Ian Lumley, on his retirement. Elahi will now act as deputy for Dr Derek Craston, who has been the UK’s Government Chemist since 1 June 2008.
Selvarani Elahi

Selvarani Elahi

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In addition to her new role, Elahi retains her current position as head of Consumer Protection Services at LGC, which has its headquarters in Teddington, Middlesex. Elahi has more than 20 years’ experience of the analysis of food and agriculture samples to establish their composition, particularly for contaminants, additives, nutrients and to assess their authenticity for both the private and public sectors.

Discharged on behalf of the UK department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the role of the Government Chemist is a State appointment, agreed under the devolved authorities of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Elahi said: ‘The Government Chemist function is fundamental to providing an independent voice for sound analytical measurement science and preventing miscarriages of justice. As well as resolving disputes, a key aspect of the role is preventing disputes from arising by conducting salient project work and giving well informed advice to stakeholders. My experience of the analysis of food and animal feed will help me to discharge my duties in this important statutory role.’