Our business offers a comprehensive range of services that are geared specifically to the demands of the food and environmental industries.

Our food microbiology service is open for business seven days a week to carry out food hygiene and safety tests. With our modern laboratories and trained team of technicians we can accommodate a high number of samples without risk of cross contamination during sample processing. We have a separate nutrition testing laboratory equipped to carry out a wide range of tests and generate nutritional labelling data in accordance with internationally recognised standards.

In the environment, workplace and the wider community, our analytical laboratories utilise the latest instrumentation to assess exposure to harmful chemicals and substances. We can carry out routine organic and inorganic analysis as well as other bespoke tests. We also offer a pesticide screening service for over 450 active chemicals used in modern agriculture and those that have been banned for toxicological reasons.

Dedicated services aimed at the waste and recycling industry include landfill gas monitoring and Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing. Our services are UKAS accredited. We also work with clients in the nuclear industry to provide environmental analysis of radiochemical active samples.

Our environmental consultants are very active in the development, property, infrastructure and industrial sectors. The experience and knowledge of our highly skilled engineers, scientists and commercial staff covers multiple disciplines. We provide advice and guidance on acoustics, air quality, asbestos, ecology, environmental management, contaminated land, geotechnical engineering, brownfield redevelopment and geo-environmental solutions.


We have the resources to deliver a range of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to support our clients’ increasingly stringent quality and food safety standards.
We have laboratory resources to test water, soil, air and waste products for contaminants and evaluate their impact on occupational health and the environment.
Our team of expert consultants provide advice and guidance on the many different challenges our clients face managing the built and natural environment.

Our Food & Environmental team

We have an outstanding executive team with a proven track record. Our people have many years experience in the industry. Many of them are leading scientists with long and distinguished careers in their chosen field of expertise.

Operational Leadership

David Watson
Managing Director Scientific Analysis Laboratories
David has over 25 years’ experience within the contract analytical services industry. He has held senior management positions with leading businesses in this sector and has a track record of adding value through business growth. He is a Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.
Supported by:
Clifford RodgerOperations Director - Environmental
Duncan CampbellBusiness Development Director - Air & Biological Monitoring
Dave SmithTechnical Director
Shane SwannOperations Director - Food
Andrew TimmsBusiness Development Director - Environmental
Dr Naresh PatelBusiness Development Director - Food
Gary Winder
Managing Director REC
Gary has worked in environmental consultancy throughout his career on projects large and small.  He has directed and operated regional and national businesses to deliver practical solutions to their clients whilst achieving sustainable growth and development.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). He plays an active role on the Steering Group of the CIWEM Contaminated Land Network.
Supported by:
Mark BrennanDirector of Asbestos
Rob WhittleBusiness Development Director

Scientific Leadership

David Wood
Head of Technical Affairs & Quality
David understands quality control and regulatory compliance and leads our corporate commitment to quality assurance. He is an internationally recognised expert in dioxin and environmental testing. He sits on numerous working groups and committees and has worked on the Environment Agency's MCERTs schemes. He is currently chairman of the STA laboratories working group and a respected author of reports into asbestos in soil.
Supported by a senior scientific team that includes:
Dave SmithTechnical Director