Analytical Services for the Environmental Sector

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Technical Experts

Malcolm J Avis CChem CSci MRSC MEI-Technical Director

Malcolm J Avis (CChem CSci MRSC MEI) was responsible for the inception of Chemtest in 1996 and adopted the role of Technical Director in 2002.  Chemtest has since grown to become a successful and nationally recognised laboratory renowned for its high quality of service.

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Malcolm has over thirty years  experience and expertise in contemporary laboratory practices and procedures especially relevant to environmental analysis.

In the course of his duties and training he has become extremely knowledgeable in a very wide range of in-house classic and modern instrumental analytical procedures.

He was  also responsible for the implementation of Chemtest’s Laboratory Information Management System and continues to develop IT applications to meet with the ever changing data management requirements of clients.

Malcolm provides valuable technical direction to the laboratory, enabling Chemtest to lead the way in technical expertise and innovation.


Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate in Applied Chemistry

Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chartered Scientist

Member of the Energy Institute

Panel Member, Department of Environment Standing Committee of Analysts

Phil Hellier - Projects Director

Phil has over 40 years of experience in Analytical Chemistry and Microbiology employing Bluebook Methods, British and International Standards.

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Phil started his career with Anglian Water progressing to Assistant Chemist, later worked in waste disposal and then Consultancy as a Fieldwork Manager working on the first 3 London Docklands contaminated land projects.

In 10 years at Eclipse Scientific, he held the roles of Section Head Microbiology, QA Manager, General Manager and Consultancy Manager.

Phil Joined Chemtest as Operations Director in 2001, and is currently Projects Director responsible for development of new and novel services and major project Contract Review. Most recently contributing to the production of Technical Publications for the identification and quantification of asbestos in soils.

Rob Monk - Technical Development Chemist

Rob has over 14 years of experience in the Environmental sector, in both organic and inorganic analyses.

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Rob started working at Chemtest in 2005 as a team leader responsible for continuous flow colourimetry, ion-chromatography, and ‘traditional’ benchtop chemistry.  As the business rapidly grew he successfully trained in Asbestos identification and quantification. 

From 2009 Rob moved across to manage the Organics Division of Chemtest responsible for all GC and HPLC testing.  For the last 2 years Rob has worked as a Technical Development Chemist working on new projects for Chemtest such as the introduction of GCxGC for speciated Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) analysis.

Rob Monk - Technical Development Chemist

Keith Jones – Technical Manager

Keith has over 38 years  of experience in Analytical Chemistry of which, 25 years is in Contaminated Land. Keith has held a number of leading posts including Laboratory Manager and Quality Manager.

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Keith began his career with Laporte Industries Ltd in 1973 as a Laboratory Assistant . He worked for Rio Tinto Zinc  for seven years  becoming proficient in traditional analytical techniques and metals analysis by Atomic Absorption and ICP. He joined Robertson Laboratories in 1987, where he built up substantial experience in  the analysis of contaminated land samples working as the Inorganics Section Head.

Keith joined Chemtest in 2001, in his current role as Technical Manager, he is responsible for technical support and advice to clients and the laboratory, development / validation of new methods and continuous review of current methodology.

Keith Jones – Technical Manager at Chemtest

Chris Pill - Technical Development Chemist

Chris spent over 25 years with Bayer Crop Protection, gaining experience in wet chemistry and instrumental techniques including IR spectroscopy, gas chromatography and liquid chromatography.

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Chris joined Chemtest in 2003, working in the Organics section firstly as an Analyst, then as a Senior Analyst, and for the past 2 years as a Technical Development Chemist. Chris currently works on innovative projects such as the analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in soils, and PAHs, Organochlorines and Organotins in Marine Sediments.

Chris Pill - Technical Development Chemist

Glynn Harvey - Organics Laboratory Manager

Glynn began his career as a laboratory analyst for the Medical Research Council (MRC), human nutrient research, after graduating from University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Over an eight year period at the MRC he was involved in several national nutrition surveys performing fat soluble vitamin analysis by High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), and method development including n-3, n-6 fatty acid analysis by Gas Chromatography – Flame ionisation Detection) GC-FID.

Glynn joined the Organics Department within Chemtest in the summer of 2007 as an analyst and has progressed through the laboratory to his current role as Organics Laboratory Manager. He has gained valuable experience in laboratory testing, specifically chromatographical analysis, over his 18 year career. Within his current role he has been involved in the development and accreditation of the Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon Criteria Working Group (TPH-CWG) method by GCxGC.

Glynn Harvey - Organics Laboratory Manager

Martin Dyer – Inorganics Laboratory Manager

Before joining Chemtest Martin graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry followed by an MSc in Environmental Biology and Ecotoxicology.

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Martin has worked for both the Institute of Arable Crops Research and the Central Science Laboratory conducting agrochemical research. This academic and research based background has given Martin an extremely desirable skillset which has been well received at Chemtest.

Martin joined Chemtest’s Inorganics team in 2008 and progressed to Inorganics Laboratory Manager. Martin has extensive experience in ICP, IC, and continuous flow / discrete colourimetry analysis. He oversees all aspects of the laboratory services supplied by Chemtest to ensure the timely delivery of quality data.

Amy Parekh-Pross – Technical Marketing Manager

Amy Parekh-Pross (BSc, MSc) has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Analytical Chemistry and Regulations, gained by working for over 20 years in the USA and UK.

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Amy  started off her career at Dames & Moore in Petaluma, California.  She has worked as a Laboratory Manger  for commercial environmental laboratories before moving into technical roles.

She joined the Senior Management Team in the role of Technical Marketing Manager at Chemtest in April 2016. Amy works alongside the Senior Technical Staff, the Technical Development Team and Account Managers to strategically increase Chemtest’s technical offering to clients in line with regulatory requirements and emerging technologies.

Amy participates in numerous industry committees and has delivered seminars at Conferences and Contaminated Land working groups. As part of her role Amy also provides in depth technical guidance and training to clients throughout the UK.

Account Managers & Customer Services

Sarah Clements – Account Manager

Sarah Clements has over 20 years of experience in Customer Services. In many ways, Sarah exemplifies Chemtest’s culture of promoting rising stars from within.

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Sarah  joined Chemtest in 2008 as a Receptionist and quickly progressed into her current role as an Account Manager. Sarah works in close partnership with her clients, ensures consistent follow-up and the fast resolution of any queries. She has an exceptional  understanding of the Environmental market & client requirements.


Sarah Watt – Customer Service Manager

Sarah Watt  joined Chemtest’s customer service team in 2013 with a wealth of experience gained from over 25 years working in administration and customer support.

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From her first day, Sarah has developed excellent relationships with all of Chemtest’s clients and has actively worked to provide first class support through effective communication and service.

Sarah’s previous experience has helped her progress through several different roles at Chemtest and she currently holds the position of Customer Services Manager her team consists of dedicated Customer Service Advisors, Customer Service Support,  Customer Service Technician and drivers all providing an outstanding level of customer service.


Sharon Inglis– Account Manager

Sharon Inglis has over 10 years of Laboratory and Account Management experience. Sharon joined Chemtest Ireland in June 2014 as an Account Manager for the Belfast Laboratory which specialises in the analysis of Asbestos and Microbiology.

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Sharon played a pivotal role in expanding the customer database and then progressed to managing Accounts across the UK, NI & ROI.  Sharon is experienced in dealing with technical queries, scheduling  and managing high profile clients. She is enthusiastic and enjoys visiting clients, as well as  the beautiful places along the way.


Greg Cranstoun - Account Manager (Scotland)

Greg Cranstoun graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BEng (Hons) in Engineering followed by an MSc in Technology Management.

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Greg started his career working for one of the Universities’ high technology spin-out companies developing and commercialising next generation gas detection systems.

He continued to work in the environmental field and moved into contaminated land testing in 2007 focusing predominantly on the Scottish market and has worked on a number of high profile Projects over the last 10 years including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games development.

Greg joined Chemtest in August 2016 and is looking forward to using  his experience of Scottish Contaminated Land Industry while working with our clients North of the Border.

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