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Food - Your local experts

At ALcontrol Laboratories we strongly believe in two way dialogue as the most efficient path to helping you achieve your organisation's goals and objectives.  Each of our sites have a dedicated Service Manager who is happy to help you. 

Even with our long standing technical staff with over 150 years experience of food testing, we are still encountering new complex technical issues being experienced by our customers.  Below are our technical experts who are available to help if required

 

Food Microbiology


Julie Hulme – julie.Hulme@alcontrol.com

Position – Technical Manager – UK Food Division – which comprises a group of five laboratories spread across the UK from Glasgow to Devon.

Part of Julie's role is to provide technical support to clients including; on site visits to assist in the resolution of microbiological issues, to assist with the investigation of anomalous results, dealing with general technical/methodology queries; to assist with the review of microbiological testing suites with respect to compliance with retailer codes of practise & microbiological criteria regulations,  assist with the review of microbiological specification limits with respect to compliance with retailer codes of practise & microbiological criteria regulations and involvement in client review meetings, laboratory visits & audits.

Julie joined ALcontrol in August 1992 as a trainee Laboratory Technician whilst undergoing qualification at college and then attended Wolverhampton University (on day release) studying BSc Microbiology. Having performed several job roles within ALcontrol as Laboratory Technician, Microbiologist, Laboratory supervisor, Team Leader, Microbiology Laboratory Manager (2001 -2005), Group Microbiologist (2005 – Sept 2008) and Technical Account Manager (2008 – 2011), Julie was then seconded to the Dunstable site as Microbiology Laboratory Manager, providing occasional cover for the Site Manager & Customer Services Manager. Pior to taking on her current role she was Site Manager at our Shrewsbury laboratory.

 

Steve McFarlanesteve.mcfarlane@alcontrol.com

Position – Group Microbiologist – UK Food Division - which comprises a group of five laboratories spread across the UK from Glasgow to Devon.

Qualification - Biological Sciences Degree –University of Plymouth– specialising in Microbiology

Job Role -Liaison between Technical Manager & Sites.

On site lab inspections, practical training, new method development, Involvement in lab set up and accreditation, client queries, client and internal investigations.  EQA monitoring, trending & review – Review methods, training etc based on EQA results.

Steve has been with ALcontrol since graduation from university in 2001 when he started as a Microbiologist at our Devon site.

His career path within the Food stream had included Microbiology Production Team Leader, Microbiology Pathogen Team Leader and Food Analytical Lab Manager. Steve has also worked in the Waters stream as Team Leader incorporating Legionella testing at Devon. This diversity of roles has given him an understanding of Laboratory systems at a site level.

 

Alex Parham – alexandar.parham@alcontrol.com

Position – Group Microbiologist – UK Food Division - which comprises a group of five laboratories spread across theUK from Glasgow to Devon.

Qualification - Degree in Microbiology – University of Nottingham – specialising in Food Microbiology – Pathogens, Spoilage Bacterium & Spoilage Patterns etc.

Job Role - Liaison between Technical Managers & Sites.

On site lab inspections, practical training, new method development, client queries, client investigations.  EQA Monitoring, Trending & Review – Review methods, training etc based on EQA results.

Alex has been with the company since graduation from university in 2001 when she started as Microbiologist at our Devon site.

Her job roles within the company include, customer services, Microbiology Team Leader, Microbiology Lab Manager –Devon.  This diversity on roles has given Alex an understanding of all aspects of work at a site level.

 

Food Chemistry

 

Chris Smith – chris.smith@alcontrol.com

Chris Smith BSc MRSC

Chemistry Technical Laboratory Manager (Rotherham)

Chris bring to the business over 19 years experience in the analysis of food and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He joined ALcontrol in 1995 and was Deputy Manager of the Shrewsbury Chemistry department before becoming Laboratory Manager at Rotherham in 2008. His role involves providing technical support and advice to clients, performing audits, delivering training courses and managing all aspects of the laboratory's quality system.

 

Molecular Biology & Allergens

 

Emma Ridley – emma.ridley@alcontrol.com

Dr Emma Ridley

Business Manager (Molecular Biology) - Food & Waters

Emma is the Molecular Business Manager at our Rotherham site.  Emma’s expertise covers our range of services including meat speciation, fish identification, GMO screening, rapid microbiological methods and allergen PCR testing. The Molecular Team consists of highly trained molecular biologists with significant experience and understanding of technical aspects of the tests. Emma has previously worked in laboratories at Cornell University, Oxitec Ltd and Syngenta.  Emma completed her PhD in 2011 investigating the impact of chlortetracycline treatment on Aedes aegypti and Drosophila melanogaster using molecular techniques including PCR, qPCR, microarray and 454 pyrosequencing. If you have any questions regarding the methods above or mosquitoes then feel free to ask... we don't bite!