Executive Team

Selvarani Elahi MBE, Network Executive Director

Selvarani has over 25 years’ experience of leading projects on all aspects of food chain analysis including authenticity. Selvarani led on the Food Standards Agency and Defra funded meat species carry over project that arose from the 2013 horsemeat issue.

She is the UK Deputy Government Chemist and Chair of Defra’s Authenticity Methods Working Group.

Dr Mark Woolfe, Network Secretary

Mark has over 30 years’ experience of applying science to Government food policy. First in Food Science   Division of MAFF – then the Food Standards Agency (FSA) - in advising colleagues & Ministers in relation to food policy and science issues. Mark was the head of FSA’s Food Authenticity Group.

Mark is now an independent food authenticity consultant and chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Analytical Methods Committee's Nitrogen Factors Sub-committee. As well as Coordinator of the Food Authenticity Network, he is currently an assessor for the EU Food Integrity project.

Dr Stephen Ellison, Network IT Manager

Steve has had a long and distinguished career with LGC. Although based at Teddington, he carries out substantial activity overseas, representing LGC and the UK at international events, particularly related to measurement uncertainty, statistics for analytical measurement, metrological traceability and reference materials.

Steve has a strong publications record, including over 70 peer-reviewed papers, four published books, three Eurachem guides, one international Standard as project leader and a variety of editorials.

Steve manages the IT requirements for the Virtual Food Authenticity Network.

Felicia Golden, Network Media Manager

Felicia has a Master's degree in Journalism from Kingston University and a Bachelor's degree in Geography & Anthropology from Texas State University.

She works in the Corporate Communications team on projects to create and develop new content.

Felicia manages LGC's corporate social media profiles and the corporate blog on lgcgroup.com, and develops multimedia content across platforms.

Gary Bird, Network Commercial Manager

 Gary is an experienced Project Manager who works in the Programme & Contract Management Group of the National Measurement Laboratory at LGC.