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Meet our Management Team

Dr. Ian Barnabas

Name: Ian Barnabas, BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), PhD, CSci, CChem, FRSC
Position held: Scientific Support Laboratory Manager
Overview of current role: Responsible for the management of all laboratory activities across Northumbrian Water. Also responsible for the maintenance of key quality standards including ISO 17025, DWTS and MCERTS.
Past experience / career in brief:

Ian has over 20 years experience in the environmental testing industry. Following completion of his Doctorate in environmental organic analysis, he worked as an analytical chemist in both clean water and environmental labs focusing on the analysis of trace organics before moving into various operational and management roles within Northumbrian Water.

Outside Northumbrian Water, Ian has many years of experience participating in various groups including SCA, CEN and ISO committees, where he is the chairman of the BSI committee for Physical and Chemical analysis in the area of Water Quality. A Chartered Chemist, Scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he also has a keen interest promoting Water Science to a wider audience and is Vice Secretary of the RSC’s Water Science Forum.

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Steve Wilson

Name: Steve Wilson
Position held: Laboratory Manager Howdon Organics
Overview of current role: Responsible for the management and motivation of a team of specialist organics staff in an ISO / UKAS / MCERTS accredited analysis laboratory.
Past experience / career in brief:

Educational Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Chemistry, MSc Analytical Chemistry

Professional Affiliations:
Royal Society of Chemistry, CSci, CChem MRSC

• Dioxin analysis expert, development and validation of related methodologies 17 years
• Supervisory and Human Resource management 20 years
• Purchasing – supplies, instruments and laboratory services - 20 years
• Problem solving - client and laboratory 20+ years
• External audits (customers, regulators and accreditation bodies) - 20+ years
• Chromatographic analysis and method development - 27 years
• Involvement with CEN/ISO/SCA committees - 20 years

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Helen Routledge

Name: Helen Routledge
Position held: Laboratory Manager Howdon Inorganics
Overview of current role: Responsible for the management and motivation of a team of specialist inorganic staff in an ISO / UKAS / MCERTS accredited analysis laboratory.
Past experience / career in brief:

Educational Qualifications:
HNC Chemistry

Professional Affiliations:
Royal Society of Chemistry, CSci, CChem MRSC

• Supervisory and Human Resource management - 12 years
• Purchasing: supplies, instruments and laboratory services - 15 years
• Problem solving, client and laboratory - 15 years
• External audits (customers, regulators and accreditation bodies) - 15 years
• Inorganic analysis and method development - 25 years
• Involvement with CEN/ISO/SCA committees - 2 years

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Jonathan Kenefec

Name: Jonathan Kenefec
Position held: Laboratory Customer Manager
Overview of current role: Responsible for the management of the Laboratory Customer Team, a team dedicated to all aspects of laboratory customer service for commercial clients.
Responsible for developing and delivering the commercial strategy for Northumbrian Water Scientific Services.
Past experience / career in brief:

Educational Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology

• Extensive experience of developing customer service protocols in the laboratory industry
• Extensive experience of managing client projects
• 16 years experience with the laboratory customer team
• 12 years management experience
• 3 years experience managing IS based projects
• 10 years experience in microbiology and inorganic chemistry laboratories

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Diran Edwards

Name: Diran Edwards
Position held: Laboratory Manager Hanningfield
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Microbiology
Overview of current role: Responsible for the management and motivation of a team of specialist inorganic chemistry and microbiology staff in an ISO / UKAS accredited analysis laboratory.
Past experience / career in brief:

Educational Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Professional Affiliations:
Royal Society of Chemistry, CSci, CChem MRSC

• Coagulant design and process control expert - 10+ years
• Site chemist – World Class Manufacturing, lean 6s - 5 years
• Supervisory and Human Resource management - 5 years
• Purchasing – supplies, instruments and laboratory services - 5 years
• Problem solving - client and laboratory - 7+ years
• External audits (customers, regulators and accreditation bodies) – 5 years
• Chromatographic analysis and method development - 5 years

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John Cooper

Name: John Cooper
Position held: Laboratory Manager Horsley Microbiology
Overview of current role: Responsible for the management and motivation of a team of specialist microbiological staff in an ISO/UKAS/DWTS accredited laboratory.
Past experience / career in brief:

Educational Qualifications:
HNC Applied Chemistry.
Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

Professional Affiliations:
Member of Institute of Safety and Health.
Member of Society of Biology

• Thirty four years experience of working in analytical laboratories (analysis and method development) (microbiology/chemistry)
• Sixteen years managing UKAS accredited laboratory
• Over twenty years involvement with SCA/DWI committees e.g. competent analyst, DWI liaison
• Member of Crypts steering board and LEAP Advisory Group.

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Sarah Alexander

Name: Sarah Alexander
Position held: Accreditation Manager
Overview of current role: Overall responsibility for the maintenance of ISO17025, DWTS and MCERTS accreditations for sampling and analysis and for the management of a small group of internal auditors. Direct liaison with other Scientific Services managers and supervisors to gain continuous quality system improvement.
Past experience / career in brief:

Educational Qualifications:
BSC (Hons) Chemistry.

Professional Affiliations:
CQP MCQI.

An experienced, professional with 26 years in scientific services, 19 years in a quality discipline including 11 years managing an effective accreditation team. With a proven track record for the design, implementation and maintenance of quality systems and effective management of the audit programme. With a primary aim to ensure compliance within the regulatory framework and provide assurance to the business and external stakeholders.

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