Public Analysts are the highly skilled scientists who form the primary scientific base of the United Kingdom's public protection enforcement service where chemical analysis and related testing are appropriate. In Scotland Public Analysts are also responsible for microbiological examination of food.
The Association elects at its Annual General Meeting a President to take the lead in discussions with central and local government bodies and to chair the Council of the Association. Normally the President is elected for three years.
The current APA president is Jane White.
A list of presidents since the creation of the Association in 1954 is available below: