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  • Nigel Payne appointed as Operations Manager of PASS

    PASS are delighted to announce that Nigel Payne, Public Analyst, has been promoted to the new role of Operations Manager. Nigel brings a wealth of experience to this role, having spent 35 years working in the public analyst field.
    After beginning his career as an analyst with Severn Trent Water in 1978 and following work in Saudi Arabia with Metito Industries, Nigel joined Leo Taylor and Lucke, a consultant Public Analysts’ laboratory in London, in 1986 where he undertook food, water and consumer protection testing amongst a wide range of other work. Following a merger to form Central Scientific Laboratories in 1990, he was appointed Quality Manager and then Laboratory Manager. Having gained the MChemA qualification in 1994, he relocated to the North East of England, working firstly with Pattinson Scientific Services in Newcastle as Public Analyst and Laboratory Manager, then with Durham County Council Scientific Services, followed by a couple of years at Somerset Scientific Services. He joined PASS in 2012 as a Public Analyst.
    “I am delighted that Nigel has taken on this important role. Nigel is a very experienced Public Analyst and knows the PASS business well. He will continue to steer the Public Analyst team and their support staff in providing our customers with a high quality analytical service and will continue to navigate the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the consequent reduction in national food surveillance sampling” said Liz Moran, Managing Director.
    On his promotion, Nigel commented, “PASS has a remarkable team of people. It is a pleasure to work with them and I am confident in all of them to excel in providing an essential service in fighting against food fraud, contamination of the food supply and other activities that imperil the food of the nation. Most of our food is sound, but some perils can only be countered by good, sound analytical action. Some, such as undeclared allergens, are downright dangerous to some of the population. Public analysts, in conjunction with our colleagues in Trading Standards and Environmental Health with the support of the FSA and Defra, are the final safety net. Keep up the good work!”