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New Government Analyst Appointed 16 September 2005

    The Department of Local Government and the Environment has announced that Paul Lenartowicz, M Chem A, C Chem, FRSC, has been appointed as the new Government Analyst. The Government Analyst also fulfils the statutory role of “Public Analyst” under the Water Act 1991 and the Food Act 1996.

    Paul Lenartowicz is currently the Public Analyst and Manager of the Casella GMSS Laboratory in Trafford Park, Manchester, where he is responsible for the provision of a Public Analyst service to ten Local Authorities in the area, to Hull City Council and to two Port Health Authorities. His present laboratory’s work involves the testing of food for contamination and composition, the safety assessment of toys, novelties, cosmetics and other consumer goods, and the analysis of water. Much of his current work is related to law enforcement or to assist with compliance or for the investigation of problems and with the provision of an emergency support service to the Fire Services for the identification of materials and giving them advice when dealing with fires involving chemicals. The Casella laboratory also provides a service to the Private Sector in the area.

    A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Paul Lenartowicz was awarded his Mastership in Chemical Analysis in 1986 by that Society. He has previously worked as a Public Analyst, consultant chemist and registered expert witness in Bristol after holding other posts in Cardiff, Newcastle upon Tyne and Berkshire. These Analyst positions have been in both the public and private sectors.

    Keen to promote the work of his chosen profession, Paul Lenartowicz has served in several positions for the UK Association of Public Analysts and has played a lead role in the preparation of a series of informative brochures and news letters disseminating information and explaining the work of Analysts. He also used his skills in photography to produce illustrative material of a professional quality for some of the brochures and for exhibition stands. He was elected Vice President of the Association in 2000 and served as the Association’s President between 2002 and 2004.

    Paul Lenartowicz is married with two young children. He and his wife hope to have settled their children into their new schools on the Island this month, ahead of his taking up the appointment in November 2005.

    Regarding his appointment, Paul Lenartowicz said

    “I am pleased to have been selected to take up such an important position with the Department and to be moving my family to the Isle of Man . I have already had the opportunity of meeting the staff in the Government Laboratory and I am looking forward to working with such a well motivated team in a laboratory providing such a wide range of services supporting and protecting the people on the Island. I am also hoping that the Island’s schools, environment and culture will provide a stimulating backdrop to my children’s development, and I look forward to new opportunities to pursue some of my own interests such as astronomy, walking and cycling.”

    Environment Department Chief Executive, Antony Hamilton, commented

    “I am extremely pleased that Paul Lenartowicz will be joining the Department’s staff as he has good experience relevant to such a key post. The Government Analyst’s Laboratory doesn’t receive much publicity but it provides essential services in relation to food safety, the quality of our drinking water, and environmental, river water quality, and agricultural sampling. The Laboratory has a high level of quality accreditation and I am confident Paul Lenartowicz will be striving to maintain and improve upon the existing high standards that are being achieved.”

    He will succeed to Dr John Robertson B Pharm, Ph D, M Chem A, FRSC who will be retiring in November 2005 after almost 18 years service with Isle of Man Government.

    Note for Editors

    A separate News Release will be issued about Dr John Robertson’s retirement a little nearer the time when there will be an opportunity to speak to him about his work and time as the Island’s Government Analyst.

    Contacts for further information:

    Paul Lenartowicz (Tel: 0797 470 1413)

    Antony Hamilton (Tel: 01624 685859)

    16th September 2005

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