Mark Smith

My Interview

Me and my work

Prior to my retirement and launching my own consultancy, I worked as a Laboratory of the Government chemist in the trace metal laboratory in water and environmental radiochemistry. Then I was a water quality manager before moving to the Drinking Water Inspectorate where I was Research and Contracts manager as well as an Inspector. I finished up being the Research Program manager for the then Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Water and Contaminated Land Research program. I now provide advice to various companies about issues related to water. This includes analysis, chemical, microbiological and biological, materials testing and emergency response.

My Typical Day

Everyday is different, some days it can be providing comments on reports produced by laboratories, other days it can be advising clients on types of tests they need to undertake on their products. Other times it is acting as a referee for research papers for various publications.

What's the best work related thing you've done?

The best thing I was responsible for overseeing research required for a new regulation on Cryptosporidium in drinking water, then assisting in the drafting of the legislation, writing the protocols for the implementation and inspecting the resulting installations.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Analytical, thoughtful, polite.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Any lecture I give as I always enjoy it once I have started talking.

Who or what inspired you to do the work you're doing now?

My inspiration to make a difference and help peopleAny lecture I give as I always enjoy it once I have started talking.