The Author

Richard Worswick was appointed Government Chemist and chief executive of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist in 1991. He founded the company, LGC(Holdings)Ltd, which acquired the Laboratory from the government in 1996. He steered the company as chief executive and subsequently deputy chairman until he stood down from the board at the end of 2007.

With his wife, Jacqueline, he was closely involved in the foundation of Helen House, the first hospice for children in the UK, which is named after their eldest daughter Helen. He is currently chairman of Cobalt Light Systems Ltd, a technology company started in 2008 (

In this book Richard Worswick describes not only the development of LGC as an enterprise but also reflects on a range of management issues such as pay and reward, private equity ownership, corporate governance and the use of advisers and consultants.