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Margaret Mountford, is a British lawyer, businesswoman and television personality best known for her role in The Apprentice alongside Lord Sugar and Nick Hewer.

 

Returning to education later in life, she completed her PhD in 2012 at University College London and chairs Argent Group Europe as well as a number of other organisations.

Alan McHughen, professor at the University of California Riverside, molecular geneticist working on crop improvement and environmental sustainability, educator and consumer advocate.

 

With a distinguished background at Oxford, Yale and Saskatchewan Universities and now at the University of California, Alan helped develop US and Canadian regulations governing genetically engineered crop and food safety. He served on three US National Academy of Sciences studies investigating safety, sustainability and economic impacts of genetically engineered crops and foods. Having developed internationally approved commercial crop varieties using both conventional breeding and genetic engineering, he has first-hand experience with the relevant technical, biosafety and policy issues from both sides of the process.

 

As an educator and consumer advocate, Alan helps non-scientists understand the environmental and health impacts of both modern and traditional methods of food production. His award winning book, ‘A Consumer’s Guide to GM Foods’ explodes the myths and explores the genuine risks of genetic modification (GM) technology. Dr McHughen recently served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the White House.

Alison Johnson, Managing Director and founder of Food Forensics, which offers enhance traceability services using Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis (SIRA) to give an “environmental fingerprint”.

 

Alison graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Animal Nutrition before a 15 year career in the meat supply chain, where she was involved in all elements from feed raw material buying, farming, through to retail pack. Alison became increasingly frustrated by the inability to differentiate between excellent and poor traceability practices within different supply chains and set out to find solutions. Food Forensics was established in 2011 to fill this gap. Combining chemistry with knowledge of agricultural/horticultural practices and supply chains has delivered a new generation of authenticity tools using stable isotope ratio analysis (SIRA). SIRA tests for consistency with claimed origin or production system and provides solutions in support of food fraud risk management.

 

Andrew Redman, EMEA Regional Casualty Manager at AIG, one of the world’s leading global insurance companies. Responsible for crisis management and product contamination insurance solutions.

 

Andrew has been working in the insurance industry for 29 years, almost 20 of those with AIG. His managerial responsibilities have included running the UK operations Major Client service team and running the Central and Eastern Europe Division’s liability insurance underwriting operations.

 

Prior to AIG, he worked as an insurance broker at Lloyds, as an international reinsurance treaty underwriter as well as for a captive insurance management company.

 

Amongst Andrew’s current responsibilities is multinational liability insurance, as well as Crisis Management insurance solutions within EMEA, which include product contamination insurance for food and beverage companies.

 

Beverley Osborne, Partner, Training 4 Resilience, one of the UK’s leading providers of resilience exercises, that is, the simulation of emergency situations, enabling participants, organisations and businesses to validate their emergency plans and procedures.

 

Beverley has been designing and delivering complex scenario based exercises for the Resilience community since 2007.  A mechanical engineer by profession, her career began in training roles within the aviation sector.

 

In 2007, Beverley led the team that was awarded the Gold Standard contract by the UK Cabinet Office for the design and delivery of strategic level multi-agency simulation based training.  This successful project went on to provide over 70 exercises for both single and multi-agency groups across the UK, including the Golden Chariot series of 15 exercises for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

Beverley established Training 4 Resilience in 2011 along with her business partner Adrian Seward.  It is now one of the UK’s leading providers of resilience exercises.  Customers range from public sector single and multi-agency groups through to organisations such as Glastonbury Festivals Ltd, Bath Rugby and Wembley Stadium. Resilience or Emergency Exercise is a simulation of an emergency situation that enables participants, organisations and businesses to validate their emergency plans; develop teams in terms of their competences and give them practice at carrying out their roles as defined in the plans; and to test well-established procedures.

Carole Payne, senior consultant, NSF International. Former Operational Standards & Group Audit Director for Tesco, a recognised expert in third party certification and with global experience in food safety.

 

Carole is highly experienced in all areas of the food industry, from manufacture, retail, enforcement and compliance auditing, through to training and consultancy.

She is an internationally recognised expert in the field of third party certification and has been a leading member of both the BRC & GFSI Technical Committees, which included the production of auditor competency guidance on behalf of all Certification Bodies.

 

Carole was Operational Standards & Group Audit Director for Tesco Stores Ltd prior to joining NSF International, where she has helped to develop the consulting services portfolio and provides technical direction and strategic risk management services to clients in food retail, catering and hospitality sectors.

 

David Edwards, former executive director, now consultant at NSF International,  board member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Ltd and advisory board member of The Institute of Food Safety, Integrity & Protection (TiFSiP).

 

With more than 35 years of commercial experience in the food safety industry, David was a founding director of CMi plc prior to its acquisition by NSF International in 2007. He has extensive experience in environmental health and government relations and during his career has provided strategic support to the UK government and leading European retailers and restaurant chains. He has developed consulting models that are used worldwide. Now a consultant to NSF International, David also serves on the board of the trading arm of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – CIEH Ltd, and is an advisory board member of The Institute of Food Safety, Integrity & Protection (TiFSiP), a new membership organisation for all those who work to achieve good food safety, ensure integrity in the food chain and protect consumers in the UK and internationally.

 

Declan Naughton, Professor of Biomolecular Sciences at Kingston University, London. Expert in using network analysis to identify activities and trends across reporting countries in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) database.

 

Following the award of a BSc in Chemistry at University College Dublin and a PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Declan joined the Inflammation Research Group at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry for 10 years. Two years in Bath University were followed by five years as a Senior Lecturer in Analytical Sciences in the University of Brighton, before moving to Kingston University.

 

With broad research interests, spanning food safety, nutrition, natural products, performance enhancing drugs, inflammation, drug discovery and endocrinology, Declan is a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Chair of the External Review Working Group which audits outputs of the European Food Safety Authority and he sits on the UK Government Chemist Advisory Group.

Dominic Watkins, Partner and Head of Food Group, DWF legal business. Specialist in regulatory issues in food law, trading standards and safety, advising household name retailers and manufacturers.

 

Dominic has spent a significant amount of time on secondments to some of the UK’s best known retailers and food businesses, advising on a range of issues including food law. This experience has provided him with a clear understanding of the role that legal advice plays in making a commercial decision.

 

Dominic assists companies with the full range of food law issues, from product development and labelling through to successful launch and on-going marketing of products. He has extensive experience in advising brands on high risk campaigns particularly involving health claims, comparative advertising and price promotions and keeping them on the market at the lowest risk to the brand.

Dominic has also developed due diligence systems and safety policies for a number of national retailers.

George Lyon, Senior Consultant, Agri-food Specialist, at Hume Brophy, international public affairs and communications agency. Former MEP and member of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs committee. President of the Scottish National Farmers Union.

 

George joined Hume Brophy in January 2015 following five years in the European Parliament where he served as Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland.

 

Elected in 2009, George became a prominent and influential member of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs committee and played a central role in negotiating key aspects of agreements on both CAP reform and the EU budget.  He has direct experience of the EU’s response to food fraud, having participated in discussions in Brussels about the ‘horsemeat scandal’ in 2013.

 

From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll and Bute, serving as both Chief Whip and Deputy Finance Minister. He was made president of the Scottish National Farmers Union in 1998, following a long career in agriculture.

Heidi Myers, Marketing Director EMEA at Meltwater, the global leader in online media intelligence, conducting global media monitoring and analytical services, providing insights into media coverage and detecting industry trends.

 

Heidi has over 15 years' experience in sales and marketing, creating EMEA wide strategy and increasing ROI from a diverse range of marketing activities.  Her career started in the advertising industry, where she worked for a number of London based agencies managing brands from Harrods to Staples. Before becoming Marketing Director, Heidi led a number of global teams focusing on areas such as recruitment branding and SaaS sales. Follow her on @heidimyers

 

John Barnes, Head of Local Delivery, UK Food Standards Agency. John was a member of the senior team involved with the FSA response to the 2013 horsemeat incident.

 

John is responsible for monitoring food and feed controls delivered by local authorities and for routine liaison with local authorities and industry. He was part of the senior team involved with the FSA response to the 2013 horsemeat incident, and FSA and Government reviews and actions following the incident.

 

John has been with the Food Standards Agency since it was established in 2000.  Before moving to the Agency, he worked at the Department of Health (DH) where he led on UK general food hygiene policy. He has extensive international experience, chairing and contributing to Codex and EU meetings on food hygiene and food safety controls.

 

Lisa Jack, Professor of Accounting at University of Portsmouth Business School, currently leading the Food Fraud Group for the Centre of Counter Fraud Studies, where she is carrying out research into the cost of fraud and resilience to fraud in the food industry.

 

Lisa has extensive experience in food supply chain research.  She is also a qualified accountant, working as an auditor for 10 years before moving into higher education. Lisa currently leads the Food Fraud Group for the Centre of Counter Fraud Studies at Portsmouth where she is carrying out research with Jim Gee into the cost of fraud and resilience to fraud in the food industry, and developing cutting edge courses for the food industry. With Jim Gee and Mark Button, she co-authored the report 'Minimising fraud, maximising value in the UK food and drink sector'. Other roles include teaching on the Business School’s forensic accounting programmes and jointly leading the 'Gate to Plate' research group with Dr Mark Xu. Lisa is the author of ‘Benchmarking in Food and Farming: creating sustainable change’ published by Gower and sits on the advisory board of TiFSiP.

Robert Condon, Managing Director, London, at Hume Brophy, international public affairs and communications agency, with significant experience of managing campaigns in the Westminster and European political spheres.

 

Robert is a public affairs and corporate communications specialist, with over a decade’s experience in both the Westminster and European political spheres. He has led and managed successful political campaigns across numerous sectors, particularly in the food and drink, pharmaceuticals and agriculture sectors.

Robert joined Hume Brophy in 2008 and became Managing Director of the London office in 2013. Previously, he worked at a number of other communications agencies and as a management consultant in London, following time spent at the European Commission, and a spell lecturing in European Politics and Economics.

 

Serban Teodoresco, Global Managing Director of Consulting & Technical Services, Food Division, NSF International.

 

With more than 30 years of food safety, risk management and corporate entrepreneurship experience, Serban has spent his career providing food safety and risk management solutions to industry-leading companies around the globe. Most recently, he served as President of Preventa™ Inc., an international risk management consulting firm based in Canada.  He also was Vice President Operations at DiverseyLever (Unilever Group) where he led the development of a new risk management group called SafeKey™, working with thousands of clients in 62 countries, and helping to make fundamental changes in the way food safety is performed.