CIEH Food Safety Conference

Two half-day conference: 9 and 10 July 2024 

CIEH member: £99
Affiliate member: £199
Non-member: £199
CIEH Student member: FOC

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About this conference

Our 2024 Food Safety Conference will explore the latest developments and guidance on food safety, food labelling and new developments in food manufacturing.

We're looking forward to reflecting on research studies covering a range of industry topics, including dark kitchens and food safety culture. We will also hear from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on case studies related to outbreaks, as well as local authorities on their experiences and cases concerning the inspection of food establishments.

Don't miss out on the important sessions this year! Check out our programme highlights below.

Conference topics

  • Outlook for food regulation in 2024
  • Increase in plant-based diets and the risks associated with plant-based food
  • Case study: Listeria outbreak linked to two deaths – Manchester hospital
  • Panel discussion: tools for building a sustainable food landscape

Why should you attend?

  • Hear the latest updates on all aspects relating to food safety, and how this relates to environmental health
  • Listen to high-level keynote speakers discussing the latest policies and guidance
  • Learn from the latest work and case studies in monitoring and managing food safety

What past delegates thought

  • "All of the talks were interesting to me for different reasons. Some of the information was new material, looking forward. Some material served as a refresher."
  • "I enjoyed the whole conference."
  • "All presentations were very informative and thought provoking."


Food Safety Conference programme – day one
Food Safety Conference programme – day two

CPD: 7 hours

Key sponsors

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Callum Bradford

Callum Bradford, PhD student and research associate, School of Health and Life Sciences at Teesside University. Callum’s research interests lie within interventions for and influences on health behaviour change, with his PhD project concerning the development of a walking football intervention for people with chronic breathlessness, promoting exercise-maintenance following pulmonary rehabilitation. Callum also has an MSc in Health Psychology.

Heather Brown

Heather Brown, Professor of Health Inequalities at Lancaster University. Heather's main research interests are the economics causes and consequences of health inequalities and policy evaluation. Heather uses large datasets including linked data to evaluate policy as well as identify current trends and areas for future policy and interventions. She is also interested in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to make complex quantitative data analysis accessible and user friendly.

Natalie Bungay

Natalie Bungay, Technical and Compliance Manager, British Pest Control Association (BPCA). Natalie’s responsibilities include compiling and ensuring the industry has access to BPCA codes of best practice and guidance documents, delivering CPD to the sector, representing BPCA at committees and forums, speaking to the media, and ensuring members have access to technical support. Her career in pest management began in 2002. Natalie’s expertise includes rural and urban pest management, public health pests, and legislation. In 2009, she moved into a supervisory position within Leeds City Council, having responsibility for technician management, tender management, contract management, and supporting statutory services within the local authority. Since 2013, Natalie has continued to deliver high level industry consultation with BPCA.

Sterling Crew

Sterling Crew, President, Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). Sterling is a food safety advocate with 40 years’ experience working in food safety, security, authenticity and global supply chain governance. He is a trustee of CIEH and sits on the CIEH Food Advisory Panel. He also chairs The Food Authenticity Network, holds a number of food related board positions, and acts as an independent scientific and regulatory advisor. Sterling started his career in government before a successful track history in retail, manufacturing and the branded world. His experience as a regulator, retailer, brand owner and food manufacturer has given him a unique perspective on the challenges of the global food supply system.

Michael Eade

Michael Eade, Lead Officer (Commercial Environmental Health), Runnymede Borough Council. Michael has been involved in data collection through his company Encentre, and, where he developed applications that aimed to improve the management of environmental health services. He has an interest in researching food safety; particularly in relation to inspection programmes relating to the catering and retail sectors. After ten years of data collection, he recently had published the first of his studies based on food hygiene data. He currently leads a small team of EHOs in Runnymede.

Rob Easton

Rob Easton BSc, MSc, MBA, CenvH, FCIEH, FInstLM, Head of Environmental Health, Shield Safety. Rob has been supporting organisations to improve their safety performance and culture for over 25 years. His varied roles in the UK and internationally as a trainer, enforcement officer, business operator, senior safety leader and consultant means Rob brings an almost unique perspective on food safety. He is a Chartered Fellow of CIEH and supports the advancement of the profession as a member of the Membership, Learning and Profession Advisory Group and the Food Safety Advisory Panel.

Ed Foster

Ed Foster, Head of Public Safety and Regulation, Newcastle City Council. Ed has over 35 years’ experience as a Chartered Environmental Health Officer. He has worked throughout his career in Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked in all the different disciplines of Environmental Health. For the past 9 years he has been Head of Public Safety and Regulation at Newcastle City Council. Ed is keen to support businesses and business growth and has led the region in its ‘Better Business for All’ initiatives. He loves the North East and the beauty of the North East Countryside, which he regularly explores on his bike.

Claire George

Claire George, Senior Practitioner and Food Lead Officer, Newcastle City Council. Claire has a BSc in Environmental Health. She joined Newcastle City Council in 1998 and has worked in food safety since 2005, becoming the Food Lead Officer in 2021. Claire has experience in investigating allergen related food complaints and has taken successful prosecutions for allergen related offences. Claire has close family members with peanut allergies so has a personal as well as professional interest in the subject.

Alison Hunter

Alison Hunter, Team Manager – Food Safety, Health and Safety, Planning & Events, Newcastle City Council. Alison began her career as a Senior Technician in Pollution Control at East Staffordshire Borough Council. She studied towards a MSc in Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham, taking up her first post in Food Safety in 1998. In 2002, she returned to her home city of Newcastle, staying within Food Safety. Having worked on a number of projects across the wide EH spectrum, she currently manages a varied team of fourteen hardworking and brilliant officers who continually strive to make the city a better place to eat, live, work and visit.

Tayo Irawo

Tayo Irawo, Food Safety Consultant and Trainer, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Tayo is an accomplished food safety professional, with a strong background in food manufacturing. As a former Marks & Spencer food technologist, she brings a wealth of technical expertise to her role as a Principal Trainer for BRCGS Food Safety, Storage and Distribution, and Packaging Standards. Tayo offers bespoke training solutions, specialising in product safety management courses, and she has extensive experience as a food safety auditor in both manufacturing and catering. She is also an Associate Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she recently submitted her thesis on factors influencing food safety compliance and culture.

Nick Mole

Nick Mole, Policy Officer, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK. Nick joined PAN UK in March 2007 as the UK and European Programme Coordinator. Prior to joining PAN UK, Nick studied environmental science focussing on hydrology, water quality and environmental hazards. He also spent six years at the Environmental Investigation Agency as a campaigner, working on a diverse range of issues relating to investigating and exposing the illegal trade in endangered species.

Helen Moore

Helen Moore, Associate Professor, Teesside University. She leads the day-to-day work of the Evaluation and Impact Team. Helen's research focuses on many aspects of public health through evidence synthesis using systematic review methodologies or by the development and evaluation of community-based interventions. Helen particularly enjoys helping people design their research and evaluation work to generate the most useful and impactful results within the resources available.

Winnie Pang

Winnie Pang, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Reading Borough Council. Winnie has worked in the busy Food and Safety team at Reading for 15 years. Her responsibilities cover a broad spectrum, including food hygiene inspections, complaint and RIDDOR investigations, special treatments, and sports ground safety. Winnie is committed to protecting public health and has particular interest in infectious diseases, food sampling and control of legionella in cooling towers. She was the Primary Authority officer for national food businesses until 2021 and has a range of enforcement experience.

Katie Pettifer

Katie Pettifer, Strategy and Regulatory Compliance Director, Food Standards Agency (FSA). Katie is responsible for the FSA’s strategy, communications, legal, regulatory compliance and governance work. Katie also leads the FSA’s Achieving Business Compliance Programme, which is reforming the way that food businesses are regulated by local authorities. Before joining the FSA in July 2021, Katie was the Public Policy Director at Ofcom, where she played a major role in shaping Ofcom’s work to improve mobile and broadband coverage across the UK and to develop new regulation to protect people from harmful content online. She also led on Ofcom’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Before that, Katie spent two decades in the civil service, and held senior roles in the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and the Northern Ireland Office.

Tina Potter

Tina Potter, Head of Incidents, Food Standards Agency. Tina is responsible for the management and coordination of the FSA's response to food and feed incidents and foodborne outbreaks.

Ruth Rhodes

Ruth Rhodes, Commercial Team Manager in Environmental Health at Wakefield Council. Ruth qualified as an EHP in 2001 and has worked at Wakefield for 18 years. Ruth has worked across the EH specialisms but her passion is for business and better regulation having led on policy, Better Business For All projects and the Primary Authority partnership scheme since their inception. Ruth currently manages a team of 12 people who are EHP’s, Health Development Officers, admin support and a marketing apprentice. .

Rosario Romero

Dr Rosario Romero, Science Lead for Novel foods at Fera Science. Rosario has a background in cell biology, protein biochemistry and food science. Her work at Fera spans across various areas of food safety and authenticity, including proteomic approaches for meat speciation and allergen detection, and molecular diagnostics of microbial pathogens in the agri-food sector. Rosario has a strong interest in the safety aspects of alternative proteins, and she is involved in collaborative projects in this field with academics, government, and industry partners.

Sean Suckling

Sean Suckling, Head of Local Authority Resourcing Project Team, Food Standards Agency (FSA). The Local Authority Resourcing Team was set up in response to the findings of the Local Authority Capacity and Capability research which was published last year. Sean first came to the FSA on secondment in 2017. Prior to this, he worked as an Environmental Health Officer at a number of local authorities. His last role was Public Protection Manager in a unitary authority with lead responsibility for food, feed and a range of other regulatory areas.

Dr Shubhi Sharma

Dr Shubhi Sharma, Scientific Research Assistant, CHEM Trust. Shubhi has been CHEM Trust’s Scientific Research Assistant since March 2023. She holds a BSc in Biotechnology, a MSc in Environmental Sciences, and a PhD in Environmental Sociology. She spent six years working as a research assistant and guest lecturer at the University of Edinburgh before joining CHEM Trust.

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The Code of Practice for the Production of British Lion Quality Egg Products ensures that egg products are also produced to the highest standards of food safety.

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