This panel advises us on food policy, campaigns and our wider activities relating to food.

CIEH has established advisory panels across the five key environmental health disciplines. Our Food Advisory Panel helps to inform our policy position, advises us on campaigns, consultation responses and submissions and provides a source of expertise and knowledge to inform our wider activities. Where possible, we will seek to engage our wider membership in policy and campaigning work. These opportunities will arise through our popular Food Coffee and Catch Ups and be advertised in Member Connect and in our Food Community Newsletter.

Our panel includes representatives from the public and private sectors and academia. To reflect that food is a devolved function, the nations are also represented. Panel members have been selected for their experience, passion and expertise as well as their networking skills. Our expectation is that they will be true advocates for the profession and for CIEH. All panel members are CIEH members and work with us on a voluntary basis.

CIEH are members of:

  • The National Food Hygiene Rating Steering Group
  • The Sustain Alliance
  • The Safe, Sustainable Authentic Food Wales (SSAFW) Committee
  • The Border Regulatory Research (BRRG) Group
  • The Wales Food Safety Expert Panel
  • The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) Northern Ireland
  • The Advisory Panel for Belfast Food Network

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Panel Members

Colin Kelly Head of Environmental Health Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Daniel Morelli Head of Public Protection Torfaen Council
Deborah Bailey Senior Environmental Health Officer Sandwell Council
Diana Tumova Principal Port Health Officer
Earl Legister Team Leader - Food Safety London Borough of Southwark
Helen Atkinson Senior Environmental Health Officer Wakefield Council
Helen Groves Chartered EHP/ Food Safety Consultant Worcestershire Regulatory Services/Food Safety Logic
Jon Payne Lawyer Safety Lawyers
Lisa Cobb Group & UK Head of Health, Food & Fire Safety SSP Group PLC
Paula O’Neill Environmental Health Manager (Food Control) Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
Peter Brett Commercial Environmental Health Manager City of London Corporation
Sam Bacon Food, Health and Safety Manager Hull City Council
Sandra Moore Technical Director Hygenisys Environmental Health Consultancy
Sarah Naylor Operations Manager Saeker
Sian Buckley Associate Lecturer Environmental Health - Food University of the West of England
Sterling Crew Chair Food Authenticity Network

Current areas of work

Our food panel has recently been refreshed to be more reflective of CIEH membership. We anticipate a busy year ahead with the food industry facing unprecedented challenges and regulators emerging from the demands of the COVID pandemic. Big ticket items such as the National Food Strategy for England, food poverty, food shortages, impacts of climate change, healthy and sustainable food, obesity, changes to the regulatory landscape, imports and exports are all of interest to environmental health professionals and are expected to feature in our work programme.

See our consultation responses and press releases.

“As a member of the CIEH Food Advisory Panel, I can confidentially say the experience is incredibly rewarding. The opportunity to discuss key issues with professional colleagues from all sectors is invaluable. I am proud to contribute to discussions and consultation responses, and it’s reassuring to know that each members opinion is respected and valued.”
Lisa Cobb, Group Head of Safety

Contacting the Panel

If you would like to get in touch with the Food Policy Advisory Panel, please email [email protected].

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