Port Health Officer, Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority
Martin has worked for Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority, based at Felixstowe Port, Suffolk, for over 12 years. He specialises in Imported Food Controls for Fishery Products and Food and Feed of Non Animal Origin (NAO). As part of these checks, he has assisted with UK training on behalf of the Food Standards Agency for the EU TRACES system and has also assisted a working group for the European Food Safety Authority on NAO Foods for their DEMOS traceability project.
In addition to these main roles, Martin carries out vessel inspections under the International Health Regulations 2005 for the issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates. This has seen him work with the World Health Organization and the EU SHIPSAN ACT project helping to deliver training courses for Port Health Officers around the world.
Please note that views expressed will be from a personal perspective and will not necessarily match those from Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority.
Principal Environmental Health Officer, Horsham District Council
Paul Hobbs is a Principal Environmental Health Officer at Horsham District Council where he manages the Councils Food Safety Team. He started his career as a butcher before attending Smithfield College in London and graduated as a Meat Inspector. He joined Horsham in 1989 and later trained to be an Environmental Health Officer qualifying in 2000. In 2004 Paul won the Morley Parry Environmental Health Officer of the Year Award. This is the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's own national award for excellence.
CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health
Shirley Cramer has been the CEO of the RSPH, a multi -disciplinary public health organization since 2013. RSPH works across the UK and internationally to improve and protect the public’s health and wellbeing.
She chairs ‘People in UK Public Health’, a cross government committee which advises on the future of the workforce for the public’s health and she is Vice Chair of the Public Health System Group in England. Prior to this she has been a CEO in education charities in both the USA and UK and a non – executive in the public and voluntary sectors.
Head of Product Safety at Waitrose
An experienced product safety specialist with over 25 years’ experience - the last 20 having worked at Waitrose within the Technical department.
My background in microbiology has covered working in and managing laboratories as well as handling microbiological challenges at suppliers (large & small), developing new products using new ingredients and or processes, working with celebrity chefs, developing procedures for our branches, working with marketing on events & recipe publication and developing risk assessment modules through HACCP. I have also worked on a number of research projects (government & non-government funded) and am a member of various committees.
The Waitrose partnership also works very closely with small producers and as technical lead I ensure the safety & legality of these products. To aid this I am chair of the SALSA technical advisory committee. We also worked very closely with all the large beer pub chains & SALSA to develop a standard specifically for this commodity to increase this sectors understanding of food science and legal requirements - this was launched as SALSA plus beer last year.
Associate Consultant, Abacus Management and Training Consultancy Ltd.
I have over 40 years local government experience, finishing as a joint Chief Executive. My last local authority was short listed for the Most Improved Council of the Year. As a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner I worked as a regulator specialising in Food Safety and Health and Safety, and managed a high performing Commercial section in a busy London Borough. I have investigated a number of high profile food poisoning outbreaks attracting national and international media interest as well as serious and fatal accidents; appearing as an expert witness.
I currently work in both the public and private sectors. I specialise in the catering, hospitality and leisure industries and have worked for a number of local authorities and the CIEH. I am an Associate Principal Consultant for Food Alert and provide consultancy services on a freelance basis to a range of clients advising on potential prosecutions and other enforcement actions in the food safety and safety arena.
I have developed and delivered a range of food safety and health and safety workshops including as a National Trainer for the CIEH and Food Standards Agency. I have written, published and presented a number of papers. Most recently I co-authored a safety chapter for a book published by the Law Society.
Professor of Food Policy, City University
Senior Business User, Food Safety Authority