Thank you everyone for a fantastic day yesterday at our food safety conference!
It was great to see so many of you there, and we’ll have more updates from the event next week.
But in the meantime, we wanted to announce the winners of our first-ever Top Student Awards 2019, which also took place at the conference yesterday.
And we’re excited that, in the inaugural year of the awards, the standard was so high that for one category we had TWO winners!
The Top Student Awards celebrate the highest achieving learners in two of our most prestigious qualifications, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety and the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management.
The winners were:
Winner of the UK Top Student Award 2019 (Highfield Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety)
Winner of the UK Top Student Award 2019 (Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management)
Catherine Marsland, Adele Adams Associates Ltd
Marco Jerruntrup, Shield Safety Group Limited
Steve Nicholas on behalf of Simon Rees, IQMS an SAI Global Company
Each top student (by marks achieved in each qualification) received a cheque for £250 and an awards certificate to recognise their remarkable achievement.
And because we value the invaluable role our centres play in developing top-class students and future food sector professionals, the accompanying training providers also received a specially designed Highfield celebratory plaque to display in their premises.
The awards were presented by Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger on stage at the conference.
We hope you’ll join Highfield in congratulating the winners on their outstanding efforts!
The future of food safety in today’s ever-changing environment is on the agenda this summer as some of the UK’s top experts gather to deliver their verdict on the state of the industry at this Highfield food safety conference.
Improving Food Safety in a Changing World is the must-attend conference of 2019, and will focus on the key challenges, legislative changes, media issues and, inevitably, Brexit, as the industry comes to terms with ever-greater scrutiny and reputational risk.
Aimed at anyone working in food retail, manufacturing or the food service sectors, as well as tutors and environmental health practitioners, key topics will include:
- what Brexit means for the sector
- food safety in the media
- improving food safety in practice
- effectively implementing ever-changing regulations
- forthcoming challenges and issues in food safety
The conference is being hosted by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s leading awarding organisation for food safety qualifications, in partnership with The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology, the Institute of Food Science and Technology, and RHE Global.
Chaired by Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger, author of Hygiene for Management and The Food Safety Handbook, the conference will feature presentations from:
- Dawn Welham, Operations and Technical Services Director at Caterers Choice Ltd, President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
- Geoffrey Podger, former Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Executive
- Sterling Crew, Managing Director at SQS Ltd, Strategic Advisor at Dynamic Risk Indicator and the Shield Safety Group
- Madeleine Smith, Reader in Food Safety, University of Birmingham
- Dr Lisa Ackerley, Food Safety Advisor at UKHospitality, Visiting Professor University of Salford
- Tony Lewis, Associate Professor at the Royal Agricultural University
- Michael Jackson, Head of Regulatory Compliance Division, Regulatory Compliance, People and NI Directorate at the Food Standards Agency
- John Barnes, Strategic Advisor, Shield Safety Group
Richard Sprenger, Highfield Chairman, said, ‘In a fast-changing world keeping up to date with major food safety issues that may impact on your livelihood and your business, and the opportunity to interact with experienced specialists in food safety, are just two important reasons to attend the Highfield conference. Meeting friends and colleagues, a good accessible venue and excellent value for money are an added bonus’.
The conference takes place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on 13 June 2019.
For more information, go to http://foodsafety2019.highfield.co.uk/
Regular updates are also available on https://twitter.com/askhighfield and https://www.facebook.com/askhighfield
Notes to editors:
- Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.
- Highfield Qualifications recently took the coveted ‘Awarding Organisation of the Year 2018’ title at the Federation of Awarding Bodies’ annual awards ceremony in October 2018, and was a recipient of the Queens’ Award in 2016.
Dr Lisa Ackerley, otherwise known as the ‘Hygiene Doctor’, and Tony Lewis, Associate Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, will discuss the do’s and don’ts of navigating food safety issues and the media at our Improving Food Safety in a Changing World conference on 13 June at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
Dr Lisa Ackerley
‘These days, something said today could be following you around for many years to come, so we need to be measured in a world which is usually fast paced, even instant. Preparation is key, having the information you need at your fingertips.’
Together, Lisa and Tony will cover topical issues such as allergens and acrylamide as well as the way in which the media approaches incidents. As a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Dr Lisa Ackerley is renowned for providing expert advice and support to most food industry sectors and to the mass media on food safety issues.
In his engagement as an Associate Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, Tony Lewis has a brief that includes research and teaching in food. Prior to joining RAU, Tony was employed for many years as Head of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and as such promised to provide great insight on the topic of Food safety issues and the media.
Find out more about the burning topics our line-up of expert speakers will discuss at the Improving Food Safety in a Changing World conference this June on our website foodsafety2019.highfield.co.uk.
And don’t forget to take advantage of our early bird offer and save £55 on the price of your ticket! Early bird offer ends 31 March.
To book your ticket now go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventDay=ab957cf6-7396-4ee3-80f6-99c01478061a