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Chair: Andy Kerridge, FIFST, Chair of IFST Midlands Branch

Andy has more than 25 years of experience in food technology/quality & safety management; working in Europe, Middle East & Africa. His career started in the meat industry and continued in foodservice. He has been involved in the development of issues 4-7 of the BRC Global Food Standard. Since 2012, he now helps companies meet demands of quality, safety & consistency. Andy is also Chair of IFST Midlands Branch.

Clare Rapa-Marley, FIFST, Head of Standards and Audits, Tesco

Tesco serves more than 79 million customers a week and employs more than 450,000 colleagues who work in 6,800 retail stores and 45 distribution centres worldwide. 

Clare has led the Tesco group Standards and Audit function for the past five years, with accountabilities including supplier audit programmes, manufacturing standards and associated policies / requirements, for all globally sourced products.

She joined Tesco in 2008 commencing with the USA division and worked in several different technical roles in the UK and Group Food Sourcing functions before leading her current role. Her career has included working across different food industry sectors supplying into Tesco, Other Retailers and Food Service, in roles across the technical spectrum. She is a Reading University graduate, Lead Auditor and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology.

Moderator: Natasha Medhurst, Scientific Affairs Manager, IFST

Natasha’s principle focus is on scientific activities and affairs, contributing to the communication of our scientific voice. She is responsible for writing new scientific materials for our members and other interested parties as well as in response to specific external enquiries.

In addition, Natasha supports the Scientific Committee, coordinates the relationship with our Special Interest Groups and acts as an external scientific representative for collaborations with other relevant organisations.