Meet the Team

Jon Poole

Jon Poole

Chief Executive

Jon Poole is responsible for the overall management of IFST affairs, providing continuity in policy and administration and external representation. He is Company Secretary with responsibility for the charity trust and is top-level point of contact for outside individuals, organisations and government bodies.

Andrew Gardner

Andrew Gardner

Operations Director

Andrew Gardner is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office, the Institute's finances, and supports the work of the Education and Careers and Professional Development committees.

John Bassett

Policy and Scientific Development Director

In this new role, John will be focusing on developing the Institute’s outward facing activities - particularly aimed at growing the Institute’s increasing influence on matters of policy in relation to all the Institute’s areas of interest. John is also responsible for coordinating and directly inputting to IFST’s position on scientific and other areas of policy.

Erin Taylor

Membership Development Manager

Erin Taylor oversees member co-ordination, engagement and development of the membership base, various member communities and volunteer support. Erin also coordinates and actively manages IFSTs Group membership schemes, CPD and Professional Registration schemes.

Izabela Nair

Izabela Nair

Media and Communications Coordinator

Izabela coordinates the Institute's communications and is responsible for commissioning, managing, editing, and disseminating content relating to the web-based version of IFST's respected magazine title – Food Science & Technology. Her role also includes responsibilities relating to content production for the main IFST website.

Marjo Kiiveri

Professional Development Officer

Marjo is directly involved with membership assessment and continuing professional development (CPD) for all new and existing members. Marjo assessess individual and group scheme applications and works together with the various assessment panels and professional development committee to maintain the quality assurance of the assessment processes. She also coordinate CPD schemes.


Delia Mertoiu

Marketing Executive

Delia is responsible for marketing and promotion of the Institute’s products and services including events and manages the day-to- day relationship with third party marketing providers where needed. She is also providing support in the following key areas: membership administration, financial administrations, administrative support to the Chief Executive, administration and coordination relating to key events.

Tim Mervyn-Jones

Tim Mervyn-Jones

IT & Projects Coordinator

Tim supports the Institute’s new project initiatives as well as ongoing maintenance and development of the Institute’s websites and IT systems.