Meet the Student Group Committee

The Student Group committee meets regularly via teleconference/skype and in person. The student group aims to develop and improve the student IFST experience through events, the student newsletter and the student facebook group. 

Meet the Committee:

James Huscroft, Chair 

James is currently a second year PhD research student at the University of Nottingham having graduated from there in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Food Science. James undertook a placement year with Campden BRI in the area of thermal processing and process validation. Nowadays in his PhD, he is looking at green and sustainable manufacturing processes to create functional food particulate emulsifiers from by-products of the food and beverage supply chain in a collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Campden BRI.

As Chair of the IFST Student Group, James' role is to be the spokesperson for the UK student body and to help with the smooth running of their ever-growing network. James has a wide network of food industry professionals which he uses on a daily basis to help bridge the gap between industry and academia to make the student network the best that it can be at the start of all our careers. In addition, James is a  keen gym goer, likes to think of himself as a budding cook and an ambitious guitarist.

Alice Neild, Publicity Officer

Alice is currently on her placement year with Mondelez International (and having the best time!). She's an enthusiastic Food Science student from Reading University, who recently went to Las Vegas through an IFST competition to IFT17 Food conference! An incredible way for a self confessed foodie to have exposure to all the new trends in the food industry, and of course taste a wide array of free samples. Alice wants to increase young people’s awareness and exposure to the opportunities in the food industry, and educate the population about food waste.  Alice will be writing the regular student newsletter along with Alice Bryant.

Alice Bryant, Publicity Officer

Alice is currently studying Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Reading and is on her Industrial Placement Year at Hovis, as a Development Assistant. Alice uses her love for baking and food science to develop new and exciting recipes and improve product quality. Alice also represented the UK at the IFT17 conference in Las Vegas with Alice Nield, participating in the global challenge. She was the President of the Reading University Food and Nutrition Society, organising food socials including factory tours! Alice has also interned with M&S and other bakery companies.  Alice is  excited to join the Student Group and hopes IFST student members enjoy the newsletters! 

Matt Swan

Matt Swain, Undergraduate Representative

Matt is currently in his second year studying Food Development & Nutrition BSc (Hons) at Liverpool John Moores University and joins the group as an Undergraduate Student Representative also. Matt has a keen passion for product development and innovation and has been involved in projects at his time at Uni with Meyer Prestige, a leading cookware company, to showcase products using innovative recipes and trends.

He is also looking forward to starting his placement year with PepsiCo Global R&D Team in Leicester to develop his skills and broaden his knowledge of the food industry. 

Matt aims to share the fantastic work the IFST does in providing a platform to enthusiastic students to make a real difference in our industry and hopes to attend as many events as possible to meet, network and share ideas with his peers and professionals

Outside of University, Matt volunteers with The Scout Association, is a keen Liverpool fan and loves cooking Asian food".

Daisy Akgonullu

Daisy Akgonullu - Student Representative

I am a first year Food Science BSc student at the University of Leeds, who has taken part in work experience in both regional and national food development companies. I hope to get more people involved and aware of the food industry and its developments through roles as IFST representative and member of the student group.

Nicole Dorrington, Nutrition Representative

Nicole graduated from the University of Reading with BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Food Science in 2018 and is now studying MSc Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Chester. Having been challenged with product reformulation during a summer placement at Allied Bakeries and from researching personalised nutrition for her undergraduate dissertation (which she presented at the IFST Young Scientist Competition 2018), she is passionate about ensuring that Food Industry Professionals remain in touch with the latest Nutrition research so that products are developed that allow consumers to make informed and healthy lifestyle choices.

Additional support for the group


Kelsey Kanyuck, International Liaison

Kelsey is a second year PhD student at the University of Birmingham with research focussing on designing edible hydrocolloid systems in chewable confectionary gels to control their microstructure and material properties. 

Kelsey received an MS from North Carolina State University in 2017 and a BS in Food Science and BS in Chemistry from the University of Maryland in 2015. 

Kelsey has interned with Mondelez International, The Hershey Company, the US FDA and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Kelsey is a VP and board member of the IFT student association based in the US. Kelsey is excited to join the IFST student committee to meet local students and bring global ideas and opportunities to the community.



Upcoming Plans

IFST Student Challenge

In February 2019, IFST student group will host the first ever IFST Student Challenge competition. This competition will pit teams of undergraduate students against one another in a food science trivia contest to crown a 2019 Student Challenge champion. Find out more