COVID-19 Advisory Group

The COVID-19 Advisory Group has been created to assess the impact of COVID-19 and propose relevant policy positions, signpost to credible resources created by others, and generate additional complimentary IFST resources to populate our COVID-19 Knowledge Hub with scientifically robust and practical guidance for individuals, and for food operations. They are working closely with our internal IFST communities, other professional bodies and external Government agencies and departments to equip everyone with the best advice at this time.

Meet the COVID-19 Advisory Group

Chair: Chris Gilbert-Wood (also Chair of IFST Scientific Committee)

Committee Members:  Ivan Bartolo, Sue Bell, Julian Cooper, Sterling Crew, Sam Jennings, Andy Kerridge, Peter Littleton, Louise Manning, John Points, Denis Treacy, Peter Wareing. 

And from the IFST Team: Natasha Medhurst and Rachel Ward.

President’s Special Award

COVID-19 Advisory Group was awarded the President’s Special Award in 2021. Helen Munday, IFST President, said it was important to recognise the special achievements of this group, which was formed quickly in response to the pandemic and met twice weekly for the first few months. The Group’s output included the COVID-19 Knowledge Hub. The Group’s work proved an invaluable way for IFST to ensure knowledge and expertise was shared throughout the membership and provided a great platform for IFST’s conversations with key contacts, such as DEFRA and FSA. Congratulations to both!

IFST Community

Log on to our communication platform for all IFST members, IFST Community. This online space is open for you to interact and communicate freely and easily with other members and engage with our many Networks. Here are some step-by-step instructions to get you started. We’ve also created a simple how-to video.

Join the Community

IFST Impact Award

We value the important contribution that volunteers bring to the work and life of the Institute. Without the contribution of the volunteers who serve on committees, branches and special interest groups, we would find it difficult to achieve the strategic priorities set out by the Board of Trustees. The Impact Award is an opportunity for volunteers to showcase an innovative activity that has been undertaken that meets the set criteria.

Find out more about the previous winners, entry criteria and submissions here.

Contact us

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