Led by a steering committee with considerable food law experience, the Food Regulatory Group (formerly known as Food Law Group) provides members interested in food legislation with an opportunity to engage and share knowledge with others in the Group.
The scope of the group includes:
- UK food labelling
- Health and nutrition claims
- Regulated food products and novel foods
- Global food standards
- Official controls and regulation
The Group's activities include hosting thought-provoking discussion workshops (typically two per year) which feature experts (including those from industry and government) presenting on the latest hot topics. The panel Q&A and general discussion sessions, encourage the sharing of relevant knowledge and experience across the sector.
Chair: Melanie Bulger
Vice-chair: Bruce Lambourne
Secretary: Rachel Ward
Communications: Dima Faour-Klingbeil
Events: Eugenia Choi
Other Members: Ruth Birt, Su Dakin, Andrew Guttridge, Mary-Jane Hawkes, Luke Murphy, Vanessa Richardson, Mark Tallon, Lewis Wallis and Su Zhang.
Ruth Birt FIFST has over 30 years of experience in the food industry and holds a Food Science degree and a master’s in food law. Ruth spent 15 years in a blue-chip specialist foods company before setting up her consultancy, Regulatory Solutions Ltd. Her company offers regulatory advice in the areas of infant foods, foods for special medical purposes, and other dietetic foods. Ruth is the Chair of the IFST Scottish Branch.
Melanie Bulger MIFST After qualifying with an MSc in Food Science and Nutrition, Melanie has worked for: a2 Milk Company, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Clasado Biosciences and The Bountiful Company, in nutrition and regulatory. Melanie is now Head of Regulatory Affairs for Danone UK and Ireland.
Eugenia Choi CSci MIFST graduated as a nutrition and food scientist and has a background in food law. She has spent over 10 years working in various regulatory affairs positions across the food and drink as well as nutritional healthcare industries covering the UK, EU, and other international markets.
Dima Faour-Klingbeil Dima is an academic researcher, an international consultant in food safety and regulatory systems, and a compliance auditor for diverse food categories. She has over 20 years’ experience in managerial and leadership positions in the food and health industries, including competencies in research, training and capacity building, and national guidance and policy advice. Member of the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA).
Andrew Guttridge MIFST holds a BSc in Food Technology. He has experience in technical and quality roles in a range of manufacturing sectors, including flavourings, ambient, and dairy. He is currently working in a regulatory role for a large snacks company.
Mary-Jane Hawkes MIFST is a lecturer in Food Science and Course Director for the Food Safety, Inspection and Control degree and the CertHE in Food Control course at Coventry University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also enjoys working in new product development with ingredients companies and developing HACCP plans for small businesses.
Bruce Lambourne FIFST has 27 years of experience working internationally in the food industry and holds two Science degrees (Food Technology and Quality Management) and an MBA. He is also a Chartered Manager with Chartered Management Institute. He has worked with Defra and the FSA and has served as a committee member on a number of industry trade bodies. His consultancy company, Food Technology & Integrity Consulting, offers specialist technical support to food businesses.
Luke Murphy MIFST heads the commercial side of the scientific and regulatory affairs at Leatherhead Food Research, having previously worked as a manager and advisor in the team for 10 years. He helps companies solve strategic and compliance-related food law issues, and manages Leatherhead client accounts in the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the USA. Before this, he worked in R&D and technical roles for Unilever, Mars Petcare, Dupont, and Leathams Ltd.
Vanessa Richardson FIFST is Deputy Director-General at the UK Potato Processors’ Association, which represents the interests of the processed potato and snacks manufacturers in the UK . Vanessa has nearly 20 years’ experience in the food industry, with 15 spent in regulatory roles for various businesses, consultancy companies and, more recently, trade associations. Vanessa is a food technologist by background and also holds a Masters’ degree in Food Regulatory Affairs.
Mark Tallon FIFST is an expert in EU food law and past chair of the IFST Food Regulatory Group (formerly known as ‘Food Law Group’). With over 20 years of experience, his role as Managing Director at Legal Foods Ltd has resulted in the review and assessment of over 1,000 products covering multiple EU markets. He holds master’s Degrees in European Law and Food Law and a Doctorate in Nutritional Biochemistry.
Rachel Ward FIFST has more than 25 years’ experience in international strategy, standards and risk management for the food chain. She has worked in various roles across the food industry including analytical laboratory management, supply chain quality assurance, regulatory compliance, scientific affairs and risk management.
Lewis Wallis is a Regulatory Affairs Advisor at Campden BRI. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a Master's degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Food Science, Nutrition and Biochemistry, and decided to pursue a career in Regulatory after carrying out an industry placement at Danone. He has also been awarded the Leeds Doctoral Scholarship to pursue a part-time PhD at University of Leeds researching digital food environments and the application of nutrient profiling models.
Each SIG is run by a small committee of volunteer members, who meet both face-to-face and virtually. As part of the committee, members are actively involved in organising and attending meetings in relation to setting up activities, events and webinars across the year. Open our Events page to attend our upcoming events or access the Webinar Hub to watch previous webinar recordings.
Are you interested in food regulatory, and want to talk to like-minded individuals? 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.
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.