SSG Accreditation & Education team

CHAIR: Lauren Rogers CSci, RSensSci, FIFST

Lauren Rogers – Sensory Science Consultant

Since 2009 Lauren has enjoyed helping various companies in many different ways including setting up new panels, reviewing their sensory facilities and providing interim cover. Lauren joined the SSG for professional recognition, to keep up-to-date and to enable her to give something back.

Jane Clark CSci, RSensSci, MIFST

Consultant – Jane Clark Research (Own business)

Jane has been involved in sensory science for 25 years and has worked both client and agency-side.  She has been a member of SSG since its start, enjoying the networking occasions, and the opportunity to promote and develop sensory science.

Dr Virginie Cotte CSci, RSensSci, FIFST

Regional Product Sensory Manager at British American Tobacco (BAT)

Virginie joined the SSG to work towards improving standards in sensory, and to stay aware of the latest methods. She sees it as important for participating in discussion forums, networking with other professionals and to improve the credibility and visibility of sensory science.

Professor Joanne Hort CSci, RSensSci, FIFST

Fonterra Riddet Chair in Consumer & Sensory Science (New Zealand)

Joanne joined the group as a PhD student during its formation in the 1990s. From 2010-13 she was Chair. From 2013-15 she was elected Chair of European Sensory Science Society (E3S), of which SSG is a founding member. Joanne spent 15 years at Nottingham University, latterly as SABMiller Chair in Sensory Science, before moving to New Zealand.

Dr Sarah Kemp CSci, RSensSci, FIFST

Dr Sarah Kemp Consulting

Sarah has more than 30 years of global sensory and consumer research experience in multinational FMCG companies and agencies. She is a founder member and past Chair of SSG and feels that participating in the SSG allows her to give something back by helping to shape the future of sensory science and to raise its profile and professional standing, whilst benefiting from networking and learning opportunities.

Dr Jean McEwan CStat, RSensSci, FIFST

Consultant, Jean A McEwan Consulting Ltd.

Jean has over 30 years’ experience in sensory and consumer sciences, and sensometrics.  She joined the SSG in 2011 to network with members and be part of the E3S.  She is also actively involved with the Sensometric Society, Society of Sensory Professionals and ASTM, and is a reviewer for a number of sensory-related journals.

Professor Lisa Methven FIFST

Professor of Food & Sensory Science at Reading University

Lisa’s teaching includes modules incorporating IFST Certificate of Accreditation for Sensory Training (Foundation & Intermediate level), as well as consumer behaviour to food. She feels the SSG is important in enabling colleagues in sensory & consumer science, throughout UK industry and academia, to keep in contact and share ideas.

Stephanie Mitchell CSci, RSensSci, FIFST

Senior Sensory Manager at PPL Insights

Steph feels that the SSG is an excellent vehicle for sensory and consumer professionals, to network, keep up-to-date with latest developments and enhance their skills. 

Dr Isabella Nyambayo MIFST

Assistant Professor of Food, Nutrition & Sensory Science at Coventry University

Isabella teaches undergraduate modules covering NPD, sensory science, and food consumption behaviour.  She also collaboratively supervises post-grad projects on sensory science and genetic predisposition to food consumption behaviour. She enjoys SSG and SSG-IFST conferences where she keeps up-to-date with sensory developments and meets up with both UK and international sensory professionals from industry and academia.

Silvia Peleteiro MIFST

Sensory Manager at Suntory Beverage & Food Europe

Silvia was keen to be actively involved in the world of sensory science by joining SSG. She enjoys meetings and conferences where she keeps up-to-date with sensory developments and meets up with other sensory professionals.

Professor Casiana Blanca J. Villarino, PhD, CSci, RSensSci, FIFST

Principal Investigator, Food Application and Sensory Laboratory, FSN Department, College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman

Blanca teaches food science courses both in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has been a practising Sensory Scientist since 2002. She joined SSG, to expand her network of sensory science professionals for future collaboration and for her to be updated on the new developments in the field which she can share with her students and research team.