Find your university representative

Our University Representatives are the eyes and ears of our student group and provide a valuable service in promoting IFST events and membership to their peers. They liaise with University contacts, promote IFST events, promote membership and work with our student group and local branch networks.

Listed below are all of our appointed University Representatives for the 2021-22 academic year.

Don't see your university on the list? Why not apply to become a University Representative.

To apply and be part of the Student Group 2022/23, please visit the Student Group page for more information


Chathumi Maduwage

I am a final year postgraduate, studying Master’s in Food Science and Biotechnology at Teesside University. New product development and value addition while promoting the health benefits is my passion for learning and I have completed several new product development projects. Also, I developed a multifunctioning food additive with thickening, stabilizing and binding properties by using Jackfruit seeds. Currently I am doing my research project on extraction and physicochemical characterization of spent coffee grounds.

IFST events and community help me to expand my knowledge on latest aspects of food science and innovations as well as it is a good platform for students to create new networks with food professionals. As an IFST Student Representative, I would like to connect with other students and give them an opportunity to build up a great networking while improving their knowledge in food science.   

Chloe Pow

I am a final year BSc (Hons) Food Science student at Glasgow Caledonian University. I am particularly fascinated by food microbiology, especially the impact food can have on our gut microbiome and its influence on health. Outside of university I have a background in Graphic design which provides me with a unique, broad skill set by providing an insight into the way in which food companies brand and package their products.

As a Food Science student IFST has been a fantastic resource for my personal learning and development, I love the informative webinars and IFST magazine! As a IFST Student Representative I look forward to encouraging others to use the resources provided by IFST and help to build a stronger food science community.

Erika Rosbotham

I am a BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition graduate and an Associate Registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. I am currently a PhD researcher within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster University. My research investigates the use of novel vitamin D bio-enriched food products to improve consumer vitamin D status.

IFST student membership has provided me with many opportunities to improve my professional development by attending webinars and workshops. I am delighted to be an IFST student representative for Ulster University and promote IFST activities to food and nutrition students.

Esme Bains

Hello everyone! 

I am a final year student at University of Surrey studying Food Science & Nutrition. My fascination for food started while accompanying my grandmother in her kitchen garden back in India. 

Functional foods, sustainable food development and innovation are some of many topics which interest me in the food industry and also led me into blogging my passion on Instagram @food.mirror. 

Besides exploring farmers markets and trying new recipes I love going for runs outdoors and learning about new cultures! 

Lewis Wallis

I am a final year masters student studying Natural Sciences at the University of Leeds, specialising in Food Science, Nutrition and Biochemistry. Having worked in the Regulatory Affairs team at Danone for my placement year, I also have experience applying regulations to the development of food products and marketing communications. Outside of my studies, I volunteer for theScienceGrad - a blog pulling together science articles and careers advice for students and graduates.

Tabassum Sultana

I am studying MSc in Food Science and Technology(industry) at Cardiff Metropolitan University. By choosing the Food Safety Management sector as my foremost concern as well as consistent research experience in chemical analysis in food technology are strengthening my ability in this area. Food is the most consumed and sensitive product for humans among all other services. Moreover, the concern in the Food safety area has been spreading from farm to fork that is applicable in each step in the food supply and manufacturing process.  My ambition is to bring new technological and sustainable improvements in food science for the betterment of people's health and spread awareness about pathogens and adulterated food.