IFST Student Group

The Student Group meets regularly via teleconferece/skype and in person.

Meet the IFST Student Group Members


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! 


Daniel Clarke, Undergraduate Representative 

Daniel is currently in his final year of studying Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds. Last year Daniel spent a year on placement with Mondelez and one thing he feels people forget is your potential employers are human. They want to employ talkative and friendly people which they are going to work alongside. 

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.

Ben King, Sensory Science Representative  

Ben is currently in his final year studying for a BSc in Food Development and Innovation. His main placement experience was a short 3 weeks at Cranswick PLC in Hull (meat manufacturer) with the NPD team, shadowing the process technician and product technologists. Ben helped conduct factory trials, develop supermarket Christmas ranges and gather technical information. 

Bens Top Tips:

“Don't be afraid to ask Food manufactures directly for work experience or placements.”

“While the big companies are great to work for, don't forgot the smaller ones too, there still useful and relevant. “

“Try to network and get yourself out there at industry events like the IFST's Spring conference. “



Anna Monaghan - Northern Ireland Representative

Anna is a final year student at Queen’s University, Belfast studying Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition. Anna has just completed a placement year with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) within their Product Optimization team and is excited by all areas of the food sector, especially those focused on nutrition which she hopes to pursue in her future career endeavours. Anna is the founder and current President of the university’s Food Science society and loves being involved with IFST on both the Northern Ireland level as Secretary and with the student group!

Gaurav Choraria, IFST Young Ambassador and Student Representative

Gaurav is a final year B.Sc (Hons) Food Science and Technology Student at Cardiff Metropolitan University where he's also the IFST representative and an IFST Young Ambassador 2017-18. His placement was at Brecon Foods, who are manufacturers of Sterilised Baby Food Products as a food technologist. Gaurav carried out day-to-day technical activities, supplier monitoring, Quality Meetings, KPIs and supervised overall food safety. He also got the chance to work on various cross departmental projects. A lot of his duties were to ensure compliance to these schemes and maintain the accreditations, while trying to attain new ones

Adelaide Barwood, IFST Young Ambassador and Student Representative

Adelaid is in her final year at Coventry university studying Food and Nutrition. Adelaide has gained experience in sensory, from her year placement at international flavours & fragrances (IFF).

Additional support for the group

Kelsey Kanyuck, International Liasion

Kelsey is a first year PhD student  at the University of Birmingham with research focussing on designing edible hydrocolloid systems in chewable confectionery gels to control the microstructure and material properties. Kelsey received an MS from North Carolina State University (USA) in 2017 and a BS in Food Science and BS in Chemistry from the University of Maryland (USA) 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 (IFTSA) 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.  


Sensory Science for students

The Sensory Science Student Group was formed in 2013, and is looking to recruit students to join the committee!

Find out about the aims of the group, who's involved and what they have been up to...

What we are up to and where to find us!


Date Event/Activities Who
21-23 Food Matters Live

James Huscroft, Alice Neild, Gaurav Choraria, Ben King

1 IFTSA Global Summit James Huscroft, Robert Murdock