From left to right: Brigid McKevith, Daniel Festing, Dominic Darby, Guvinder Abdel-Hady, Helen Munday, Martin Macfarlane, Rod Addy, Sam Millar, Simon Scullion, Tim Foster, Tim Holmesm Victoria Fuller.

The panel of dragons is made up of key figures from the UK food and drink industry and includes industrial, governmental, professional and media representatives. The dragons will judge each entry on ten areas

Rod Addy

Editor, Food Manufacture

As editor, Rod Addy is responsible for all digital multimedia content delivered on Food Manufacture’s  website and through webinars, virtual and face-to-face conferences and its' annual Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. His 20-year career as a journalist includes stints for The Grocer and website Food Navigator, covering topics ranging from NPD to food safety, food science and processing and engineering.

Tim Holmes

Head of Global Quality Strategy and Equity Standards, Diageo

Tim Holmes is responsible for the quality strategy and agenda for Diageo plc. Tim started his career with Guinness as a brewer and has worked in diverse technical roles over a 30 year career within the Guinness and subsequent Diageo organisations. He uses his passion for quality and flavour to help ensure Diageo's products delight their consumers. Time is Chair of Campden BRI. 

Victoria Fuller

Open Innovation Lead, Research and Nutritional Sciences, Mondelez 
Victoria has >16 years-experience in the food and drink industry including at Mars incorporated and Mondelez International. She has held a variety of roles including quality, food safety, analytical and innovation, including leading teams in emerging and developed markets. Victoria has an interest in partnering externally to drive breakthrough innovation. 


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Daniel Festring

Food Chemistry Group Leader, Nestlé Product Technology Centre Confectionery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Daniel has been with Nestlé for more than 10 years. Flavour scientist by training, he has held different roles within the R&D organisation. With his passion for innovation & great tasting products he is currently leading a team of scientists driving the translation of science and technology into condfectionery innovations. 

Dominic Darby

Dominic leads a newly formed multi-disciplinary team whose sole purpose is to drive disruptive innovation. An an IFST Fellow, over the last 20 years Dom has worked in big retail and manufacturing businesses as well as small entrepreneruial start-ups. 

Brigid McKevith

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager UK & Ireland
Brigid has over eighteen years' experience in the food industry invluding Tata Global Beverages and Nestle Breakfast Cereals. In 2019, she joined Coca-Cola as Senior manager for Scientific & Regulartory Affairs. Her responsibilities include ensureing compliance of formulations, ingredients, products, packages, labels, claims, and communications for the UK and Ireland. 

Sam Millar

Director of Quality, Warburtons Ltd
Sam Millar is the Director of Quality for Warburtons Ltd, responsible for product and packaging quality, food safety and regulatory compliance. Sam has served as a Board Director for the Cereals & Grains Association  (AACCI) and is a Fellow of the IFST as well as the Academy of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC).  

Helen Munday

President IFST  
 Helen Munday is President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology. Helen has a wealth of experience of the food and drink secotr covering areas such as food safety and science, sustainability, innovation and health and wellbeing. 

Guvinder Abdel-Hady 

Category Technical Manager, Sainsbury's 
Guvinder has over 15 years of experience working across multiple retailers in the Technical & Development functions. 
As a Category Technical Manager at Sainsbury's she is responsible for the Food Safety and Integrity, supplier relationships, technical innovation and consistent quality products within the Sainsbury's brand. 
Guvinder also leads the Assistant Technologist programme. The two year programme allows Food Science or equivalent graduates to get a breadth of experience across all areas of retail. 

Martin MacFarlane 

R&D Director, Unilever
Martin has worked for Unilever for 17 years. He originally focussed on ensuring the safety of products and manufactoring for consumers, employees and the environment for various products across Personal Care and Foods. He then moved to Ice Cream Design, developing recipes and technologies to give new consumer benefits and experiences. Martin is now an R&D Director for the Pepsi Lipton Joint Venture, where a key responsibility is the European Innovation Programme for brands including Lipton Ice Tea. 

Simon Scullion

Global R&D Director, PepsiCo 
Simon joined PepsiCo in 2012, where he is an R&D Director leading teams in multiple countries to developo snack foods withing PepsiCo's core businesses. 
He holds a BSc (Hons) and Ph.D in chemistry as well as a Diploma in Brewing. Currently, he is studying for an executive MBA. 

Tim Foster

Scientific Affairs Director, Campden BRI 
Tim joined Campden BRI as Scientific Affairs Director (2020) and is responsible for the science and technology strategy in meeting member needs and collaborating widely with academia. Previously he was Professor of Food Structure at the University of Nottingham (2007-2020) and Senior Scientist 'Food Structural Design' at Unilever R&D (1992-2007).  


Preliminary judging

All entries will be carefully reviewed and then shortlisted by a panel of judges with expertise in new product development:

Simon Allison

Vice-Chair IFST Education and Careers Board

Simon Chattock

Head of Vendor Assurance at Compass Group
UK & Ireland Ltd

Steve Timms

Commercial Development Manager at Brenntag
UK & Ireland

Vince Craig

Managing Director, Meadowbrae Technical Services

Professor Carol Phillips

Former Professor of Microbiology and Deputy Dean
at University of Northampton (Retired)

Julian Cooper

Owner/Director at 342 Consulting Ltd

Richard Marshall

Senior Lecturer in Food Enterprise at Bath Spa

If you are an IFST member and would like to be put yourself forward as a preliminary judge, please contact us.