Speaker Biographies for IFST Food Safety Group event - 'Delivering a positive food safety culture - a practical approach'

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Sterling Crew, Chair IFST Food Safety Group  

Sterling is Managing Director of SQS Ltd. He is a Strategic Advisor at Dynamic Risk Indicator and the Shield Safety Group .Sterling is the Independent Scientific Advisor at Campden BRI and sits on it’s board. He is also on the audit governance board at Eurofins. He chairs the IFST Food Safety Group and is it’s immediate past Vice President. 

He has 35 years’ experience of working in the field of international food safety, governance, communication and regulation. He started his career in government before a successful track history in retailing with Marks and Spencer and Tesco. He has also worked in the branded environment for Coca Cola and Disney and two food manufacturers.

Sterling’s experience as a regulator, retailer, brand owner and food manufacturer has given him a unique perspective of the challenges in the global food supply network and the impact of food safety culture. He is a regular public health commentator.


Denis Treacy, Chief Technical Officer, Culture Compass Ltd.

Denis Treacy is an engaging, driven & decisive Executive Leader with nearly 40 years of FMCG industry experience, the first 10 years in scientific roles, the last 30 years at Management, Leadership, Executive Chief Officer & President Level.

After roles in Unilever, Arla Foods & InBev, Denis was until very recently, President & Chief Safety, Quality, Security & Environment Officer for the $5bn Global Snack foods business Pladis Global. Denis also lead the Health & Safety agenda for Pladis' parent company, Yildiz Holdings, the $12bn frozen food, retail, engineering, mining, personal care company. Responsibility for global food brands such as McVities, Godiva, Ulker, Kellogg & Mars, together with the wellbeing of 52,000 employees in 13 countries and 4bn consumers worldwide, needs a strategy & a strong organisation. Denis lives by values based principles, firmly believing that delivering across any agenda requires a combination of Policies, Organisation, Performance & Culture. Reducing defects, incidents, accidents and improving the quality, safety & integrity of products and working environments can be achieved and sustained with a positive focus.

Denis is known in the food industry for an attitude of sharing best practice, working with customers, regulators and competitors alike to better the industry. Denis has many areas of expertise, developed over a long career, now helping other businesses to deliver transformational performance improvements themselves, in areas of safety & quality strategy, business culture, change management & organisational transformation. Using his rich knowledge, experience and his unique and entertaining character to illustrate his messages, he will keep the agenda energised and the day memorable.