IFST Student Lecture: 'Eat, snog or avoid? – What to do about food allergy' with the Young Scientist Competition Final - Speaker Biography

London Metropolitan University, GC1-08, Graduate Centre, 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

18 June 2019, London

Dr Hazel Gowland 
PGCE, MSoFHT, MREHIS, FIFST, FRSPH, Expert in food allergy risks at Allergy Action & Visiting Fellow at University of Southampton 


Hazel has had severe allergies to nuts and peanuts since early childhood. She was involved in shaping the Anaphylaxis Campaign from 1994 and established Allergy Action in 2000. In 2018 she was awarded a PhD for a thesis on Food allergy: innovation in advocacy, research and training to support and protect those at risk. 

Her work involves investigating fatal and ‘near miss’ allergic reactions, providing guidance and family support. She continues to shape and deliver allergen management policy, practice and training with leading suppliers, manufacturers, caterers and a wide range of food business operators including schools, universities, hospitals and care workplaces. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the IFST and the Food Special Interest Group of the RSPH.  She lectures on university Masters programmes, and works closely with food industry experts and regulators at international, UK and local authority level to support best practice and reduce risks.