Our Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is made up of a group of industry experts who have been tasked with providing current knowledge, critical thinking and analysis to help Food Alert anticipate and service their clients’ needs.

The Board focuses on food safety and nutrition and health & safety, but running through all of that is a strong emphasis on sustainability and how that’s shaping the future of the food sector. The TAB meets four times a year to reveal key insights into the industry, and how we can put Food Alert clients a step ahead of the rest.

Meet the Board

Chair: Dr Lisa Ackerley CEnvH FRSPH

Dr Lisa Ackerley is one of the UK’s leading high-profile food safety experts. She spent 11 years at the Royal Society for Public Health and has held numerous other high-profile positions in the industry, even winning awards for her contribution to food hygiene.

Darryl Thomson BSc MIH

Darryl Thomson has had a long history with our team, having been a client of NT Assure while Head of Safety at Mitchells & Butlers plc. He’s also held roles as a Safety Consultant for UKHospitality and is Chairman of the UKHospitality Food Experts Group.

Julia Wilson MSc CEnvH

Julia recently stepped into the role of Senior Lecturer in Applied Sciences at the University of Middlesex after a long career as Technical Director at Food Alert and a Principal Environmental Health Officer, giving her hands-on experience dealing with food hygiene across the industry.

Sioned Hatcher-Evans

Joining Food Alert as their new Technical Director, Sioned previously was Head of Safety & Risk at TGI Fridays UK and is a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner. She’s jumping into her new role head-first by joining the Board – and we’re so excited to have her on the team.

Su Cacioppo

Su has worked in the hospitality sector for over 35 years, including 22 years as a director at J D Wetherspoon with a focus on employee relations, people development, audit compliance and environmental governance. In 2022 she left Wetherspoon to set up Peta David Ltd and now works as a consultant. She is a member of the operations board and advisory board at Zero Carbon Forum.

Kathryn Gilbertson

Kathryn is a solicitor and partner at HCR Hewitson who advise companies and their directors on health & safety, food safety and environmental and regulatory compliance issues. She’s passionate about safety, is an active member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association and has been awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Public Health and Society of Food Hygiene and Technology in recognition of her contribution.