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Team Members

Our New Zealand based team members have worked in a wide range of food businesses and for major retailers in New Zealand. So we come up to speed quickly when it comes to understanding your business and your food safety needs.

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Shane Hopgood, Managing Director

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Microbiology
  • Professional member of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNZIFST)
  • 25+ years in food safety & quality
  • International Consultant on Food Hygiene, HACCP and Good Manufacturing Practices (UN FAO)
  • IANZ Technical Expert in the field of microbiology testing and food safety management programme auditing
  • MPI recognised Food Act evaluator and verifier
  • Listeria Management Programme development expertise
  • Developed 50+ Food Safety/Risk Managment Programmes

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Rachael Knapton, Operations|Consultant

  • Bachelor of Food Technology
  • 15+ years in food manufacturing
  • 6+ years in food and general merchandise retail quality and compliance
  • Experience in Operations, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Technical, Compliance, Sourcing and Importing
  • Product, process and policy development expertise in manufacturing and retailing
  • Experience in streamlining manufacturing and retailing operations/document management
  • Food and grocery labelling compliance

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Gavin Jacobson, Consultant

  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
  • Master of Professional Studies in Food Safety (University of Auckland)
  • 20+ years working in the food and chemical industries in New Zealand
  • Experience in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Laboratory Management, Production Management, Technical Management, Sales and Sales Management, and Business Management
  • Specialist experience and expertise with Food Safety Management Programmes, Cleaning and Sanitising Chemicals, Plant Hygiene Programmes, and Food Ingredients
  • Experience developing and managing Food Safety Programmes/Food Control Plans
  • MPI recognised Food Act verifier
  • Professional member of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNZIFST)

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Helen McDonald, Consultant

  • New Zealand Certificate in Food Science (NZCS)
  • Professional member of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNZIFST)
  • 25+ years in food safety and quality
  • Extensive food safety management programme development experience
  • Broad based experience in horticulture (NZGAP, GlobalGAP)
  • IANZ Technical Expert for food safety programme auditing
  • MPI recognised Food Act evaluator and verifier
  • Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP) verification experience

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Alicia Pratt, Consultant

  • Bachelor of Technology in Food Science
  • 20+ years working in the Food Industry
  • Experience in Quality Assurance, Food Microbiology, Food Safety Programme/Food Control Plan development and implementation, and auditing.
  • RABQSA Lead Auditor and WQA approved auditor
  • MPI recognised Food Act verifier
  • Vital 2.0 expertise

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Rebecca Fletcher, Consultant

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Food Science
  • 15+ years working in the Food Industry
  • Experience in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Importing, Exporting, Technical Support, Product Development, Regulatory and Food Labelling.
  • Risk Management Programme expertise

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Liz Cook, Consultant

  • 20+ years in the food industry
  • Experience in Quality Control, Quality Assurance
  • Listeria Management, Food Microbiology, High risk and RTE foods
  • Risk Management Programme expertise
  • Expertise in the Food Standards Code

 

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