Trio of expert advisers join Acoura

19 October, 2015

Three of the most respected experts in the UK food and drink industry have joined Acoura.

David Gregory, Professor Lisa Ackerley and Ton Christiaanse have been appointed as strategic advisers to the board of the fast-growing food sector compliance business – which operates in 28 countries across six continents.

Gregory is making the move as he prepares to step down as chair of the food assurance scheme Red Tractor at the end of November after six years in office. A visiting professor at the University of Reading Centre for Food Security, a member of the industrial advisory board of the Roslin Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, Gregory spent 26 years working for Marks & Spencer from where he retired as Technical Director in 2009.

Professor Ackerley is widely known as ‘The Hygiene Doctor’, and regularly appears on TV and radio offering expert opinion on consumer health matters. A Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, she is also a Visiting Professor of Environmental Health at Salford University, Specialist Food Safety Adviser at the Royal Society of Public Health, and was presented with “The most Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award” from the Society of Food Hygiene Technology in 2011.

Ton Christiaanse will bring 25 years of international expertise from his time spent working at board level with global food and drink and FMCG organisations such as Vion, Sara Lee, Chiquita and Unilever working in a range of markets across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The three heavyweight hires will help Acoura consolidate its position as one of the key players in risk services for the food and drink supply chain.

Formed in 2011, it has grown both organically and through the acquisitions of four of the UK’s most successful food sector compliance businesses - Scottish Food Quality Certification (SFQC), Food Certification International (FCI), Perry Scott Nash Ltd (PSN) and Hygiene Audit Systems (HAS).

Now fully integrated under the acoura banner they offer a full range of services including specialist advice and technology solutions as well as this the group conduct over 32,0000 audits and inspections to companies worth in excess of £8 billion.

Group Chair Paul Egan believes the expertise provided by the addition of the three new special advisers will help to provide Acoura’s clients with the high-level expert advice and analysis that global businesses demand.

“Food and drink businesses are operating in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Customers are becoming ever more demanding with a growing need for brands to be transparent in their operations, which is compounded by continued tough economic environments across the globe.

“Issues such as sustainability, traceability and supply chain management have never been more important, and we are seeing a huge growth in demand not just for auditing and certification but new solutions that make managing food production safer and more transparent.

“We are focussed on helping to do that and by bringing in David, Lisa and Ton we have added some of the most experienced operators in the food and drink sector to our team, they will in turn be able to pass their knowledge and insight on to our clients across the globe.

“It marks another stage in Acoura’s development as a key player in a vital industry and their guidance will underpin the growth strategy for the company in the years ahead.”

For more information on the appointment please contact Acoura's Group Marketing Manager Chris Hammond on 0131 335 6612. Pictured from left to right Ton Christiaanse, Lisa Ackerley and David Gregory. 

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