Consultancy and Technical Services
This list of SDT Members, who are prepared to act as consultants or provide technical services is provided as a service to those seeking such assistance.
The information included has been supplied by that individual and it must be emphasised that where members undertake work as a result of this web site, they do so entirely in their individual professional capacity and totally independent of the SDT. Consultants will negotiate their own terms and conditions including their rates, and in no sense represent the SDT.
The Society cannot accept any responsibility or liability for work undertaken and it should be noted that free advice or information is generally not provided.
Consultants who are members of the Society wishing to be included in this list should contact the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Ken Burgess MSc, MBA, PhD, C.Sci
31 Selby Rd
Mobile: +44 (0)7515283291
With over 40 years experience in the dairy industry, my key roles were Group Technical Director of Dairy Crest for 15 years and Technical Director of Yoplait UK for 5. I have also worked in Ireland and France, as well as working with the International Dairy Federation in over 15 countries, and operating for the past 10 years as an Independent Consultant. My broad experience has included leading R&D programmes resulting in the development of brands such as Clover, Cathedral City & Frijj, implementing best in class Good Manufacturing Practice Standards, & the technical leadership of major industry investments in cheese manufacture, added value whey processing and supply chain facilities.
I operate happily at all levels, from developing strategic technical plans to the detailed solving of product specific technology and microbiology problems. I also have a broad range of business and people development interests and experience, supported by qualifications in business administration, coaching and change management. Coaching, development and training feature strongly in my work.
This combination and integration of technical, business and people development approaches are what distinguishes my consultancy philosophy.
Chris Edwards OBE, TD, MIFST, VR
The Dairy House Ltd,
Smithy Cottage, Stowford,
With over 30 years working in the dairy food and agricultural sector, Chris has an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing the food and dairy supply chain from primary production through to retail supply. During his career, the cereal/dairy farmer's son has played a lead role in land based education and training, rural business and regional development, with particular emphasis on the dairy sector. This breadth of experience has been instrumental in his determination to promote best practice and the sustainable future for dairy processing in the UK through Skills development. In his previous employment positions, Chris has worked as a food supermarket manager, product development technologist, an operations manager with Milk Marque, Warehouse Operations manager, he has lectured in Food and Dairy Technology for 15 years in addition to managing the product development halls at Reaseheath College. Latterly he has worked for 4 ½ years with Arla Foods as their Technical Competence Development Manager and then 12 months with Tetra Pak UK processing systems concentrating on dairy plant business development. He has his own Dairy Technology Training and Consultancy now – The Dairy House Ltd.
He believes that the food industry must continually be in a position to change and adapt in response tomarket demands by keeping abreast of the ever changing factors within global dairy sector.
John Knox MSc, CSci, MCQI, FIFST
John Knox Ltd
55 Rose Bank
Staffordshire ST13 6AG
John was manufacturing director of the £200m turnover Kerrygold Co. for 14 years and founded and run the Staffordshire Cheese Co. for 10 years.
He has prepared Business Plans, Developed Sales and New Products in Artisanal Cheesemaking, Yogurt, Juice, Milk and Butter. He has considerable experience in HACCP and Quality Systems Development.
Nigel C A Stevens
Tel Home: 01579 351 061
Tel Mobile: 07974 912 518
I'm an independent Environmental Consultant working specifically within the dairy sector, as well as the wider food and drink industry. I am experienced, qualified and practical and offer totally impartial advice on all aspects of industrial effluent treatment, plant troubleshooting and wastage control... and I'm cost-effective. With over 35+ years of experience, working in over 200 sites across 16 countries I can provide the best, independent knowledge base from which to make informed decisions, and meet due diligence requirements. My services and assignments include: comprehensive plant assessments, options and strategy reviews, appraisal of quotations, detailed effluent plant design, full-scale water reuse projects and accredited technical training. Further info at www.nigelcastevens.com but do not hesitate to contact me for an informal discussion to see if I can help on your project or site.
29 Hill Top Road
23 years senior manufacturing, engineering, technology, innovation and projects positions with global FMCG blue chip organisations. Worked in Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and UK.
Certified facilitator of business insight workshops.
Manufacturing, Dairy, Food and drink industries, Food Safety, Statutory compliance, Engineering, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, Hygienic Design, Project Management, Design Specifications, Maintenance, Innovation, Skills, Education
Liz Whitley MPhil, PhD, FIFST
Cornwall, PL15 9QH
Mobile: 07774 292787
Liz has more than 35 years experience within the dairy industry and dairy education. Her research topics have included Listeria monocytogenes as well as Blue Stilton cheese. She is an experienced trainer and can either deliver consultancy or training in areas such as HACCP, food safety systems, practical food and dairy products manufacture, microbiology and technical aspects. Liz is an experienced trouble shooter and can apply theory to practice to resolve issues. She offers consultancy in all aspects of dairy technology and is well known for her work with cheese makers.
Techni-K Consulting Ltd
The Old Booking Hall
2a Station Road
Office: 07955 211023
At Techni-K Consulting we provide food safety assistance to the food and drink industry, to help manufacturers meet the legislation (HACCP) or standards such as SALSA, BRC or customers COPs. We have documentation packs that producers can use, to reduce the amount of time it takes to implement and also, therefore, reducing the cost. We are happy to provide free over the phone assistance, so if there’s anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.