ian-boothThe Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) has appointed Ian Booth as its new chair following the end of a two-year tenure by Alan Lacey, Operations Compliance Manager at Asda.

 Ian is Quality Director UK and Ireland for Martin Brower, the global end-to-end supply chain management specialist within the Quick Service Restaurant sector.

An industry recognised technical and quality director with expertise in short shelf life chilled goods as well  as ambient and frozen products across multiple sectors including FMCG, food production, food service, supply chain and logistics, Ian brings with him a wealth of experience across a wide range of sectors and products of the food industry.

Ian has been an active member of SOFHT for 15 years and is the longest standing member of the SOFHT council. He originally joined as a student member and has previously held the position of SOFHT Focus Editor as well as taking charge of Breakfast Clubs, he has acted as Vice Chair for the last two years.

Ian is a keen food lover with an interest in producing artisanal food using the original techniques, he also collects antique cookery books and old food preparation equipment which he says puts into perspective the progress made in the industry and shows that ingredients, care and preparation has always been of importance.

His previous job roles include Technical Director at Reynolds Catering Supplies Ltd and Owner/Technical Consultant at Meadows Booth Consulting.

On his new appointment, Booth said: “I am extremely proud to become Chairman of the Society. Throughout my career, SOFHT has supported my development, through the various training and events that I have attended, and the networking and industry knowledge gained through the well respected team of voluntary Directors.

“I am privileged to be able to return some of that benefit, and continue to raise the profile so that the Society can continue support in the development of others, as it has myself. I wish to continue the focus of previous chairs, ensuring that we continue to meet the needs and expectations of its members.

“The SOFHT council Directors represent the breadth of the industry and we must ensure that all areas are considered and represented through the range of events and training that SOFHT have throughout 2016.

“With the pace of change in social media and information technology, the Society is focused on using these to provide information to members who have an ever increasing responsibility in their roles.  The result of the EU Referendum will have a significant impact on the food industry, and SOFHT will be focused on supporting members through this transition.”

For more information on SOFHT www.sofht.co.uk or call 01827 875 800.