Good morning everyone,
I’m writing to let you know that after 15 years with the Society, our Operations Director, Su Werran, has announced her intention to retire.
I have pleasure in also announcing that Su’s successor will be Dr Karen Middleton, who will start in the role on the 1st of June 2021 in time for the AGM on 17 June.
The contribution that Su has made to the Society cannot be overstated – her commitment has been exemplary and she will prove a very hard act to follow. Each and every member of the Council, both past and present, owes Su a massive debt of thanks for developing the Society into the organisation that it is today, securing its future.
Many Society members will be aware of her dedication and hard work behind the scenes at the Annual Lectures, which would not have been such a success without her organisational skills, and her integral part in many of the other SOFHT events, at which she is routinely the first to arrive and always the last to leave.
I’m sure all of you will join me in wishing Su all the very best for her retirement, and although unlikely knowing Su, a well deserved rest!
Karen Middleton will be known to many of you, whether from her time at Campden BRI, Diversey or Bakkavor, or her work serving as a Council member and SOFHT Technical Director. Karen shares many of Su’s crucial traits of enthusiasm, organisational skills, extensive knowledge of our industry and a burning passion for hygiene and food safety, so the future of the Society is very much in safe hands.
Karen will be shadowing Su before taking up the reins fully from the 1st of July 2021 where she will, I’m sure, bring her own style and flair to the role. In the future, Karen will be working closely with both our members and Council to continue to take SOFHT onwards and upwards. She will further develop our accessibility and visibility, which has proven so successful during the past few months with SOFHT Focus Live!, the new Elevenses meetings and of course the Training Academy.
On behalf of all of us at the Society, I’d like to formally welcome Karen, and offer our support as we enter the next stage in our evolution.