Jon Poole – CEO of the Institute of Food Science & Technology

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)  are the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology. They are an internationally respected independent membership body, supporting food professionals through knowledge sharing and professional recognition.

Their membership comprises individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, from students to experts, working across a wide range of disciplines within the sector.

Jon Poole is Chief Executive of the IFST in the UK. Whilst not a food scientist himself, Jon’s role involves him in most aspects of the food sector from food safety through to sustainability and new product development through to ensuring the pipeline of talent for the next  generation of food scientists and technologists. Jon also chairs SALSA, the third-party supplier assurance scheme for small and micro businesses in the UK.

Alongside his role at IFST, Jon works part-time as an independent consultant focussing on organisational development across a wide range of sectors and with a particular focus on leadership competency and development and career development. Jon has written and had published three books on leadership, business coaching and career development.

During 2020-21 Jon chaired one of GFSI’s Working Groups as part of its ‘Race to the Top’ programme, focussing on auditor professional recognition and competence.

Jon joins Max to discuss some key topics ahead of their Spring Conference in May:

  • The future technical skills needed within the food sector.
  • The importance of the role of professional recognition.
  • Changing consumer perceptions of food science and technology.


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Filmed 13th April 2022.

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