Chris is a founder and President of Bia Analytical. He is Professor of Food Safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor responsible for the Medical and Life Sciences Faculty between 2015 and 2018. He has published more than 390 peer review articles, many of them relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental related contaminants. His main research interests are in the development of innovative techniques to provide early warning of toxin threats across complex food supply systems. Protecting the integrity of the food supply chain from fraud is also a key research topic and Chris led the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal. He currently co-ordinates a large Horizon2020 food safety project involving 16 European and 17 Chinese partners. Over the years Chris has developed a high-level network of collaborators across Europe, the United States and Asia. He is a visiting Professor at the China Agriculture University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Food Science and Technology. Chris has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Prize and was also awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Richard Ilsley was appointed CEO and Member of the Executive Board of BIA Analytical in April 2020, with a mandate to develop a strategy for the business and to lead the commercialisation and start up process. Prior to taking up the role at BIA Analytical, Richard took on the challenge of being CEO of Knighton Foods Ltd, a then failing joint venture with Premier Foods, where over a 3 year period he was responsible for a complete turn around of the business which secured the future of it’s 400 employees. Other senior positions held by Richard include Managing Director of companies such as Dr Oetker UK, Hero UK and Supercook, plus Group Sales Director of Chaucer Foods where he championed the commercial turnaround of the business that led to its subsequent sale. In summary, Richard has over 30 years of experience in branded and own label FMCG and Food Ingredients industries, spanning sectors including alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, ambient and chilled grocery, and freeze dried food and powdered ingredients. His experience of international markets includes living and working in the EU, Switzerland and USA, and in addition he has managed businesses and commercial teams located across China, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. Throughout his career he has been committed to building and developing strong management teams and has focussed on delivering the innovation, service and value expected by customers, while delivering required financial results for shareholders.
Terry McGrath is a founder and CTO of Bia Analytical. Terry is passionate about detecting food fraud. Before joining the company full time, Terry was a Research Fellow in IGFS at Queen’s University Belfast where his latest research was developing spectroscopic methods, both laboratory based and field deployable, in conjunction with chemometric models to detect food fraud. This research aimed at supporting the food industry to detect food fraud/adulteration in a way that would allow them to increase efficiency and protect consumers from unsafe food. Terry has more than 20 years’ experience working on food safety, security and authenticity from both a commercial and academic perspective. From 1997-2001 Terry was employed by Precision Analysis, an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, where he was involved in agri-food testing and development of the laboratory portfolio of accredited methods as well as the development, maintenance and transfer of near Infrared spectroscopic models for proximate analysis of animal feeds and raw materials. From 2001 to 2009 he was employed by a newly launched university start-up company where he was involved in new product development including method validation, sample preparation, project management and marketing activities. Terry returned to university in 2009 to undertake his PhD and remained a Research Fellow since completing his thesis in 2012 until he joined Bia Analytical.
Simon is a founder and CSO of Bia Analytical advising the company on laboratory-based methods and chemometric models. Simon is a Senior Research Fellow within IGFS at Queen’s University Belfast. His current research interest is the use of molecular spectroscopic tools (e.g. RAMAN/NIRS/FT-IR) to detect food and feed fraud, authenticity, quality and safety. He has expertise in: Spectroscopic “Fingerprinting” techniques for detection of adulteration of food and feedstuffs; Development of risk management models for ranking hazards in food and animal feed sectors; Expertise in the use of Raman, FT-IR and NIRS to detect adulteration of feed oils such as soya oil (with transformer oils and mineral oils), soya meal (with melamine), chili powders (with Sudan dye), Oregano (with cheaper waste leaves). Furthermore, he is Technical Manager for IGFS’s ISO accreditation. Simon has published more than 60 scientific papers on the topic of food safety and food authenticity. He spent more than 8 years as a Senior Research Scientist in a university start-up company where his activities included research, product development and manufacturing of in vitro diagnostic kits.
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