John Barnes, the former head of local delivery at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), has joined compliance provider Shieldyourself as a strategic advisor.
Barnes will work closely with the senior team, assisting them with their growth objectives and product development.
Qualifying as an environmental health officer in 1977, Barnes spent more than four decades helping to improve food safety and public health in a range of roles in local and central government and the private sector. He held a number of roles developing and implementing national and international food controls.
As head of local delivery, in 2012 he was responsible for ensuring effective UK food and feed safety controls in the 700,000 UK food and feed businesses operating in the catering, retail, manufacturing and primary production sectors. He retired from the FSA in July 2015.
Speaking about his new appointment, Barnes said: "Shieldyourself is a growing company with excellent products to support food businesses.
"Current regulatory delivery models will change significantly in the next few years, due to a reducing public sector, so companies like Shieldyourself and its products will be increasingly important in assuring business compliance."
Shieldyourself founder Mark Flanagan added: "The experience and expertise that John has is outstanding and to have someone with his reputation join our team is a big milestone for us.
"His insights and advice are going to be invaluable and everyone is looking forward to learning from him as we take our business to the next level. There are so many changes happening in the compliance industry at the moment and we are going to hugely benefit from John's strategic role with us."
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