Sous Vide and / or low temperature cooking or processing - Speakers

 Miranda Steward MSc., CMCIEH  

I have over 30 years local government experience, finishing as a joint Chief Executive in a Local Authority. As a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner I worked as a regulator specialising in Food Safety and Health and Safety, and managed a high performing Commercial section in a busy London Borough. I have investigated a number of high profile food poisoning outbreaks attracting national and international media interest as well as serious and fatal accidents; appearing as an expert witness.

I currently work in both the public and private sectors specialising in the catering, hospitality and leisure industries for a number of local authorities, the CIEH and the Food Standards Agency. I undertake a range of consultancy services including prestigious and internationally renowned businesses and have advised on potential prosecutions and other enforcement actions.

I am also a Member of IOSH, and a Registered Occupational Safety and Health Consultant.

I have written, published and presented a number of papers. Most recently I co-authored a safety chapter for a book published by the Law Society. I have a Masters Degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Safety and a Certificate in Quality Assurance Auditing.

 Helen OnyeakaHelen Onyeaka 

Dr Helen Onyeaka is an industrial microbiologist with over 25yrs experience. Her career in microbiology to date has been varied with experience gained in industry as well as academia (both teaching and research).

Dr Onyeaka is currently employed by the University of Birmingham in Chemical Engineering, where she lectures and leads modules on various postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Food Microbiology, Food Safety and Chemical Engineering. She supervises PhD and MSc research projects related to industrial microbiology. She also plans and delivers training for Continuous Professional Development (CPD), including courses for Food Safety Inspection Officers, the food industry and international trainees from the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

Dr Onyeaka has a wealth of food microbiological teaching experience, not only in tertiary education and CPD training, but also secondary education holding a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Her microbiological experience in industry has included working in a brewery plus a soft drinks manufacturer. She was part of the research development team that produced an “over the counter” male fertility kit now marketed as Fertell® 

Dr Onyeaka’s PhD researched the impact on individual microbial cells due to a changing microenvironment with regard to their physiology and metabolic pathway and suggested how this knowledge can be used to optimize as well as predict future process performances in the industry. She received the Bridon postgraduate and IChemE Biochemical Engineering award for this doctorate thesis.

Helen is married and is a mother of three who enjoys travelling, reading and charity work.


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