Carol is Professor of Food Safety Management Systems and Co-Director of the Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies Group. She is Research Lead for the School of Sport and Health Sciences and a leadership team member for the UCLan Research Centre for Global Development (C4Globe). Carol’s research interests include food safety performance from farm to fork, in particular HACCP system effectiveness and food safety culture, causal factors in food outbreaks and incidents, and controlling food safety risk in business and the home.
In her current role, Carol is Research Lead for the School of Sport and Health Sciences and a member of the leadership team for the University of Central Lancashire College of Professors and Readers.
Her personal research interests focus on factors impacting food safety management system effectiveness, including approaches to measure and strengthen food safety culture, causal factors in food outbreaks and incidents, and the effectiveness of food safety audit/inspection and governance systems.
Carol was instrumental in setting up an academic network to explore and share knowledge about the emergent food safety culture field in 2015 – the Salus Food Safety Culture Science Group – and is its current Chair. She regularly presents at and organises conference symposia in the areas of food safety management and culture.
Carol is widely published in the field of food safety and is author and co-author of several best-selling text-books, which have been instrumental in guiding HACCP and food safety management practice in the international food industry. She has advised many high-profile companies in developing and reviewing their food safety management systems and strategy and has contributed to food safety initiatives for smaller food businesses. Peer review publications cover a range of food safety topics related to her research interests and she is currently working with Wiley on an online platform, Food Safety Management in Practice, aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and industry practice.
Carol’s background is in microbiology/applied food safety and her career spans 35 years in the food industry and food safety education. After graduating from the University of Glasgow with a BSc Hons in Microbiology in 1985, Carol spent nearly 20 years working in the food industry; in food manufacturing (GrandMet Foods/Express Foods/Pillsbury), retailing (Sainsbury’s) and consultancy (RSSL), where she ran 3rd party audit and training businesses. Whilst at RSSL, she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (MMU, 2000) and joined academia at the University of Central Lancashire in 2004, as Course Leader responsible for developing the highly successful MSc in Food Safety Management by eLearning. Carol’s industry experiences and research interests led to her PhD in Factors Impacting HACCP Success in Multinational Food Manufacturing (the University of Central Lancashire, 2009) and she is a world authority on HACCP effectiveness. She was appointed Professor of Food Safety Management Systems in 2014.
- PhD HACCP Effectiveness, University of Central Lancashire, 2009
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2000
- BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University of Glasgow, 1985.
- Presented with Honorary Membership of the American Public Health Association in recognition of many important contributions to the Public Health Community, 2019.
- Factors impacting food safety management system effectiveness
- Approaches to measure and strengthen food safety culture
- Causal factors in food outbreaks and incidents
- Effectiveness of food safety audit/inspection and governance systems
- Controlling food safety risk in business and the home
- Chartered Scientist
- Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
- Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Honorary Member of the American Public Health Association
- Member of the International Association for Food Protection