Cathy is one of Channel 4 News' main studio presenters. She joined Channel 4 News as political correspondent in January 2006.
Since arriving at Channel 4 News, Cathy's scoops have included allegations of sexual impropriety against the Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard, the arrest of David Cameron's most senior aide, the disclosure that five illegal immigrants worked at the Home Office and Gordon Brown insisting on a knighthood for his ally, the Labour donor Sir Ronald Cohen. She was also the only broadcast journalist to travel with Angelina Jolie and the foreign secretary William Hague to the Congo as part of campaign against sexual violence. Cathy also presents on other Channel 4 programmes. To coincide with the 2010 General Election and subsequent emergency budget she presented on the Alternative Election Night programme and How to Save £100bn with Krishnan Guru-Murthy. She has also presented GMTV's Sunday programme.
Cathy's interview with Peter Mandelson in 2009, in which she challenged him over his four-letter tirade to newspaper bosses, became a You Tube hit.
Prior to arriving at Channel 4 News, Cathy worked as chief political correspondent for the Financial Times for three years. Before that she covered politics and media for the FT. Cathy joined the FT from the Independent where she was media business correspondent.
In 2000, Cathy won the prestigious Laurence Stern Fellowship, spending four months following in the footsteps of Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post.
Plenary 1Mike Crockart MP; Edinburgh West - Liberal Democrat Party
Born and brought up in Perth, Mike moved to Edinburgh to study Politics at Edinburgh University. He first became involved in politics as a student and has supported and campaigned for the Liberal Democrats over many years. Mike has worked in the public service and in financial services in Edinburgh, served as a police officer in Lothian & Borders Police for eight years and worked as a systems developer and IT Project Manager for Standard Life for eleven years.
Mike was elected to represent the constituency of Edinburgh West in 2010. He is a member of the Business Innovation and Skills Committee, Committee on Arms Exports Controls and also sits on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee. He is the founder and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuisance Calls which was set up in 2013 in order to highlight the harm caused to many by nuisance calls.
As his constituency takes in a range of businesses – from multinationals like Aegon, RBS and Diageo to SMEs, Mike set up the Edinburgh West Business Forum in order to bring businesses together and to help local businesses, no matter what size, in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh Business Park and the capital’s airport also form part of the constituency and Mike was integral to Edinburgh’s successful bid for the Green Investment Bank. Mike works extremely hard to build links with businesses across the capital and further afield
Huw Irranca-Davies; Shadow minister for Food and Farming - Labour Party
Huw Irranca-Davies was re-elected MP for Ogmore in May 2010 with a majority of 13,246. Huw Irranca-Davies has been Member of Parliament for Ogmore since 2002. He adopted his wife's maiden name as part of his own surname when they married.
After the death later in 2001 of Sir Ray Powell, Irranca-Davies was chosen to defend his Ogmore seat. At the byelection held on February 14, 2002 he won the seat comfortably.
Having served as Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Northern Ireland Office, the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, he became an Assistant Whip in May 2006. On June 29, 2007, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, before being promoted to the role of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He had previously been the Labour candidate for the Brecon & Radnor constituency in 2001, but finished third, behind both the Liberal Democrat and Conservative candidates. He is now the shadow minister for food and farming.
Mike Weatherley MP; Hove and Portslade - Conservative Party
Mike Weatherley is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Secondary Ticketing.
Philip Evans JP; Independant Councillor Conwy County Borough Council
Philip's responsibilities include leading the Independent Group and being the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Regulatory Services.
Philip is a Deputy Chair on the Safer and Stronger Communities Board 2014/15.
A Borough and Unitary Authority member since 1976, Philip Evans has a strong background in Regulatory Services, having served as a Licensing Committee Chairman for 10 years in a local government environment and also three years as a Licensing Justices' Chairman. He was a LACoRS Board member 2005-2011.
He was invited to serve as a Board member for the Purple Flag scheme in 2009 and in 2011 was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Licensing in recognition of his work in the field, particularly in relation to training of councillors.
Roger Walters; Conservative Councillor, Essex County Council
Andrew Foster; Capita
Andy is Director of Regulatory Services for Capita plc based in London, UK. A trading standards officer by profession, Andy has over 20 years of experience delivering local, national and international consumer protection strategies for government agencies.
Andy leads Capita’s regulatory offering developing growth for their consumer protection portfolio with public sector partners and has led on a number of policy initiatives involving public, private and third sectors.
Andy is a regular advisor to the UK government on consumer matters and played a key role in recent institutional reforms of the consumer protection landscape in the UK and during the horsemeat investigation of 2013. In 2013 Andy was appointed to the Legal Services Consumer Panel which was set up by statute to ensure the interests of consumers are best served in the legal services market throughout England and Wales.
Andy has extensive international experience having represented the UK on European food law enforcement matters and has worked extensively with emerging European Union candidate nations as they implement and review their own regulatory regimes. Previously Andy has been Director of the Consumer Codes Approval Board and a member of the British Board of Film Classification Consultative Committee.
In his spare time Andy is a keen cricketer, playing in the Lincolnshire League and a somewhat reluctant runner having completed a number of marathons in recent years, raising funds for charity along the way.
Teresa Perchard; Consumer representative
Teresa is an experienced consumer advocate. She is a board Director of the Trading Standards Institute's Consumer Code Approvals Board (CCAB) and holds a range of other non-executive roles concerned with consumer protection and regulation including Vice-Chair of the UK Government's Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (England); board member of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation; board Director Smart Energy GB, Council member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Lay Director of the Personal Finance Society.
She is also a member of the Consumer Panel for the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board and Trustee of the charity The Fairbanking Foundation.
Teresa was Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens Advice until June 2013 where she headed up their national policy, campaigning and government relations for more than 13 years. Teresa has also held senior policy roles with the Office of Rail Regulation, Office of Water Services and the National Consumer Council.
Graham Wynn; British Retail Consortium
Graham Wynn is Assistant Director at the British Retail Consortium, the UK Trade Association that represents the majority of small and large retailers in the UK – both on-line and offline.
He specialises in Consumer, Competition and Regulatory Affairs at both the EU and UK levels and has been involved in discussions over the past 10 years on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, the aborted Sales Promotions Regulation, the Consumer Rights Directive, the CFR and the Consumer Bill of Rights – to name but a few.
He has been involved in EU affairs for many years, having been responsible for developing relations between the UK Conservative MPs and those in the European Parliament in the 1970s even before direct elections were introduced. He was a Conservative Party Adviser during the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979.
During the 1974-79 Parliament he worked in the Conservative Research Department, first in Edinburgh and then in London, on Scottish Affairs with Alick Buchanan-Smith, Shadow Scottish Secretary, and on the first Scotland and Wales Bill and the subsequent referendum with Francis Pym, specifically drafting the Conservative Policy Paper – 4 viable options.
After leaving the Conservative Party he worked in Australia for 13 years as Head of Policy and the Shadow Cabinet Secretariat for the Liberal Party of Australia – both in Government and Opposition – where he was responsible for drafting ‘Future Directions’ generally regarded as setting the basis for the Howard Government’s overall direction. He returned to London as Secretary General of an International Political Organisation chaired by Carl Bildt, then Prime Minister of Sweden, where he built policy and organisational links with democratic parties in Western Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe.
He is also Chairman of the Eurocommerce Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee and the Eurocommerce Group on the Food Supply Chain, dealing in particular with B2B practices.
Ken Moon; Federation of Small Businesses
Ken Moon Wessex Regional Chairman trades under the name of Safety Net providing health and safety support across a wide range of disciplines.
Ken has been a member of the FSB since 2001 and the regional chairman for the past eight years. In addition to his regional role he is the chairman of the Regulatory Reform and Health and Safety policy unit, and, as a policy portfolio holder, sits on the national policy committee.
Steve Duckett; East Dorset Council
Graham Russell; Better Regulation Delivery Office
Graham Russell leads the efforts to improve regulation in the UK within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was appointed to create the Local Better Regulation Office and develop ideas put forward in the Hampton Report. In 2012 Graham took the organisation into a new era, joining the civil service and taking responsibility for policy advice as well as delivery.
Graham’s professional background is as a regulator in local government, allowing him to understand the contribution that local authorities make to protection and growth in the local economy. His previous roles include Head of Trading Standards and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council.
As Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Delivery Office Graham leads on the operation of Primary Authority and work to simplify the complex regulatory environment, developing partnerships with national regulators and local authorities as required. In his role Graham is also involved in strategies to improve the business environment overseas in support of UK export growth.
Rod Ainsworth; Food Standards Agency
Director of Regulatory and Legal Strategy, Rod Ainsworth joined the Agency on 6 April 2010 as Director of Legal Services. Prior to this Rod was Group Legal Director for the Affinity Sutton Group, a position he had held since 2006.
Rod has practised as a solicitor since 1981 and has worked for the London Boroughs of Harrow and Brent. In 1986, Rod became a partner at a London law firm specialising in planning, development and public sector work. In 1995, he joined the Audit Commission as its solicitor where he was involved in the Westminster 'homes for votes' case and creating the Audit Commission Inspectorate. In 2004, Rod became Legal Director and Company Secretary for William Sutton.
Gordon Ashworth; Competition and Markets Authority
Gordon Ashworth is a Project Director in the CMA’s Enforcement Directorate where he specialises in consumer policy work. He joined the CMA from the OFT where he had worked on a range of policy projects and enforcement cases across OFT’s consumer and competition portfolio.
Gordon leads a team which is responsible for partnership and engagement as well as the CMA’s strategy for consumer work. The CMA wants to bring a greater and more consistent consumer focus to all of its projects. This includes engaging more widely and proactively with a diverse group of stakeholders and exploring how digital technology can aid both the CMA’s intelligence gathering on consumer problems and also its direct engagement with consumers. Gordon is also currently leading a compliance project to advise higher education providers on the application of consumer law to the sector.
Facilitator Leon Livermore; Chief Executive, Trading Standards Institute
After 25 years in local government Leon joined the Trading Standards Institute as its chief executive in February 2013. He started his career in Kingston-upon-Thames as a trainee trading standards officer. After qualifying he spent another 8 years working for Kingston before moving to Westminster, where he established 24 hour multi-agency in the West End.
In 2003 he moved to Cambridgeshire and enjoyed a successful 10 years managing services such as trading standards, waste management and the environment team. He finished his career at Cambridgeshire as head of supporting businesses and communities, a role that brought a real culture change and focus on what was important to people. Success during his time at Cambridgeshire included winning Beacon Status and the National Business Awards, as well as establishing the first Community Alcohol Partnership and Kick Ash. He also played a key role in Cambridgeshire's Total Places Pilot.
Away from work Leon enjoys village life with his family in Cambridgeshire and helps support a number of local youth organisations. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys most sports.
Dr Justin Davis Smith CBE; National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Following its merger with Volunteering England, Dr Justin Davis Smith was appointed Executive Director, Volunteering and Development at NCVO. He was previously Chief Executive of Volunteering England and formerly Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. He has over 20 years in the volunteering movement and has advised the UK Government, the World Bank and the United Nations on the development of volunteering policy.
He worked with the Government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) with the development of the 2012 volunteering strategy and has recently joined the board of Join-In to help deliver a lasting volunteering legacy from the Games.
He is a member of the committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, an advisor to the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, and on the governing body of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was a member of the Russell Commission on youth volunteering and the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, and a former chair of the Nationwide Foundation and trustee of v.
He has written widely on volunteering and is a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. He joined the Board of Watford FC's Community Sports and Education Trust in January 2013. In his earlier career Justin was political assistant to the Rt. Hon Sir James Callaghan MP. In 2011, he was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his work on behalf of volunteering and the voluntary sector. His hobbies include football and cricket and he is a season ticket holder of Watford Football Club.
Air Vice-Marshal Paul Atherton OBE; Military Aviation Authority
Air Vice-Marshal Paul Atherton was born in County Durham and joined the Royal Air Force in 1982. Following Initial Officer Training and pilot training on the Jet Provost and Jetstream, he was posted to No 10 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton where he operated the VC10 aircraft in the Air Transport and Air Refuelling roles. He completed tours as a co-pilot, captain and flight commander, also undertaking VIP and training duties, and was actively involved in operations during both the Gulf War and the conflicts in the Balkans.
Atherton then undertook a policy appointment in HQ No 2 Group before being selected for the final RAF Staff Course at Bracknell in 1996. Thereafter, he was posted to the Ministry of Defence and an appointment within the Directorate of Joint Warfare as a strategic exercise planner. He was promoted in situ to Wing Commander and his responsibilities changed to taking forward the wide-ranging joint initiatives resulting from the 1998 Strategic Defence Review. In 1999, he returned to RAF Brize Norton as Officer Commanding No 216 Sqn flying the TriStar aircraft. During his time in command, he and his Sqn operated from deployed locations in Italy, Oman and Bahrain in support of operations over Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Following the events of 9/11, he was the UK Tanker Commander in Seeb, Oman as part of the UK’s air-refuelling contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom.
On completion of this tour, he was promoted to Group Captain and was appointed the senior military member of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme at the Defence Procurement Agency. He departed this post in November 2004 to command Basrah Air Station in Iraq for 6 months, for which he was awarded the OBE, prior to assuming command of RAF Lyneham and the UK Hercules Force where he flew both the C-130 K and J models. He attended both the Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies throughout 2008 prior to promotion to Air Commodore. Appointments as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategy, Policy and Plans and then Air Officer Operations at HQ AIR followed.
On promotion to Air Vice Marshal in 2012 he assumed his current role of Director of Operations in the Military Aviation Authority. He is married to Jane, they have 2 daughters
in their early twenties and a home in West Oxfordshire. His interests include the countryside, cooking and gardening. An ex Combined Services and RAF cricketer he also
has a passionate interest in all sports, and is currently Chairman of Combined Service Cricket, and President of RAF and Adastrian Cricket Clubs and the 216 Sqn Association.
Avril Coleman; The Plover Partnership
Avril graduated the University of East Anglia with a Degree in English and Drama, she went on to obtain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Her other education includes Certificates in Christian Counselling and Life Coaching, Advanced Diploma in Performance Coaching whilst being a Registered Test User with the British Psychological Society (Occupational, Ability and Occupational, Personality) and Associate of CIPD
Avril has worked in training and people development since 1987, she was the co-founder of Cygnet Business Development in 1989 and the co-founder of Plover in 2003. Avril worked as a Programme Coach on Oxford University’s MBA between 2004 and 2011.
As a people developer Avril has been helping clients recognise and make choices that will lead to greater levels of flourishing in their lives. Those choices may be about deepening our awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, balancing the many different aspects of life (such as work, family and community commitments), choosing or changing career direction, facing our limitations, recognising and taking opportunities, developing skills in key areas. Avril has an encouraging and affirming approach, and uses a wide range of tools to provide feedback and input, ranging from psychometric questionnaires to training to one-to-one video coaching.
As a coach and trainer, Avril has worked with a wide range of people over the years from a variety of different organisations in the public, private and not for profit sectors, and from all organisational levels. Avril is particularly interested in supporting clients through times of transition, to help them maintain a sense of believable optimism about themselves and their situations. Transitions are often a time of lowered self-confidence and greater self-doubt – having personally been through a variety of transitions in her life Avril understands the importance of having the right support so that you can emerge with confidence intact and renewed focus for the future.
Jonathan Herrick; Chief Fire Officers Association
Jonathan joined Lincolnshire Fire Brigade in 1992 and served in operational roles for a total of 10 years progressing from fire-fighter to watch commander.
During this time he attended numerous operational incidents and was awarded a Chief Officer’s commendation for his actions during a house fire, during which 2 people were rescued. Jonathan studied for promotional examinations, passing both the final statutory fire service (station officer's) exam and the first exam of the Institution of Fire Engineers (Graduates exam) in 1998. ‘Member’ status with the Institution was achieved in the year 2000.
Joining West Midlands Fire Service in 2002 saw his departure from operational roles and a move in to fire safety. Between inspections, he completed numerous courses at Fire Service College and a part-time honours degree in fire engineering at the University of Central Lancashire. He also progressed from inspecting officer, through to fire safety training officer to the role of fire engineer.
As fire safety training officer, Jonathans’ work included: continuing the professional development of existing officers; instructing new entrants to fire safety in the skills of a fire safety officer; and in particular, he was pivotal in preparing the West Midlands Fire Service for the coming into force of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Order is a subject about which he remains passionate and continues to be greatly involved.
After achieving his honours degree in 2005, Jonathan immediately embarked on a Masters degree in Fire Safety Engineering, with his dissertation project deeply rooted in the new legislation and how it interacts with buildings incorporating fire engineered solutions.
Since then, Jonathan has undertaken roles as the Fire Safety Policy and Partnerships Officer for West Midlands Fire Service and Head of Fire Safety. Jonathan became involved with the Chief Fire Officers Association and the national issues they pursue. Jonathan’s involvement with the Order was of particular importance in working with CFOA as he took on the principal writer and editor role for the ‘Regulators Guidance’ document. He also successfully generated new partnerships for WMFS with a number of businesses, which have given him a good understanding of the Primary Authority scheme operated by the Better Regulation Delivery Office.
Jonathan is currently seconded to the CFOA as their national lead for Better Regulation.
Reflection and Feedback Session
Facilitator Sarah Smith; Better Regulation Delivery Office
As the Deputy Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Delivery Office, Sarah has responsibility for shaping policy on regulatory delivery, working with business and regulators, creating a new partnership to ensure that the business voice is heard and that regulators are engaging effectively with business.
Sarah is responsible for the implementation of the Government’s Better Enforcement Programme working with National Regulators and Local Government to implement the Regulators’ Code, new approaches to complaints and appeals and the Growth Duty. She oversees BRDO’s Business Reference Panel that brings business incites directly into the policy-making process and she leads the programmes focused on developing new regulatory approaches to supporting local growth.
Sarah is a trading standards professional and a member of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI). She led the Local Better Regulation Office’s team of technical experts, introducing the Primary Authority scheme, prior to joining the civil service in 2012 when BRDO joined the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. She has worked in local government in a variety of leadership, policy and operational roles. Before joining LBRO in 2007, she worked at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council as the Head of Regulatory Services which enables her to understand the contribution that local authorities make to protection and growth in the local economy.
Philip Preece; Better Regulation Delivery Office
Trevor McIlwaine; Leicestershire Fire & rescue service
Trevor McIlwaine has worked for both West Midlands Fire Service and Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service during the past 28 years. In addition to his operational duties, he has worked within fire safety as an inspector, progressing to management of the wider community safety field. He is a keen supporter of collaboration; working with partner regulators and the business community in order to achieve regulatory compliance and has been involved with the Better Business for All programme since its launch in 2011.
Alan Twells; Charnwood District Council
Alan is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, with over 28 years Regulatory Experience within Local Government, working for North West Leicestershire DC, South Derbyshire DC, Rushcliffe BC and currently Charnwood Borough Council. Alan manages 45 staff covering Environmental Health, Licensing and Street Management. He is also Chair of the Regulatory Services Partnership for Leicestershire, which is part of the Better Business for All partnership within the Leicester and Leicestershire LEP.
Eamonn Carey; MHP Communications
Eamonn Carey has worked on digital strategies and projects with some of the biggest brands and organisations in the world. He is a regular speaker on innovation and technology at major conferences around Europe and the Middle East. He also acts as an mentor at TechStars in London and as an advisor to several technology companies in Europe and the United States.
Alison Statham; Anti-Counterfeiting Group
Innovative Outcomes Delivery
Jackie Fitzsimons; Head of Environmental Health - Cherwell and South Northamptonshire Councils
Brett Holmes; Chief Executive Officer - Cornwall Business Improvement District
Having been involved in the Hospitality industry for over 20 years, and from a management to Director/Ownership level, I have been involved in Country House Hotels, Both City Centre and Coastal Bars & Restaurants, Brasseries, and a F&B contractor company, and I have also been operating as a business consultant.
Over the last few years I have become increasingly involved in various Town Centre committees and Steering Groups, including up to very recently being the Chairman and Director of our local BID (Business Improvement District). Through this I became a member of the steering group for our BBfA, and have since taken an active role in the BBfA programme with the BRDO and our Local Authority and LEP.
Environmental Health Workshop
Graham Jukes; Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Graham Jukes is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH);
by Royal Charter, the governing, educational and professional body for environmental health
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner
and prior to his appointment to the CIEH held senior technical, specialist and managerial
positions in all environmental health disciplines in a variety of Local authorities.
He was appointed Director of Policy for the CIEH in 1988 and took responsibility for all legal,
technical, policy and educational matters relating to environmental health. During his long
career he has lead the CIEH policy responses to all the principle legislative frameworks
currently in place in the UK for Environmental Health in particular the Environmental
Protection Act 1990 and the Food Safety Act 1990. He was appointed Chief Executive in
In the past fifteen years he has driven the major CIEH organisational and educational
changes that now reflect and is now more able to support, the important role the profession
plays in today’s changing economic landscape to ensure effective delivery of public health
and sustainable development solutions.
Over his 44 year career he has held a number of key elected and organisational positions
within the environmental health community at Branch, Regional and Trustee levels for the
CIEH. For his services to environmental health he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered
Institute in 1990 and in 2004 elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health for his services
in the furtherance of UK Public Health. He was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Years
Honours list for services to Environmental Health in the UK and abroad.
He is married, has an 18 year old son, enjoys cycling, athletics and dog walking and is
Chairman of governors at his local school.
David Newsum; Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
David is a freelance environmental health consultant specialising in Food Safety, Health and Safety, training, facilitation and communication skills. He started his career at Manchester City Council with 18 years in regulatory, education and team leader roles, and then spent two years with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) responsible for professional development schemes. He has since worked with a variety of clients including the Department of Health, Food Standards Agency, Health and Safety Executive, CIEH, BDRO and a number of local authorities.
He has been a key contributor to competence models in health and safety and food safety, and was the London 2012 lead trainer for the volunteer food safety monitoring team. He also maintains a select list of clients in the food industry and education sectors. He has worked with the CIEH in variety of roles, most recently in supporting the Region and SIG network volunteers, and is also a board member for the CIEH North West Region. David has lectured at various universities at undergraduate and post graduate levels, as well as having taught in primary and secondary education. He is an external verifier for Liverpool John Moores University.
He has worked internationally in USA, Canada, Africa, Europe, and with colleagues in Russia and China. He is author of “107 creative ideas for food safety trainers”, “50 creative ideas for health and safety trainers” and hosts a niche blogging website titled “The Creative Trainer”.
David spends some of his spare time in the role of President of the Salford Division of St John Ambulance, and he also writes food safety and health and safety songs for his own training courses.
Trading Standards Workshop
Melissa Dring; Policy Director
Melissa began working at the Trading Standards Institute in June 2013. As director of policy, Melissa is responsible for the strategic direction of the Institute's policy and communications work. She works with TSI's Council, Board and lead officers to develop an evidence-based policy framework and respond to emerging legislative and policy changes. Melissa regularly meets with representatives from central and local government and other stakeholders to inform and influence their thinking on consumer protection issues.
Melissa grew up in County Down, Northern Ireland, and graduated from Cambridge with a degree in history in 2012.
Institute of Licensing
Myles Bebbington; Institute of Licensing
Lucy Breakspear; Cornwall Council
I started work with Cornwall Council Trading Standards Service in 2004 having graduated from the University of Nottingham with a law degree. I started out in the Business Support Team which included working with food and safety matters and I now work in the Fair Trading Team working mainly in intellectual property, doorstep crime and alcohol licensing.
Having taken some time out to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, last year I completed the Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards and am currently awaiting the results for the legal metrology module, aiming to qualify as a weights and measures inspector. I have been an active member of the executive of the Southwest Branch of TSI for several years and will be completing my year as Chair of the Branch in March.
Anne-Marie Coulthard; South Kesteven District Council
Anne-Marie has worked in Environmental Health for 16 years, specialising in Private Sector Housing and Environmental Protection. After obtaining the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, she became Environmental Protection Team Leader at South Kesteven District Council. She qualified as an Environmental Health Practitioner in 2014 after gaining a Masters Degree in Environmental Health from the University of Derby, and went on to win the CIEH Graduate of the Year Gold Award. She continues to work for South Kesteven and was recently appointed as the Business Manager - Environmental Health.