First woman to chair CFA (8 Mar 2007)

Helen SissonHelen Sisson, Group Technical Director of Greencore Group, has been appointed as the first woman to chair the Chilled Food Association (CFA).

Helen has been involved with the CFA for 6 years, including serving on the CFA Executive Committee for the past 3 years. She has 20 years experience within the Food Industry, the majority of which have been spent working with chilled foods.

CFA and its members are at the forefront of hygiene standards in chilled food production. These standards are used as the basis of European industry professional guidelines and are promoted worldwide by CFA. CFA is recognised by both UK and European Government departments and agencies as the voice of the £7.5bn UK Chilled Prepared Foods Industry.

Helen will chair CFA’s Board of Directors, comprising senior management representatives of Full Member companies. The Board is responsible for governance and development of the CFA; it oversees all CFA activities and determines overall CFA strategy.

Helen was appointed Group Technical Director of Greencore in 2004, having previously held a number of technical and operational roles within the company. She is responsible for all aspects of food safety, health & safety and the environment as well as leading the company’s health agenda and unique Food First programme. During her time Greencore has made significant progress in key risk management areas, achieving recognition from many sources including its customers, insurers and national government offices, as well as contributing to the progress and profitability of the Group.

Kaarin Goodburn, Secretary General of the CFA said, “We are delighted that Helen Sisson is to be the first woman to chair CFA. Her experience in the Chilled Food Industry is extensive and her knowledge and background will help us in our mission to promote its professional reputation and standards of food safety and hygiene”.

Commenting on her appointment, Helen Sisson said, “It is an honour to chair CFA. I am looking forward to working with colleagues in the industry to build on the CFA’s many strengths and excellent reputation as a centre of expertise for the Chilled Foods Industry.”

Date issued: 8 March 2007