Geoff Andrews has been head of Technical Services at Northern Foods since 1998. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, chair of the Chilled Foods Association (until July 2004), chair of the FDF Food Research Policy Group, chair of the Food Processing Faraday Partnership Ltd. Through 2003, he was a member of the Defra Science Advisory Group which advised Defra's Chief Scientific Advisor on science strategy. In 2001, he was a member of the Visiting Group to IFR, part of the Institute Assessment Exercise. Before joining Northern Foods, he held posts in Pepsi Cola International, Mars Confectionery and Express Foods Group. He has a degree in Food Technology, his PhD was in the field of dairy chemistry.