Food Risk Summit 2024

24th September 2024, Leeds

As product risk experts, RQA Group are hosting our second annual Food Risk Summit to discuss current challenges and latest insights on key industry topics. Exclusively for food and beverage manufacturers, this invitation only free event is a great opportunity to have direct conversations with experts in the field and network with your peers.

Easy transport links via airport, rail and motorways – more info below.

See below for agenda, speakers and last year’s attendees.

Our Summit

First Look Agenda

🕑10:30          🗣Vince Shiers

Introduction, Recall Insights & Never Events

🕑11:00          🗣Ray Boggiano

Product Launch Pressures

~ 30 minute break ~

Morning Break

🕑12:00          🗣Luca Bucchini

Regulatory Risks

🕑12:30          🗣Gill Dando

Effectiveness of Positive Release

~ 1 hour lunch ~

Networking Lunch

🕑14:00         🗣Brian Fitzpatrick 

Insights into Food Crime

🕑14:30         🗣Panel Discussion

Quality Culture vs Food Crime

~ 15 minute break ~

Afternoon break

🕑15:15         🗣RQA Team

Tabletop Recall Simulation 

🕑16:15         🗣 RQA Team

Closing Remarks 

Event Venue


Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa

1150 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds LS15 8ZB

Conveniently located close to the M1
Cross Gates Station: 2 miles
Leeds City Station: 6 miles

To book with Thorpe Park Hotel, either call 0113 264 1000 or visit their website: Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa | 4 Star Hotel In Leeds

More info on alternative hotel options to follow once registered.


Who should attend?

Quality, technical and risk management personnel and anyone involved in preventing recalls or managing them in the food sector.

Who attended last year?

  • Head of Technical
  • Technical Managers 
  • Quality Managers
  • Regulatory Compliance Managers
  • R&D Personnel 
  • Head of Global Food Safety

Which companies attended?

  • Oscar Mayer Group
  • Greencore Group
  • Compleat Food Group
  • Associated British Foods Plc
  • Bakkavor 
  • Danone
  • Pepsico
  • Butcher’s Petcare
  • Quorn
  • Innocent Drinks
  • Fever-Tree Drinks
  • Ecotone

Our Speakers

Gill Dando

RQA Group Principal Consultant

Gill Dando has spent over 20 years working in manufacturing (e.g. Greencore, Glanbia, Quorn, Huntsman, MedImmune) and retail roles (Sainsbury’s and Asda) both within the UK and globally.

Luca Bucchini

RQA Group Principal Consultant

Luca Bucchini has been an RQA Group for 15+ years. He is an expert consultant in Food Labelling and Regulatory Affairs with over 25 years industry experience.

Ray boggiano

RQA Group Principal Consultant

 Ray has over 30 years’ senior management and board level experience running a large food manufacturing business, manufacturing value added products to supply high street retailers and food service

Brian Fitzpatrick

Global Operations Manager - ABF

30 years in the Metropolitan Police dealing with terrorism and other serious crime.  Joined ABF in 2016.  Have global responsibility for all security issues including, travel and food security,  site auditing, training delivery and investigations.

Vince Shiers

Managing Director, RQA Group

Vince has spent over 30 years providing expert consultancy to the international food industry, with the past 20 years at RQA focusing on product recall and crisis management. As we as running the RQA business and working with clients, he has also grown the global network of expert RQA consultants over many years.

Reserve Your Place Today

Stay up to date with the latest...

RQA logo

If you would like more information or to speak with a product risk expert, please share your details below or call us on:
+44 (0)118 405 0192.