Emma Samuel

Emma Samuel

Emma Samuel
KESS2 Academic Associate (PhD)
Email: emsamuel@cardiffmet.ac.uk
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My role at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre

I graduated with first class honours in Environmental Health from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2018 receiving the Michael Morrison Memorial Award for best student performance as well as high commendation from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. I successfully completed the Cardiff Met Award in 2017 together with the additional level, ‘Sustainable Thinking’, in 2018 which recognised achievements complementary to my undergraduate studies. In October 2018, I began my KESS 2 PhD scholarship with Cardiff Met’s ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, working in partnership with a large well-known Welsh food manufacturing and processing business (until 2021). In September 2019 this project was recognised with a high commendation Sustainability Award from KESS 2 in conjunction with The Sustainability Lab for upholding the ambitions of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act 2015.

My research project is an in-depth assessment of food safety culture and hand hygiene behaviour from multiple perspectives at three food manufacturing sites. This includes cognitive and behavioural evaluations, microbiological and hygiene assessments, an analysis of organisational characteristics and performance measures as well as a study of the influence of management style and structure on food handler behaviour. The findings will be used to design bespoke hand hygiene interventions to improve compliance prior to production entry, during production and upon exit. Repeating assessments at the end of the study will indicate knowledge retention and intervention effectiveness while highlighting the links between hand hygiene behaviour and food safety culture throughout the production streams. My project Director of Studies is Dr Elizabeth C Redmond and Supervisor, Dr Ellen W Evans; both of the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre.

My passion for promoting food safety developed following 10 years as co-owner and project manager of an independent catering equipment company conceptualising commercial kitchens (and front of house) from design through to opening. My particular research interests include novel approaches to enhance food safety practices, food safety culture, behaviour change and change management. I also maintain a keen interest in food safety and public health developments from a regulatory and legislative perspective.

Previous Experience

For 10 years prior to returning to full-time education I established and co-ran a commercial catering equipment business providing support, project design, supply, servicing and installation services to the hospitality and food service sectors. This included complete commercial kitchen builds, bespoke mechanical ventilation installations, walk-in cold room storage, complex gas and electric service installations, front of house food service solutions, building and equipping bespoke mobile catering units and specialist equipment fabrication solutions to meet customer specifications.

Previous to this, and as a fluent Welsh speaker, I worked in the television industry (BBC Wales and S4C) on a variety of productions, most notably specialising in organising filming in remote and hostile locations worldwide and project managing BBC Music’s presence at MIDEM; the world’s leading international event for the music industry held annually in Cannes, France.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2018)
A Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Accredited Degree Programme

Cardiff Met Award (2017) and Cardiff Met Award ‘Sustainable Thinking’ (2018)

Internal Environmental Auditor, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2017)

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Version 7 to 8 Course (2018)

Train the Trainer, City & Guilds (2017)

Professional Memberships

Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Member of the International Association for Food Protection

Member of the United Kingdom Association for Food Protection

Member of the SALUS Food Safety Culture Science Group

Student member of the Royal Society for Public Health

Student member of the Institute of Directors

Journals and Publications

Conference contributions:

Samuel E, Evans E W and Redmond E C (2019) Assessing food safety culture in food-manufacturing: A review of applicable determinants and tools. Poster presented at: International Association for Food Protection European Symposium. Nantes, France. 24th to 26th April 2019.

Samuel E J, Evans E W and Redmond E C (2019). Seeing is believing: CCTV perspectives in food manufacturing. Poster presented at: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting. Kentucky, USA. 21st to 24th July 2019.

Samuel E J, Evans E W and Redmond E C (2019). Aligning food safety culture assessment tools with the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Position: A comparative analysis. Poster presented at: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting. Kentucky, USA. 21st to 24th July 2019.