Simon Dawson

Simon Dawson

Simon Dawson      
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for MSc Food Science & Technology
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My role at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre

My role in the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre focuses on food and drink businesses, assisting with food safety, product development and quality matters. I have worked with multiple food manufacturing companies over the last 15 years and have extensive experience in developing food safety and quality management systems.

As a lecturer, I deliver to large and small groups of students and using a variety of innovative teaching techniques to inspire and motivate them for higher level qualifications and then employment. Utilising case studies, developed from ZERO2FIVE FIC, means that the information the students learn is both highly relevant and real-time to what the food and drink industry needs. 

A key aspect of my role is within food safety research. I work closely with the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and ISEKI Food Association, which allows me to present my research to specialists across the world.

Previous Experience

Group Technical Manager, 2009 - 2012

BM Foods Ltd

Oversee quality and technical operations throughout each company. Ensure Technical and Quality functions are consistently achieved. Set and meet KPI target goals both internally and customer driven. Manage group IMT (Incident Management Team) for all potential crisis issues throughout group. Manage cleaning, hygiene equipment, pest control, food waste, recycling, chemical and laundry contracts for group. Design and manage implementation of key hygiene/quality/technical factory improvements in line with latest legislation, BRC and customer requirements. Monitor and improve performance of all quality/technical staff throughout group to ensure maximum potential.

Site Quality Manager, 2009

Zorba Delicacies Ltd (part of The Entrepreneurial Food Group)

Manage all quality, health & safety functions on site. Work alongside the Technical Manager to ensure all Technical and Quality functions are continuously adhered too as per BRC and customer requirements. Assisted in all retailer site audits, meetings at retailer head offices, and general site KPI targets.

Technical Manager, 2008 - 2009

Tulip Ltd. Westerleigh

M&S purpose build raw meat site, producing bacon slices, joints, and pork products.

Managed and facilitated M&S Technical and Quality codes of practise throughout site, ensuring all standards were set and continuously achieved. Customer led Technical Management role interfacing site visits/KPI standards/regular meeting at M&S Head Office to continuously improve site performance and product quality. Ensured site consistently met M&S Plan A targets and goals for sustainability, recycling and waste management.

Technical Manager, 2007 - 2008

Somerfield, Bristol

High Street Food Retailer

Managed all supplier interfacing, auditing, technical standards, and packaging designs for pasta, chilled soups, chilled sauces, cooked meats, fresh and frozen pizzas, yellow fats and oils, chilled dips, chilled dressings, salad bar, and deli counter.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Master of Research (MRes) in Health and Social Sciences        

BSc Food Science and Technology

Post Graduate Certificate in Food Quality with an interdisciplinary Perspective

Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching Higher Education

Professional Memberships:

Chartered Scientist

ISEKI Food Association

Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)

Western Branch Committee Member Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)

Climate Reality Leader

Journals and Publications

Research Publications:


Dawson, S. (2014). History of UK Food Law. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 28(3) pp. 37-39

In review:

Dawson, S. (2016). Food Ethics Case Study: Operation Aberdeen. In: Costa, R., Pittia, P. (2016). Food Ethics in Food Studies Education. London. Springer.

Dawson, S. (2016). Food Ethics Case Study: Bushmeat. In: Costa, R., Pittia, P. (2016). Food Ethics in Food Studies Education. London. Springer.

International Conference Presentations:

For more recent conference presentations, please see here

Dawson, S., Perham, N., Fairchild, R., Evans, E. (2016). Development of an Assessment Tool to Evaluate Food Safety Communication Adequacy in Food Media Sources. [Poster]. ISEKI Food 4th International Conference. 6-8th July. Vienna, Austria.

Evans, E., Peters, A., Dawson, S. & Redmond, E. (2015). Development of a Consumer Orientated Food Safety Education Strategy for Chemotherapy Patients and Family-Caregivers. [Poster]. NCRI Cancer Conference. 6th – 9th November. Liverpool, UK.

Evans, E., Peters, A., Dawson, S. & Redmond, E. (2015). Cancer Patients and Caregivers Risk Perceptions, Awareness of Food Safety and Self-Reported Receipt of Food Safety Information During Chemotherapy. [Poster]. International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) European Symposium on Food Safety. 20th – 22nd April. Cardiff, UK.

Evans, E., Peters, A., Dawson, S. & Redmond, E. (2015). Food Safety Knowledge and Self-Reported Practices of Chemotherapy Patients and Associated Caregivers. [Paper]. International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Conference. 25th – 28th July. Portland, Oregon, USA.

Higham, S., Dawson, S. & Evans, E. (2015). The Effect of CO2 and N2 Modified Atmosphere Packaging on the Spoilage of Raw Diced Chicken Breast Meat Stored at 4⁰C. [Paper]. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) Summer Conference. 29th June – 2nd July. Dublin, Ireland.

Dawson, S. (2014). Whole Room Disinfection Techniques for Controlling Microbiological Contamination of Food Manufacturing Environments. [Poster]. 17th World Congress of Food Science & Technology IUFoST. 18th - 22nd August. Montreal, Canada.

Allender, V., Dawson, S. (2014). A Framework for Collaboration between Academia and Industry. [Poster]. ISEKI Food 3rd International Conference. 9-11th May. Porto, Spain.