QMI-SAI Global Proudly Announces the Hiring of New Technical Director in Agri-Food

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Food Safety Management needs continue to show enormously growth worldwide. Because of that, it is becoming of crucial importance to have more experts in the industry. QMI-SAI Global, the leading North American quality certification body, hired Gordon Hayburn as their new Technical Director for Agri-Food. Hayburn brings an outstanding experience and knowledge that will help QMI-SAI Global position as an industry leader in Food Safety Management Systems and will serve as the main point of reference for existing clients and prospects looking to reach excellence and even broader horizons in Food Safety.

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QMI-SAI Global, a leading quality certification company worldwide, is expanding its food safety sector.

QMI-SAI Global announces that Gordon Hayburn, highly qualified professional and subject matter expert in areas of food safety, food law and food science, has joined the company as the new Technical Director of Agri-Food.

QMI-SAI Global, a leading quality certification company worldwide, is expanding its food safety sector and its professional team to satisfy the growing demand of food standard management systems. This trend has shown to become even stronger with tougher rules by government agencies and large retailers all over the Americas.

Hayburn brings over 25 years of experience in food manufacturing, food safety and auditing and will be an major asset in supporting and ensuring the seamless execution of the company’s current projects, as they continue to expand and grow both in scope and reach.

Prior to joining QMI-SAI Global, Gordon Hayburn was the Director of Compliance and VP of Food Safety and Quality at Tata Global Beverages, where he managed the Global Compliance function with complete product portfolio responsibilities while also leading the Worldwide Quality Assurance division.

Previously, Hayburn worked at University of Wales Institute Cardiff as a Senior Lecturer, where he planned and delivered lectures and seminars in Food Science/Technology, Food Safety and Food Law for BSc. (Hons.) and MSc. Students. He also introduced new courses on HACCP, Food Safety Management and Auditing and Risk Assessment, which allowed students to train towards becoming certified food safety auditors.

Hayburn also worked as an Independent Safety Consultant and provided consulting services in food safety management and comprehensive training in the areas of Food Safety, HACCP, legislation and health and safety for manufacturers and leading multiple retailers throughout the UK.

Gordon held the Senior Food Technologist position at Meat & Livestock Commission/EFSIS, where he was involved at the launch of EFSIS and has subsequently audited all sectors covered by the BRC standards. Gordon’s earliest roles include Environmental Health & Food Technologist at London Borough of Waltham Forest, Technical Manager at Pastamania and Quality Assurance Supervisor at Coca-Cola.

Today, Gordon Hayburn is a Fellow and Chartered Scientist of the Institute of Food Science & Technology, a member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and a member of both the Food & Drugs Law Institute and the European Food Law Association.

An experienced professional that has extensive knowledge of Food Industry worldwide, Hayburn is a skilled trainer and lecturer who is frequently called as an expert witness in legal proceedings and as a food safety specialist in the international media.

In addition to being a graduate Food Technologist, Hayburn has MSc. in Food Safety and Control and LLM in Food Law. He also has additional qualifications and training in HACCP, Auditing, Food Defense and a variety of ISO Standards, having worked as a lead assessor for both the ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 standards. Gordon has published and presented his PhD both in the UK and internationally.

QMI-SAI Global welcomes Gordon aboard and is excited to have him joining the team!

Company Profile:

QMI-SAI Global helps organizations manage risk, achieve certification and drive improvement by providing training, registration audits, and supplier management programs that can improve business performance. With more than 800 auditors and 24,000 registrations worldwide, we are a global leader committed to exceptional customer service and advancing business excellence.

QMI-SAI Global is focused not only on evaluating business practices against a standard, but also on understanding how compliance with those standards can improve the operations of our customers. SAI Global auditors are industry veterans with years of experience in the sectors they serve, enabling them to interpret the standards precisely.

SAI Global Training and Improvement Solutions specializes in offering a range of innovative learning approaches and tool-based solutions to enable both individuals and organizations to achieve key objectives.

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