New chief specialist in environmental health appointed at the FSAI
Rob Phillips will represent the FSAI at national, EU and international levels and support the wider regulatory affairs and compliance building team in the FSAI
8 February 2022
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has appointed Rob Philips as chief specialist, Environmental Health. Leading on all aspects of environmental health in the FSAI, Philips will advise on food safety and hygiene issues and seek to ensure fair, proportionate, and consistent approaches to food law enforcement.
He will represent the FSAI at national, EU and international levels and support the wider regulatory affairs and compliance building team in the FSAI with issues relating to environmental health, food safety, food hygiene and regulatory affairs.
Additionally, Philips will lead on compliance building, the development of compliance supports and engage with stakeholders to build a culture of food safety within Ireland’s food industry. His work will also see him engage with government departments, including the Department of Health, as well as the inspectorate in the official agencies and national and international bodies.
With over 20 years’ experience overseeing food safety and compliance, he has a strong background in environmental health, where he previously held the position of senior environmental health officer with Pembrokeshire County Council in Wales. In addition, prior to joining the FSAI, he acted as food fraud co-ordinator in the Welsh Food Fraud Co-Ordination Unit. He has also served as a food safety expert on the Welsh Heads of Environmental Health Panel. Prior to taking up this new role, Philips was audit and investigations manager with the FSAI since 2018.
Philips holds a BSc in Environmental Health from University Wales Institute Cardiff and is a member of the United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. He also participated in EU Commission training missions in China and throughout Europe, and has delivered a number of successful training programmes for organisations which include the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and CEPOL (the European Agency for Law Enforcement Training).