We are Thérèse Moore and Mary Hughes and we work together on a job-sharing basis as Technical Food Managers for the Coeliac Society of Ireland. We started in January and we generally try to split the week between us with Thérèse working Mondays and Tuesdays, and Mary working Wednesdays and Thursdays. We can be flexible when we need to work together on shared projects or for meetings with the team. Luckily, we have worked together in the past in Food Drink Ireland and we work well together. Good communication is the key!
The Coeliac Society of Ireland is a small but dynamic organisation, and this is a really exciting time to be working here. We have a number of key projects in the pipeline, that we hope will make a difference to the lives of the estimated 47,500 people in Ireland living with Coeliac disease.
One of these projects is to increase the number of companies using the Crossed Grain Trademark. The Crossed Grain symbol is recognised and trusted internationally by people with Coeliac disease. There is a simple process for companies to obtain a licence to use the trademark, including product testing and an audit against the European standard. Factories with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety can add in a voluntary module to cover the audit requirement. Alternatively, we are fully trained auditors and can carry out the audit for you.
If you want to know more about Crossed Grain see www.coeliac.ie/crossed-grain-symbol/ or just get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you!
We will also be in touch with food companies for gluten free products to include in next year’s Food List. Collection of this data is a huge project for us every year. This year, our team is working on changes to the way we collect your data, which we hope will make it easier for everyone!
We are looking forward to working with you on these projects!
Thérèse and Mary
Thérèse has over 30 years of expertise working within the food and drink industry. She is an experienced auditor working within the food & drink sectors and covering various different types of audits including retail, catering, food manufacturing, supplier. Thérèse has specific expertise in quality and regulatory compliance having worked as Global Quality & Regulatory Manager for a leading multi-national organisation, and chaired professional bodies such as the Regulatory and Environment Committee in Food Drink Ireland and been an active member of many Irish & European Associations.
Mary has worked in the food and drink industry for over 20 years, primarily in a leading multinational company with global reach. She has a broad range of experience spanning Technical, Research & Development, Quality & Food Safety and Environment in both factory and Head Office settings, and has many years of experience as a Quality and Food Safety auditor. Mary has specific expertise in product regulation having worked as Regulatory Affairs Executive within Food and Drink Industry (FDI) Ireland.