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Barbara Bray Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Barbara Bray MBE

We are very excited to announce that Barbara Bray, one of Verner Wheelock’s trainers has been awarded an MBE for services to food nutrition.

Barbara, who was at Verner Wheelock last week delivering our Auditing Skills and Auditing Refresher courses, was thrilled and a little overwhelmed by the news.

She said “It was a huge surprise to receive a nomination for the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and I was incredibly grateful to receive the award. Twenty four years ago when I started my career in the agri-food sector, I never expected that my journey would bring me to this point. I spend an increasing amount of my time with women in the early part of their careers in the agri-food sector and I feel it is particularly important to mentor, support and advocate for them. Receiving this award will motivate me even further to continue with that support and be a role model for the next generation of black British scientists.”

As well as training classroom-based and in-house courses in HACCP, Auditing and related subjects for Verner Wheelock, Barbara is a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference. In addition, she sits on committees for the Institute of Food Science and Technology and The Nutrition Society’s Training Academy.

Alison Wheelock, our MD, said “We are all very pleased for Barbara. She’s a professional who consistently achieves good examination results for our course delegates and is passionate about her work. She has a relaxed training style and calm and friendly manner, which puts the delegates at ease and we always receive excellent feedback about her courses – which is a great reflection on our company.”

Barbara Bray is the second of our trainers to receive an MBE. Our HACCP and Food Safety trainer, Paul Bache, was awarded an MBE for services to the meat industry in 2007.