Gordon Hayburn


Gordon has over 25 years’ experience in the food industry having worked in food manufacturing, food safety and auditing in both the private and public sector as well as in academia and is currently the Director of Food Safety for Trophy Foods Inc. based in Toronto, Canada, where his remit covers food safety and quality for the company’s manufacturing sites in Canada.

Gordon has extensive knowledge of the food industry worldwide and has worked in auditing/certification since 1988. Gordon was involved at the launch of EFSIS and has subsequently audited all sectors covered by the BRC food standard. Gordon is one of only 10 Approved Training Providers (ATP’s) worldwide that the BRC appointed to assist with the roll out of Issue 6 of the Global Standard for Food Safety. He trains both Auditors and other ATP’s. He was also the first BRC Registered Consultant.

In addition to being a graduate Food Technologist, Gordon has 2 masters degrees; a MSc. in Food Safety & Control and a 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 9000 and 22000 standards.

Gordon has published and presented his PhD research both in the UK and internationally and was previously a Senior Lecturer at The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), where he taught both undergraduates and postgraduates in the fields of food science and technology, environmental health and trading standards. He is passionate about education and training.

Amongst his many affiliations, Gordon is a Fellow and Chartered Scientist of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and a member of both the Food and Drugs Law Institute and the European Food Law Association. Gordon was the founder and first President of the United Kingdom Association for Food Protection, the first non North American affiliate of the International Association for Food Protection.