Meet Our Speakers - Ask Arena: Natasha’s Law - Understanding the Implications

By Berenice, Thursday 27 May 2021

On the morning of Thursday 3 June 2021 from 8.30am to 10.00am the next in our series of Ask Arena virtual events will explore Natasha’s Law and the implications for foodservice and hospitality. This virtual event sponsored by Nutritics – the world’s leading food information and labelling software company - will bring together an expert panel of speakers who are responsible for implementing Natasha’s Law within each of their businesses.

Their knowledge, expertise and insight will provide you with practical advice you can take back to your colleagues and customers.  With the complexity of Natasha’s Law affecting every aspect of the supply chain you will be sure to learn something new.  


Meet Our Speakers

Anna Watson, Group Food Safety Manager, Merlin Entertainments
Anna is part of the Health Safety and Security team, supporting the varied food and beverage operations globally, in around 80 Merlin attractions including Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures to name but a few.  Since January Anna has been chairing the Merlin Allergen Working Party to ensure Merlin UK attractions comply with Natasha’s Law by 1st October.  Anna is also a member of the UKHospitality Food Experts Group.

With a background in Food Science, Anna has been advising and supporting catering businesses in food safety and health and safety for over 30 years.  Her career has included Food Safety Manager roles for businesses including Hilton UK, Elior, Delaware North at Wembley Stadium, Brownsword Hotels, and now Merlin Entertainments.

Julia Hayes, Registered Nutritionist (Food), BSc (Hons), Thomas Franks Ltd.
Julia is a Freelance Nutrition Consultant, who has worked with the contract caterer Thomas Franks Ltd in the education and corporate sectors, for over 8 years. She was responsible for introducing the Food Information Regulations across the business in 2014 and managed the introduction of gluten free accreditation with Coeliac UK, making the business the first contract caterer to hold this award. Julia is a member of the Association for Nutrition and is registered on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKRVN).

Richard Vaughan, Group Compliance Director, Délifrance 
Richard joined Délifrance in 2012 and was appointed Group Compliance Director in 2019.  As part of this role, Richard and his team, work to ensure that Délifrance’s range of bakery products are compliant to the relevant laws for the sales country and are constantly monitoring regulation and legislation updates to ensure that they are aware of any potential changes and take relevant action to ensure that they are implemented within the required timeframes.  

Richard has been working in food manufacturing - within the quality / technical field - for over 20 years and has experience within fresh and cured meats, ready meals, ready to eat products and most recently bakery.   Richard has worked with a large number of customers within the retail and food service sectors; both nationally and now internationally.   

Clare Stead, Senior UK Business Development Manager, Nutritics
Clare has over 10-years experience working across the hospitality, leisure, education, and healthcare sectors demonstrating how technology streamlines business processes, increases profitability, and mitigates risk.

Currently Clare is working heavily with food service operators in helping them to understand the upcoming changes of the UK Food Information Amendment (Natasha's Law) and consulting on how to effectively roll out solutions to support the new food labelling legislation. Clare is passionate in demonstrating how food information can be made more accessible and valuable via the implementation of technology that supports businesses now and into the future. 

Anna, Richard, Julia and Clare will take part in a topical and relevant discussion expertly chaired by William Murray PR & Marketing CEO, Anita Murray.  From discussing how Natasha’s Law is affecting the whole of the supply chain to the potential solutions available to help manufacturers and operators, this event is not to be missed.

Who should join?

If you or your company is involved in manufacturing or serving food to a consumer it’s key that you understand how Natasha’s Law is going to affect you and your customers.  


We look forward to you joining us for what will be a highly valuable event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine Wood by email or 07803 853618.