Gail will lead, develop and manage the FSAI’s multi-disciplinary team. Alongside this, Gail will focus on ensuring consumer health protection through the development of regulatory affairs, training and compliance resources for frontline food inspectors as well as the food industry itself and provide leadership support to staff in regulating the Irish food industry.
Gail has worked with the FSAI for nearly 20 years in different roles, working in partnership with both the State agencies and at EU level on the enforcement of food legislation. Prior to this position Gail was Official Controls and Brexit Strategy Manager with the FSAI, which saw her lead all aspects of the FSAI’s work on Brexit across senior levels at Government, State agencies, UK regulators and the food industry.
She has a strong history of developing regulatory strategy at corporate level, having provided expert advice to both Government and at EU level on policy and legislation on food controls, working with State agencies and the food industry as well as developing innovations to enable strategic improvements.
Gail’s focus will be to lead on developing and implementing strategic approaches to food regulation based on best practice, science and better regulation principles and to provide input to food safety developments at national and EU level. She’ll also represent the FSAI at European and international levels to assure Ireland’s approach to food regulation is understood.
A native of Dublin, Gail holds a MSc in Environmental Science from Queens University Belfast and a BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology from Dublin City University. In addition, she also holds IMI Diplomas in Management of Governance and Compliance and Regulatory Management.