About PSI

Practical Solutions International offers practical help in Ethical, Sustainability and Safety.

Practical Solutions International is a dynamic consultancy. We can provide a unique mix of technical and new product development skills through flexible work solutions.

Our goal is to excel in all we do.

Who we are

Ian Finlayson- ian@psi-advantage.com


Professional Experience

16 years with Sainsbury's in various food and non-food technical management positions, latterly managing technical and product development of the grocery and snacking areas >£2b sales, accounting for over 10,000 products, and involving relationship management of 450 suppliers

Sector Specific Expertise

Ambient grocery- canned and dry (rice, pasta, herbs etc), Confectionery, Crisps and Snacks, Soft Drinks, Cut flowers, Garden Centre plants, Prepared produce, Salads, Vegetables, Fruit

Key Skills

Food Safety and Quality Assurance, HACCP, Pesticides and residue analysis, Fairtrade and Ethical Trade, BRC and IFS assessments, Mentoring and Coaching


Lead Assessor, BASIS, Advanced HACCP level 4, Extensive experience managing serious product incidents, member of the Fairtrade Standards Committee, ex-Member of the DEFRA Pesticide Residue Committee, Involved in the inception and launch of Assured Produce and Global GAP, Campden Canning Course, Cranfield Non-executive directors course.

David Chalk-david@psi-advantage.com

David Chalk

Professional Experience

Over 15 years in food and farming with experience in technical management and growing of fresh produce and from a livestock farming background.

Sector Specific Expertise

>Fruit, vegetables, salads, mushrooms, herbs; prepared produce; red meat; primary agriculture.

Key Skills

HACCP; Factory standards including BRC, TPPS, TFMS, 22000; Pesticides and IPM; Farm standards including Global GAP, Red Tractor, LEAF, Nurture, Field to Fork.


Post Graduate Certificate HACCP; Lead Assessor (ISO 22000); CIEH Level 4 Managing Food Safety in Manufacturing; M&S Farm Select (Field to Fork v 5); Waitrose Farm Assessment; Sainsbury’s Technical Managers Academy

Bill Skivington - bill@psi-advantage.com

Professional ExperienceBill

Wide experience in food manufacturing and retail including; 7 years as independent technical consultant, 9 years at Safeway Stores and various positions with food manufacturers, managing and developing teams of Technologists covering Food Safety, New Product Development, Supplier Approval and Product Assurance

Sector Specific Expertise

Own Label and Major Brands experience in the following sectors: Dairy (Milk, Cream, Yogurts, Desserts, Spreads, Eggs, Cheese); Bakery (Bread, Cake, In Store Bakery, Biscuits & Coffee Shops); Grocery (Confectionery, Snacks, Beverages, Canned and Packet Goods); Chilled (Ready Meals, Delicatessen products, Pies, Sandwiches).

Key Skills

Experience of Manufacturing operation & design. Supplier Approval, Audit, Improvement. Knowledge of Retailer Standards and requirements. Troubleshooting leading to sustainable solutions. BRC/IFS assessments Team management & development


HACCP/Auditing, BS5750/Lead Assessor trained, Time Management, Ethical Trade Initiative - Corporate Social Responsibility support

Linda Cudjoe - linda@psi-advantage.com alt

19 years experience in various food technical management with retail, food service and UK food manufacturing.Managed technical and product development in grocery, chilled, bakery and ready meals. In the last 5 years, involved with training of food industry management in HACCP, auditing and BRC. Also involved in technical analysis of companies, trouble shooting and helping to develop technical strategies.

Sector specific experience

Ambient grocery – pasta, rice, cooking oil, tea, coffee, hot preparation beverages, biscuits, cereals, crisps, nuts and snacks, canned goods; Ready meals; Fish; Poultry; Salads fruit, vegetables; Processed meats; Desserts; Bakery; Diary

Key skills

Training; Auditing (second and third party); Coaching and Mentoring; Good communication and problem solving skills


MBA (Cranfield School of Management), Lead Assessors, Leatherhead Chocolate and Confectionery course, CCFDRA course on bakery, YUM university courses in Bread, cheese, tomato and meat technologies, poultry inspection training (PIA), various microbiology courses.

Teresa Harrison - teresa@psi-advantage.com

altProfessional Experience

Over 20 years in the food industry. 10 Years with CMi - including set up of Assured Produce/Eurepgap. Responsible for Beef Labelling Scheme. BRC audits and training of BRC auditors worldwide. Also several roles within Tesco – as QA Manager within Distribution depots and also as an auditor for the PIU team. More recently Technical Director for a produce import company – Sydney Hart.

Sector Specific Experience

Fresh, frozen and prepared produce; fresh red and white meat and fish; confectionery, alcoholic and soft drinks, ready to eat; bakery.

Key Skills

Strong audit background within BRC and also retailer and produce orientated schemes – e.g. Global Gap; Nurture; Assured Produce.

Site technical management experience. SALSA approved Mentor.


IRCA Lead auditor; Intermediate HACCP; BRC Level 6 trained. Also Advanced Food Hygiene and Basic Health and Safety.

Mary Cooper - mary@psi-advantage.com

Professional ExperienceImg16861 5x4 Mary Cooper

24 years experience in food retail and manufacturing industry.5 years as an independent technical consultant, 15 years at Sainsbury Supermarkets managing and developing technical teams covering Food Safety, Supplier Approval and New Product Development. Experienced Interim Technical Manager managing private label and branded grocery for multiple retail supply.

Sector Specific Expertise
Own label and Major Brand sectors: Ambient grocery (Pasta, Rice, Cereals, Nuts, Crisps & Snacks); Chilled (Ready Meals, Fish, Poultry- Fresh & Further processed); Delicatessen( Cooked meat, Sandwiches, Sushi, Prepared Salads);In Store Hot Food.

Key Skills
Production and Technical Management experience .Supplier Approval, Retail Audit, Specification management, Food Safety Approval, Food Safety Training, Project Management.

Lead Assessor /BS5750, RSPH Level 4 (Advanced) Food Safety in Manufacturing,
CIEH approved trainer, HACCP,BSc Hons Food Science, Microbiology courses, IOSH Risk management training .Specification management courses.

Yigal Bar Noy (based in Israel) - Yigal@psi-advantage.com YIGAL  BAR NOY

Professional Experience

Yigal Bar Noy worked with Agrexco for 34 years – leading the QA team for 13 years. During this time he was responsible for preparing and guiding growers to ensure they and their packhouses met retailer requirements.

Sector Specific Expertise
Ambient grocery- canned and dry (rice, pasta, herbs etc), Confectionery, Crisps and Snacks, Soft Drinks, Cut flowers, Garden Centre plants, Prepared produce, Salads, Vegetables, Fruit.

Key Skills

• Specializes in preparations and guidance for audits of the following standards: Global GAP, BRC, ISO 9001:2008, TN & TFMS for TESCO, LEAF, Organic growing standards, and ethical standards such as ETI, SEDEX, and FWC.
• Authorized in certificating F2F by M&S worldwide.
• Authorized in certificating HACCP.
• Quality assurance management


Lead Assessor, Advanced HACCP, Global GAP, Ethical auditing, F2F training

Product Expertise

  • Fresh & Prepared Produce
  • Flowers and Pot Plants
  • Chocolate & Confectionery
  • Soft Drinks
  • Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Snacks and Crisps
  • Canned and dry grocery
  • Chilled Ready Meals
  • Dairy Products
  • Get In Touch
    Office Tel: 01189 888033
  • Address:
    Practical Solutions International Ltd. PO BOX 5146 Spencers Wood Reading Berkshire RG7 1YF

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