Walker joined the then Campden Food Preservation Research Association in 1986, following his PhD in food microbiology. He very quickly established himself as the “go-to” person for all matters relating to Listeria and the microbiology of chilled foods. He was a leading light in the development of predictive microbiology, as a prominent member of a large industry-government consortium.
He became Campden BRI’s first research manager in 1994 and director of research in 1996. Leading the research across the business he laid the foundations that, to this day, provide such strong member engagement in our R&D activities based on the industry’s scientific and technical needs. Following further director roles, in 2009 he became director-general and subsequently CEO.
Walker commented: “When we moved to England, I suggested to my wife that it would be for two years. But 33 years later I can reflect on how I had the opportunity to develop my career through a range of roles, thoroughly enjoying working with colleagues in over 20 countries around the world. Campden BRI has a worldwide reputation as a center of expertise and I am very proud to have been part of this.”
He will be succeeded by Chris Huscroft, currently chief operating officer at Campden BRI.