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About Us

We are a hands-on consultancy with a reputation for being personable, honest, and straight talking. We get to know and understand our clients and their teams. We take pride in doing a good job, being there when our clients need us and delivering 'good value' services. We also like a challenge! Contact us to find out how we can help you.
What we do
We help new food businesses to become established, and we help existing businesses develop and grow. We train, guide, audit, advise, and support.
We help food businesses to comply with legislation and achieve consistently high standards; we provide workable solutions to the grey areas; and we help to take away your worries so that you can focus on what you do best - develop a successful business.
Our clients are happy, and consider us as part of their team (see our Clients page for testimonials). 

Why businesses come to us


  • For reassurance that they are on the right track

  • To be prepared for enforcement inspections, resolve disputes, and provide environmental health officers with confidence

  • To find solutions to problems

  • For advice and guidance on technical matters

  • To achieve SALSA accreditations and top food hygiene ratings

  • They have heard of our successes elsewhere

  Who we are
Carl Challenger BSc MSc MCIEH DipNEBOSH
Director & Lead Consultant

Carl is a real foodie. His passion for food goes back a long way - he has worked at the coal face in catering; organised food logistics for international expeditions; and been involved with cheese production. He worked for many years as an EHO in Local Government, is a voting member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and has a NEBOSH diploma in Health and Safety Management.


Carl is a people person and, aside from anything food-related, he enjoys the great (and small) outdoors and has a soft spot for Central America (where he has spent considerable time travelling, working and learning Spanish). He lives in rural Sussex, but enjoys the hustle and bustle of town life.

Suzanne Goss
Food & Safety Consultant
Suzanne joined the team in July 2018. She brings with her 30+ years working as a Technical Manager for a Sussex-based food manufacturer. She has extensive knowledge and experience of implementing HACCP systems, auditing, and problem solving - in fact there is very little she doesn't know! She also knows a lot about growing food, gardening, and keeping animals. 
James Aldcroft
Specialist Trainer
James has worked with Challenger for several years now providing first aid at work, food hygiene, and health and safety related training courses. He has many years experience working within social care, health and safety and learning disability services, and is an active First Responder with his local ambulance service. He is without doubt the most engaging and enthusiastic trainer around...
Simon Clarke
Food & Safety Consultant
Simon is the most recent addition to the team but is no stranger having worked as a close colleague with Carl for seven years in a food safety team. He worked as an Environmental Health Officer in local government for 30+ years where he specialised in food safety and health and safety management. When it comes to inspecting and helping food businesses he is the right man for the job - be it a hotel, restaurant, pub, care home, music festival, or manufacturing site. 
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