About me

My Story

My name is Robert Askew (but everyone calls me Bob).

Born and bred in Yorkshire, I trained in Leeds to become an Environmental Health Officer and held a variety of positions including working in Leeds in the inner city slums before being promoted to a specialist Food Safety Officer position.
In this job I was tasked with inspecting all the major hotels and restaurants and cafes in the inner city plus checking imported foods at the inland port container base.

As a complete contrast I later worked for some years in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland before deciding to emigrate to New Zealand with my family in the late 1970’s.

Yes, even I was young once! - That's me circled

Since 2008 I was the Senior Environmental Health Officer with Nelson City Council. This is a position with a wide range of duties but mostly involved in food safety. In 2017 I ‘retired’ from Nelson but since then have done several consultancy contracts with for independent recognised verifiers, other Councils and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Although my background and professional qualifications have been in Environmental Health, I have held a number of other positions with Councils in the Nelson/Tasman Area including Resource Management and Senior Management Positions.

I have Statutory Qualifications to work as an Environmental Health Officer in New Zealand and also have post graduate qualifications in a variety of associated disciplines including Public Health, Air Quality and Advanced Auditing Skills.

Again looking for something that was completely different and challenging I signed up with the New Zealand Red Cross for deployment as an overseas delegate. It took several months and some intense training to finally be accepted for work with Red Cross.

So I abandoned a ‘normal’ working life during the mid-1990’s and I undertook a number of missions as a Water Sanitation Engineer for the International Federation of the Red Cross.

I also was engaged for missions with OXFAM and UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees).

The humanitarian experience was a life-changer for me and after returning resolved to help people working in the food industry to learn and practice basic food safety training.

Video-Based Training for MPI
Last day in Red Cross Camp - Job well done!

My Mission

To provide you with outstanding food safety learning programmes tools and resources based on my years of experience as a Environmental Health Officer, Food Act Officer and Verifier, Food Safety Consultant and as an On-Line Food Safety training provider.

My training methods are specifically designed to make learning easy and attainable at minimal cost both in time and money and I back this all up with free resources and  help.

I do NOT do any of this just to make money.  It’s a passion and a joy.  My reward is when I get feedback from those I have helped.

As Einstein said “I’d rather be a man of value than worth”

Feedback

Here are just a small sample of my most recent feedback responses.

YAY😁🙌🙌 hi Bob thank you so much..You have honestly made my day😁 awesome 

Casey

“Thank you very much. We will surely acknowledge the reference.”

“The information in Hindi is really helpful too.”

Surabhi

 

‘Thank you Bob – you are a star, ive already had requests from a couple of businesses for a new diary and then saw your email link – perfect.
That’s probably another beer I owe you”

Sue

“Thank you for the certificate of achievement, this is going to hold value when I do hope to start a business of my own at some point.”

“As part of my feedback, I would like to say that the service from your end was very prompt and professional and therefore it was not a frustrating experience.”

“I thought the study content was easy to understand (coming from a person who’s first language isn’t English) and all-in-all an easy experience.”

Shelaka

“I seem to recall you had a very good cooling temp record sheet. Would you be happy to share?”

Bronwyn

“Thank you heaps I will be applying for more of your teachings.”

Jazz

Awesome Bob- Ive checked it out and looks good.  Thanks so much

🙂 🙂

Tessa

As I have done my safe food handling course through you for domestic market.
Could you please tell me about required documentation and course to be able to export honey.

Adarsh

So ...

What Can I Do for You?

Need
Training?

When I first set up my on-line training I ran it past no other than Sir Patrick Goodman (Goodman, Fielder Watties).

He did the course and passed and said it was just the job except…..

I was not charging enough for it!

Despite his words of wisdom and the similar comments from my accountant, to this day, I still run my training on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis.

In fact on this website all training is FREE!!

Need
Help?

Don’t panic!!!

I love to help others.  Its in my blood!

I get all sorts of requests for help from basic questions from home food business start-ups to more specialised queries and of course help from everyone with the rules and regulations.

If you would like to contact me I’d be only to happy to do what I can to help you.

But first check all the training and resources I have available.  All FREE!

Need
Resources?

I have been working right from the start with the current law changes .

First with the Department of Health.

Then the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.

And now MPI – (New Zealand Food Safety).

Over the years I have put together more resources than I count.

If you cannot find something just ask.  I may have it or it may be my next project!