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The founder of a B2B food and nutrition consultancy has received an honour from the Queen.

Barbara Bray, director of Alo Solutions Ltd, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this summer.

Barbara, an independent registered nutritionist and food safety consultant, received the award for services to food nutrition.

“It was a huge surprise to receive a nomination for the Queens Birthday Honours list and I was incredibly grateful to receive the award,” said Barbara.

“Twenty-four years ago when I started my career in the Agri-food sector, I never expected that my journey would bring me to this point.”

With a passion for educating people about food and nutrition, Barbara is currently a director of the Oxford Farming Conference, the leading international conference held in the UK for farming and agribusiness.

She sits on committees for both the Institute of Food Science and Technology and The Nutrition Society’s Training Academy; speaks at food and agriculture events and has contributed to debates at the UN Committee for Food Security in Rome on Youth and Women in Agriculture.

It was in 2014 that Barbara set up a consultancy business Alo Solutions Ltd driving and delivering food safety in food supply chains and improving nutritional quality of recipes and menus in the foodservice sector.

In 2017, Barbara was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship and travelled on a Global Focus programme to Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Israel, UK and USA to study international food and farming systems.

The project on ‘Vegetable Production for Specific Nutritional Need’, looked at international food policies and private initiatives to promote consumption of vegetables which benefit our health.

“For anyone with a passion for food and farming, the ability to work with a range of people, sharing knowledge and ideas, is such an important skill,” said Barbara.

“I have found the agri-food sector a great space to work in as a black British scientist and to lead real positive change.

“I’m delighted to receive this award and look forward to many more years of educating people about food and nutrition, supporting women in their early careers in the agri-food sector and being a role model for the next generation of black British scientists.”

For further information about Barbara and her work, visit her website.