PRESS RELEASE: Appointment of Katy Askew as IFIS’s new Managing Director 

22 February 2023, WokinghamIFIS today announced the appointment of Katy Askew as Managing Director.  

Katy has 19 years of experience in publishing, with the last 16 years in the food sector, specialising in innovation, nutrition and sustainability.  

Her most recent experience is as Senior Editor, Food Europe, overseeing William Reed’s flagship FoodNavigator brand alongside a portfolio of four category-specific vertical publications. Katy has led a team of experienced journalists working in locations across Europe to produce daily, weekly and monthly content across written and multimedia formats, including videos, podcasts and webinars. 

She has a demonstrable record of growing readership and audience engagement, and profitable digital innovation and product development. 

Professor Colin Dennis, Chair of IFIS’ Board of Trustees, said ‘on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome Katy as our new MD. With her strong background in publishing and the food sector, I am confident that she will provide strategic and innovative leadership with energy and enthusiasm, ensuring IFIS responds positively to future opportunities and challenges’. 

Katy Askew, Managing Director, said ‘I am thrilled to be joining IFIS at an exciting time for the publisher. Research and innovation supported by sound science are critical as we seek answers to food system challenges that range from nutrition and public health to sustainability. IFIS’s mission to increase access to high-quality scientific information aligns with the ambition to create a food system that is good for both people and planet. I am confident IFIS will play an important role supporting the food researchers, academics and innovators who are driving food system transformation’. 

About IFIS

Founded in 1968, IFIS is a not-for-profit publisher and educational charity committed to supporting those studying and working in the sciences of food and health by making it easier to access industry-specific research that can be trusted; preserving integrity and accuracy in the fields of food and beverages; and furthering learning and development across the world.  

IFIS produce FSTA, an interdisciplinary database of scientific and technological information relating to food, beverages and nutrition. FSTA is used in universities, food companies and government bodies all over the world, including 7 of the top 10 universities for food science (Shanghai ranking, 2022). They produce IFIS Collections - curated collections for researching specific food sectors and topics, such as Dairy, Food Packaging, and Nutritional Science jointly with The Nutrition Society. For more information, visit 


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