The BRCGS Leaders of Tomorrow is an event to recognise the future leaders of our industry. Our inspirational speakers are purposefully selected to give attendees a unique perspective on navigating the world and overcoming challenges.

We are delighted that both Prof Bizhan Pourkomailian, Global Director, Food Safety, Restaurant & Distribution at McDonald's and Selvarani Elahi, Deputy Government Chemist, National Laboratories & Science at LGC will be sharing their personal journeys with you and discussing challenges and how they overcome them. The keynote session will be complemented by a motivational/soft skills session to be confirmed soon.

Invite your most promising, talented and passionate colleagues to the event at just £80 a person or take advantage of our corporate rate, allowing up to 10 colleagues to attend for just £480.

We would like our Retailers and BRCGS Certificated Sites to Invite your most promising, talented and passionate colleagues to the event, with no cost associated. If you fall into this category and would like to book a place for you and your team please email

The event is open to all. Click register on the top right of this page.


Leaders of Tomorrow Speakers

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Prof. Bizhan Pourkomailian
Global Director
Restaurant & Distribution Food Safety
McDonald’s Corporation

Bizhan holds an Hons. Degree in Biochemistry, PhD in Microbial Physiology from Aberdeen University, MBA from Warwick University and is visiting professor at Cranfield University. 

He moved to McDonald’s Europe in January 2000 as Food Safety Manager overseeing food safety systems across the European Supply Chain from farm to front counter. Since 2015, his role has changed to Global Restaurant and Distribution Food Safety Director.  Bizhan is responsible for establishing, maintaining and driving for continuous improvement in food safety systems which include but no limited to standards and procedures.



Selvarani Elahi MBE
UK Deputy Government Chemist and Executive Director of the Food Authenticity Network

Selvarani has over 25 years’ experience in the analysis of food and agriculture samples working across a variety of policy areas, nationally and internationally, to improve standards in measurement science.

Selvarani is the Executive Director of the Food Authenticity Network (, led by LGC, which is an open access website that gathers information on food authenticity testing, food fraud mitigation and food supply chain integrity, helping to build more resilient food supply chains.