Ralph Early (Chair)

Ralph Early

Food Scientist and food ethicist. Chair of the Food Ethics Council. Formerly Professor of Food Industry, Harper Adams University. 

Ralph Early is a food scientist and food ethicist. Formerly Professor of Food Industry in Harper Adams University, head of the department of Food Science and Agri-food Supply Chain Management and director of the West Midlands Regional Food Academy, he retired in December 2018 after 25 years in the university sector. Before this he spent almost 20 years in the food industry, gaining experience in farming, food manufacture, NPD and quality and food safety management, including as Head of Industrial Products Development and then as Quality Standards Manager for Dairy Crest Ltd. A Trustee and Council Member of the Food Ethics Council, he is also a member of the Shropshire Good Food Partnership’s steering committee and an independent member of the Telford and Wrekin Climate Change Partnership.