Local Authority Food Hygiene Rating Scheme User Group

The FHRS User Group is a forum for two-way communication between the FSA and local authorities in England, in relation to the implementation and operation of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

The group is chaired by the FSA and membership comprises local authority representatives from each of the nine regions in England.


Local Authority FHRS User Group members
Region Name Local authority
North West Ian Doig Wirral Borough Council
Jackie Hall Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
North East Christine Ditchburn Durham County Council
Graeme Joynt Hartlepool Borough Council
Yorkshire and Humberside Rachel Shaw Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Julie Moody North East Lincolnshire Council
East Midlands Liz Street Erewash Borough Council
Steve Haslam Amber Valley Borough Council
West Midlands Neil Harris Walsall Council
Carl Jacobs Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
East Paul Hemnell Broadland District Council
Joanna Wyatt Mid Suffolk District Council
South West Sarah Dowden Sedgemoor District Council
Laura Brewer Purbeck District Council
South East Helen Jones Runnymede Borough Council
Nat Slade Arun District Council
London Juliet Isitt London Borough of Hounslow
Janine Avery Association of London Environmental Health Managers (ALEHM)

Terms of reference

To provide a forum for:

  • the FSA and local authority partners to identify challenges arising from the practical implementation and operation of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and develop solutions to meet these with a view to consistency in applying the FHRS Brand Standard
  • help identify and share new ideas and good practice relating to the operation of the scheme and communication about it with businesses and consumers.