Denis Kiely

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Denis has 25 years of experience working in various sectors of the Food Industry specialising in Food Safety / HACCP, Process Control, Legal Compliance and Auditing.  His main skill is removing the jargon and mystique attached to what is now considered the most important element of business continuity in the food industry, food safety.  Denis has worked with competent authorities both Irish and European, multinational food and beverage manufacturers plus Irish SME food business’.  He also has extensive experience working with Irish, UK and European retailers.

The manufacturer and retail of safe food requires investment in the three Ps; Premises, Plant & People.  The last of these – People – arguably the most important but perhaps least reliable if not trained well.  This is the key message that Denis focuses on in all training programmes he delivers regardless of the audience.  Food Safety must be taken out of the laboratory or technical department and brought down to factory floor level.  This can only be done with strong leadership and excellent communication skills where the concept of team and collective responsibility is fostered and rewarded.

Denis has a BSc Food Science & Technology, is a Registered Food Safety Auditor with IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors), an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, an Associate Member of Chartered Quality Assurance and holds an NUI Certificate in Training & Continuing Education. Denis has worked at management level in a number of food industries and is one of Ireland’s leading experts on Food Safety and is constantly in demand by major food manufacturers and food retailers for his expertise in this area. He is a gifted trainer, expert at delivering complex information in plain English in language that is clearly understood, ensuring delegates leave his training programmes empowered with new knowledge and confident to implement.

Denis is a Licensed trainer with CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health UK).

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So who would be my ideal dinner guests?  They certainly wouldn’t be fellow food scientists.  As a GAA anorak there would be one from Kilkenny and one from Donegal.  Neither outstanding players themselves but both with that rarest of qualities, the ability to lead with utter conviction.

Student Testimonials

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Excellent Presentation/Tutoring. Very engaging. Denis Kiely is a clear, knowledgeable HACCP tutor

– Aidan Crowe, Operations Director, Diageo (Guinness)

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Knowledge of tutor, Denis Kiely, was excellent. Very well able to articulate complexity of subject

– Elizabeth O’Leary, Castletownbere Fishermans Co op

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The tutor, Denis Kiely, is engaging & encourages involvement of all participants.  Tutor subject knowledge is excellent

– Deirdre Kellegher, Assistant QA Manager, Lakeland Dairies

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Denis is a keen sports enthusiast and a great follower and supporter of GAA (especially his local Cork club).

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