Michelle Barrett, Certification officer
Michelle graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2007 with an honours degree in Public Health Nutrition. After working in the food industry for a couple of years, Michelle joined Soil Association Certification in September 2009 as a Certification Officer in the processor team. Michelle is relatively new to health and beauty and started working in the sector in late 2010. She is keen to learn and enjoying the experience so far.
Michelle previously worked as a lab assistant for a flavouring and botanicals company, as well as in new product development for a home baking and spices company. Her biggest achievement was being involved in the product development process of their Disney relaunch (from ingredient sourcing through to packaging). She particularly enjoyed taking part in the professional photoshoot of the products.
As well as working in the health and beauty sector on the team, Michelle will also be helping licensees from ambient and fresh produce.
Maarten van Perlo
Maarten studied social cultural work, had a variety of jobs including working on a small holding, organic farm, ran an organic box scheme and as quality control and production supervisor for an organic herb and spice importer and processor. He joined Soil Association Certification in 2000. His current role is specialist certification officer working in the health and beautycare and fresh produce sector.