We know that having the right people managing our clients’ projects is the key to our continued success. We also know that it takes a team effort to provide the exceptional service our clients expect and deserve, which is why we pride ourselves on our long-standing client relationships.

Our team of professionals have extensive backgrounds and many years of experience working with EU food chain legislation, specialising in registrations for food and feed additives, enzymes, probiotics and novels foods. With a proven track record for successfully gaining approval for multiple food and feed products, we are ideally equipped to offer you a full regulatory affairs support service.


Dr Elinor McCartney

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Dr Elinor McCartney has over 30 years’ experience in product development and EU regulatory affairs for multiple categories, including food and feed additives, novel foods and nutrition and health claims. Elinor is a graduate of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, where she also obtained a PhD in enteric diseases of piglets. She has an MBA (with distinction) and has tutored Finance and Marketing for the Open University Business School.

In 2000, Elinor set up Pen & Tec Consulting to help companies comply with EU regulations and legally sell their food and feed products in Europe. Elinor mainly provides strategic advice to clients on legal status and best regulatory options to accelerate time to market. Elinor is a frequent and popular speaker at international conferences on topics such as probiotics and nutritional support for human and animal health, and is also the author or co-author of over 25 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr Hannah Lester


Dr Hannah Lester

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Dr Hannah Lester is a research scientist with over 10 years’ experience in running veterinary clinical trials for regulatory approval. She studied for a PhD in parasite epidemiology at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh and has an MSc in Veterinary Public Health from the University of Glasgow. Hannah has worked for and managed Contract Research Organisations in the UK, and has also worked in academia and for government, providing science and veterinary policy advice. She currently manages the Pen & Tec office in Reading, UK.

Ing Liza Van den Eede


Ing Liza Van den Eede

Regulatory Affairs Director

Ing. Liza Van Den Eede is a Bioscience Engineer, with over 5 years’ experience in both food and feed EU regulatory affairs. Since joining Pen & Tec in 2011, Liza has worked on numerous feed additive dossiers, helping clients to gain EU approval for products such as minerals, enzymes and micro-organisms.

In 2013, Liza relocated to Switzerland to set up and develop our office in Zurich. Together with her team, she manages novel food registrations, food supplement notifications and nutrition and health claim applications, and provides advice regarding the legal status of foods in the EU. Liza is still closely involved in the registration of feed additives, supporting projects at our offices in the UK and Spain. As a specialist in Food Science and Technology, Liza is also a regular speaker at European conferences on topics relating to novel foods, foods for special medical purposes and feed additives.

Laura Payo Lewis


Laura Payo Lewis

Regulatory Affairs Director

Laura Payo Lewis specialises in both EU food and feed product registrations. She is an experienced regulatory manager, helping numerous clients take their products to market, such as enzymes used as animal digestibility enhancers or as food processing aids. She holds a Master in Biotechnology from the University of Salamanca, and interned in the cell culture quality control department of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in 2010.

Laura has delivered seminars on regulations and procedures for registering feed and feed additives in the EU. She also provides training sessions for client regulatory teams on all aspects of the EU registration process, on topics such as understanding data requirements for the risk assessment of food and feed products derived from genetically modified microorganisms. Since joining Pen & Tec in 2011, Laura has acquired a deeper knowledge of the regulatory requirements in other jurisdictions, working on Food Additive Petitions or GRAS determinations (US FDA) or feed additive registrations in Brazil.

Hector Velasquez-Estay

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Managing Director

Hector joined Pen & Tec in 2003 as a partner and shareholder. He holds a diploma in Sales and Marketing Management from the EAE business school in Barcelona, Spain, and a diploma in Business from the UK Open University.

Hector has worked in sales management in a variety of SMEs and multinationals, including flexible packaging for the food industry, electronic components, specialised steel and paper for industrial applications. Since becoming Managing Director in 2009, Héctor has grown Pen & Tec from a small partnership to a successful consulting firm, opening offices in the UK and Switzerland, and offering a wider range of regulatory services for both food and feed.