Speakers

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    • Mark Pettigrew- Agricultural Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo

      Mark Pettigrew- Agricultural Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo 

      Speaker Bio: Mark Pettigrew is the European Agricultural Sustainability Manager for PepsiCo. He led the development and implementation of PepsiCo’s ’50 in 5’ project, an industry-leading collaboration with British potato farmers which successfully reduced the carbon emissions and water usage for potato growing in water stressed areas by 50% over a five year period. He is now working on extending PepsiCo’s sustainable agriculture initiatives throughout Europe and with the company’s potato, apples and oats growers. Prior to this, Mark held a variety of roles at PepsiCo ...

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    • Malcolm Watson- Group Lean Manager, Anglo Beef Processors UK

      Malcolm Watson- Group Lean Manager, Anglo Beef Processors UK 

      Speaker Bio: Malcolm is currently responsible for the introduction of Lean methods and Lean thinking across ABP’s 15 UK sites. Prior to joining ABP in early 2014 Malcolm has held senior operations roles at: Andros UK Limited who Operate 25 factories worldwide, its four main product categories include: Processed Fruits, Dairy Products, Biscuits and Confectionery. Norseland Ltd the UK based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Tine SA, Norway’s largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products employing over 5500 people worldwide. Lactalis, the world’s second largest d...

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    • Gavin Milligan- Group Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group

      Gavin Milligan- Group Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group 

      Speaker Bio: Dr Gavin Milligan holds a PhD from the University of London and worked for 9 years in the chemical industry before moving to the food sector. He has worked for a number of businesses ranging from SMEs to blue chip corporates in supply chain, operations and commercial roles and is currently Group Sustainability Director for the William Jackson Food Group where he is responsible for the company’s social and environmental programmes. He is a Member Director of Sedex, sits on the Ma...

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    • Martin Chilcott – Founder and CEO, 2degrees

      Martin Chilcott – Founder and CEO, 2degrees 

      Speaker Bio: Martin Chilcott is the CEO and Founder of 2degrees, the global industry leader in Fully-Linked Collaboration™. 2degrees provides supply-chain engagement programs for global corporations such as ASDA-Walmart, Tesco Group, Kingfisher Group, Bord Bia and Glaxo Smith Klein in over 50 countries. Delivering- smarter, faster, sustainable business growth. 2degrees helps organisations collaborate and unlock hidden opportunities for efficiency and growth, by being more sustainable at a group and operational level. It does this through a unique community led platform, enabling members ...

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    • Gerard Cleary – Glenisk

      Gerard Cleary – Glenisk 

      A native of Killeigh, Co Offaly, Ger Cleary is a Director of Glenisk, Ireland’s largest yogurt maker. Ger has worked full time with the family business for the past 20 years. Ger is a former finalist of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme; in 2007 & 2014, he was selected as one of eight finalists in the Industry category, in recognition of his contribution to the growth of Glenisk. He speaks frequently at events in Ireland and overseas, sharing the story of Glenisk’s success and his insights on business and innovation. He is also a Member of Council of the Small Firms Association. ...

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    • Reg Stewart – Group Operational Excellence Manager, Brown’s Food Group

      Reg Stewart – Group Operational Excellence Manager, Brown’s Food Group 

      Speaker Bio: Reg has a background in Operations Management and CI within high volume electronics , aerospace , food production , construction and Banking services. Experienced in the application of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies at all levels of the organisation … from transactional mapping to detailed operational Green Belt improvement projects. Over 20 years’ experience in running and supporting Lean Implementation Programmes as an internal and external consultant. Presentation Title: Sustainability through a structured approach to CI and Operational Excellence Presentation ...

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    • Sean Staunton- European Buyer Co-Pack, Birds Eye Iglo

      Sean Staunton- European Buyer Co-Pack, Birds Eye Iglo 

      Speaker Bio: Aspiring business man, who believes when business is done right, everyone benefits, and when it’s done wrong, everyone loses out. Started out in sales, before moving to 2 Sisters Food Group as part of a Future Leaders Graduate Scheme, where I shadowed the Director of Procurement, and assisted in the management of the function, and deliverance of the P&L. I learnt the importance of negotiation in a large organisation, both internal and external, and how to deal with stakeholders and suppliers in a way that got the best result. Moving on from here I progres...

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    • Jeremy Praud-Partner, Head of UK & Europe, Lauras International

      Jeremy Praud-Partner, Head of UK & Europe, Lauras International 

      Speaker Bio: With a background in Paper & Pulp, Food and Petcare Manufacturing and Distribution, Jeremy has over 20 years experience of implementing sustained improvement in a broad range of FMCG and manufacturing industries. Instrumental to the growth of Lauras International in the UK and Europe, he has a long track record of delivering successful improvement; above expectations both in terms of bottom line results, and sustained change. Presentation Title: Motivating teams and engaging your people’? Presentation Synopsis: ...

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    • Randy Spicer- Vice President, Health & Insurance Services, National Restaurant Association

      Randy Spicer- Vice President, Health & Insurance Services, National Restaurant Association 

      Speaker Bio: Randy Spicer currently leads the National Restaurant Association's Health Program, a unique Alliance with Optum & UnitedHealthcare- the country's largest health insurance company, as Vice President, NRA Health and Insurance Services. Randy brings an extensive background in healthcare and financial management, product development, underwriting and service integration strategies within the insurance, Medicare and healthcare industries. In senior leadership positions, Randy has created five regional health plans, started managed dental, workers’ comp and Part...

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    • Kim English- Company Director, Business Transformation Associates Ltd.

      Kim English- Company Director, Business Transformation Associates Ltd. 

      Speaker Bio: Possessing vast experience of successfully implementing sustainable improvement programmes in a broad range of manufacturing industries, Kim has delivered operating efficiencies valued into millions of pounds over the course of her career. Her experience of deploying Business Improvement Strategies within Blue Chip manufacturing operations, together with her interpersonal skills have made her a recognised expert in change management. Presentation Title: Avoiding Lean Transformation Failure Presentation Synopsis: The track r...

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    • Derek Selby- Product Technical Adviser for Europe and Africa Middle East, Mobil Lubricants, Uk

      Derek Selby- Product Technical Adviser for Europe and Africa Middle East, Mobil Lubricants, Uk 

      Speaker Bio: Derek Selby has been working both on the formulation, production and application of Mobil Lubricants for 29 years. During this time Derek has worked heavily on the wide range of lubricants used in the food industry, ranging from heat transfer oils, the synthetic gear/hydraulic lubricants and hyper compressor oils used in the production of Foodgrade and pharmaceutical grade Poly Ethylene and spearhead the technical launches of the Mobil SHC Cibus product line for the food industry. Dereks long term back ground and involvement in technical understanding of lub...

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    • Elizabeth Edgington- Environment Campaign Manager, Business in the Community

      Elizabeth Edgington- Environment Campaign Manager, Business in the Community 

      Speaker Bio: With a background in farming, and a decade of working with food and drink companies through her work at Business in the Community, Elizabeth Edgington has long experience of bringing to life environmental sustainability at a strategic business level, to achieve corporate objectives and bring wider benefits to stakeholders. Business in the Community’s 2015 report ‘Smartwater: a prosperous future for the food and drink supply chain’ is a practical resource for food and drink manufacturers, caterers and retailers detailing why looking after water matters, and t...

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    • Andy Haddon-Founding Director, Earth Doctors

      Andy Haddon-Founding Director, Earth Doctors 

      Speaker Bio: Innovative social entrepreneur with a unique breadth of relevant experience developing new businesses both locally and internationally. Practical experience of business start-up and growth across food sector, renewable energy, low carbon transport and global logistics as an employee, business owner, economic development practitioner, business coach and researcher. Presentation Title: Changing the World one loaf at a time. - a community perspective on sustain...

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    • Dennis Sherwood- Managing Director, Silver Bullet

      Dennis Sherwood- Managing Director, Silver Bullet 

      Speaker Bio: Dennis is one of the country’s leading expert in business creativity and innovation. Formerly a consulting partner with Coopers & Lybrand, and an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, he now runs his own business, The Silver Bullet Machine Manufacturing Company Limited (http://www.silverbulletmachine.com/). Dennis has degrees from Cambridge (MA), Yale (MPhil), and the University of California (PhD), and is a Sloan Fellow, with distinction, of London Business School. He has appeared on many conference...

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    • Mark Hilton- Resource Efficiency Lead, Eunomia

      Mark Hilton- Resource Efficiency Lead, Eunomia 

      Speaker Bio: Mark has over 32 years’ experience in industry and environmental consultancy. He has extensive and wide-ranging experience of waste prevention (audit and implementation support) across the food and drink and hospitality sectors. He is experienced in both policy work, designing and assessing the potential impacts of waste prevention initiatives, and operational studies, working directly with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to help reduce waste. Recent project experience includes three years leading the team delivering technical support to signatorie...

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    • Harriet Parke- Senior Consultant, Eunomia

      Harriet Parke- Senior Consultant, Eunomia 

      Speaker Bio: Harriet Parke Senior Consultant at Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd has nine years’ experience in waste and data management. Harriet has worked on a wide range of projects within the food waste sector, including minimising and preventing food waste, through to the treatment options for this waste stream. Harriet is also an active volunteer within the food waste prevention sector in Bristol. Harriet is a co-ordinator of FoodCycle Bristol, assisting in the collection of surplus produce from local ret...

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    • Jean Waring-Thomas- Commercial Strategy Consultant, Utilitywise

      Jean Waring-Thomas- Commercial Strategy Consultant, Utilitywise 

      Speaker Bio: Jean is a passionate and experienced manager with a wide ranging background in energy, carbon and water and strong interpersonal and technical skills. This breadth of experience and a pragmatic approach has led to many opportunities to develop energy and carbon policy with various government bodies on compliance schemes such as CRC, ESOS and GHG reporting as well as working with bodies such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Confederation for British Industry (CBI), the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE, formerly the CHPA) and the Carbon Trust. Je...

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    • Dr Kayla Friedman- Programme Manager, CISL

      Dr Kayla Friedman- Programme Manager, CISL 

      Speaker Bio: Kayla is Course Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business, the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains, and is Assistant Director for the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership. She is also involved in the development of new graduate offerings for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Kayla is a US licensed architect with 10 years of professional experience; including exploring the challenges of improving sustainability in the built environment at multiple scales, and engaging diverse stakeholders in vi...

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    • Richard Hilson- Associate Director, Cloud Sustainability

      Richard Hilson- Associate Director, Cloud Sustainability 

      Speaker Bio: Richard brings 12 years’ operational hospitality and energy and resource efficiency experience to his role at Cloud Sustainability, working with clients to empower their workforces to deliver significant financial and environmental improvement in their role, through knowledge. The Cloud Sustainability cloud based accredited eLearning and analytics platform changes the way sustainability knowledge, consultancy and training services are delivered, using cutting edge interactive ‘immersive’ tools to engage the learner. The accredited tools help organisations to go...

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    • Ross Campbell - Business Director, CyberColloids Ltd

      Ross Campbell – Business Director, CyberColloids Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Ross Campbell has a joint honours degree in Chemistry and Management Science from Stirling University. Ross has worked for a number of different companies in various roles, including Dow Corning, 3M, Courtaulds all involving polymers for many industrial applications.  He then joined Unilever’s Quest food ingredient division to head up their hydrocolloids business unit which is now part of Kerry. Ross left Quest in 2001 and started up CyberColloids which has become a well recognized ‘business led contract research’ company specializing in polysaccharide chemistr...

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    • Jon Roper- Senior Design Engineer, Evo Energy

      Jon Roper- Senior Design Engineer, Evo Energy 

      Speaker Bio: Jon has 6 years’ experience in rooftop solar PV installations and has worked for some of the most innovative solar companies in the UK. He contributed to the Building Research Establishment’s  (BRE) “Guide to Solar Car Parks” and most recently, co-authored the BRE’s “Guide to Solar PV on Commercial Buildings” publication. He is currently EvoEnergy’s Senior Design Engineer and has worked on some of the largest solar rooftop projects in the UK for various clients including Lyreco, Kanes Foods and Aldi Supermarkets. Presentation Title: ...

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    • Quentin Clark- Director Business Collaboration, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)

      Quentin Clark- Director Business Collaboration, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) 

      Speaker Bio: Quentin Clark joined LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) as Director Business Collaboration in March 2016. Quentin’s role at LEAF is to plan and lead a business collaboration strategy to work with third party organisations to place sustainable food and farming high on their agenda.   Formerly Head of Sustainability at Waitrose, Quentin held various positions at Waitrose for 29 yea...

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    • Nils Erikstad- Key Account Manager, Grundfos BioBooster

      Nils Erikstad- Key Account Manager, Grundfos BioBooster 

      Speaker Bio: Education B.Sc. In Food technology from Denmark and MBA from Edinburg University. Worked 15 years in Arla Food with Dairy processing in Denmark and North Amerika. Worked as Portfolio manager in Alfa Laval and been in Grundfos BioBooster since 2015 with responsibility for Key Accounts Presentation Title: Grundfos BioBooster / Safe and reliable use of effluents Presentation Synopsis: Grundfos BioBooster A/S is a 100% Grundfos-owned subsidiary developing and selling solutions for wastewater treatment and...

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    • Steve Wilcox- Business Development Manager, Industrial Water, Veolia

      Steve Wilcox- Business Development Manager, Industrial Water, Veolia 

      Presentation Title: Circular economy in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Presentation Synopsis: Identifying the opportunities for the Food and Beverage sector to build circular system in water waste and energy. Discussions of the challenges with recycling waste, water and energy in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. Demonstration of success stories in converting a linear business into a circular business that not only meets utilities requirements but also uncovers new revenue streams and business...

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    • Leslie Berger- Food & Farming Sustainability Consultant, ADAS

      Leslie Berger- Food & Farming Sustainability Consultant, ADAS 

      Speaker Bio: Leslie is a Food & Farming Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years of experience in global agri-food supply chain analysis.  Leslie works  as part of an ADAS team of consultants with clients such as Sainsbury’s, Aldi,  PepsiCo, and Compass to help build more resilient raw material supply chains to reduce business risk and build competitive advantage.  Her experience includes engaging with producers to assess supply chain opportunities and risks, advising on company strategy on key sustainability issues, and identifying ways to improve resource efficien...

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    • Dr Jon Lidster- Business Manager, Metrohm Process Analytics, Metrohm UK

      Dr Jon Lidster- Business Manager, Metrohm Process Analytics, Metrohm UK 

      Speaker Bio: Jon is the business manager for Metrohm Process Analytics products at Metrohm UK and responsible for sales and application development for on-line products. Jon has a background in analytical chemistry and process engineering working within many industries in largely process and product development roles. Jon works closely with customers to develop analytical methods to analyse process and products continuously to feedback to the process to control quality and improve efficiency. Jon’s expertise is largely analyser integration, analytical chemistry and process ...

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    • Mark Varney-  Director of Food, FareShare

      Mark Varney- Director of Food, FareShare 

      Speaker Bio: Mark is Director of Food at FareShare and leads a team responsible for FareShare’s partnerships with companies in the UK food industry. FareShare is a unique charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by redistributing surplus food to more than 2 000 local charities across the UK. By ensuring good food is not wasted, FareShare turns an environmental problem into a solution, helping to feed over 100 000 vulnerable people every day. He led the development and publication of the innovative FareShare Food Efficiency Framework which was launched earlier th...

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    • Dr Patrick Webb- Centre for SMART, Loughborough University

      Dr Patrick Webb- Centre for SMART, Loughborough University 

      Speaker Bio: Patrick Webb is a lecturer with the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technology (SMART) at Loughborough University. The focus of his research is to gain an in-depth understanding of water consumption and waste at the unit operation level in food manufacturing, in order to develop appropriate tools and technologies to better manage this consumption in the future. Dr Webb brings a combination of commercial and academic experience in manufacturing to the research, including over three years as a Technical Specialist serving industrial clients at ...

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    • Richard Werran FIFST, FSOFHT- General Manager, EMEA Responsible Sourcing ,NSF International

      Richard Werran FIFST, FSOFHT- General Manager, EMEA Responsible Sourcing ,NSF International 

      Speaker bio: Richard has extensive broad food industry and global supply chain experience. He is experienced in food production, assurance, experience includes ingredient production food assurance, certification, testing consulting and training. Richard is especially experienced in designing and deploying identity preservation systems to both mitigate and manage risk whilst supporting robust consumer claims. Richard’s work has meant extensive involvement in the development of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable standards for soy and sugar cane. Pre...

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    • Tim Field- Environmental Surveyor, The Daylesford Foundation

      Tim Field- Environmental Surveyor, The Daylesford Foundation 

      Speaker Bio: A farming family and a rural upbringing encouraged my interest in land management, but my passion for conservation led me to study environmental and behavioural biology. I joined Daylesford in 2007, returning to my roots in farming and sustainable food production. Since joining Daylesford I have completed a land management degree to support my work with Carole Bamford on the farm, retail & café business and the Foundation, striving to push the boundaries of sustainable food production and processing. I advise on matters of sustainability across the Dayle...

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    • David Rose- Sales Director, The Alternative Pallet Company (Pallite), England

      David Rose- Sales Director, The Alternative Pallet Company (Pallite), England 

      Presentation Title: Pallite® - a revolutionary lightweight pallet and pallet box range… taking the weight out of transport Presentation Synopsis: Imagine the fuel that can be saved by taking up to 20kg of weight out of each pallet load.  Imagine the cost savings made from not transporting needless weight.  Imagine the good feeling of being able to recycle a pallet post use instead of sending it to landfill. Imagine using a nails and splinter free pallet that’s manufactured predominantly from recycled products.  Imagine that pallet being able to hold 7...

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    • Tom Jordan- Sustainability Senior Engineer, Lorien Engineering Solutions

      Tom Jordan- Sustainability Senior Engineer, Lorien Engineering Solutions 

      Speaker Bio: Tom is a senior engineer working for Lorien Engineering Solutions whom specialises in capital projects for the food, brewing, drinks, life sciences, safety compliance, and sustainability. Tom consults on a wide range of energy related projects from historic houses through to large industrial manufacturing sites. This includes a wide range of waste, environmental focused and renewable energy areas delivering assessments for low carbon & renewable energy systems for privately owned estates through to blue chip clients. Presentation Title: ...

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    • Joe Dunne – Project manager, Middlesbrough Environment City

      Joe Dunne – Project manager, Middlesbrough Environment City 

      Speaker Bio: After being involved in community development and environmental projects in Tanzania, New Zealand as well as across the UK, he has settled in Middlesbrough and has been managing environmental based engagement projects for the last nine years. He currently works for Middlesbrough Environment City managing One Planet Middlesbrough; a community engagement project supporting behavioural change to more sustainable lifestyles through targeted programmes and interventions in Middlesbrough. As a part of this project he is  leading on Growing Middlesbrough, facilitat...

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    • Tim Wynn Jones- Distributed Energy Sales Manager, British Gas Business

      Tim Wynn Jones- Distributed Energy Sales Manager, British Gas Business 

      Speaker Bio: Tim has been with British Gas since January 2015 and works with industrial and commercial customers to develop solutions to the challenges around energy costs, site resilience and carbon emissions. He has an MSc in Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility from Ashridge Business School and is fluent in Spanish, having previously lived and worked in Mexico. He has worked within the energy industry for over five years and has a wealth of experience across corporate energy supply contracts, renewable energy project development and financing and industrial and do...

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    • Kieron O' Toole- Sales Director, Polestar Interactive

      Kieron O’ Toole- Sales Director, Polestar Interactive 

      Presentation Title: Industrial IoT in Food & Drink Presentation Synopsis: Industrial IoT has arrived and is now transforming the way in which many sectors create, supply and support products and services for customers. In Food & Drink production, manufacturing, distribution and retail there are now new ways of automating activity, engaging end customers and improving operational efficiency, with just 3 basic elements to building any Industrial IoT infrastructure. During this talk Kieron O’Toole steps through real world examples from Food &...

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    • Paul Hallinan- Director, Brill Energy Commercial Services Ltd

      Paul Hallinan- Director, Brill Energy Commercial Services Ltd 

      Presentation Title: How to pocket hidden power cost savings Presentation Synopsis:  An insight into what your power supplier would rather not ...

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    • Anne Irwin- Managing Director, Suki Tea

      Anne Irwin- Managing Director, Suki Tea 

      Presentation Title: All these little things Presentation Synopsis: Sharing Suki Tea’s experience in growing a responsible business that we can proud of. Little things make big things happen.’ Speaker Bio: The Suki Tea vision is to grow a global community of loose leaf tea drinkers, an appreciation society of the ritual in a great-tasting, ethically-sourced cuppa. With Suki Tea recently celebrating over a decade of building a brand and company to be proud of, it is Anne’s principal job to ensure their mission is fulfilled over the ...

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    • Dr Caitlin Burns- Consultant, NNFCC

      Dr Caitlin Burns- Consultant, NNFCC 

      Presentation Title: AgroCycle: Valorising agri-food wastes for higher value’. Presentation Synopsios: AgroCycle is a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project addressing the recycling and valorisation of waste from the agri-food sector, across Europe and China. The project takes a holistic approach to understanding and addressing how to make best use of the full range of waste streams associated with the agri-food industry. It will deliver the AgroCycle Protocol, a blueprint for achieving sustainable agri-food waste valorisation. NNFCC’s role in th...

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    • Chris Jackson- Vice President, Global Passenger Gateways DHL Supply Chain

      Chris Jackson- Vice President, Global Passenger Gateways DHL Supply Chain 

      Speaker Bio: Chris has over 25 years’ supply chain experience, having worked in operational and business development roles in 3PL and in-house operations covering a variety of different sectors, including food retailing, airlines and passenger gateways, automotive, consumer and industrial. In his current role, Chris has responsibility for product development and growth for the Envirosolutions and Passenger Gateways sector within DHL. This includes the creation of a product strategy that expands product reach; vertically, by increasing the range of services to meet custom...

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    • Richard Willis-Area Manager, Huber Technology

      Richard Willis-Area Manager, Huber Technology 

      Presentation Title: The title for the presentation is “Food Plant Effluent Treatment – Don’t Put Money Down the Drain” Presentation Synopsis: Any money spent on the effluent plant is straight off the bottom line, but it’s an essential part of a lot of businesses and money can be saved. A non-functioning effluent plant can annoy neighbours, attract vermin, cost money and in the worst case shut your plant down. This paper explores the opportunity to reuse waste effluent to reduce costs Speaker Bio: Having graduated from Portsmo...

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    • Tom Gill- Head of Environment, Genus plc.

      Tom Gill- Head of Environment, Genus plc. 

      Presentation Title: Sustainability and resilience in the supply chain – how do we meet the future needs of the agri-food supply chain Presentation Synopsis: Every business (large or small) is saying the same thing – we need to hit climate change targets and deliver CSR objectives for our key stakeholders. The question is how is this delivered in reality? Sustainability objectives are challenging, complex but potentially very rewarding. Tom will explore how we unlock the added value of sustainability that can provide long term food security. ...

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    • Chris McCann- Principal Consultant BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions’, BSI Group

      Chris McCann- Principal Consultant BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions’, BSI Group 

      Speaker Bio: Chris has spent twenty years managing sustainability programmes for Fortune 500 companies across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Chris is Principal Consultant, Sustainability with BSI Supply Chain Services & Solutions. One of a team representing international retailers he worked on developing the Global Social Compliance Programme, a governance structure for business and human rights in the international retail sector. He was appointed to the steering group of the World Banana Forum, endorsed by the United Nations FAO and, following a House of Lo...

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    • Bina Sitaram- Multi Award Winning Social Entrepreneur & Visionary Leader, Earth Buds

      Bina Sitaram- Multi Award Winning Social Entrepreneur & Visionary Leader, Earth Buds 

      Speaker Bio: Earth Buds was established in 2013. The social enterprise raises awareness around real food and healthy eating practices, sustainability and entrepreneurial skills and mindset through educational programmes delivered in schools and also workshops delivered to adults.  Earth Buds also caters for bespoke commissions with previous clients including Mars Food UK and Big Barn CIC.  The programmes have had tremendous success and feedback.  Earth Buds programmes have been featured on the BBC Mr Bloom Here & There show. The launch of the online Cook & Create pro...

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    • James Suckling- Research Fellow PhD Physics, MPhys Physics, University of Surrey

      James Suckling- Research Fellow PhD Physics, MPhys Physics, University of Surrey 

      Speaker Bio: Dr James Suckling is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, within the University of Surrey. His research focuses on how niche innovation may be scaled up achieve a broader reduction in environmental impact, with particular focus on how waste within the food system may either be reduced or used to create new resources of value. He is working as part of a project called Stepping Up, a partnership of seven universities and research centres looking at the issues faced by not only food systems, but also the water and energy systems with...

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    • Dr Naomi Salmon- Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Law, Aberystwyth University

      Dr Naomi Salmon- Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Law, Aberystwyth University 

      Speaker Bio: Dr Naomi Salmon is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Law at Aberystwyth University, where she has been based since the late 1990s. She teaches across a variety of areas of law, including food policy and law. Her research addresses key issues of food governance, with a particular focus on the utility of the language of human rights as a catalyst for constructive policy-shift towards a more sustainable and socially just food system. Presentation Title: Childhood Obesity, Human Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility ...

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    • Liam Curran- Senior Technologist, Enterprise Ireland

      Liam Curran- Senior Technologist, Enterprise Ireland 

      Speaker Bio: Liam Curran is currently the senior Technologist in Enterprise Ireland responsible for the water and wastewater sector. He is an Environmental Scientist by background and prior to his current role spent much of his time troubleshooting wastewater treatment plants for industrial clients in a range of sectors. Based in Shannon, County Clare, he works with a colleague in the London Office of Enterprise Ireland supporting and facilitating the Water/wastewater Industry Cluster for Ireland. Presentation Title: Innovation through Collaboration –...

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    • Paul Courtney- National Business Development Manager, Kingspan ESB

      Paul Courtney- National Business Development Manager, Kingspan ESB 

      Speaker Bio: Paul Courtney is National Business Development Manager for Kingspan ESB. Kingspan ESB is a Joint Venture between Kingspan, a global leader in high performance building technologies and ESB, Ireland largest energy company, offering Funded Rooftop Solar PV systems to commercial and industrial clients in Ireland. As National Business Development Manager, it is Paul’s responsibility to expand on the generation assets for the JV and provide operational savings to building owners and tenants. With zero capital cost, building owners can benefit from a Funded Solar syste...

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    • Charlotte Challis BEng MEng – Research Engineer with Verco

      Charlotte Challis BEng MEng – Research Engineer with Verco 

      Presentation Title: Process energy efficiency in the dairy industry – a systems view Presentation Synopsis: The dairy sector is a mature sector where competition is fierce.  The processes that take raw milk and turn it into safe food products are well established.  The process control that is applied is focused on the product safety and productivity.  The introduction of energy metrics at a unit operation level are a recent initiative if they exist at all. The process efficiency is determined by numerous factors and in a systems thinking app...

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    • Simon Durrant- CEO and Founder, eSight Energy Group

      Simon Durrant- CEO and Founder, eSight Energy Group 

      Presentation Title: Energy Reduction in the Food and Drinks Industry Presentation Synopsis: This seminar will cover the reduction of energy and water consumption within the food and drinks industry. It will cover the effective selection and use of utility metering and the appropriate locations for the electricity, gas and water meters. It will also cover the use of energy analysis software and dashboards to identify reduction in energy consumption and achieve savings of up to 30%. Speaker Bio: Simon is the CEO and founder of the e...

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    • Samuel Stone- Head of Fisheries & Aquaculture, UK Marine Conservation Society

      Samuel Stone- Head of Fisheries & Aquaculture, UK Marine Conservation Society 

      Presentation Title: Sustainable seafood: current issues & developments for responsible sourcing. Presentation Synopsis: The UK has made good progress in improving the sustainability of its seafood, but there remain many species, fisheries and farming methods that are not sustainable and are red rated at www.goodfishguide.org. This presentation will provide an update on what the key issues are at the moment, new developments and some hints and tips for responsible sourcing Speaker Bio: Sam is Head of Fisheries & Aquacultu...

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    • Martin Leeming- CEO, Trakrap Ltd.

      Martin Leeming- CEO, Trakrap Ltd. 

      Presentation Title: Sustainability in Retail Ready Packaging Presentation Synopsis: Martin Leeming looks at how fundamental changes taking place in the retail industry are posing a threat to sustainability and environmental strategies...

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    • John Findlay- Director, Carbon Zero Consulting Ltd

      John Findlay- Director, Carbon Zero Consulting Ltd 

      Presentation Title: Protecting and enhancing your borehole water assets (…and Renewable heating) Presentation Synopsis: A review of financial and other benefits of borehole water supplies; their monitoring, management and refurbishment.  Benefits of renewable heating and cooling that can be derived from boreholes and other renewable heating technologies Speaker Bio: John is Director of Carbon Zero Consulting Ltd. John is a Chartered Engineer with 34 years of international engineering project management and geosciences experience...

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    • Katie Spooner- Head of Water, Business in the Community (BITC)

      Katie Spooner- Head of Water, Business in the Community (BITC) 

      Speaker Bio: Katie Spooner has over 10 years’ experience of working in water working in a range of global contexts from Africa to Australia and now back in the UK. She has worked on water issues from the provision of water for basic needs to managing conservation threats along the Mekong and the Yangtze. Katie has a Masters degree in Water Resource Management from the University of Queensland and most recently chaired the UK Water Network. Katie is currently Head of Water with Business in the Community (BITC), supporting companies to improve water management in their direct...

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    • Steve Osborn- BSc (Hons), M.Phil, CSci, FIFST, Food technology Scout,  The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd

      Steve Osborn- BSc (Hons), M.Phil, CSci, FIFST, Food technology Scout, The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd 

      Having graduated as an Analytical Chemist, Steve completed a Research Masters on Maillard Reaction Flavours, with the University of Reading. This was followed by many years in commercial and technical roles with Nestlé, Northern Foods, Ashbury Confectionery and Leatherhead Food Research where he became a recognised food industry expert contributing to many international conferences. In 2015 Steve established The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd with his wife, Naomi, providing Innovation management, product development, change management and business support for the Food and Beverage industry. A ke...

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    • Annette Cole- Development Manager, Taste of Game

      Annette Cole- Development Manager, Taste of Game 

      Presentation Title: Game meat the sustainable, best practice use of a natural food’ Presentation Synopsis: Why we should include more game into our diet, th...

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    • Catherine Weetman - Director, Re-think Solutions

      Catherine Weetman – Director, Re-think Solutions 

      Speaker Bio: Catherine Weetman helps businesses develop ‘future proofed’, resilient strategies, assessing sustainability risks and value opportunities. Catherine is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, UK, is Vice-Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Forum, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation and gained an MSc in Logistics from Cranfield University. Catherine's background includes Industrial Engineering in manufacturing and retail distribution, logistics solution design, project management, business intelligence, logistics product d...

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    • Monica Price- Head of Business Development, GB Training

      Monica Price- Head of Business Development, GB Training 

      Speaker Bio: Monica is an innovative and entrepreneurial Business Consultant with a talent to build a dynamic network bringing people together to maximise business growth and opportunities. She is an outstanding Corporate Presenter and Event Speaker with a wealth of experience with industries including British Airways, Property Development, IT Development, Training & Consultancy, Universities and Colleges. As a Professional Trainer Monica works with companies, both in the UK & Worldwide, providing training and consultancy in Health & Safety, Food Safety, N...

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    • Steven Tompkins- Business Projects Manager, NIAB

      Steven Tompkins- Business Projects Manager, NIAB 

      Speaker Bio: Steven works across food value chains, helping farmers and growers make better decisions on farm, whilst delivering sustainable change for food and drinks companies. Steven works for NIAB, an international leader in crop innovation having previously worked for ADAS. He was worked with leading food companies including Kellogg’s, Molson Coors, Sainsbury’s and Compass Group and their suppliers. Steven now manages the ARTIS Lifelong Learning Platform for farmers and growers (www.artistraining.com), which allows food compan...

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    • Dr Elliot Woolley- Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing, Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies

      Dr Elliot Woolley- Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing, Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies 

      Speaker Bio: Elliot obtained an MPhys in Applied Physics in 2003 from the Nottingham Trent University and his PhD in the field of atomic physics and nuclear magnetic resonance in 2007 from the University of Nottingham. He has industrial experience working for an international research and technology organisation where he was a key member of a highly successful team of funding specialist, developing R&D projects for a wide range of innovative small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises. Elliot joined the Loughborough University in 2010 in a business strategy develop...

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    • Phil Metcalfe- Chartered Environmentalist & Chartered Engineer, ADAS

      Phil Metcalfe- Chartered Environmentalist & Chartered Engineer, ADAS 

      Speaker Bio: Phil Metcalfe is a chartered environmentalist (CEnv) and chartered engineer (CEng) with over 41 years of experience in agri-environmental management consultancy and research, providing engineering solutions and strategic planning on a diverse range of disciplines. Phil delivers waste management policy advice for Governments including environmental impact assessment, socio-economic review, recommendations and development of improved environmentally friendly farming practices, processing, recycling to land  of waste derived organic  products and carbon management...

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    • Joe Jones- Principal Sustainability Consultant, Sustain IT Solutions Ltd

      Joe Jones- Principal Sustainability Consultant, Sustain IT Solutions Ltd 

      Speaker Bio: Joe Jones is a sustainability expert at SustainIt, and has many years of experience talking about data driven systems and strategies to drive cultural change and engagement on CSR throughout the corporate world. SustainIt are a global sustainability, EHS and risk data consultancy based in Bristol and provide expert consultancy to companies like BUPA, HSBC, BAT and Pepsi. Presentation Title: Data accuracy and Timeliness Presentation Synopsis: Big data has reached the sustainability world. Large multi-national corpo...

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    • Michael Beale- Head of Development & PPA, Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings

      Michael Beale- Head of Development & PPA, Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings 

      Speaker Bio: Michael Beale is Head of Development and PPA at Lightsource Renewable Energy. With more than a decade of experience in the renewable energy industry, Michael has worked closely with corporate energy intensive users, large landowners, developers and financing houses to deliver both green-field and behind-the-meter energy solutions ranging from 3MW to 50MW in scale. He leads the UK Development team which has delivered over 700MW of in-house solar plants in the last four years. Looking ahead, Michael is tasked with bringing together utility-scale solar generation...

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    • Peter Trotman- Managing Director, Mitie Pest Control, UK

      Peter Trotman- Managing Director, Mitie Pest Control, UK 

      Speaker Bio: With over 30 years’ experience in the pest industry, Peter Trotman has developed the Mitie business from a family company into a nationwide operation with over 300 pest control technicians. During the event, Peter will be sharing Mitie’s integrated pest management approach for the food & beverage industry, powered by the lates technology, in order to deliver a sustainable and pest-free environment. Presentation Title: How Mitie uses Intelligent Pest Mana...

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    • Richard Saunders - Business Development Manager at Probe

      Richard Saunders – Business Development Manager at Probe 

      Speaker Bio:  Probe was established in 2005 and have been in business now for over a decade. Probe are a process, production and quality engineering development service provider who, through interim engineer resource provision, can offer multi sector experience on a short or medium term basis to help our clients through busy and under-resourced periods and through our Operational Excellence implementation work with manufacturing businesses to develop and mentor personnel, both skilled and un-skilled to get the best from their process...

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    • Dean Barclay- Amur

      Dean Barclay- Amur 

      Presentation Synopsis: A presentation of our new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) business from AB Agri, focussing on AD as an exciting and sustainable route to market for waste from the food and drink market.

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    • George Fowkes- Director, BasePower

      George Fowkes- Director, BasePower 

      Speaker Bio:  George Fowkes is a co-founder and director of BasePower, which deploys Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems into sectors with high-energy usage including food manufacturing, chilled logistics and data centres.  The BasePower team has over 20 years combined experience in local energy infrastructure. Installations deliver guaranteed energy cost savings, increased resilience of supply, improved environmental performance and can be supplied at zero capex, part-funded or on an asset ownership bas...

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    • exhibitor - Nicky Chambers- Strategy Advisor, Anthesis Group

      Nicky Chambers- Strategy Advisor, Anthesis Group 

      Presentation Title: Driving Sustainability progress through Collaboration platforms Presentation Synopsis: ...

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    • Dr Carol Wagstaff- Director, The Food Advanced Training Partnership, University of Reading

      Dr Carol Wagstaff- Director, The Food Advanced Training Partnership, University of Reading 

      Presentation Title: Sustaining talent within the food and drink industry Presentation Synopsis: The food and drink industries are one of the biggest employment sectors within the UK, yet businesses are chronically short of skilled employees and are struggling to recruit appropriately qualified graduates into careers within the industry. This talk will describe the training framework that exists within the UK and the opportunities that are available to address the skills shortage at different levels. Bridging the gap between academia and industry is on...

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    • Charlie Flounders- Commercial Manager, Agrivert

      Charlie Flounders- Commercial Manager, Agrivert 

      Speaker Bio: Charlie Flounders is the Commercial Manager at Agrivert responsible for managing feedstocks at 2 of their 5-strong network of Anaerobic Digestion facilities. Agrivert provide unrivalled food waste recycling solutions across the south of the UK. Turning over a quarter of a million tonnes of food waste collected from households, catering outlets, food manufacturers, retailers and distributors into enough green electricity to power 25,000 homes each year. Having spent 11 years in the recycling industry, working for a leading producer responsibility complian...

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    • Silvana Centty- Manager, Footprinting and Labelling, Carbon Trust

      Silvana Centty

      Silvana Centty- Manager, Footprinting and Labelling, Carbon Trust 

      Speaker Bio: Silvana is an experienced manager with more than 15 years of work experience and a strong background in sustainability, project management and international business. Silvana leads our business development of the Carbon Trust’s international footprinting business working with corporates around the world on environmental footprinting, certification and eco-labelling strategies. She has helped businesses to identify operational improvements, reduce costs and enhance their brand reputation. Fluent in Spanish and English, Silvana holds a degree in Communication Sci...

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    • Will Amhof-  Business Improvement Manager, Harford Control Ltd.

      Will Amhof- Business Improvement Manager, Harford Control Ltd. 

      Speaker Bio: With a background in Information Management (MSc) and a personal interest in knowledge transfer, Will has previously lived and worked in Germany and the Netherlands. During the past six years, he experienced the food industry in the UK whilst working on improvement projects with clients ranging from dairies to ready-meals manufacturers, to produce packers and large-scale bottling operations. Presentation Title: Brexit & food manufacturing – threat or opportunity? Presentation Synopsis: What can food & beverage man...

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