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    • Thomas Brewer-Engineering Innovation and Transformation, ABIn-Bev

      Thomas Brewer-Engineering Innovation and Transformation, ABIn-Bev 

      As a Chemical Engineer I have worked for 20 years in the Food and drink industry in over 30 different countries.  My favourite experiences include commissioning the UK’s first bioethanol plant, a 3 year energy efficiency optimisation at a sugar factory China, and designing and commissioning a milling innovation in a Tanzanian Brewery.   I will be talking on: A boiling innovation enabling radical energy savings in the brewing industry (Beverage LIFE15 CCM/BE/000090) Wort boiling has been an important part of the brewing process since the dawn of civilisa...

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    • Verity Wilks-Responsible Sourcing Manager, Jordans & Ryvita Company.

      Verity Wilks-Responsible Sourcing Manager, Jordans & Ryvita Company. 

      Verity has worked for Associated British Foods for 7 years. Initially working for Allied Bakeries Verity had roles in operations, sales and procurement with a focus on sourcing development and CSR. Now working for the Jordans & Ryvita Company her role is devoted in large part to sustainable sourcing. This involves UK cereals supply chains as well as responsible sourcing in international supply chains.  

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    • Tammy Butterworth -Global R&D Manager, PepsiCo.

      Tammy Butterworth -Global R&D Manager, PepsiCo. 

      Tammy lives in the Midlands with her Husband and two children- where as well as developing her own start up food business she is also Global R&D Manager for PepsiCo. She is hugely passionate about the food and drink industry having spent over 10 years in product development of large blue-chip business’s, holding roles spanning technical development, marketing, and disruptive innovation. Tammy has worked for Mars, PepsiCo, Britvic Soft Drinks and Twinings. Talk Title- Product design to improve in market sustainability.

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    • Paul Isherwood - Head of Technical & Quality, The SHS Group Drinks Division

      Paul Isherwood – Head of Technical & Quality, The SHS Group Drinks Division 

      Paul is Head of Technical & Quality for The SHS Group Drinks Division, accountable for the WKD, Merrydown, Shloer & Bottlegreen brands. Previously he enjoyed various roles with GSK Nutritional Healthcare (Lucozade, Ribena and Horlicks), The Virgin Drinks Group, Cott Beverages and Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages. Paul has a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry and an MBA. Presentation Title: Hitting the sweet spot for soft drinks Synopsis: Reviewing the sugar tax and implications for the soft drinks industry C...

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    • John Stapleton – Entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director & Growth Business Advisor, Co-founder Little Dish and New Covent Garden Soup Co, UK

      John Stapleton – Entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director & Growth Business Advisor, Co-founder Little Dish and New Covent Garden Soup Co, UK 

      John Stapleton is the “Authentic Entrepreneur” and co-founder of The New Covent Garden Soup Co. and toddler food brand, Little Dish.  John has 30 years’ experience in pioneering new FMCG categories and establishing and growing successful consumer-led businesses in both the UK and the USA. John now actively manages an investor/Non-Executive Director portfolio contributing value-added business growth advice, guidance and mentoring to business owners. Presentation Title:  “Keep Calm & Trust Yourself” – What I learned from starting & growing two consume...

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    • Dr Gavin Milligan-Group Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group, UK.

      Dr Gavin Milligan-Group Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group, UK. 

      Dr Gavin Milligan worked in the chemical industry before moving to the food sector. He has worked in supply chain, operations and commercial roles and is currently Group Sustainability Director at WJFG. He is a member director of Sedex, sits on committeesat FoodWasteNet, the Food Sector KTN, Campden BRI and SHU.   Presentation title There are no easy answers Presentation synopsis An examination of the unintended consequences elsewhere in the supply chain of local choi...

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    • Daniel Baird-Group Head of IT, Graham’s The Family Dairy, Scotland

      Daniel Baird-Group Head of IT, Graham’s The Family Dairy, Scotland 

      Daniel has worked in the IT industry for 15 years both as an external consultant and founding director in one of Microsoft’s pioneering cloud practices and more recently as head of IT for Scotland’s number one dairy brand. Daniel has the combination of both being a huge techie, but also the experience to see the business values. A huge Microsoft and Cloud evangelist, Daniel loves discussing the latest in cloud tech.

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    • Jonathan Tole- Managing Director, Jonthan Tole Consulting Limited/ Associate, That Undiscovered Country Limited

      Jonathan Tole- Managing Director, Jonthan Tole Consulting Limited/ Associate, That Undiscovered Country Limited 

      Jonathan Tole has spent over 23 years leading teams and business units in the fast moving fresh produce sector, he now helps companies improve their productivity and profitability through people, process and technology.  He brings practical knowledge and experience in the leadership of change in the business world. Jonathan has been successful in growing business, delivering profit and meeting customer needs through building high performing teams, using technology to support better and faster decision making, remove unnecessary process and enabling real and lasting change. Jonathan is an assoc...

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    • Chris Sturman-Chief Executive Officer, Food Storage and Distribution Federation

      Chris Sturman-Chief Executive Officer, Food Storage and Distribution Federation 

      Chris Sturman is Chief Executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, an appointment held since May 2009. His 45 year career in the logistics industry spans from early days with TDG, NFC/BRC Southern, Ross Youngs and Wincanton with wide experience of operational, tactical and strategic food supply chain and logistics management, followed by roles as managing director of West Kent Cold Storage and chief executive of Linq Alliance. Chris has also undertaken high profile consultancy assignments across the supply chain and logistics sector in UK, Europe, Central Asia and USA. ...

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    • Elizabeth Lown-Head of Supply Chain & Lean, Bigham’s Ltd.

      Elizabeth Lown-Head of Supply Chain & Lean, Bigham’s Ltd. 

      Liz began her career with Cadbury Trebor Bassett, spending 6 years moving from Quality Management through Production & Operations roles. In 2000she moved industry and joined PPG where she was Operations Mgr of an automotive refinish plant. She then became Business Improvement Mgr designing and delivering a lean based improvement program &working closely with Toyota on their product’s supply & quality. A subsequent move to Operations Director of Farecla Products Ltd enabled her to drive improvement in a growing global business working across Europe, Asia & America. She returned ...

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    • Chris Thornton- European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

      Chris Thornton- European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform 

      Chris Thornton manages the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP), promoting sustainable phosphorus management in Europe, from agricultural use through the food industry to recycling from waste streams.  ESPP is non-profit, funded by members which include water and waste companies, fertilisers, chemicals, recycling technologies, knowledge institutes and public establishments. Proposed title of talk Nutrients: the foundation of food sustainability   Synopsis Nutrients, alongside...

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    • Leslie Berger- Agri-Food Sustainability Consultant , RSK ADAS Ltd.

      Leslie Berger- Agri-Food Sustainability Consultant , RSK ADAS Ltd. 

      Leslie is an Agri-food Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years experience working with global agri-food supply chains.  Leslie works  as part of an ADAS team of consultants with commercial clients such as Aldi, Sainsbury’s, PepsiCo, and Compass, and with industry organisations such as WRAP and SAI Platform to help build more resilient raw material supply chains to reduce business risk.  Her experience includes engaging with producers to assess supply chain opportunities and risks and advising food businesses on sustainability strategies for water use, GHG reduction,  resource efficiency, ...

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    • Sarah Wynn-Managing Director Sustainable Food and Farming,	ADAS.

      Sarah Wynn-Managing Director Sustainable Food and Farming, ADAS. 

      Sarah has 14 years’ experience working in the agriculture and food industry.  She has a passion for improving the sustainability of food production through forging better links within the food supply chain.  Her particular interests focus on reducing the greenhouse gas impacts and water use in primary food production. Presentation Title: How food companies can work with their supply chains to deliver against the sustainable development goals Synopsis:  The United Nations has set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals that set the framework for sustainable ...

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    • Martin Leeming- CEO, TrakRap.

      Martin Leeming- CEO, TrakRap. 

      Martin spent 15 years as a Director in Trading, Supply Chain and Change at Asda before deciding to use that experience, combined with his background in engineering, to create a new type of packaging that he believed would have a real impact on the transit and retail ready packaging market. Presentation title – Packaging 4.0 Brief synopsis - Following the arrival of the Internet of Things, the next industrial revolution is already here. As the manufacturing sector moves towards Industry 4.0, so too must the supply chain supporting it, par...

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    • James Tucker-Industrial Business Development Manager, Huber Technology, UK

      James Tucker-Industrial Business Development Manager, Huber Technology, UK 

        Having worked with wastewater across a number of industries, James Tucker has spent the majority of his time providing solutions to maintain compliance and reduce costs for a range of food manufacturing plants. The range of global Huber experience ensures best practice with a personal solution, for each unique site.   Presentation title: Wastewater and sludge: How much is not treating it costing you? Synopsis: Reluctance to spend money outsid...

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    • John Findlay- Director, Carbon Zero Consultants Ltd.

      John Findlay- Director, Carbon Zero Consultants Ltd. 

      John is a Chartered Engineer with 35 years of international engineering project management and geosciences experience. His work has ranged from oil exploration, water resource management and renewable heating and power design and installation. Currently working on large borehole water supply and GSHP projects throughout the UK. Talk title- ‘Sustainable Energy & Water from Boreholes – The A to Z in 20 minutes’. John Findlay has over 35 years of experience working throughout the world on borehole development projects for oil, gas, water and renewable energy. He will examine how ...

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    • David Rose-Sales Director,The Alternative Pallet Company – PALLITE.

      David Rose-Sales Director,The Alternative Pallet Company – PALLITE. 

      David has spent over 20 years in the FMCG and Field Marketing sectors, where excellent client understanding and good collaborative management is paramount. Recognising the importance of these disciplines has seen David’s career grow from Field Sales Executive through to National Account Management to Strategic Director. He has also gained a great level of knowledge across multiple sectors and industries including wholesale: FMCG; pharmaceuticals; food service; and point of sale. David heads up sales and business development strategy at The Alternative Pallet Company, helping their customers wi...

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    • Damian Gilbertson-Sales and Marketing Director, Schoeller Allibert Ltd.

      Damian Gilbertson-Sales and Marketing Director, Schoeller Allibert Ltd. 

      A supply chain expert,Damian has previously worked for DHL, UPS, and Head of Sales at FedEx. Supply Chain in EMEA, based in Holland. Damian is customer focussed and committed to providing Returnable Transit Packaging (RTP) solutions which are cost effective, improve logistics and reduce environmental impacts. Presentation Title: Boxing Clever Presentation Synopsis: Identifying the sustainability and cost savings which can be achieved by converting from traditional packaging (e.g. wood and cardboard) to RTP (Returnable Transit Packaging).

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    • Uri Zilberman- Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Priority Software.

      Uri Zilberman- Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Priority Software. 

      Uri is an experienced IT software sales and business development professional with close to 20 years of experience in the industry. Market-savvy, his track record includes senior positions at several software companies where he successfully led the introduction of new technology, products and services to the market. "Who Moved My Paper" synopsis: With the fast-paced technological changes taking place in the ecosystem where organisations conduct their business, becoming digital is no longer ‘nice to have’, it is now a ‘must’. The focus of this session will be ...

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    • Martin Clemesha-Technical Sales Manager, Braskem Europe GmbH.

      Martin Clemesha-Technical Sales Manager, Braskem Europe GmbH. 

      Mr. Martin Clemesha graduated as a materials science engineer at the Polytechnic School of São Paulo University in 2001 and has a post-graduation degree in Packaging Engineering. Along his 15 years carrier, he has provided technical support to Customers in several segments in Brazil, South America and Europe. As market development engineer, he worked on projects involving the replacement of traditional materials in the paint packaging and medical packaging industries. Today in a more commercial role, his aim is to serve current customers and open new opportunities for Braskem’s I’m Green...

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    • Thomas Gill- Head of Environment, Promar International Ltd.

      Thomas Gill- Head of Environment, Promar International Ltd. 

      Tom Gill is leads the Environment Team for Promar and works with farmers, processors and retailers to deliver sustainable food production.   Presentation title – The 4’s of sustainability – building a future-proofed, resilient food supply chain   Tom will discuss the needs of food supply chain businesses and the urgent requirement to build sustainability within agriculture. Effecting change at farm level is vital, achieving it is the challenge.

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    • Jenny Plumb-Food Scientist, NIS Nutritics.

      Jenny Plumb-Food Scientist, NIS Nutritics. 

      Jenny works within Food Databanks National Capability at the Quadram Institute Biosciences as part of the team who manage McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods Datasets which cover the nutrient content of the UK food supply. Jenny is an analyst with an interest in bioactive compounds and also works with NIS Nutritics providing food product nutritional information. Presentation title: Food Nutrition Labels: Who cares? Presentation synopsis: Jenny will deliberate who really cares about the nutritional information on food products; from regulators and scientists to producers, consume...

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    • Robin Hardy, Projects Director, BasePower

      Robin Hardy, Projects Director, BasePower 

        Robin Hardy is a co-founder and director of BasePower and has a strong background in industrial energy, water and on-site generation. He also worked at Tamar Energy, helping it to deploy improved technology and business models on projects. Robin has over seven year’s track record in delivering operational improvements at a wide range of food producers in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.   Title- How ShouldFood and Drink Manufacturers Address Rising EnergyCosts in the Light of Brexit? Synopsis- In a post-referendum UK the lower pound should be a bo...

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    • Michael Jones BSc PIEMA- Business Account Manager, WRAP

      Michael Jones BSc PIEMA- Business Account Manager, WRAP 

      Michael celebrates ten years at WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) this year. He is responsible for supporting a portfolio of top FTSE grocery and hospitality businesses to improve resource efficiency across the food value chain, as part of the ambitious UK voluntary agreement ‘The Courtauld Commitment 2025’. Before joining WRAP, Michael was an environmental consultant specialising in waste management. Title - Why we need to unite in the food waste fight. Synopsis– It is estimated that one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year (approxima...

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    • Mark Evans-Managing Director, R&D Tax Claims Limited.

      Mark Evans-Managing Director, R&D Tax Claims Limited. 

      R&D Tax Claims Limited helps UK SMEs to reclaim corporation tax they’ve unknowingly overpaid in their development of new products and improving processes. The company was founded in January 2012 by Managing Director Mark Evans FCA and since then has claimed back over £13million for UK SMEs with an average tax saving of over £40,000per company, per annum.   Presentation Title- R&D Tax Relief-To Claim or not to Claim ...

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    • Philippa Williams – Supply Chain Risk Advisor, BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions

      Philippa Williams – Supply Chain Risk Advisor, BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions 

      Philippa is a Supply Chain Risk Advisor with BSI Group based in Mexico City, working across Europe and Latin America. She works with government agencies, multinationals, domestic companies and international organizations, providing bespoke risk management solutions across complex supply chains with significant security, social responsibility, environmental and business continuity challenges. She has experience in assessing sustainability challenges at both the grower and producer level, and evaluating critical risk factors from the perspective of small-scale growers in Latin America to supplie...

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    • Dr Elliot Woolley-Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing, Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies, Loughborough University, UK.

      Dr Elliot Woolley-Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing, Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies, Loughborough University, UK. 

      Elliot’s educational background is in the field of Applied Physics. His current research focus is on the monitoring and control environmental impacts in manufacturing through intelligent data collection and information processing. He also has an interest in food waste minimisation. Elliot is an investigator in the £4.5m 5-year EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food. Presentation Title- Frontiers of Sustainable Manufacturing of Food   One of the most prominent challenges commonly acknowledged by modern manufacturing industries is ‘how to produce more with fewer resource...

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    • Richard Jones-Chief Technology Officer, LINKFRESH Software Ltd.

      Richard Jones-Chief Technology Officer, LINKFRESH Software Ltd. 

      Richard is Chief Technology Officer at LINKFRESH, a Microsoft Gold Partner, delivering the latest technologies and solutions to the food industry, in areas such as ecommerce, mobility, traceability, supply chain management, quality and food safety.   Richard is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the field of Mobile application development.  Furthermore Richard is now a regular speaker at Microsoft Global events.   Richard maintains an active technical blog (www.binaryrefinery.com).  In 2006, Richard was voted British Computer Society Developer of the Year. ...

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    • Tracey Jefferies- Managing Director, Feel Good Family.

      Tracey Jefferies- Managing Director, Feel Good Family. 

      Feel Good Family Directors Tracey Jefferies and Sarah Pullen combined their extensive experience of food and behavioural science to develop the UK’s first accredited behaviour change workshop for food businesses ‘Healthy Profit,’ helping customers get healthier. Their current research Super Yummy will identify how food descriptions affect customer food choices.   The challenge: Improving customer’s eating habits whilst still generating a healthy profit. The solution: Health by stealth using behavioural science.   Healt...

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    • Will Schreiber- Partner, 3Keel LLP, UK

      Will Schreiber- Partner, 3Keel LLP, UK 

      Will is an expert in food system sustainability and application in commercial supply chains. He has advised some of the world’s most influential organisations, including the EBRD and Tesco, but has also worked with many SMEs. His experience ranges from conducting technical data analyses to writing board level briefing notes. Title: Zombie or Phoenix? The death of sustainability labels. Synopsis: The first generation of environmental and social indicators on product labels were focused on niche products that depend on extensive standard setting and certif...

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    • Richard Herbage- Principal & Owner, Supply Chain Solutions Network.

      Richard Herbage- Principal & Owner, Supply Chain Solutions Network. 

      Richard Herbage is an independent supply chain management consultant – specialising identifying and delivering supply chain business process improvements including physical logistics efficiencies as well as establishing effective S&OP processes.  He has over 25 years’ line experience in well-respected FMCG Retail & Food Manufacturing businesses.  He was previously Supply Chain Director for Young’s Seafood Ltd and prior to that held several senior roles in the supply chain & operations function in Premier Foods before during and after Premier’s major acquisition period where he led ...

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    • Stephen Jones- Director, Your Food Job.com.

      Stephen Jones- Director, Your Food Job.com. 

      Stephen Jones is the founder of two market leading company’s the Job Board, YourFoodJob.com and a Search and Selection business Focus Management Consultants.  He is also an investor in a number of disruptive technology based businesses all focused on the food industry.  His earlier career was at Marks and Spencer as a Buyer. Presentation title -   What are the implications and facts of Brexit so far on recruitment to the Food industry in the UK and what are the likely issues facing us within the next 16 months....

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    • Vahid Tambe - Technical Director , Invisible Systems Ltd – United Kingdom

      Vahid Tambe – Technical Director , Invisible Systems Ltd – United Kingdom 

      Studied at Lancaster University and gained a masters degree in Electronic Communication engineering where he achieved 2:1.   After graduation the first role was R&D of BGlobal metering.  After one year he was promoted to senior systems engineer where he was responsible for leading the smart/sub metering division of the business.   After spending 4 years at BGlobal Metering PLC Vahid joined Invisible Systems Limited as project and after sales manager subsequently promoted to Technical Director.   Vahid has been working in the M2M and SMART Buildings technolo...

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    • David Woakes-Group Business Development Manager, Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

      David Woakes-Group Business Development Manager, Jonathan Lee Recruitment. 

      An engineer apprentice by background with 20 years’ experience in technical recruitment, David is an advocate of UK advanced engineering and manufacturing. Supporting future 4IR skills and STEM careers at all entry levels, David volunteers as an Enterprise Advisor for the national Careers Enterprise Company programme and sits on the Skills Factory board. Synopsis: Finding, retaining and growing the skills required in the marketplace is one of the most critical factors facing engineering and manufacturing businesses. We are experiencing a significant skills crisis and need t...

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    • Dr John Henry Looney-Managing Director / Senior Environmental Consultant, Sustainable Direction Ltd

      Dr John Henry Looney-Managing Director / Senior Environmental Consultant, Sustainable Direction Ltd 

      Over 32 years’ experience in delivering environmental and sustainability projects.  Has a strong technical, business and project management background. Has provided consulting expertise to a wide range of organisations from small consultancies to multinational organisations and government bodies in over 30 countries. Has been Director on projects up to £80m. Wastewater Management in the Food Industry – Food for Thought When it comes to running a high-quality F&D facility, the ‘environmental’ aspects need to be run ...

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    • Nick Garrod-Head of Learning & ID, Cloud Sustainability.

      Nick Garrod-Head of Learning & ID, Cloud Sustainability. 

      Nick Garrod has worked within learning and development for over twenty years. Working with Cloud Sustainability within instructional design and eLearning. Nick has managed the production of hundreds of hours of learning content and also has extensive experience in the use and deployment of learning management systems and virtual learning environments. Presentation title- Food Waste: behaviour change eLearning Food production is the single biggest impact humans have on the planet’s ecosystems - it's responsible for 80% of deforestation, 70% of...

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    • James Rowell-Lecturer Operations and Supply Chain Management, University of Buckingham.

      James Rowell-Lecturer Operations and Supply Chain Management, University of Buckingham. 

      James lectures in the Business School on Operations, and Supply Chain Management; and the MBA Programme. His research interests include the dynamics of supply chains at the customer end, he also researches international relationships in SMEs, and process management (BPM). He has published various papers including “Omni-Channel Retailing: the changing battleground”. Presentation Ttile- Finding the Right Model? Impact of changing shopping habits on the Supply Chain Synopsis: In a time of changing shopping habits what is the right model for the supply chain to serve ...

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    • Chris Swaffin Smith- Director,Raynor Foods Ltd.

      Chris Swaffin Smith- Director,Raynor Foods Ltd. 

      Chris has been a Non -Executive Director for Raynor Foods for five years. He has worked in this capacity  for  several businesses during his career. He has worked as an adviser to family businesses in both Europe and Asia , been a visiting member of Faculty  at Regents University in London, and  has published a number of articles relating to family businesses. Presentation title- Linking succession to the development of a Sustainable Business Dilemmas facing the Family Business   In this presentation Chris will identify the challenges and opportunities that famil...

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    • Derek Thompson-Sales Director,Alkali Solutions Ltd.

      Derek Thompson-Sales Director,Alkali Solutions Ltd. 

      Derek Thompson has worked in the lime industry for almost 10 years, initially with the Belgium international Lhoist Group, and more recently with his own start up company called Alkali Solutions Ltd. Derek has set up and commissioned sludge liming facilities for Southern Water, Scottish Water and Yorkshire Water as well as for numerous industrial sites.   Presentation Title; Lime in recycling - Closing the sustainability circle? The short presentation will outline the use of lime in recycling a wide range of products, from municipal sludge and drinking water t...

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    • Liz Harding-Green Kitchen Standard Development Manager,Soil Association Certification

      Liz Harding-Green Kitchen Standard Development Manager,Soil Association Certification 

      Liz has worked for the Soil Association since 2007, and is now the manager for the newly launched Green Kitchen Standard, a joint certification by Soil Association Certification and the Carbon Trust, which recognises caterers that have taken positive steps to sustainably manage energy, waste and water.   Title: Green Kitchen Standard The Standard was launched in May 2017 and is a symbol of Trust procurers are looking for and supports catering business with evaluating energy, waste and water efficiencies. I will cover, the Standards and benefits of the Green Kitch...

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    • Gavin Landeg-Head of Environment North West Europe,Tetra Pak.

      Gavin Landeg-Head of Environment North West Europe,Tetra Pak. 

      Gavin Landeg is a chartered environmentalist with more than 17 years’ experience as an environment professional.  At Tetra Pak Gavin is responsible for leading environmental excellence in North West Europe.  This includes reducing environment impact across Tetra Pak’s value chain, deploying sustainable products and driving post-consumer beverage carton recycling.  Presentation title Towards Sustainability -  A Packaging Perspective   Brief synopsis of talk Gavin will discuss the role that packaging can play in our...

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    • Nia Owen-Principal Consultant, Ricardo.

      Nia Owen-Principal Consultant, Ricardo. 

      Nia has extensive experience in providing resource efficiency advice to the food and drink and HaFS sectors.  This has included carrying out on-site assessments to identify opportunities for waste prevention, delivering waste prevention action planning workshops, producing best practice guidance and providing support to businesses to reduce food waste through changes in procurement and on-site practices.   Presentation Title: The benefits of waste prevention   Presentation Synopsis:  Businesses have a legal duty to consider the waste hier...

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    • Dave Worthington- Managing Director, Verco

      Dave Worthington- Managing Director, Verco 

      Dave Worthington is Verco’s Managing Director with over 18 years’ experience advising policy makers, major companies and public sector organisations on energy efficiency and low carbon infrastructure. Recent major projects include; directing a £1.5m major research project for the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to update the evidence on non-domestic energy efficiency; providing EU-wide technical support for the Investor Confidence Project including Quality Assurance of a range of building retrofit projects; and undertaking ESOS compliance audits for the Environment ...

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    • Ben Murray- Managing Director, Carbon Smart

      Ben Murray- Managing Director, Carbon Smart 

      Ben founded Carbon Smart to help businesses take on the challenge of sustainability in the 21st century. He has been working in sustainability and business efficiency for over 19 years and has worked with many public and private organisations, leading wide ranging programmes to achieve performance improvements, behavioural changes and sustainable results. He is a well-known and sought-after member of the sustainability community in the UK. Ben oversees Carbon Smart’s major client engagements, helping senior managers develop business focused strategies to address sustainability chall...

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    • Dr Theo Hacking-Director, Graduate Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

      Dr Theo Hacking-Director, Graduate Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership 

      Theo oversees the development and delivery of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership CISL’s portfolio of graduate programmes. Before completing his PhD at Cambridge, Theo spent 15 years working in industry, mostly on the environmental and social impact assessment of major projects. Prior to joining CISL he was a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge’s Engineering Department, where he oversaw an industry-funded research programme into energy efficiency in the built environment.   TITLE: “Building leadership capacity to deliver competitive advantage in the food...

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    • Alexander Hill- Co-founder, Senseye.

      Alexander Hill- Co-founder, Senseye. 

      Having worked in industries as diverse as defence, energy and transportation, Alex’s background in Digital Systems Engineering and early work on one of the largest wireless sensor networks in the world has enabled Alex to bridge the gap between the real-world and the promises of the Internet of Things. Title of presentation: Prognostics – The key to predictive maintenance Cloud computing and machine learning are bringing us closer to predictive maintenance but it’s difficult to achieve. Prognostics is the key enabler and Alexander Hill, Co-founder of Senseye, the ‘Uptime as a Service’ co...

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    • Andy Buchan-Divisional Managing Director, ACO Building Drainage.

      Andy Buchan-Divisional Managing Director, ACO Building Drainage. 

      Having worked in ‘drainage’ for over 20 years Andy has a wealth of experience across a number of different material options including clay, plastics and concrete. Predominantly associated with manufacturing companies (Hepworth and Saint-Gobain) prior to ACO, Andy specialised in the development of new products, particularly within plastic pressure systems.  He launched the famous Hep3O Water Pressure System and following market-leading research on the ‘failure mechanism of road ironwork’ (partnered by the Highways Agency & Nottingham University) the UK’s biggest selling manhole c...

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    • Simon Carr -General Manager  - Diverse, SMMT Industry Forum.

      Simon Carr -General Manager – Diverse, SMMT Industry Forum. 

      Simon has over 20 years of experience consulting in the manufacturing and service sectors.  After graduating from The University of Birmingham as a Materials Engineer, his career began in the Aluminium Industry and the moved into Automotive.  The opportunity came to learn continuous improvement techniques from Japanese experts and since then he has applied this across a wide range of sectors. Talk Title- Competitive Advantage Through Total Productive Maintenance Techniques  This presentation explores how companies can remain competitive in today’s market...

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    • Dave Bird-Food and Beverage National Sector Sales Manager	SpiraxSarco

      Dave Bird-Food and Beverage National Sector Sales Manager SpiraxSarco 

      Dave Bird has worked with SpiraxSarco for over 26 years and currently leads the national food and beverage sales team.  As well as supporting the development of industry-specific products and services, he is committed to helping customers improve steam system plant performance, comply with legislation and meet environmental goals. Presentation Title- Clean steam – the food and beverage industry’s greatest oversight. Short presentation overview: Based on SpiraxSarco’s recent white paper Food and Drink’s most powerful ingredient, this presentation will explore the...

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    • Oliver Knight-Industrial Sales Manager – LNG & LPG, Calor Gas Limited.

      Oliver Knight-Industrial Sales Manager – LNG & LPG, Calor Gas Limited. 

      I am a chemical engineer who specialises in the sale of bespoke LNG and LPG solutions.  At Calor, I promote the cost savings and emission reductions  of LNG and LPG to the off-grid UK industry which would otherwise rely on oil for the production of steam, direct process heating and power generation. Brief Synopsis of Talk: Title: Industrial solutions from Calor Gas that reduce spend on energy and lower emissions at the same time    Introduction of Calor & SHV Energy Medium Combustion Plant Directive Feat...

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    • Daren Spice-Sales & Marketing Director, Gordian  Strapping.

      Daren Spice-Sales & Marketing Director, Gordian Strapping. 

      Daren Spice is Sales & Marketing Director at Gordian Strapping Ltd.  Gordian Strappingsupplies turnkey, end-of-line packaging systems including case handling equipment.  Daren has 17 years’ experience in the packaging industry and has written a number of articles on tertiary packaging including strapping, stretch wrapping, stretch hooding and shrink hooding. Title of Presentation Stretch Hooding versus Stretch Wrapping  - Which is right for you? Synopsis Before stretch hooding machines were introduced to the market, the two main options for protecting palletized...

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    • Richard Banyard, MEng CEng MBA MIET– Operations Director, Op-tec Systems

      Richard Banyard, MEng CEng MBA MIET– Operations Director, Op-tec Systems 

      Passionate about finding ‘missed’ opportunities for increasing efficiency, Richard has over 11 years’ experience delivering control systems solutions to the process industries. Now, through Op-tec, he leads a team developing open and efficient control and information solutions for the UK’s manufacturing and energy sectors.   IIoT?  Industry 4.0?  How to make the most of the technology This presentation aims to de-mystify the Industrial Internet of Things. Giving a high-level overview of the technology available, example applications from...

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    • Charlotte Horobin – Region Director Midlands & East, EEF the manufacturers’ organisation

      Charlotte Horobin – Region Director Midlands & East, EEF the manufacturers’ organisation 

      Prior to joining EEF 4 years ago Charlotte worked with livestock and then moved into food manufacturing where she focused on business development and food safety management. She gained her undergraduate degree from The University of Leeds in Biomedical Science before completing her Masters at The University of Nottingham.   Presentation Title: EEF Food & Drink Sector Bulletin   Synopsis Charlotte will present the EEF 2017 Food & Drink Sector Bulletin, produced in partnership with Santander wh...

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    • Jonathan Starling - Managing Director, Spidex Software Ltd

      Jonathan Starling – Managing Director, Spidex Software Ltd 

      Jonathan has been working with household-name food manufacturers for over 20 years. His company Spidex supplies a range of software solutions to support best-practice in asset management, plant maintenance, lean manufacturing, audit compliance and health & safety.   Presentation Title: See-anywhere production data: your first step towards Industry 4.0   Summary: There has been a great deal of talk in the trade press and elsewhere regarding Industry 4.0, but what does it actually mean? I...

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    • Ross Dumigan-Food & Beverage Segment Manager CEBI	Camfill

      Ross Dumigan-Food & Beverage Segment Manager CEBI Camfill 

      I began my career with Camfil 13 years ago and have never looked back. I am currently the Food & Beverage segment manager for Continental Europe & the British Isles. I work with the biggest food manufacturers in the world improving IAQ Standards & Reducing Energy Consumption without compromising processes, who exclusively use our products which are specifically designed for the F&B market to offer maximum protection for the customers product / people and process. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering / Accounting and Business. I am always pushing myself to learn more. As ...

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    • Peter Dyment-Technical Manager, Camfil Ltd.

      Peter Dyment-Technical Manager, Camfil Ltd. 

      Peter Dyment has worked 35 years in the Air movement industry the majority in air filtration mainly with Camfil during this period . He has worked in a deepening technical role delivering training and project support. He is passionate that the UK Food and Beverage industries are served by the best guidance and air cleaning solutions available. His motivation is to ensure risk of airborne contamination (microbiological or otherwise) of food in the factory environment is eliminated and that plant running costs are minimized. He is a CIBSE accredited CPD presenter and gives consulting engineers...

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    • Jean Calmejane-Worldwide Executive Director, Lascom

      Jean Calmejane-Worldwide Executive Director, Lascom 

      With more than 20 years’ experience in the Product Lifecycle Management, especially in the food and beverage industry, Jean has been working with more than 1000 manufacturers over the world. He has joined Lascom in 1999 where he started as a sales in the Aerospace Defense industry. He then implemented Configuration Management methodology to Food and Beverage businesses to answer the rising complexity of regulatory concerns and the need to organise product development. His vision and dedicated work made Lascom a global Product Lifecycle Management’s reference for Food and Beverage industry, ...

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    • Neil Doyle-Head of Marketing,Blueface

      Neil Doyle-Head of Marketing,Blueface 

      Neil Doyle is Head of Marketing at Blueface. Neil’s background includes obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from UCD and experience in agency and in-house marketing teams in both B2C and B2B environments within the tech and food sectors. Outside of work Neil volunteers in a coaching capacity for Special Olympics basketball initiatives. Presentation Title:  Communications capabilities which increase operational efficiency Presentation Synopsis: What impact can smart communications features and integration have on food manufacturing's supply cha...

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    • Emmanuel AUDOIN-food innovation leader, Bureau Veritas Europe (based in France)

      Emmanuel AUDOIN-food innovation leader, Bureau Veritas Europe (based in France) 

      His job is to develop new food related certification or auditing/inspection services to serve clients in the food supply chain (from farming to processing, retail & food service) Also to coordinate Bureau Veritas resources and services on these new products (from sales to people’s qualification, and service delivery) Presentation Title: How to gain time and efficiency in your daily checks, to improve food safety and operations.  A digital solution for all food operators

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    • Peter Mroch -Business Development Manager, Edenhouse Solutions

      Peter Mroch -Business Development Manager, Edenhouse Solutions 

      Peter Mroch works for Edenhouse Solutions and spends his time helping small to medium enterprises achieve excellence by finding solutions to their business challenges. Originally trained as an engineer, he has spent 25 years working within the ERP and manufacturing systems market across a number of sectors. Presentation Title: How to achieve BRC compliance through integrated ERP, manufacturing & logistics

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    • Pedro Silva  ,  IT Director at Frulact - AB2

      Pedro Silva , IT Director at Frulact – AB2 

      With more than 18 years’ experience working in IT, Pedro has 14 years consultancy and project management experience, working for organisations such as Capgemini, Edinfor, Ernst & Young amongst others. In 2013 Pedro joined Frulact as the Information System Specialist of the company and is now Frulact´s IT Director. Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pedro-silva-6bb98b/ Presentation Title: AB Squared: Frulact Digital Transformation path Presentation Syn...

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    • Marc Nelson-Business Development Director, NetEDI

      Marc Nelson-Business Development Director, NetEDI 

      Passionate about helping companies make the most of their resources and streamlining business processes. A techie at heart but with the ability to discuss challenges in a non-techie way, with over 18 years in the Electronic Data Interchange field and providing consultancy services to small, medium and multi-national organisations I feel well positioned to provide insight and help to companies business processes.   Presentation Title: How EDI can unlock the value in your supply chain Presentation Synopsis: Are some of yo...

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    • Peter Pardeyke-Product management DATWYLER Cables, Germany

      Peter Pardeyke-Product management DATWYLER Cables, Germany 

      Peter has a background education as an electrician. After he completed his masters, he became a construction supervisor for special building construction in purpose-built buildings. Since 1996, he has been working in product management for safety cables and cable support systems. Datwyler specialise in high performance cabling solutions, particularly suited for manufacturing environments. Presentation Title: CPR- Clear Labeling of Cable Fire Safety Classes  

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    • Mark Garrett-Product Director – Food, agileChilli

      Mark Garrett-Product Director – Food, agileChilli 

      I’ve worked in food ingredient manufacturing, as a Factory Manager and MD. Between those roles, I studied IT and developed software. I now work with agileChilli to produce software for the food industry. I’m a Biological Sciences graduate and also studied for an MBA and an MSc in IT. Presentation Title: Experiences in Food Manufacturing and Solving Problems Using Software. Presentation Synopsis:  Worked in food manufacturing. Experience of food recalls etc. Worked in software development. Combined experience to produce software for food manu...

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    • Vincent Doumeizel-Vice President Food & Sustainability-Lloyd’s Register Group

      Vincent Doumeizel-Vice President Food & Sustainability-Lloyd’s Register Group 

      Vincent Doumeizel is Vice President Food & Sustainability at Lloyd’s Register and leads the related activities in relation to the many thousands of clients that we serve in over 100 countries worldwide.  Vincent also actively supports the charitable objectives of the LR Foundation, notably by chairing Advisory Boards of various research projects related to food & sustainability. Presentation Title : How food supply chain innovation is driving sustainability Presentation Synopsis:  The global food supply chain is evolving through greater transp...

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    • Tim Daniels-Marketing Manager, Autoscribe

      Tim Daniels-Marketing Manager, Autoscribe 

      Tim has over 30+ years of experience working in national and international markets across a range of software/high-technology products. He is currently the Marketing Manager at Autoscribe Informatics, based near Reading in the UK. Autoscribe Informatics provides database management solutions such as Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) that, uniquely, are graphically configurable requiring no scripting or custom coding to configure solutions. Tim‘s broad background provides a unique blend of practical knowledge and insight to drive all aspects of product and corporate marketing wit...

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    • Joanne Hedger, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Consultant, Lighthouse Systems, UK.

      Joanne Hedger, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Consultant, Lighthouse Systems, UK. 

      With a background in Automation, Joanne has been working in manufacturing IT for 25 years, past companies include Atkins and Rockwell Automation. In 2006, Joanne joined Lighthouse Systems. Passionate about manufacturing excellence and helping customers get the best out of their MES, she is responsible for account management and new business generation across Europe, as well as for the development of integrator partners (Nordic, Netherlands, and Israel).

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    • Zafar Ure-Managing Director,Phase Change Material Products Limited.

      Zafar Ure-Managing Director,Phase Change Material Products Limited. 

      Mr. Ure started his career in J&E Hall in the refrigeration field and later worked as Consultant for a number of UK based Building Services consultancy firms. He also served with York International in Overseas markets as a Sales Manager.   Currently Mr. Ure is the founder and Managing Director of PCM Products Ltd. specialised in PCM based Thermal Energy Storage products and associated low energy cooling technologies.   Mr. Ure takes a special interest in the promotion of alternative energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies and overall load shifting /...

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    • Dr Valentina Stojceska-Senior Lecturer,Brunel University London

      Dr Valentina Stojceska-Senior Lecturer,Brunel University London 

      Dr Valentina Stojceska is employed as a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London. Her research interests lie in all aspects of innovative solutions for sustainable food process development. She has led and managed a range of projects funded by Innovate UK, EU, TSB, Welsh Assembly, British Council and a large number of industry funded projects.  Presentation Title- . Current and future perspectives of sustainability in food production systems   Current sustainability trends...

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    • Erica Bassford-Head of Aspire, Lauras International.

      Erica Bassford-Head of Aspire, Lauras International. 

      Erica has broad operational experience gained over 25 years within international manufacturing organisations. Her outstanding people skills and depth of experience make Erica extremely effective at generating positive behavioural changes to individuals at all levels of an organisation through her training, coaching, and guidance. Prioritising Line Improvement - and making it stick Synopsis: When it comes to prioritising line improvement and implementing improvement programmes, it's vital that managers are equipped with the skills to manage and motivate t...

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    • Sarah Foster-Commercial Manager,Comply Direct

      Sarah Foster-Commercial Manager,Comply Direct 

      Sarah joined Comply Direct in 2014 and specialises in Packaging Compliance and the PRN market. Since joining the team Sarah has been the key contact for the schemes largest members and is responsible for ensuring that all required recycling evidence is acquired annually in line with member obligations. Talk title-‘Packaging waste – what do future changes to producer responsibility mean to the Food & Beverage Sector?’   Synopsis – We will analyse the increasing recycling targets in place taking us through to 2020 and look at...

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    • Andy Burgess -Technical Sales Manager, Aqua Enviro

      Andy Burgess -Technical Sales Manager, Aqua Enviro 

        Aqua Enviro is a leading environmental consultancy which provide impartial advice and support regarding wastewater, biosolids and organic waste treatment, from the planning stages and delivery of new treatment processes through to the optimisation of existing assets. Services include training, feasibility studies, water auditing and optimisation of effluent treatment plants. Presentation Title: Trade Effluent Treatment:  A review of best practice in the F&B sector to reduce costs and improve sustainability Presentation Synopsis:  ...

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    • Brian Scheffe Msc-Divisional Head – Service & Maintenance, Nijuis Industries

      Brian Scheffe Msc-Divisional Head – Service & Maintenance, Nijuis Industries 

      Brian Scheffe oversees the service and maintenance operations of Nijhuis Industries UK & Ireland and heads the development of industrial projects within the South West of the UK. Nijhuis Industries UK & Ireland, part of the Nijhuis Industries group provide sustainable solutions within the water and waste water space.   Brian has a strong background with over 19 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment and a Master of Science degree from Baylor University (Texas, USA). Brian has been successful in the development of numerous wastewater and waste to value proje...

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    • Laurra Davis-Creative Director, Brilliant Social Media.

      Laurra Davis-Creative Director, Brilliant Social Media. 

      Laurra Davis is the founder and Creative Director of Brilliant Social Media, a specialist agency helping food and drink brands to tap into the potential of social media. In their six years, Brilliant have helped their clients become household names and built up two of the Top 3 ranking Facebook pages in the UK’s Food/Beverage sector. Presentation Title: Social media success for food and drink: how to take your social media content to the next level. Synopsis:  In this session Laurra will explain how to creating compelling, relevant content that...

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    • Russell Morgan - Sales Manager – UK & Ireland for the Product Inspection Division of METTLER TOLEDO

      Russell Morgan – Sales Manager – UK & Ireland for the Product Inspection Division of METTLER TOLEDO 

      Russell Morgan is the Sales Manager – UK & Ireland for the Product Inspection Division of METTLER TOLEDO, with expertise in integrating checkweighers, metal detectors, vision and x-ray inspection systems into production lines. His  15 years' experience at MT has provided extensive insights into the challenges that UK food manufacturers face. Dairy summit 'How product inspection technology can reduce the risk of product recalls'   Product recalls cost companies millions of dollars in product, lost time and lost sales. Unfortunately, the...

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    • John Giles-Divisional Director, Promar International.

      John Giles-Divisional Director, Promar International. 

      John Giles is a Divisional Director of Promar International – the agri food value chain consulting subsidiary of Genus plc. He graduated from the University College of Swansea in 1981 with a BSc Econ degree. John has now worked extensively throughout the UK and on marketing based assignments in some 60 other countries, including all other Continental EU markets, the US, Russia, the FSU and Eastern Europe, Brazil, China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Canada and the Pacific Rim. This includes work in ...

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    • Stephen Minall-Director,Moving Food Ltd, UK.

      Stephen Minall-Director,Moving Food Ltd, UK. 

      Stephen A Minall - Stephen is one of the owners of Moving Food Ltd, (www.movingfood.com) which has a successful track record in launching new products into the major Retail Multiples within the UK and Europe. Moving Food works within innovation in food technology (long shelf life FMCG brands to chill chain expertise) helping SME’s and foodies the “idea creators” get to market. Moving Food has launched www.wowbutter.com a no nut peanut butter , to FMCG branded products for Ocado to Aldi to Holland & Barrett. Moving Food is unique in that it can ‘speak’ both Retail and Catering, as the ...

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    • David Read- Chairman,Prestige Purchasing

      David Read- Chairman,Prestige Purchasing 

      David established supply chain consultancy Prestige Purchasing in 1998, since when it has become recognised  as the thought leader on procurement and distribution within Foodservice sector.  The company’s annual as the thought leader on procurement and distribution within Foodservice sector. The company’s annual Food Inflation report has become an important part of the sector’s calendar, and is widely respected as Food Inflation report has become an important part of the sector’s calendar,and is widely respected as major source of insight into historic and future food market performance. David...

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    • Lisa Williams- Head of Agri Food, Promar International, UK.

      Lisa Williams- Head of Agri Food, Promar International, UK. 

      Lisa Williams – Is Head of the Agri-Food Division of Promar International.  She has previously worked for one of the UK regional food groups, Food Northwest and held a number of positions with Hazlewood Foods/ Greencore.   Since joining Promar International, Lisa has been involved in the project management and direction of a range of assignments in the fresh and processed horticultural sectors, as well as the pork, dairy, poultry and beef sectors.   This has included analysis of markets and mapping supply chains in the UK, Conti...

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    • exhibitor - Brian Lawson - Head of Engineering & Process Manufacture, Kirklees College

      Brian Lawson – Head of Engineering & Process Manufacture, Kirklees College 

      Apprentice trained Chartered Mechanical Engineer, significant experience in Pharmaceutical Operations, Engineering and Supply Chain Management. Both Masters qualified and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering’s. Since 2015 Brian has applied his manufacturing experience and expertise to the provision of Food and Drink Apprenticeship Standards. Presentation Title: Food and Drink Apprenticeships – what’s new? Presentation Synopsis: There is significant change happening in the ‘apprenticeship landscape’ not least the food and drink indu...

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    • Tom Æ Hollands CSci FIFST BSc (Hons) - Innovation and Technical Director, Raynor Foods Ltd

      Tom Æ Hollands CSci FIFST BSc (Hons) – Innovation and Technical Director, Raynor Foods Ltd 

      Tom Hollands is the Innovation and Technical Director at Raynor Foods, he is an accomplished Food Scientist who has worked in both government (Food Standards Agency) and private sectors.  Tom is a true innovator at heart and has won many national and international accolades in recognition of this, including the prestigious (and inaugural) FDF Food and Drink Scientist of the Year (2013) and the inaugural BSA Technical Excellence Award in 2012 and again in 2015.

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    • Neil Coole - Partner Channel Manager, BRC Global Standards

      Neil Coole – Partner Channel Manager, BRC Global Standards 

      Neil Coole has worked in the management systems, standards and certification industry for 14+ years, including Head of Certification Sales at the British Standards Institute, Product Development of Business Performance and more recently Partner Channel Manager at BRC Global Standards. BRC Global Standards are the leading brand and consumer protection standards body, with an extensive background in Food Safety. Presentation Title – Food Safety & Quality Culture Excellence Presentation Synopsis A presentation covering the importance of understand...

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    • exhibitor - Belinda Phipps-Chief Executive,The Science Council

      Belinda Phipps-Chief Executive,The Science Council 

      Chief Executive, The Science Council,  and Chair, The Fawcett Society. Belinda is a transformational leader who has inspired organisations to create a better future through toughened financial health, meet demands within challenging targets whilst improving service quality. She takes a dynamic approach to achieving change through partnership and coalition working across whole systems. Her strong influencing skills, and her value as a strong public speaker ensure a strong voice for the organisations she has worked with. (78)   Why listen to this speaker...

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    • Mike Gallagher-Sales Director, Sanderson Manufacturing Solutions

      Mike Gallagher-Sales Director, Sanderson Manufacturing Solutions 

      Mike has been working with companies in the food and beverage manufacturing sector for over 20 years, collaborating on business improvement projects through the use of broad and deep sector specific functionality and latest technologies. Deeply involved in implementation detailing (how?) and ROI (why?) these inform Mike’s presentation. Presentation Title:  Return on Investment from a Food and Drink specific business system- how to quanify and deliver business benefit from ERP Projects.

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    • Rend Platings, Founder of Sugarwise

      Rend Platings, Founder of Sugarwise 

      Rend Platings founded Sugarwise due to concerns over the effect of excess sugar on her one-year-old daughter’s health. Sugarwise is a recognisable marque that identifies products lower in added sugars, and independently verifies low sugar claims. Previously, Rend has worked as a UN diplomat, and a consultant to TRADOC and the West Point Military Academy.   Presentation Title:  Sweeteners for clean label reformulation; How you can tell your customers that your products are low in or have no added sugar?

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    • Mark Fincham-Food Technical Manager Food,LRQA

      Mark Fincham-Food Technical Manager Food,LRQA 

      Mark Fincham has worked for LRQA for 26 years as a Food Assessor and Technical Manager. He has carried out assessments against both BRC and FSSC, whilst currently he manages the BRC standards globally and the delivery of all Food safety standards in the UK&I. Prior to joining LRQA, Mark worked in the meat, frozen food, canning and bakery industries for a number of manufactures including Campbells and Birds Eye. Presentation Title:  Roll of Food Safety Assessment in the food industry: Which GFSI benchmarked standard ...

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    • Debra Smith-Global Hygiene Specialist, Vikan  UK

      Debra Smith-Global Hygiene Specialist, Vikan UK 

      With >30 years of food safety/research training and experience, Deb has previously worked in the food industry, for DEFRA, and at Campden BRI. She is a qualified Microbiologist and FSSC 22000 auditor, has authored numerous food safety/hygiene publications and presented her research internationally. At Vikan Deb is responsible for providing expert hygiene advice and support to the food industry. Presentation Title: Maximising Global food safety standard compliance through appropriate selection and maintenance of cleaning tools Presentation Synopsis: Global food safety standard...

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    • Carolyn Hudson-PR and Marketing Manager , England Marketing

      Carolyn Hudson-PR and Marketing Manager , England Marketing 

      Carolyn has a career in marketing and promotions that spans more than twenty five years – she has worked in the newspaper and radio industry, before joining England Marketing over a decade ago.   England Marketing is a market research agency which specialises in working for clients in the food and agricultural sector. Carolyn brought a new skillset to the team, having worked in advertising, promotions, sponsorship and event organisation. It seemed it was an ideal time to  extend the company’s core services and give her particular responsibility for marketing and PR....

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    • David Greenwood- Owner and founder,  Coeur de Xocolat Ltd

      David Greenwood- Owner and founder, Coeur de Xocolat Ltd 

      Great taste and a clear conscience: the essential ingredient David Greenwood-Haigh is passionate about chocolate and also how it is sourced. Fair trade, trade justice and sustainability are key aspects as he strives to enthuse others on the versatility of this ancient food. From the cocoa plantations in Haiti and Ghana to the head office in London, David has extensive commercial and practical experience of the bean to bar route.  His formal training as a chef and enthusiastic delivery allow you to experience an informative and also innovative perspective of chocolate. David has spent fif...

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    • Peter Hoyland - Co-Founder, Bubble Ltd,

      Peter Hoyland – Co-Founder, Bubble Ltd, 

      A true innovation enthusiast and a pragmatic master of process, Peter is a co-founder of Bubble and Head of our Consulting & Software Implementation teams. Leveraging his early experience of product development in the tech industry, as well as a strong consulting background gained through years working in large management consultancies, Peter has helped incorporate many insights and best practices into the fabric of our Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software platform, Bubble Innovator™. Presentation Title: What can be done to improve resource management in th...

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    • David McGowan, Innovation Realisation Director, PI Global, UK

      David McGowan, Innovation Realisation Director, PI Global, UK 

      David is responsible for creating, guiding & implementing innovation solutions for PI Global clients, primarily focussed on 3d structural design. With significant technical experience from the beer, premium spirits, design & soft drinks industries, he has led global cross functional teams responsible for the delivery of liquid, packaging & dispense innovation. Presentation Title  - Hitting the sweet spot   Presentation Synopsis  - Concepts that work, consumer occasions and launching fast – a case study.

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    • Karen Woodford - Managing Director, The Safer Eating Company Ltd UK

      Karen Woodford – Managing Director, The Safer Eating Company Ltd UK 

      Karen launched Safer Eating following diagnosis of coeliac disease and lactose intolerance. Her two young daughters also have coeliac disease so she has first-hand experience of eating out as a family with “tricky eaters”. She’s determined to make things easier for businesses to safely cater for people with dietary requirements. Presentation Title: Easy ways to tap into the flourishing free-from market Presentation Synopsis The free-from market is growing year on year – so it pays to grab a piece of the pie. Karen reveals how you can grow your ...

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    • Kalpana Durga  - NPD Manager , Principle Healthcare Ltd

      Kalpana Durga – NPD Manager , Principle Healthcare Ltd 

      I am currently working as an NPD Manager at Principle Healthcare Ltd. Before coming to Principle Healthcare Ltd, I have done PhD in Food Science and worked as Research Associate at University of Leeds, where I have handled the projects with Unilever and Bakkavor. Through my expertise in Product Development of Liquids (aqueous/oil-based/emulsion), semi solids (gels) and solids (powders), I design and develop Health Supplement products that are high in quality, stability and compliant to regulations. Each product is developed while strictly following the regulations of the respective country/age...

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    • Dr Louise Manning - Senior Lecturer in Food Policy and Management, Harper Adams University, UK

      Dr Louise Manning – Senior Lecturer in Food Policy and Management, Harper Adams University, UK 

      Dr Louise Manning is a Senior Lecturer in Food Policy and Management at Harper Adams  University, Newport. Shropshire. Her specialist area of research is food safety, food quality, wider food standards and the effective management of risk in these areas by the food supply chain. Presentation Title: Food fraud: countermeasures to consider in food NPD Presentation Synopsis: Food fraud is both age-old and contemporary. How should the risk of food fraud be considered and mitigated and the new product development stage? This talk will consider how the industry is stepping ...

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    • Val Kirillovs, New Business Director, HIM UK

      Val Kirillovs, New Business Director, HIM UK 

      Val Kirillovs is a New Business Director at HIM. Val has been with HIM for the last three and half years and one of the most exciting things he has been involved in is HIM retail panel. HIM retail panel consists of progressive convenience retailers that gather on a quarterly bases to discuss trending topics in the industry. Val is passionate about understanding shopper and retailer decision making process and what makes them change their behaviour. Val joined HIM from Kantar Worldpanel where he has previously worked for 5 years focusing on the major grocers

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    • Eddie Stableford- Innovation Director , Wonderstruck Brand Innovators Cambridge UK

      Eddie Stableford- Innovation Director , Wonderstruck Brand Innovators Cambridge UK 

      Eddie is Innovation Director at Wonderstruck Brand Design. During his 37 year career he has worked on a vast array of different businesses from automotive, consumer, retail and food brands and uses his knowledge and expertise to create compelling brand propositions for a diverse client list across the globe. Presentation Title: 'New Food’ vs ‘Old Food’ - the demand for increasing quality, cleaner ingredients and better nutrition Presentation Synopsis: Eddie will present his view on how changing consumer needs and wants are creating a demand for bet...

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    • Rhiannon Jones - Research Manager, Breaking Blue

      Rhiannon Jones – Research Manager, Breaking Blue 

      An experienced qualitative researcher, Rhiannon has spent much of her career to date working with clients in the food and drink sector. Her particular focus is on innovation and development, at both brand and product level. Rhiannon has supported Tesco, Soreen, Samworth Brothers and AB Inbev in NPD. Presentation Title: Recipes for success: doing consumer insight ‘right’ in NPD Presentation Synopsis: Involving the consumer in the NPD process is a no-brainer – but what’s the best way to do it? How can you avoid the gremlins, make the process agile, and maximise value for money while gen...

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    • Kate Downer, Research Director, Breaking Blue

      Kate Downer, Research Director, Breaking Blue 

        Kate specialises in qualitative food and beverage research, and has helped clients including Tesco, Lidl, Wal-Mart and many private label manufacturers to understand and optimise the consumer experience, from the shelf-edge to the washing up!  A trained ethnographer, Kate employs a wide range of consumer closeness and observational research techniques. Presentation Title: Recipes for success: doing consumer insight ‘right’ in NPD Presentation Synopsis: Involving the consumer in the NPD process is a no-brainer – but what’s the best way to do it? How can you avoid the greml...

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    • exhibitor - Domini Hogg-Founder, Tried and Supplied

      Domini Hogg-Founder, Tried and Supplied 

      Domini spent two years selling loose-leaf tea to five-star hotels and Michelin star restaurants. She trained the tea experts in London’s most prestigious venues. Now she is the founder of her own business, Tried and Supplied, that connects food service buyers with niche, artisan suppliers difficult to find on Google.   Presentation title: Innovation, agility and sustainability in the food and drink supply chain Talk synopsis: Consumers are becoming more demanding. They are forever on the lookout for something new and different and yet simultaneou...

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    • Christopher Faulkner-Director, The Food Service Expert.

      Christopher Faulkner-Director, The Food Service Expert. 

      Christopher Faulkner set up The Food Service Expert following 30 years in Foodservice. He ran Pubs and Restaurants before joining BookerFitch Foodservice (Bidfood) where he helped set up Central Distribution. He then worked for Hays Distribution, Universe Foodservice and Brakes where he ran some of the largest contracts including Mitchells & Butlers.   The Food Service Expert , Director   “The Foodservice Opportunity  and how to grasp it”   This talk will take a quick look at the Foodservice Market and the key routes to get product to the caterers.  It will...

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    • Alistair Nicholas-Managing Director,Northern Europe, Esker.

      Alistair Nicholas-Managing Director,Northern Europe, Esker. 

      As Managing Director – Northern Europe, Alistair Nicholas leads Esker’s Northern European operations, covering finance, sales, marketing and professional services activities. Having joined Esker in 2001 as UK / Ireland Sales Manager, Alistair was quickly promoted to head up the sales for Northern Europe before taking on his current role.   Presentation title: Improve the way you process your orders and move towards 100% automation.   Presentation synopsis: Customer orders are received each day in a number of different formats (email, fax, EDI) that cause disruption ...

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    • Antony (Tony) Walford- BA (Hons), FCILT, Joint Managing Director, Supply Solutions (2009) Ltd, UK

      Antony (Tony) Walford- BA (Hons), FCILT, Joint Managing Director, Supply Solutions (2009) Ltd, UK 

      A supply chain professional with 30 years experience. Tony has led companies in the fields of freight forwarding, 3PL, technology and consultancy. He now jointly owns Supply Solutions (2009) Ltd, focused on consultancy and training across the End-to-End Supply Chain. Tony is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. Talk Title- End-to-End Supply Chain Integration – (The missing link in Supply Chain Management and does the Babel fish used by Arthur Dent in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy provide the answer?) Synopsis- Over the past th...

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    • Chris Tozer- Ivanti Territory Manager for the UK, Ireland and Italy.

      Chris Tozer- Ivanti Territory Manager for the UK, Ireland and Italy. 

      Chris Tozer is Territory Manager - UK, Ireland & Italy for Ivanti Supply Chain. With over 15 years of experience in the Supply Chain Technology solutions market, Chris is responsible for channel development, account management, and all former Wavelink software sales in the UK and Italy. Supplying Starbucks in the 21st Century – Ivanti Supply Chain & Gist   Step into any Starbucks and you’re enveloped in a cosy yet bustling atmosphere of rich aromas, sights, and sounds. But, behind the seamless operation at the front end...

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    • Robin Clarke – Client Business Director, CIDORI.

      Robin Clarke – Client Business Director, CIDORI. 

      After many years of successfully delivering complex learning solutions to a wide range of clients, he now works closely onthe board of directors extending such programmes and developing complementary services that contribute directly to the bottom line of our client’s business performance.As a team CIDORI operates at the very top of our profession. We bring a combined wealth of industry knowledge and experience, together with a cast iron commitment to first class customer service. This has positioned CIDORI as a leading exponent of bespoke learning and development solutions. Talk Sy...

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    • Dennis McCarthy- Director at DAK Consulting.

      Dennis McCarthy- Director at DAK Consulting. 

        Dennis is a manufacturing excellence coach and author with a track record of guiding internal teams to deliver sustained performance gains from operational improvement and capital investment programmes. He has supported well known and award winning organisations in the FMCG sector including Barfoots, Heineken, Mars, Pepsi (Walkers Snacks), Premier Foods, Morrisons and Princes Foods. Project locations include Europe, India, China and the USA.   Company Details   Dennis is a Director at DAK Cons...

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    • Alain Vix- Client Services Director, Hughenden Consulting  UK.

      Alain Vix- Client Services Director, Hughenden Consulting UK. 

      Alain has been training and consulting on supply chain planning for over 20 years. His core skill is to turn complex subjects into inspiring and easy to adopt change programmes, for practitioners and their management. He has worked across many industries including food (John West, Cargill),pharmaceuticals (GSK, Virbac), manufacturing (Vitec, BSH), and retail (Screwfix, Travis Perkins). Title: "The Role of Process Owners" Description: Improvement projects start and finish.  What's left behind are the process owners.  Avoid the confusion between the owners of the process res...

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    • Hugh Williams-Managing Director, Hughenden Consulting  UK.

      Hugh Williams-Managing Director, Hughenden Consulting UK. 

      Hugh has been consulting in Supply Chain for more than 30 years anddelivered millions of pounds of business improvement to clients all overthe world.  Hugh mentors executives on how their companies can change, manage andprofit from organisational complexity through best practices in supply chain planning. "What do we really mean by Collaboration?" Description: Have you ever taken a course in Negotiation or read a book on it?  For 50 years we have been teaching people how to win over the other guy. Now we want those same people to collaborate.  What do we actually mean, wha...

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

      Kim English- Company Director, Business Transformation Associates Ltd. 

      Possessing vast experience of successfully implementing sustainable Lean improvement programmes across a wide range of manufacturing industries, Kim has delivered operating efficiencies valued into millions of pounds over the course of her career. Her experience of creating and deploying Business Improvement Strategies within Blue Chip manufacturing operations to Micro SME businesses, together with her interpersonal skills have made her a recognisedexpert in change management as well as a respected speaker on the conference circuit. Presentation Title: Achieving Lean Excel...

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    • Jeff Williams - Global Director Business Development, S A Partners.

      Jeff Williams – Global Director Business Development, S A Partners. 

      Jeff joined S A Partners in 1999. A Partner, Jeff lead our Food & Drink Sector before becoming Global Director of Business Development in 2017.  Jeff’s earlier career was in the Electronics&White Goods sectors driving major Improvement initiatives. Jeff successfully achieved MBA in Lean Thinking from Cardiff University. Presentation Title:  ‘If you are just focussing on Lean Manufacturing you are missing the point!’ Synopsis:   ‘Jeff explains what real Lean is, how it needs to be implemented, and why it often fails. This is a great snapshot into ...

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    • Tim Hess-Associate Professor, Water Management, Cranfield Water Science Institute.

      Tim Hess-Associate Professor, Water Management, Cranfield Water Science Institute. 

      Tim Hess has a distinguished research profile on water footprinting and water-related risk, particularly in the agriculture, food and beverage sector. He has worked on several projects considering; the contribution of water footprinting to national food policy; benchmarking irrigation water use amongst farmers and growers; and evaluating new technologies for agricultural water management.   Presentation title: Water-related risk in fresh fruit and vegetable systems.   In this presentation, Dr Hess will explore how the UK's supply of fresh fruit and vegetables (FF&V)  ...

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    • Rick Sellars-Packaging Consultant, Lindum Packaging.

      Rick Sellars-Packaging Consultant, Lindum Packaging. 

      A qualified Packaging Technologist, Rick joined the business from college and is passionate about reducing packaging waste and providing sustainable, effective packaging solutions. Working mainly in the North of England, he is an expert in collaborating with food manufacturers to identify ways to reduce production downtime, lower costs and reduce packaging waste. The title of my presentation – The Food Industry – Pouring away profit through incorrect pallet wrapping…   Synopsis:   As a packaging consultant, there are two things I am passionate about: reducing packaging...

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    • Steve Hewitt BSc. C.Eng. MIET, MAPM-Information Solutions Business Development Manager EMEA, Rockwell Automation

      Steve Hewitt BSc. C.Eng. MIET, MAPM-Information Solutions Business Development Manager EMEA, Rockwell Automation 

      Expert in applying digital technologies to industrial problems. 41 years in industry, starting in design, construction and control of power stations (all flavours), moved to nuclear power plant simulators, then to software development, system integration, programme manager and now into Manufacturing Intelligence and Manufacturing Operations Management. Presentation Title Turning CEOs into Superheroes   Synopsis: Since the Industrial revolution, increasing levels of p...

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    • Kate Hancock-Project Director,TSL Projects Ltd.

      Kate Hancock-Project Director,TSL Projects Ltd. 

      Kate is a highly skilled Food Technologist with over 20 years’ experience within the chilled food industry sector. Kate heads up the Feasibility Team for TSL, working with Clients to help them design, build and fit-out their ideal food facilities. Utilising her operational and processing experience from numerous food manufacturers, Kate is perfectly placed to ensure the safe and efficient development, modification and manufacture of food facilities and processes.

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    • Keith Smith-Principal Engineer, Perceptive Engineering Limited.

      Keith Smith-Principal Engineer, Perceptive Engineering Limited. 

      Keith Smith has 20+ years of experience with advanced process control and optimisation, mutivariate data analysis and process monitoring in the process industries, including applications on both continuous and batch processes.  He is responsible for optimisation of nutritional powder production for Perceptive Engineering, with particular focus on evaporation and drying processes.  He has a particular interest in hybrid modelling approaches - first principle and empirical - for real time optimisation and control. Presentation Title and Synopsis – Paper 1 “Statistical ...

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    • Dr Nick Scott-Senior Consultant, 42 Technology.

      Dr Nick Scott-Senior Consultant, 42 Technology. 

      Nick’s background is in delivering large manufacturing innovation projects and operations leadership. He has extensive experience of solving difficult problems with lean thinking and holds a PhD from Cambridge University. With over 20 years of experience, he has worked in food and drink manufacturing, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, functional consumer packaging, capital equipment and industrial products.   Title: Where are your blind-spots and what are they costing you? Synopsis: Starting from where you are today, how lean thinking and engineering innovation can help you to...

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    • David Gaskill-Proposal Manager, Siltbuster Process Solutions

      David Gaskill-Proposal Manager, Siltbuster Process Solutions 

      With over 25 years of experience within the industrial wastewater sector, David has worked on many different projects for a number of clients including several blue chip companies. He is currently the Proposal Manager (Industrial) for Siltbuster Process Solutions who supply and install temporary and permanent wastewater treatment equipment.   Proposed title: Contingency planning for existing Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants   Summary of talk: During operation of Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants, there are a whole range of fact...

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    • Mark Hughes-Business Development Manager, Chemours Fluorochemicals.

      Mark Hughes-Business Development Manager, Chemours Fluorochemicals. 

      Mark Hughes is a business development manager with Chemours Fluorochemicals with responsibility for the promotion of Chemours next generation refrigerants across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mark holds a PhD in Chemistry from Sussex University and has been with Chemours for more than 30 years with the last 10 years in the Refrigeration business. He is a member of Chemours EMEA team whose objective is to develop opportunities for new Opteon™ refrigerant blends based on low global warming HFO technology. Sustainable and efficient cooling in the food and beverage cold chain ...

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    • Ilya Savva-Sales and Engineering Manager, Bio Water Technology.

      Ilya Savva-Sales and Engineering Manager, Bio Water Technology. 

      Ilya is based in Tønsberg, Norway where he works for Biowater Technology, a company dedicated to industry leading innovation in biological wastewater treatment.  Biowater have had recent successes in the Norwegian food and beverage industry with their latest HyVAB® technology. Ilya is from the UK, is a Chartered Engineer, and specialist in water treatment projects.   Presentation Title: HyVAB® – The compact, green solution to wastewater challenges.   Presentation synopsis:   A presentation for technology leaders, engineers and owners of food and beverage manufa...

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    • Silvana Centty-Manager, Carbon Trust

      Silvana Centty-Manager, Carbon Trust 

      Silvana leads Carbon Trust international product 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. Silvana holds a degree in Communication Science from Universidad de Lima and an MBA from Birmingham University.   Presentation title: The Role of Footprinting in Sustainable Food and Beverage Manufacturing  

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    • Tim Wynn-Jones- Distributed Energy Sales Manager, Centrica Business Solutions

      Tim Wynn-Jones- Distributed Energy Sales Manager, Centrica Business Solutions 

      Tim has been with Centrica 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 .  He has has a wealth of experience across corporate energy supply contracts, renewable energy project development and large scale energy efficiency projects. Turning energy from a cost to a competitive advantage Synposis Tim will explain how manufacturers can turn ene...

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    • Shaun Dell-Technical Services Manager, Klüber Lubrication GB Ltd

      Shaun Dell-Technical Services Manager, Klüber Lubrication GB Ltd 

      With responsibility for a range of Technical Services that support Klüber Lubrication specialist lubricants, Shaun’s Mechanical Engineering background and 30 years’ experience in the lubricants industry helps the Klüber Lubrication GB team deliver value and benefits to customers through the World Class Lubrication program. Presentation title and brief synopsis of the talk Improving Operational Efficiency through World Class Lubrication Frequently overlooked, lubrication is the lifeblood of production equipment. An effective lubrication progra...

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    • David Learmond- Director, HPS Product Recovery Solutions, UK

      David Learmond- Director, HPS Product Recovery Solutions, UK 

      David is a highly experienced FMCG expert, University of Cambridge Fellow and consultant to a wide range of businesses. Currently a Director at HPS, David has held senior roles in Unilever UK, The Netherlands, Australasia and China, including Head of HR for Global Research and Engineering. Talk Title- Higher Yields, Less Waste, Faster Changeovers and Better Sustainability.It’s Time to Get Pigging!   Liquid product recovery (pigging) is in wide use in the food and beverage industries.It’s one of the quickest and most effective ...

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    • Martin Chilcott-Founder and CEO, 2degrees

      Martin Chilcott-Founder and CEO, 2degrees 

      Martin’s experience in launching and running successful internet businesses in the late 1990s, convinced him that the global community was once more at the brink of systemic change – driven by the need to become sustainable. Having witnessed the power of enterprise and digital technology to drive change once already, Martin was convinced business had to be at the heart of the sustainability revolution, and that web technologies would play a major role in accelerating the process. Unsurprisingly, 2degrees - the world's leading collaboration platform and service for sustainable business - was bo...

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    • John Taylor - Business Development Manager, UK North,  Veolia Water Technologies UK – Mobile Water Services

      John Taylor – Business Development Manager, UK North, Veolia Water Technologies UK – Mobile Water Services 

      John has been working in the water industry for over 30 years and has extensive experience in providing water treatment services to a number of industries including the Food & Beverage sector. Presentation title A permanent temporary solution - water treatment   Summary Temporary water treatment services can be applied in a number of situations from emergencies where an existing plant has broken down to the provision of treated water for planned maintenance, refurbishment and commissioning. Some our Food & Beverage cli...

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    • Heather Mills- Founder, V Bites

      Heather Mills- Founder, V Bites 

      In August 1993 Heather was involved in a road accident with a police motorcycle, suffering the loss of her left leg below the knee amongst many other injuries. In order to save her leg from infection Heather had to go on a plant based diet. Because of this heather created the now plant based multi-award winning ethical Vegan food company, VBites.

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