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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’...

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    • Chris McCann-Principal Consultant, BSI Supply Chain Services & Solutions

      Chris McCann-Principal Consultant, BSI Supply Chain Services & Solutions 

      Chris has spent twenty years managing sustainability programmes for Fortune 500 companies across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Involved in developing the Global Social Compliance Programme, he has worked with the UNFAO and numerous UK government bodies. A Nuffield Scholar, his PhD thesis focuses on supply chain resilience.

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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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    • 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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    • Nathan Atkinson-Creator of Fuel for School, The Real Junk Food Project UK.

      Nathan Atkinson-Creator of Fuel for School, The Real Junk Food Project UK. 

      Nathan Atkinson is a former Headteacher from Leeds. He is passionate about improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and their families.  Nathan has developed an innovative way to provide children and families with access to food throughout the year. Nathan's work around food and nutrition has been recognised in many ways, most notably as a top 50 finalist in the 2017 Global Teacher Award. The Fuel for School project has been featured across a wide range of media including; Jamie and Jummy's Friday Night Feast, Observer Food Monthly, BBC Breakfast, ITV Good Mo...

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    • Matt Loose-Senior Director, SustainAbility.

      Matt Loose-Senior Director, SustainAbility. 

      Matt leads the UK team for SustainAbility, the think tank and advisor that helps companies to improve sustainability performance.   He is an expert in sustainable food and works with some of the world's most respected brands to help clients understand what sustainable food means for their business, design strategies and frameworks to improve performance, and to communicate with their stakeholders. Presentation Title- The Regenerative Diet: Looking to the Future of Sustainable Food.

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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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    • Charlotte Challis- Research Engineer, Verco and the University of Bristol.

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      Charlotte Challis- Research Engineer, Verco and the University of Bristol. 

      Charlotte is a Research Engineer for the University of Bristol IDC Systems Centre and Verco.  Charlotte is undertaking an EngD (Engineering Doctorate) relating to process energy efficiency in the food and drink sector, with particular focus on pasteurisation.   Charlotte has worked for Verco since 2003.  Verco designs and implements energy and resource management programmes for major global organisations, underpinned by a strategic and data-driven assessment of environmental risks and opportunities. Informed by research, Verco has developed a comprehensive range of ...

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    • Professor Sarah Bridle- University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

      Professor Sarah Bridle- University of Manchester, United Kingdom. 

      Prof. Sarah Bridle is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester and lead of the new STFC Food Network+, which brings together food research and industry with STFC capabilities from astro, particle and nuclear physics and the UK’s largest science facilities. Title- Astro, particle and nuclear physicists and UK big facilities can help food research and industry Synopsis- I will introduce the new Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network+ (SFN), which aims to bring together STFC researchers and facilities with re...

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    • George Fowkes-Co- Founder and Director, BasePower.

      George Fowkes-Co- Founder and Director, BasePower. 

      The proposed speaker is George Fowkes, co-founder and director of BasePower.   BasePower is an award-winning Combined Heat and Power (CHP) developer to industrial sectors such as food manufacturing,automotive and plastics, and pharmaceutical.  Tailoring world-class technology and service to the specific needs of each customer, its projects create significant cost savings and carbon reductions for high-energy users at no capital expenditure or operational risk.   George’s career has spanned the development of clean power, water and waste technologies in the UK and Europe. ...

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

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

      Damian Gilbertson, UK & Eire Sales and Marketing Director, Schoeller Allibert Ltd.   A supply chain expert,Damian haspreviously worked for DHL, UPS, andHead 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 achi...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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 processingHe also has in interest in food waste minimisation. Elliot is in investigator in the £4.5m 5-year EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food.

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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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    • Dean Noden – Business Development Director, ESight Energy Limited  UK.

      Dean Noden – Business Development Director, ESight Energy Limited UK. 

      Dean Joined eSight Energy early 2014 predominantly to work within the UK market place. Prior to Joining eSight Dean worked for Enercom a Swedish organisation who specialised in Energy data collection devices. Dean has 15 years of experience in the energy sector working with some of the major energy suppliers.

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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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    • 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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    • Eric Churet-Business Development Manager, Sedex.

      Eric Churet-Business Development Manager, Sedex. 

      Eric work with prospective Sedex members across all industries focusing on understanding where companies are in their CSR journey and how Sedex can support and accelerate their implementation plan, with an emphasis on ethical procurement, environment and fight against modern slavery.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Jane Powell-Food Education Consultant.

      Jane Powell-Food Education Consultant. 

      Jane Powell Food Education Consultant Jane Powell is a freelance writer and education consultant specializing in food and society. She worked until 2015 at Organic Centre Wales, engaging the public with food, and now links schools with the food chain for the charity FACE.She writesabout food and values at www.foodsociety.wales.   Bringing the food industry and the public together through shared values Food businesses need customers and employees, and the public needs healthy food. Too often though ...

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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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    • Ian Tansley- Chief Technical Officer, The Sure Chill Company.

      Ian Tansley- Chief Technical Officer, The Sure Chill Company. 

      Ian is a product designer, author of 15 worldwide patents and is the inventor of the award winning Sure Chill refrigerator technology. He has 30 yearsof experience in the energy business and has also worked in Africa and Asia integrating renewable energy looking especially at load balancing. Ian was the winner of the Institute of Refrigeration’s Gold Medal in 2016 Title : What’s in the fridge? – A battery??   Synopsis: Energy storage is constantly in the news. There are big rewards for those who can store energy in the home and in their businesses....

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    • Erica Armstrong- Marketing Manager, Cert ID Europe.

      Erica Armstrong- Marketing Manager, Cert ID Europe. 

      Erica is responsible for the marketing and continuous development of food safety certification services at Cert ID Europe, a 5 star BRC rated certification body. Based off her background in psychology and market analytics, Erica will be delivering a presentation focused on the statistical argument of qualitative vs quantitative data, in relation to measuring and improving food safety culture.   Talk Title: Measuring and Promoting a Food Safety Culture   Synopsis: Quantifying a qualitative aspect of your business, your food safety culture, can be challenging. How do you ge...

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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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    • 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 t...

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    • Pete Thompson -Managing Director, Invisible Systems Ltd – United Kingdom

      Pete Thompson -Managing Director, Invisible Systems Ltd – United Kingdom 

      4 years Ministry of Defence Mechanical/Production engineer 10 years Electrolux General Manager UK manufacturing facility 5 years Electrolux Sweden global sales 3 years JLA Commercial Director sales/operations 14 years founder/MD of Invisible Systems, providing global wireless IoT solutions reporting compliance, savings and asset monitoring from Realtime Online web platform presentation title: Wireless IoT - Compliance and Energy Control   brief synopsis:   Invisible Systems, established for nearly 14 years, have ...

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    • Hayley Gauntlett- Managing Director, QBL Consulting Ltd.

      Hayley Gauntlett- Managing Director, QBL Consulting Ltd. 

      Hayley Gauntlett is one of the UKs leading experts on managing ethical risk in global supply chains. Hayley has 17 years of ethical trade/responsible sourcing experience working at the cutting edge of innovation within the UKs top retailers. She understands business imperatives within global supply chains and is able to provide strategic direction, advice and support.   Presentation Title – So what does the Modern Slavery Act actually mean for your business? Brief Synopsis – The presentation explores the impact of the Modern Slavery Act on business and debunks the myth that it on...

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    • Paul O'Neill- Natural Gas Sector Manager , Clarke Energy.

      Paul O’Neill- Natural Gas Sector Manager , Clarke Energy. 

      Paul provides technical combined heat and power (CHP) solutions for some of the country’s highest heat and power intensive industry. His experience has secured schemes within the food and drink sector resulting in resilient infrastructure, lower energy costs and emissions. His product knowledge and experience is second to none.   Title/synopsis: Benefits of Industrial CHP – Resilience, lower energy costs and emissions.   CHP is an ideal solution to many of the issues facing manufacturing sites face today.  

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