National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
27 - 28/02/2019

Abhisek Kanoi, Director, Wallaroo

Abhisek started Wallaroo with a mission of encouraging growing children to make better food choices, by questioning where their food comes from, what it is made of, and its impact on our environment. Abhisek is also editor of the Children’s Food Foundation that provides a platform to engage parents and policy makers on junk food and child obesity.
Wallaroo is a new range of fun yet healthy single ingredient snacks for children. All Wallaroo products are based on the underlying ethos that great tasting food doesn’t have to be complicated. Aptly summed up in their tagline ‘yummy by nature’, customers love that Wallaroo is not only delicious, but also single ingredient, portion sized based on NHS guidelines, convenient, and uses certified home compostable packaging.

Alan Macfadyen, Product Specialist Consultant, Premier Labels

Alan is a socially acceptable Glaswegian geek whose CV includes an extended period as a Fleet Street investigative reporter, Internet software developer and SAP consultant. He experienced the highs and lows of the dot com boom and sees much of the same lunacy and hype around the Internet of Things.

His technological innovations are to be found in everything from the props used in the Star Wars movies to the multi-million pound collection of stringed instruments owned by the Royal College of Music.

He is fascinated by how people interact with brands and how their decision-making process is influenced by their design and presentation. Alan believes that near field communication can deepen, broaden and elongate a brands influence. It makes a dialogue out of what was a monologue.

“Enabled Labels™” is a joint initiative between Alan and Premier Labels designed to combine compelling visuals with intuitive technology and make money.

Alex Sword, Editor, eDelivery & Europe Editor, InternetRetailing

Alex is the Editor of eDelivery and the Europe Editor for sister title InternetRetailing. At eDelivery he covers innovations and strategy in ecommerce logistics and fulfilment. Before starting his current role he worked for various publications in the technology sector.

Alice Murray, Team Leader - New Business Team, FujiFilm


As the Team Leader for Fujifilm’s New Business Team in the UK, Alice is challenged with breaking into brand new markets for wide format inkjet equipment and the Jet Press 750S. Having worked for FTSE 100 Commercial Category Teams, Alice is no stranger to the juggling game of Project Management, and entering Negotiation battle grounds. She uses this experience to break into markets by turning her innovative napkin scribble strategies into measurable, smart campaigns. This, along with building and developing relationships, is what she loves, as well as avocado. She loves avocado.

Amelia Dales, Business Development Manager, Garçon Wines

Garçon Wines invented flat wine bottles in 2017 and introduced them commercially to the UK in 2018. They’re best known for Letterbox Wine® - full-sized, letterbox friendly wine bottles, perfect for hassle-free gifting and the ‘Amazon Generation’. The bottles demonstrate innovation, convenience and sustainability – the ideal 21st-century wine bottle for e-commerce.

Amelia moved to London last year to join Garçon Wines. The incredible opportunities for a slimmer, lighter, eco-friendly wine bottle made of 100% recycled material were too good to ignore - wine tasting on her first day was an added bonus! She deals with business customers across a number of industries, challenging the status quo of round glass bottles and encouraging others to go flat.''

Andrew Gunman, Regional Sales Director End-Users, MM-Karton

Andrew Gunman: 30 years’ experience in the paper and board industry. Responsible for end-user management in North Europe at Mayr-Melnhof Karton for the past 6-years. Product responsibility for FOODBOARD™ & FOODCART™ as well as the development of renovation grades in the market.



Dr. Andy Rees, Head Of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government

Andy has 39 years experience of working in the environmental field, including spending the last 23 years in the area of waste strategy. Andy has been Head of Waste Strategy at the Welsh Government for the last 19 years and is responsible for waste and circular economy strategy policy. In 2017 he received the Material Recycling World magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice Award’, and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s ‘Waste and Resources Leader’ of the year award, in recognition of Wales’ success in recycling.  Andy was awarded an OBE for ‘services to the environment and recycling in Wales’ in the New Year Honours 2019.   

Andy Pike, UK&I Marketing Manager - HP Indigo & PWP, HP



Prof. Anthony J. Ryan, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Sheffield

Professor Tony Ryan OBE is The Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Sheffield and the founding Director of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.
The Grantham Centre's projects cover many of the aspects of the UN's Sustainability Development Goals, and many of the national priorities of the developing world. Tony leads the University of Sheffield's programme in sustainability research, integrating across traditional boundaries in the pure and applied sciences, engineering, medicine, and social sciences.
Tony is very active in translational research, disseminating evidence-based science to both experts and non-experts, and has been a regular contributor to TV, Radio, National Press and at learned societies from The Royal Society of Chemistry to Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Tony delivered the televised Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2002 and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for 'Services to Science'.
His research covers sustainable synthesis, structure, processing, and applications of polymers using advanced analytical and measurement techniques. Recent research projects included renewable sources for polyurethane synthesis, organic photovoltaics, maximising the properties of polymers and biopolymers through flow-induced crystallisation, formulation of home and personal care products and polymer foams for high intensity urban agriculture. He has co-authored more than 300 papers and patents and 2 books, "Polymer Processing and Structure Development" and "The Solar Revolution: One Planet, 10 Billion People, One Solution."

Araminta Sheridan, Founder, Araminta Marketing

Araminta Sheridan started Araminta Marketing five years ago to consciously market like-minded companies through content marketing. Using the power of visual language, meaningful messaging and brand voice. Araminta and her team work with their clients to create strong, consistent brands helping them reach their goals and impact the world.  Araminta and her team have been selected as part of The Office Groups #TOG100, 100 small companies The Office Group have chosen to support by providing office space and networking opportunities. Araminta has given multiple talks on marketing and running a small business including ANB AMRO bank, Bread & Jam, INSEC University, The Health Bloggers Summit. Clients include Ballymore, Sheridan&Co, 360Athletic, Function360, Alchemy Oils & COPRA. The team have also worked alongside KIN, Jax Coco, Ohso Chocolate, Elizabeth’s Daughter and Alexander Soveral to name a few, and have recently started a successful Men’s Mental Health movement on social media.

Barbara Galli , Global Marketing & Communication Lead, Chiquita

Barbara Galli is the Global Marketing and Communication Lead at Chiquita, supervising the 360-Degrees communication strategy of the Chiquita brand at global level, including creativity, media engagement (TV, outdoor, digital and social networks), PR, crisis management, internal relations and CSR. Born in Italy and living in France, Barbara has over 20 years of international marketing & communication experience with a highly successful track record. Having primarily worked in the management of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods businesses, particularly in the Food sector, she has worked for Mars and McCain among others, managing international cross-functional teams and thriving in multi-cultural environments. She has a passion for communication and is also an amateur actress during her spare time.

Ben Mitchell, Research Fellow and Packaging Innovation Lead, The Retail Institute

Ben has a Masters in Information and Library Management and another one in Social and Public Policy, from which he received his training in research methods. He is currently studying for a PhD on evaluating soft skills training programmes, using realist methods. He has contributed to the university’s research activities which have been funded by charities, local and central government, the European Union and major companies within the retail industry.

Ben delivers research and consultancy on a range of subjects using advanced information retrieval techniques and other research methods. His work for the Retail Institute has seen him support companies in the development of new products and business strategies. This has covered issues such as service quality, choice of packaging materials, premiumisation and sensory marketing.



Brian Lodge, Design Manager, RPC Group Plc

Cameron Worth, Founder, SharpEnd

Cameron is the founder of the award-winning SharpEnd (www.io.tt), the world’s first agency dedicated to helping consumer brands embrace the Internet of Things. A recognised figure within the innovation space, Cameron is a regular speaker and writer on how technology innovation can be leveraged to build brands in a connected world.

Carole Taylor, Chair, LARAC


Carole works three days a week as Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator at Pendle Council, a Waste Collection Authority in Lancashire, responsible for waste policy/promotional work across the borough. She has worked there since 2003, having been in Local Government for nearly 30 years, 26 of which in waste management at both district and county council level.

As well as representing Pendle at the Lancashire Waste Partnership, Carole is also the Chair of the Lancashire Recycling Forum. Carole has an MSc in Waste Management attained at the University of Central Lancashire and is also a Chartered Waste Manager.

Carole became Chair of LARAC in January 2018 having been on the LARAC Executive as their North West Regional Rep since 2002. The role of LARAC Chair came after completing just over 18 months as one of LARAC’s Vice Chairs, along with being their Treasurer in the past.



Christopher Waterhouse, Managing Director, iDi Pac Ltd

Chris Waterhouse is Managing Director of iDi Pac Ltd, Digi Leaflet Technologies Limited a technology spin-off from iDi Pac Ltd and is a former Chairman of the UK Packaging Society.

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the Packaging Industry having worked in a variety of roles and sectors; Packaging and Supply Chain strategy, machine operation and maintenance as well as Packaging Innovation and Development in Pharma, AgChem, FMCG, cosmetics and drinks.

Acknowledged as an industry “go to” professional providing support, networking and energy into growing capability in packaging.

Chris’s Employment History is as follows: -

iDi Pac Ltd, Petersfield, England 2007 to date

Managing Director

Passionate in “Solving client product and supply chain challenges through effective design and pragmatically engineered packaging solutions” through a highly effective and skilled team.

Syngenta AG, Basel Switzerland 1998 to 2007

Head of Packaging Development

Responsible for technical Development on a $175mio pa technical spend.  Consolidation and integration of legacy packaging team’s post-merger of Zeneca and Novartis AgChem businesses.

Global Fill & Pack Strategy Manager

Responsible for development of the Fill & Pack portfolio with innovation projects globally; USA, Brazil, Asia & Africa.

Gulf Oil (GB) Ltd, Silvertown, London England 1992 to 1998



Clover Abbott, Global Packaging Sustainability Manager, Unilever PLC Pepsi Lipton

Clover is an experienced and well regarded packaging professional, specialising in sustainable packaging – especially plastic packaging for beverages & food industry. Clover's experience covers manufacture, brand, retail and public sector, with roles in Strategy, Supply Chain and Marketing. Clover originally trained and worked in industrial product design.

Dagmar Chlosta, Chief Market Officer, Schwan Cosmetics

Dagmar Chlosta serves as CMO and Member of the Executive Committee at Schwan-Stabilo Cosmetics based out of Heroldsberg, Germany. In this role she is responsible for the leadership of the Innovation, Development, Regulatory, Marketing and Communications teams.

Under Dagmar’s leadership, Schwan Cosmetics recently launched its new brand promise to ‘become the most sustainable innovator in colour cosmetics’ which will allow the company to deliver to customers and consumers alike ‘Tomorrow’s Beauty. Now.’.

Dagmar is a 25 veteran of the sporting goods industry. Prior to joining Schwan Cosmetics, Dagmar held various executive positions with adidas Group and Under Armour Inc.. During her tenure at both companies she was responsible for the leadership of Global Operations, Strategy, Digitalisation, Business Development and Marketing. She led teams located across the globe and worked from Germany as well as the US.

Before joining adidas, Dagmar held positions in the consumer goods industry in Germany and the UK. She also worked in the public sector both in the USA and Germany.

Dagmar holds a Master degree from ZfU Zurich, a degree in English, Spanish and French and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

She is married and currently lives in Germany.



Dan Parkinson, Strategy Director, ButterflyCannon

Dan has been helping businesses to solve design, branding and innovation challenges for the last 13 years. He has worked across a range of sectors, spanning corporate and consumer brands - but always getting to the bottom of what makes people tick; understanding why they do what they do and how to influence their behaviour. With a range of clients over the years including AkzoNobel and Unilever, he has joined Butterfly Cannon as Strategy Director to bring his experience and expertise to a portfolio of craft and luxury clients including Johnnie Walker, Brugal and Glenmorangie. He prides himself on asking great questions and helping people to make better informed decisions.

Daniel Frohwein, Team Leader & Head Coach, Thornton’s Budgens Belsize Park

Daniel is an experienced and colourful Leadership Coach, supporting Teams and Leaders, improving performance and happiness at work, home and play.

Currently Head Coach & Team Leader at Thornton’s Budgens in Belsize Park, London, his Branding and Marketing career spans 25 years and multiple sectors. 

Built on understanding the relationships between audiences, the psychology and the economics of growth, Daniel’s style is defined by his methodical approach of listening, tuning in to what is going on beneath the surface and asking the critical questions that lead to break-through clarity and change.

From Healthcare, Technology, Financial Service & FMCG, for organisations large and small, Daniel brings energy, insight, compassion and drive that is infectious, challenging and uplifting.

His articles and workshops created for Teams & Leaders are designed to take organisations on a sustainable growth journey that demands integrating personal and professional strengths and weaknesses.

He has a BA Hons. in Business Management from The Middlesex University Business School and is a qualified Business & Leadership Coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association of Business and Leadership Coaches (ABLC).

Darren Smith, Marketing Manager, Southgate Packaging Ltd


Darren has worked in sales and marketing for over 18 years. Whilst responsible for delivering the marketing strategy at Southgate, his primary task is aligning all online brand activity, with a focus on managing the development of their eCommerce solution.       



Darryl Danielli, Editor and Publisher, PrintWeek




Dave Baldaro, Product Marketing Manager, XMPie, A Xerox Company


Dave Baldaro is a seasoned customer communications professional with over 13 years of experience in the field.  His roles have included Sales, VDP and Cross Media Consulting and more recently Product Marketing at XMPie where he brings the technology to the market.  Dave is an expert in variable data printing and developing interactive, multi-channel customer campaigns and journeys.



David Brooks, Managing Director, Percol

David is passionate about people and planet. Driven to make a difference, he has led up-and-coming coffee and tea businesses for over 15 years.

As Managing Director of Percol – one of the UK’s pioneers in ethical and innovative coffee – David and his team constantly challenge the category norms. Selling in all of the major UK supermarkets, Percol is now leading a Plastic-Free future…a UK coffee first. Can coffee change the world? We won’t know unless we try.

As Percol MD, visits to the countries producing Percol’s fantastic coffee range has given David an insight into the massive challenges that the growers face. He attended the first ever World Coffee Conference in Medellin, Colombia in July 2017, meeting Bill Clinton and more importantly spending time with coffee farmers from all around the world. He is on a mission to help them to be paid a fair price; if nothing changes we may end up with only half of the current global coffee-growing areas by 2050.

When not travelling, David enjoys spending time outside of London at home in Somerset with his wife and 19 year old daughter. Cycling, walking the dogs, accompanying a good friend in his light aircraft, plus enjoying any and all sport.




David Newman, MD, BBIA UK

David Newman lived abroad until 2014 when he returned to the UK. He was the Executive Director of Greenpeace Italy 1994-1997; from 1999 until 2014 he led the Italian composting and biogas association CIC and he led the Italian Bioplastics Association from 2011 to 2015. During this time (2012-13) he was personal advisor to the Italian Minister of Environment, Andrea Orlando.

From 2012 to 2016 he was President of the International Solid Waste Association in Vienna and initiated the 2015 Global Waste Management Outlook report written by ISWA and UNEP.

He founded and leads the Bio Based and Biodegradable Industries Association UK since 2015 which works to promote the bioeconomy in the UK.

He is also President of  the World Biogas Association since November 2016, co-author of the report Global Food Waste Management, an Implementation Guide for Cities, published in May 2018 by the WBA with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.



Debbie Waldron Hoines, Co-Founder, WIP UK


Debbie has an Honours Degree in French Language and Literature and an MBA.

Debbie has worked in the printing and packaging industry for a number of years starting in labels at Harlands of Hull, moving to reprographics at Gilchrist Brothers and finally to run the D S Smith Pre Print at Clay Cross until 2000.

In 2001 Debbie established Avant-Tout, a specialist consultancy business within the print and packaging industry. Avant-Tout has helped businesses both in the UK and France. She is also a founder and Director of Women In Packaging UK Ltd. - an initiative to connect, support and recognise the contribution of female employees in the UK packaging industry.



Emma Wise, Sales & Marketing Manager, RPC


A fellow of the Institute of Packaging and self-confessed packaging nerd, Emma’s career in packaging spans nearly 25 years, from rigid boxes, luxury cartons and injection-moulding to blow-moulding, tool-making and more latterly vacuum forming. Emma is a leading light in the industry supporting a range of organisations with insight, advice and thought leadership on the future of the packaging industry, technical knowledge and inspiration. She is a keen supporter of Women In Packaging UK.



Prof. Graham Bonwick, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University


Graham Bonwick qualified with a BSc in Applied Biology and a PhD in Ecotoxicology (University of Salford). He is an applied scientist with expertise in the areas of environmental quality and food safety. His aim is to contribute to sustainability, food safety, quality and security and he has over 25 years research and teaching experience. In 2000 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Chester and Professor in 2006. He established the Centre for Science Communication (2003), the Environmental Quality & Food Safety Research Group (2006) and the Food Nanotechnology Research Group (2010). In 2012 he became the Innovation Development Director of the ERDF funded NowFOOD Centre project and in 2014 the Director of the Institute of Food Science and Innovation at the University of Chester. In 2017 he joined the Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation, a joint venture between Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd. Graham holds Fellowships with the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of the Arts and is also a member of the Institute of Food Science & Technology and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Recent Outputs

·       Birch C & Bonwick G (2019). Functional Foods Processing: Maximising Consumer Benefit and Producer Confidence.  International Journal of Food Science & Technology. Submitted.

·       Birch C & Bonwick G (2018) Ensuring the Future of Functional Foods. International Journal of Food Science & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.14060

·       Bonwick G, Birch C, Bryant G, Chatterton N, Collinson S, Handford J & Qadir O (2018).  Crop By-Product Processing into Nanomaterials Incorporating Bioactives for Targeted Release and Shelf Life Extension. BBSRC FoodWasteNet Project Report.

·       Collinson S, Bonwick GA, Birch C, Bryant G, Chatterton N, Handford J, Qadir O (2018) Electrospinning chitosan to form materials to extend the shelf life of food. SFM2018; Sustainable Functional Materials 2018. 22nd-23rd May 2018, Weston-super-Mare, UK.

·       Bonwick GA & Birch CS (2017) Nanomaterials in Food Safety. Special issue of Nanomaterials. MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland. ISSN 2079-4991



Greg Anderson, former Director of Medical Device development, GSK & Managing Director, Pharmacentric Solutions Ltd


Gregor Anderson set up Pharmacentric Solutions in late 2017 offering consultancy services specialising in packaging and device strategies for the Pharma industry. Prior to this he spent 30 years working at GSK with his last role there being Senior Device and Packaging Director.

His career started at Smiths Industries Medical Systems in 1986 as device designer where he focused on surgical equipment development. He then joined the R&D Device Development Unit at Glaxo and worked on the conceptualisation, design and scale-up of various injectors and inhaler device platforms including Diskus and the lifecycle for this ground-breaking inhaler. In 2009 Greg moved to GSK Manufacturing as Head of Global Technical Packaging. More recently he has focused on supporting the launches of the Ellipta Inhaler, respiratory training devices and also researching and preparing GSK’s respiratory and packaging strategy for Emerging Markets.  In 2016 he joined the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership and wrote and published the UK Pharma roadmap for Innovation and Technology. He holds over 40 patents and has expertise in patient centric design and has presented papers on this topic globally. Greg sits on the UK Institute of Materials Packaging Board representing Pharma. He has a B.Sc. in Industrial Design, a M.Sc. in Polymer Science & Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.

Greg Devenish, Strategic Business Development Manager, Premier Labels

Greg is tenacious about helping his clients maximise product impact through innovative and cost effective brand labelling. Coming from the Medical & Scientific Materials Converting industry, he brings with him wealth of experience & knowledge in materials & adhesives & their respective characteristics & applications.

His approach goes beyond the printed label. It is rather a holistic one, including all the technical aspects of dispensing, label application and product embellishment. Markets of focus are Wines & Spirits, Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty and Medical & Pharmaceutical.

Intrigued by what motivates people’s behaviour, he sees NFC as an integral part of labelling, tagging & packaging in the future.  A joint initiative “Enabled Labels™” has been formed with Alan Macfadyen, which delivers a complete package, using “enabled” label technology, complete with a data management system. Having a vast understanding of the IoT, we welcome any serious partner who wishes to embark on this exciting journey with us.



Hans Van Bochove, VP European public affairs, Coca-Cola European Partners


Hans van Bochove (1963) is Vice-President Public Affairs Europe at Coca-Cola European Partners. Amongst his responsibilities is the company’s packaging and recycling policy. He joined the Coca-Cola system in 1998 serving as Director Public Affairs and Communications in The Netherlands for nine years. In this capacity he was responsible for the company’s transition from refillable to non-refillable / recyclable PET bottles. He also developed a sustainability policy and published the first public societal report within the Coca-Cola system. From 2007 to 2011 Hans was Director Public Affairs, Communications and CSR at Starbucks Coffee Company for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region. He then returned to Coca-Cola in his current role and since March 2017 also serves as Chairman of the European Organization for Packaging and Environment (EUROPEN). Hans holds a master degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam / Rotterdam School of Management.

Imogen Matthews, Managing Director, IM Associates

Imogen Matthews is an award-winning journalist and analyst who has spent her career researching and writing about the beauty business. She has written for many leading international trade journals for the cosmetics industry, including SPC, HAPPI, GCI, and BW Confidential.

Imogen is an experienced speaker and organiser of speakers and content for leading conference programmes, including in-cosmetics Global and the bi-annual Packaging Innovations Beauty Forum.

Since 1993, she has published reports focusing on the premium beauty industry, under the The Premium Market Report name. Themed reports focus not only on trends and data, but the tools to make informed business decisions.

In 2010, Imogen was the recipient of a coveted Cosmetics Executive Women Achiever Award for her inspirational work and innovative thinking.

Jenny Cairns, Innovation Manager, ButterflyCannon


With over 10 years experience in the design industry Jenny has used her design thinking combined with her love of creative problem solving to provide innovative solutions for clients. Focusing on production, R&D, innovations and sustainability she has worked with an eclectic mix of companies including Burberry, Jo Loves, Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Beam Suntory, B&O and Femme. She has joined Butterfly Cannon as innovation manager to passionately bring ideas to life thorough a holistic approach specialising in their luxury and craft brands.



Joanna Stephenson, Managing Director, PHD Marketing & Strategy & Co-Founder, WIP UK

Jo began her career with The Dow Chemical Company in 1992 after graduating from UMIST with a First Class Honours BSC. in Textiles, Economics and Management. After 14 years, having progressed to Global Product Director through various plastics roles in Germany, Switzerland and the UK, Jo joined RogenSi, an Australian headquartered Management Consultancy, based in London. Here Jo honed her coaching, presenting & pitching skills to multinational organisations before moving to Sun Chemical in 2007 as European Packaging Marketing Director. In 2011, Jo moved to LINPAC Group where she held the role of Vice President Marketing & Innovation and achieved her Chartered Institute of Marketing Accreditation. She established PHD Marketing & Strategy in 2014, a leading packaging and print marketing communications agency working with national and international clients.



Jo Chidley, Founder, Beauty Kitchen

Jo Chidley is a chemist and the Founder of Beauty Kitchen, leaders in effective, natural and sustainable beauty. Widley regarded as one of the pioneers of sustainable beauty, Jo is driving the beauty industry forward with better practise approaches, always. She is Beauty Kitchen’s toughest critic, inspecting everything from the efficacy of the products, to the way ingredients are sourced, right down to the packaging sustainability for each and every product. Sustainability in packaging is a subject that is close to her heart.

Joanna Gilroy, Head of Sustainability, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division

Joanna Gilroy is the Head of Sustainability for Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division and the Corporate Responsibility Manager for Bunzl Plc.  Winner of the Business Green Sustainability Executive award 2017 and a leading industry figure on the Ocean Plastic debate, Joanna developed Bunzl Catering Supplies Sustainable Future programme.  She works directly with customers, suppliers and the divisional operating companies on improving their environmental footprints, seeks out innovative solutions and forms strategic partnerships to deliver them.  With an international background heading up sustainability projects in India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and having previously consulted for IKEA and SAB Miller, Joanna is skilled at driving sustainable change and helping businesses be a force for good.

Jos Harrison, Global Design Strategy Director, RB

Jos is Global Head of Design Strategy at Reckitt Benckiser, leading FMCG innovator. His current role centers around enabling design to lead brand strategy throughout the consumer journey.

He has spent the last 20 years leading design thinking in all areas of the creative industry – always with a consumer/people focus in mind and an agenda to drive sustainable business.



Justin Kempson, Sales & Innovation Director, Charpak Ltd

Justin Kempson has been involved in the plastics packaging industry for over 20 years, both as a supplier to vacuum forming packaging manufacturers, and for the last 13 years, as Sales and Innovation Director for Charpak Ltd.  Responsible for NPD, sales and innovation, he leads the company’s research and development programme driving forward new product packaging that balances creative design with technical requirements and low environmental impact.  

With his extensive technical background and materials knowledge Justin’s focus is in leading sustainable thermoformed packaging solutions, simultaneously developing the internal expertise and capabilities, and the wider industry collaborative partnerships throughout the vertical supply chain. With a passion for protecting and conserving the environment for future generations, he works closely with clients consulting on the development, design and manufacture of new recyclable packaging using recycled materials across a variety of industry sectors with the circular economy and sustainability at the core. 

Kenny Harmel, Director, Galileo Watermark

Moving from the world of foreign exchange and banking, Kenny co-founded a men’s personal care brand, which achieved rapid growth and reach, into retailers across Europe, USA and Asia. The business has since grown to offer amenity products as well as textiles and meal service equipment to airlines all over the world including British Airways, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines. 

Kenny is passionate about sustainability and works constantly to think smarter about material use and processes to reduce the reliance on virgin materials within the industry and out.

Kevin Vyse, Senior Packaging Technologist & Circular Economy Lead, Marks and Spencer

Kevin’s career has spanned over three decades in packaging design and development. He has worked for many of the best known brands in the UK and Europe as well as for manufacturers and retailers. There are few people in the packaging business who share his depth of knowledge and experience and he makes good use of that at Marks and Spencer where he is Senior Packaging Technologist and Circular Economy Lead.

He is a member of the governments Advisory Committee on Packaging, on the board of the On Pack Recycling Label company, a trustee at Recoup and on the Advisory board of the UK Plastic Pact.

He also finds time to help the next generation of packaging and circular economy professionals and works with Leeds and Exeter Universities in an advisory and mentorship capacity.

Packaging and the Circular Economy is without doubt a major passion but, as a qualified yachtsman, so is getting on the water in a in a boat whenever he can.

Lee Buffham-Wade, Design Specialist, LWCreativeServices


Specialising in the drinks industry, Lee Buffham-Wade has been adding value to brands for over 15 years. Passionate about the power of design to connect people with products, Lee designs for brands from entrepreneurial start-ups to global super-brands.

Collaborating with brand managers and brand owners, Lee brings brands to life by delivering effective design that resonates with customers and delivers captivating brand experiences.


Lee Buffham-Wade has recently completed the global packaging redesign and brand evolution for Finlandia Vodka and won Best Luxury Gift Pack at the Luxury Packaging Awards.



Louise Stevens, Head of Circular Economy, innocent drinks

innocent drinks is a medium sized healthy drinks company with a goal of “leaving things better than we find them”. From a UK base, their 100% fruit & veg based juices and smoothies are now sold across much of Western Europe.

As Head of Circular economy Louise is responsible for shifting their business model to an increasingly circular one. In addition to championing food waste reduction, she has led much of innocent’s 15 year journey on recycled plastic. They continue to push the boundaries in their quest for a 100% renewable bottle by 2022.

Prior to her Environmental Management MSc in 2009 and a sequence of sustainability roles, Louise holds 7 years’ experience managing the finished goods supply chain at innocent. In this role she led the development and expansion of innocent's customer supply function, distribution network and product portfolio across the UK and western Europe. In addition, she was one of the founders of the innocent foundation, the registered charity which receives the majority of the 10% of profits which innocent donate to charity each year. As the company’s longest standing employee, Louise has been a key player in maintaining the focus on sustainability and keeping the brand promise of ‘tastes good, does good’ at the core of all business activity.

Luke Heeney, Supplier & Product Development Director, Leathams

Luke has worked in the Food Industry for 28 years. He has gained significant technical experience in a range of food categories gained through a number of roles within the Unilever, Findus and Science in Sport group of companies encompassing corporate research, product development, third party collaborative innovation and relationship development, intellectual property, project and programme management. He is a relationship builder with a passion to build and lead confident successful teams. Luke has trained as a Run Director for parkrun UK and has completed 106 parkruns and 72 volunteer sessions.

Martin Stahel, Sales Director, Zappar



Michael Sheridan, Chairman and Founder, Sheridan&Co

Michael is chairman and founder of Sheridan&Co and having started the business 1983, has over 35 years experience in the retail design industry.  Working across all areas of the business, Michael has an in-depth knowledge of brand architecture, retail interiors, pop-up’s point of sale and packaging Having studied shopping habits he has a particular interest in the use of technology in retail.
Recently, Michael has led projects to redesign complete retail environments for stand alone and in department stores, concessions, showrooms, travel retail, onboard cruise liners and on ferries. Historically sectors include beauty, fashion, spirits, watches, jewellery and boutique food. More recently these have widened to include the adaption of online offers for real space retail and the creation of a new retail concept for one of the ‘big three’ mobile communications companies. His range of retail expertise covers design and delivery for identity, packaging, interiors, launches, promotions, pop-ups and point of sale.
An experienced media communicator, Michael has appeared on the BBC Politics Show, PBS channel and numerous national newspaper articles. He has extensive knowledge of how omni-channel retailing and pop-up collaborations will develop in the near future.

Michal Lodej, editor, FlexoTech magazine

Michal Lodej became editor of Whitmar Publications’ FlexoTech magazine in June 2016, after working across three of the publisher’s print titles as assistant editor. Mr Lodej came to Whitmar Publications with a BA in Journalism Studies and has now spent the majority of his career writing within the print and packaging sector.




Paul Horton, Print & Packaging Consultant, brandprintcolour™️

Paul is an award winning independent print & packaging consultant on a mission to help brand owners, agencies & printers realise their packagings full potential.

Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Industrial Design and PGCert in Product Design Strategy and Digital Prototyping Paul held a variety of creative roles before arriving by accident in the packaging sector, with a designers appreciation of form and function his love for it was instant.

With tenure in a number of senior packaging roles spanning the UK, Europe and Australasia Paul has honed his craft, bridging the gap between brand owner, agency and printer, driving numerous initiatives to develop and promote the overall quality that can be achieved using ‘flexo’, as well as to demystify the process.

Recently with Parkside Flexibles Paul led the Graphics function across UK & Asia sites with focus on print innovation and sustainable initiatives supporting NPD and operations functions with expertise. Paul continues to push boundaries, with a forensic approach to the development of print, process improvement and innovative solutions centred around the consumer*

*Holding a pivotal role in the development, launch and promotion of several ‘world first’ sustainable packs featuring TUV accreditation for home compostability and the Plastic Free trust mark.



Rick Hindley, executive director, Alupro

Rick Hindley has been executive director of the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) since 2007.  He is responsible for developing and implementing the aluminium industry’s strategy to maximise the recycling rate for aluminium packaging in the UK. 
There is not much Rick doesn’t know about aluminium, packaging and recycling: He was one of the first employees of the Aluminium Can Recycling Association (ACRA) in 1989 as regional manager, when less than 2% of cans were recycled.  ACRA set up ‘cash for cans’ recycling schemes across the UK, and he has been working in the industry ever since. In 1999 he joined Alcan Aluminium Can Recycling as operations manager. The following year he became general manager and in 2007 he joined Alupro as executive director.
Rick is a Director of the Aluminium Federation and sits on the Government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP). 

Rob Thompson, Packaging Technologist, The Co-op

Rob has worked for the Co-op for 2 years, joining the Food Policy team to work on packaging innovation shortly after Co-op launched their ambition to make all their packaging easy to recycle.
Before this he worked in packaging procurement and development for brand owners and packaging converters for 15 years, managing packaging projects for dry ambient goods, frozen and chilled foods and soft drinks.

Rob Hollands, Managing Director, Anthem Worldwide

Rob previously founded award winning digital agency Untitled and since its acquisition by global brand design agency Anthem, he’s been focused on bridging the gap between the physical pack and the connected world. He now leads Anthem UK with the ambition to make it ‘The World’s Most Connected Design Business’.

He’s a regular speaker on the subject of Connected Packaging and is passionate about helping brands to understand and innovate in the ‘Internet of Things’ space.

Romina Mariano, Global Senior Brand Manager, Kahlúa Pernod-Ricard

Romina has a vast background in innovation, design, and branding. She has previously been working as an Innovation and Design Strategist at POND, thereafter joining Wednesday / BBDO’s London office as a Senior Strategist. During her career, she has worked with global iconic brands such as Absolut, Malibu, Kahlúa, Carlsberg and H&M, Esprit and Ermenegildo Zegna. In her role as Global Senior Brand Manager at The Absolut Company, she is driving the new innovations for the convenience portfolio for both Absolut, Malibu, and Kahlúa. Romina has been instrumental in the development and launch of the Kahlúa Espresso Martini across markets as UK, Sweden, Finland, Australia, and New Zeeland.

Ron Cregan, Founder, Endangered Species


Born in Dublin Ron has over 25 years’ experience across the advertising, design, integrated communications, and marketing industry. Ron joined Sedley Place as business director in early 2014. His professional career started as creative director of Design House working with primarily with ASDA Wallmart. In 1994 he founded the through-the-line agency Integrator, and developed successful brand strategies and campaigns for Pfizer, Arm & Hammer, and Harley Davidson. Ron sold Integrator to WPP in 2003. Following a three-year stint at the Cossette agency Identica, working on the Diageo brand portfolio, Universal Studios, Nike, and the launch of Russian Standard, Ron then worked at Navyblue. 



Sam Coyne, Editor, The Drinks Report

Sam Coyne is editor of packaging and design focused The Drinks Report, alongside specialist drinks titles Gin Magazine, Effervescence and Rum. Sam has acted as an awards presenter to the drinks-trade and led spirits tastings and masterclasses for consumers.

Sarah Harriman, Marketing & Communications Manager, Pulse Roll Label Products


Sarah is a senior B2B marketeer with 3 decades of experience gained in the global packaging manufacturing and printing sector. In 1990, whilst studying marketing at UWE, she undertook a year-long placement with international packaging group Lawson Mardon. Sarah’s career continued here when, in 1992, she was offered a permanent position as a graduate marketing trainee. She subsequently held several UK, European and then global marketing positions in the business which was to eventually become part of Alcan Packaging and later Amcor, a global packaging leader.

In 2013, Sarah joined the team at Pulse Roll Label Products, an independent narrow web ink manufacturer, focused on formulating innovative solutions for label and packaging printers. The company is also an accredited Investor in People. A member of the senior management team, Sarah is responsible for strategic and tactical marketing, PR and communications.

Aside from her love for marketing and lifetime commitment to the industry, Sarah is also very passionate about engaging with and supporting the next generation of industry talent. As a member of Women in Packaging, she is a firm advocate of initiatives which bring together industry employees and provide encouragement, support and recognition to both women and men in the workplace.



Shameem Kazmi, Director of research and development, Britvic

Shameem has worked at Britvic PLC for four years and in his current role, ‘Director of Research & Development and Technical Implementation’ he has responsibility for R&D strategies, delivering an innovation pipeline and technical operations across GB and Ireland.

Shameem is an experienced Director having worked around the world for global fast-moving consumer goods companies.  As a materials scientist, Shameem has a passion for science, innovation and the environment.

Shimon Kalichman, Consulting Director, Brand & Communications, L’Occitane en Provence

After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, Shimon stumbled into the world of Beauty & Cosmetics in 1999 as a Christmas temp working on the shop floor at Harvey Nichols. His passion for the industry grew whilst working with further retailers such as Selfridges, Harrods and Debenhams. Over the past 20 years, he has covered a wide range of Sales, Marketing and Communication roles working for brands such as Calvin Klein (Unilever), Jo Malone (Estee Lauder), Roja Dove and for the last 9 years the L’Occitane Group. Shimon currently serves as a part time Consulting Director for Brand & Communications at L’Occitane, while also offering his freelance consulting services to other brands and businesses.

Stephen Shortland, Managing Director, New Vision Packaging

With a career in packaging spanning 30 years, Steve is the founder and owner of New Vision Packaging, a business specialising in premium packaging solutions. Having specialist skills in designing and sourcing packaging solutions that have added real value to products around the globe, Steve is committed to helping women progress and develop within the packaging industry.



Stephen Shortland, Managing Director, New Vision Packaging

With a career in packaging spanning 30 years, Steve is the founder and owner of New Vision Packaging, a business specialising in premium packaging solutions. Having specialist skills in designing and sourcing packaging solutions that have added real value to products around the globe, Steve is committed to helping women progress and develop within the packaging industry.




Theodoros Striftompolas, Packaging Specialist


Theodoros is a packaging professional and enthusiast who, as part of his different roles, primarily in the automotive, has worked in numerous packaging related projects both national and international. His experience in packaging, combined with his background in logistics and operations, continuous improvement and quality, has led Theodoros to further appreciate and always promote, the positive impact of packaging in the supply chain, and value the benefits that good packaging can bring to a business or operation. He has been a guest speaker for universities as well as conferences, and has participated in panel discussions. He has served as judge to the UK packaging awards for three consecutive years. Theodoros is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.



Thomas Mörs, Sales Manager, BillerudKorsnäs

Thomas has experience for 10 years in flexible packaging, mostly with plastics. He worked for big companies as Amcor and Bemis. He served the consumer market for packaging in the fresh and diary market and as well for confectionery and detergent. He worked together with brand owners and retailers.

Since 2017 he works for Billerudkorsnäs, the market leader for sustainable packaging made with paper. With their Sealed Paper Packaging they challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future.

Dr Tom Webb, Lecturer, University of Sheffield

Dr Thomas L. Webb is Reader in Psychology with expertise in understanding and promoting changes in behaviour, including an ERC programme on “the ostrich problem”.

Trewin Restorick, Founder and CEO, Hubbub UK

Trewin Restorick is Founder and CEO of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK www.hubbub.org.uk which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good.  He is also Chair of Student Hubs http://www.studenthubs.org/

Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity.  Trewin is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues and was trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors.

Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound London’s leading community recycling business.  Prior to Friends of the Earth, Trewin worked at Plymouth City Council and produced a youth TV programme for the BBC called Something Else. 

Twitter                @trewinr

Linked in             bit.ly/J01t4F

Email                   trewin@hubbub.org.uk

Will Grimwade, Associate Analyst, Global Data

Will joined GlobalData in 2016, and has since developed an in-depth knowledge of market, consumer, and innovation trends across a wide range of industries including food, beverages, cosmetics and tobacco with a focus on the impact of disruptive technologies across sectors. He has been quoted in industry publications including Packaging News, Label & Narrow Web, Live Kindly, and FMCG Business, and has worked on a diverse range of custom projects for companies across the FMCG industry.