Sheila Dillon



Sheila Dillon is a Lancastrian from a farming background. She was the producer and is now the presenter of Radio 4’s The Food Programme, the UK’s longest running and most respected broadcast source of journalism on food and farming. Prior to this she was an associate editor on the US magazine Food Monitor, before returning home to work as a reporter.


Her investigative work has won many awards including the Glaxo Science Prize for Journalism, the Caroline Walker Award, several Glenfiddich Awards and an honorary degree from City University – home of the only department of food policy in the UK – for “changing the way we think about food”.  She recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from Observer Food Monthly magazine and was one of the 100 Leading Influential Ladies photographed for an exhibition at Somerset House in October 2014.



Photo: Ida Fabrizio

2016 Speakers

Nigel Gifford OBE – key note presenter


Drawing on his unique combination of skills and his renowned gift for communications, Nigel will address this audience on the new technologies in which he is involved and their potential impacts and applications to the food industry.


He will explain the power of disruptive technologies and how his own work and inventions can play important roles in human connectivity, economic development, food security, early weather warnings, crop production and monitoring - in ways that are likely to change the face of the industry.


Nigel will also unveil details of  his recent work and the latest work, developed in his skunkworks*. Trademarked as Pouncer™ and currently under wraps but about to cause major headlines across the world in how to deliver life sustaining food relief into chaos and disaster areas accurately….


*‘Skunk works’ is a term widely used in business, engineering, and some technical fields to describe a group of people with a high degree of autonomy who are unhampered by bureaucracy, and work on critical, advanced or secret projects.

Françoise Dorcier

INTERPOL Criminal Intelligence Officer


After 15 years’ experience at French Customs in the legal, criminal intelligence, international cooperation and investigation department, Françoise joined INTERPOL as a Criminal Intelligence Officer in 2010.


She’s been in charge of developing capacity building programmes and coordinating operations on trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting in Africa, Europe and Latin America, leading a project to create a network of officers with specialist knowledge in this subject in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. Francoise is the coordinator of trans-national investigation cases involving law enforcement agencies from INTERPOL member countries and the project manager on Food Fraud – OPSON, a worldwide operation targeting counterfeit and/or substandard food and beverages.

Jude Mason

Director, Consulting and Technical Services EMEA, Global Food Division,
NSF International


Jude Mason is Director, Consulting and Technical Services EMEA, Global Food Division, at NSF International with responsibility for consulting, technical services, supply chain client delivery, client account leadership, trading law and brand protection services, and product services including complaints management.


Jude is a specialist in food safety. Following a B.SC Hons in food manufacture she has had over 19 years’ experience in the retail food industry, covering product development, private label programme development, product launches, supplier auditing and supplier and product quality assurance. Jude also leads our client account management for larger global and multi-market clients, working in close liaison with our teams in the U.S. Europe, the Far East and Latin America.


Fraser McKevitt

Head of Retail and Consumer Insight, Kantar Worldpanel


In over a decade at Kantar Worldpanel, Fraser has helped advise some of the country’s biggest brands and supermarkets.


He keeps a close eye on changing consumer and shopping behaviours, explaining how and why these trends influence and impact both manufactures and retailers. He describes, analyses and provides comment as the grocers battle competitively for market share each month. Fraser’s opinions are regularly sought by industry, broadcast media, national newspapers and the business press.

Guy Poppy

Chief Scientific Adviser, Food Standards Agency


Guy gained his DPhil from Oxford University and conducts research in many areas relating to environmental sciences. He was the head/director of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton and managed the move of this large school into a new £45 million Life Sciences Building in 2010.


He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in journals including Nature and PNAS which have received over 5000 citations. Many have become citation classics which have also influenced environmental policies across the world. Until recently, he was  the university director of interdisciplinary research and directed 11 university strategic research groups addressing grand challenges, several of which are relevant to food security and climate change.  He is currently taking a part-time secondment as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government’s Food Standards Agency. His personal research involves leading a large interdisciplinary team researching ecosystem services with a particular focus on securing food supplies without affecting the quality of the environment. This includes projects in Africa, South Asia and South America where conservation versus agriculture is a major issue of direct relevance to delivering global food security and to several of the Millenium Development Goals. He has regularly participated in the public understanding of science and is passionate about educating the next generation about science and the environment. Achieving food security is important for everyone and something we should all be interested in delivering.

Simon Davis

Agriculture and Sustainability Development Manager, NSF International


With a background in food science and nutrition, Simon has ten years' experience in the food industry, most notably within retail, working across technical, agricultural and sustainability roles, and managing interconnected risk within a variety of fresh food supply chains at a major UK grocery retailer.


Since joining NSF International he has been responsible for sustainability strategy in Europe, Middle East and Africa – helping stakeholders in key commodity value chains identify, measure and manage their sourcing risks and develop shared value for societies and environments they operate in.

Aris Vrettos

Programme Director,

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Aris is responsible for CISL’s open executive education programmes. He helps companies understand the implications and possibilities that sustainability creates for business through CISL’s key focus areas in low carbon transition, natural resource security and sustainable finance.


He is the global director for HRH The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) which trains approximately 150 leaders annually on global sustainability trends in Cambridge, Cape Town, Melbourne and São Paulo. He was previously a senior advisor at the think-tank AccountAbility where he worked on strategy, engagement and innovation and collaborated with the IFC and the UN Global Compact to promote sustainable finance and sustainable business in emerging markets. He is a trained economist and journalist and holds an MSc in international money and banking from the University of Birmingham. He began his career as a journalist writing for an international news department and reporting on social tensions in Greece.


Dominic Watkins

Partner and Head of food group DWF.


Dominic specialises in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues in three primary areas: food law, trading standards and safety advising household name retailers and food manufacturers.


He has spent a significant amount of time on secondments to some of the UK’s best known retailers and food businesses, advising on a range of issues including food law. This experience has provided him with a clear understanding of the role that legal advice plays in making a commercial decision.


Dominic assists companies on the full range of food law issues, from product development and labelling through to successful launch and on-going marketing of products. He has extensive experience in advising brands on high risk campaigns particularly involving health claims, comparative advertising and price promotions and keeping them on the market at the lowest risk to the brand.

Dominic has also developed due diligence systems and safety policies for a number of national retailers.

Dominic is a regular speaker on issues in the food industry in the UK, EU and in the US and has been published in a range of industry publications, including a chapter on EU food law published by Elsevier.