DELIVERING CUSTOMER CONFIDENCE IN A POST BREXIT WORLD – MARCH 2018

CHAIR

Daisy McAndrew, Journalist and presenter

 

Daisy McAndrew was born and bred in London.  At the age of 19 Daisy worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and then went on to edit The House Magazine between 1995 and 1997 before becoming a freelance political journalist in the House of Commons Press Gallery.

Daisy then decided to develop a career in broadcasting making regular contributions across television and radio and presenting Channel 4’s lunchtime political

programme ‘Powerhouse’. Under her maiden name Daisy Sampson she co-hosted the weekly lunchtime show The Daily Politics with Andrew Neil and presented Yesterday in Parliament on BBC Breakfast.

Daisy then went on to present the weekday drive time show for LBC.

In September 2005 she joined ITV as Chief political Correspondent for ITV News and in June 2008 became ITV News Economics Editor after returning from maternity leave

Daisy is regularly seen reviewing the papers on both the BBC and Sky and hosts programmes on Talk Radio.

2018 Speakers

KEYNOTE

Mark Price

Baron Price, British businessman and former Minister of State for Trade and Investment

 

Mark Price joined the UK government as the Minister of State for Trade and Investment at the invitation of David Cameron in April 2016.

He was made a life peer in February 2016 to become The Lord Price CVO and Baron Price of Sturminster Newton. Mark was reappointed by Theresa May to her post-Brexit Government, with specific responsibility for negotiating the UKs future trade deals.

Dubbed ‘one of the nation’s favourite businessmen’ by the Independent, Mark began his career at The John Lewis Partnership as a Graduate Trainee and remained with the company for 33 years. Mark was Managing Director of Waitrose for the preceding 9 years, and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership for 3 years. From 2010 - 2016, he was the founding Chairman of The Prince's Countryside Fund for HRH The Prince of Wales. In 2011 Mark was appointed as Chairman of Business in the Community, a position he held for 4 years.

Mark joined the Channel 4 TV board in 2010 as a Non-Executive Director. In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Chairman. He stepped down from the role in April 2016 when he joined the UK Government.

Minette Batters

Deputy President, NFU (National Farmers’ Union)

 

Minette grew up living and working on-farm, with no succession tenancy available. It wasn’t until 1998 that she was able to secure a long-term farm business tenancy.

 

She built the business from nothing to over 300 head of stock. With a herd of pedigree Hereford cattle running alongside a herd of 100 Simmental cross suckler cows, she specialises in selling premium store cattle.

 

She runs a diversified, mixed farming business that includes horse livery, a wedding and corporate events venue, and a catering business specialising in home grown produce, and now employs two full time and up to 20 part time staff. Minette co-founded the campaigning initiatives ‘Ladies in Beef’ and the ‘Great British Beef Week’.

 

She has been an NFU member from grassroots through to County Chairman; she served as Wiltshire’s Council delegate and also as Regional Board Chairman for the South West. Minette has also been a member of NFU Governance Board and the agricultural representative on the SW Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Committee. She is frequently asked to contribute by local and national print and broadcast media.

Ian Wright

Director General, Food and Drink Federation

 

Ian Wright has been Director Genral at FDF since 2015 having previously spent more than two decades in senior management positions with two of the UK's most important businesses Diageo and Boots The Chemists. For 14 years he was corporate relations director of Diageo. He was a member of the executive committee and responsible for representing the company to governments, NGOs and the media around the world.

 

He has also worked for other food businesses including Pillsbury, Burger King and Mars Confectionery. His career also includes spells in consultancy and politics. He is also a non-executive director of Mass1, a member of the advisory board of The Work Crowd and a trustee of both The WAVE Trust and Children on the Edge.

 

Marius Robles

CEO and Co-Founder, Reimagine Food

 

Marius Robles is the CEO & Co-Founder of Reimagine Food, the world’s first disruptive center committed to anticipate the future of food. It connects startups, entrepreneurs, universities, investors, tech centers and the F&B Industry to build a better global food system. Recognized by Fast Company magazine as a food futurist and by CNN as a visionary, Marius Robles was also considered in 2014 one of the 10 most successful entrepreneurs in Spain by the prestigious MIT Technology Review. Marius has written several articles where he analyses the future of food and the food tech revolution. He is currently finishing his book “Eatnomics: the new food economy” which provides a new perspective on where the future of food is heading, along with the opportunities and challenges that will come within.

 

Stan Hazan

Senior Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, NSF International

 

Stan Hazan is the Senior Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs for NSF International where he has held a variety of positions over the last 29 years.

 

In his current capacity he manages legislative and regulatory issues for NSF at the local, state, national and international levels.  In the U.S. he deals mainly with FDA, EPA, USDA, CDC at the federal levels, and he is also engaged with professional and trade association stakeholders with an interest in NSF consensus standards and third party product certification.

 

Stan was an integral part of the international food industry’s effort to provide guidance to the U.S. Congress and to FDA on the Food Safety Modernization Act and the promotion of the Global Food Safety Initiative.  He advocates for use of third party certification programs to the food, water, dietary supplements, environmental, sustainability, consumer products, commercial equipment and management systems industries.

 

Stan serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Food Safety Education, is the NSF World Health Organization Collaborating Center liaison, and serves as the designated Observer to the Codex Alimentarius. He also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the International Conformity Assessment Committee of the American National Standards Institute.  Stan holds chemistry/biochemistry degrees from the University of Toronto, an MBA and an MPH from the University of Michigan, and an International Food Law Certificate from Michigan State University.

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.

Mike Wilson M.Sc B.Sc

Business Development Manager for ABB Robotics

 

Mike Wilson has over 35 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors throughout Europe, Asia and America.

 

Previously he has worked for both users and suppliers of automation and also as an independent consultant providing automation expertise to industry and training via Warwick Manufacturing Group. He is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.

 

Mike is Business Development Manager for ABB Robotics leading the drive to increase the use of robots across UK manufacturing.  In addition, he is Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association, Director of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, Board member of the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Midlands Robotics Network. He has previously been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics from 2000 to 2003.

 

Jackie Healing

 

An expert in supply chain integrity and sustainability, Jackie has spent her career working across food and non-food programmes in major international supermarkets in the UK, USA, Asia and Australia.

 

A graduate in Food science, Jackie joined Sainsburys where she led supply chain technical change programmes across food and non-food, spending time in their Boston USA subsidiary, Shaws, and a further 12 months setting up the non-food technical team in Hong Kong, before joining Coles supermarkets in Australia in 2006.

 

During her time in Australia, Jackie led several key change programmes, improving  the quality and sustainability of Coles private label food offer. She introduced leading Animal Welfare programmes which step-changed the  quality and sensory attributes of beef, headed up one of the world’s most complete quality and sustainable seafood sourcing programmes and  set up the first retail training academy, which led to a vast improvement in product quality and a reduction in food safety issues.

 

On returning to the UK in 2016 Jackie took up the position of Director of Consulting and Technical services for NSF, leading the technical and responsible sourcing programmes supporting a diverse range of clients.

 

Passionate about product safety and integrity, Jackie is committed to the opportunity to help grow produce food in ways that are good for customers and respectful of the world we live in.

Rod Ainsworth

 

Rod Ainsworth is the Director of Regulatory and Legal Strategy for the Food Standards Agency (FSA). He is responsible for the FSA’s legal services and for the framework of principles that shape its regulatory regime.

 

Rod joined the FSA in 2010 and, in his wider regulatory strategy role, has since 2012 played a leading role in the FSA’s programme to modernise the delivery of food safety regulation in the UK. This programme (“Regulating our Future”) aims to make the FSA’s regulation more flexible, proportionate and effective, and to make better use of all available information and modern digital technology.

 

He is also responsible for the team that coordinates the FSA’s EU and International work, which includes the oversight of food and animal feed imports and exports and is heading the FSA’s work to address the consequences of the UK’s EU Referendum.

 

In Rod’s 35 years as a qualified lawyer (solicitor) he has worked in a wide variety of organisations and roles, including legal adviser to local authorities in London, partner in a large law firm, Solicitor to the body responsible for the regulation of local authorities in England and Wales and Legal Director and Company Secretary for one of England’s largest providers of social housing.

David Meller

 

As Director of Ethical Sourcing at NSF David leads NSFs activity around modern slavery, labour issues and social compliance. NSF are sole scheme managers worldwide for Clearview – the leading global certification scheme for labour providers.

 

Prior to NSF David was the Director of Product Integrity at the Fairtrade Foundation overseeing the licensing of the Fairtrade Mark.

 

David has a wealth of experience in the third sector and retail, having spent 20 years at Sainsbury’s, where he held a number of technical and commercial roles and was latterly responsible for sustainable sourcing.

William Bain

 

William Bain is Policy Advisor – Europe and International for the British Retail Consortium.

 

Formerly an academic, politician, and consultant, he provides insight on Brexit from more than 10 years as a lecturer in Public and EU Law, over 5 years at Westminster as Labour MP for Glasgow North East, a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and a shadow Minister for Food and Farming, Transport, and Scotland during the 2010-15 Parliament, and advising companies on financial services and Brexit. An Honours and Masters graduate in Law from the University of Strathclyde, he has written and lectured widely on European and UK politics and public policy.

Sally-Ann Krzyzaniak

 

Sally-Ann is a Research Fellow in Portsmouth Business School.

 

Her research interests span food security and supply chain topics, with her current projects including completing her PhD on the governance of food safety in food manufacturing; research on food fraud, traceability and country of origin labelling; and work on losses in the reverse supply chain in omni-channel retailing.

After starting her career as a dietitian in the NHS, Sally-Ann moved into the food industry, specialising in nutrition science and regulatory affairs for multinational companies including GlaxoSmithKline and Herbalife.  She joined the University of Portsmouth in 2014 as a PhD Student, before taking up a full time research post in September 2016.

 

 

Richard Stockley

 

Richard Stockley is the Head of Blockchain for IBM UKI. He has sales responsibility for all blockchain services and software in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Richard has extensive experience in management, marketing and business process. He has worked with IBM in both London and New York, prior to which he spent 10 years in Asia and the Middle East. He has an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

 

 

 

Rod McKenzie

 

Rod McKenzie is Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the Road Haulage Association.  The RHA is the UK’s only trade organisation dedicated to the business of road haulage.  It has 7,000 members representing 250,000 lorries – half of the UK’s total HGV  fleet.  Brexit is very much on his – and his members’ minds.   Prior to his current job Rod was Director of Marketing & Communications at the RHA after a spell running his own media consultancy business and a 25 year career in the media, mainly with the BBC as a broadcaster and editor.

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