Opening Keynote Address
Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive,
DS Smith plc

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    Miles Roberts was appointed Group Chief Executive of DS Smith plc on 4 May 2010.

    At DS Smith, he has implemented a clear strategy to become a leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, with a purpose of redefining packaging for a changing world.

    Under his leadership, the Company has grown organically and through acquisition, delivering sustainable shareholder returns. Acquisitions include Otor, SCA Packaging, Duropack, Grupo Lantero and Interstate Resources – the Company’s first fibre-based US business. Most recently, DS Smith completed its acquisition of Europac, which expands its presence in Iberia and France.

    A FTSE 100 company, DS Smith is present in 37 countries and employs around 32,000 people. Using its combined expertise across Packaging, Recycling and Paper, DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain.

    Miles Roberts was previously Chief Executive of McBride plc from July 2005 until April 2010, having originally joined as its Group Finance Director in January 2002. Prior to that, he was Finance Director of Costain. He is a non-executive director of Aggreko Plc.

    Born in Tynemouth, Miles attended Stanley Technical High in South Norwood before graduating from Bristol with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began his career as an engineer for Ove Arup.

Launch of PABIAC Strategy
Martin Temple
Chair, HSE

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    Martin Temple is an experienced non-executive director, having served on the boards of a wide range of companies, public sector and charity organisations. After nearly 30 years in industry he was latterly a vice president in Avesta Sheffield AB, a major producer of stainless steel. He became Director General of EEF in 1999 and was the manufacturing organisation’s Chairman from 2008 until March 2016. He was Chairman of The 600 Group plc until 2011, and has also been the Chairman of the Council of European Employers for the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based industries. Martin also previously served as Chairman of the Design Council, and was on the council of the University of Warwick and served as Chairman of the advisory board of Warwick Business School.

    Martin led an independent triennial review of the Health and Safety Executive in 2014. He was previously also a board member of the Technology Catapult programme, and chaired a programme to clarify and streamline the nature of UK Government support to small businesses.

    Martin became Chair of HSE in May 2016. He is also currently a non-executive director of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The Future of UK Manufacturing
Niall Mackenzie, Director, Infrastructure & Materials, BEIS

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    Niall Mackenzie is a career civil servant who has worked in many government departments and agencies covering a wide range of policy areas including sport, tourism, broadcasting, gambling, health, the environment and business. He is currently Director for Infrastructure & Materials in BEIS. Niall is responsible for government action to support growth in the foundation materials’ sectors, including steel and construction as well as chemicals and agricultural technology. Immediately prior to BEIS his focus had been in the Department of Energy on carbon trading and market incentives for improving industrial and business energy efficiency.


The Future of UK Manufacturing
Seamus Nevin, Chief Economist,
Make UK

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    A Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Seamus has extensive public policy experience. Prior to joining Make UK (formally EEF), Seamus was Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Directors (IoD). Previously he worked in the policy unit of a party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the public affairs division of a major UK third sector organisation, for a leading international think tank, and for an economic policy research institute operated jointly between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Oxford.

    Seamus is a regular commentator across radio, print, online and television media.

Plenary Session
Richard Stanton MBE
British Cave Diver

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    Richard (Rick) Stanton MBE is a British civilian cave diver who specializes in rescues through the Cave Rescue Organisation and the British Cave Rescue Council.

    Rick is from Coventry and was formerly a firefighter with the West Midlands Fire Service for 25 years prior to his retirement. Rick has been recognized as a leading cave diver, and in 2012 he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire. He has participated in numerous cave diving rescues and recoveries including the 2004 rescue of six British soldiers who were trapped for eight days in a flooded cave in Mexico.

    In 2018 he played a leading role in the Tham Luang youth soccer team cave rescue. Rick and diving partner John Volanthen were the first to make contact with the team and played a leading role in the successful rescue thereafter.

Challenges Ahead
Andrew Large
Director General, CPI

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    Andrew joined CPI as Director General on 1 September 2016.

    He brought a wealth of experience to CPI, having worked in the Commission in Brussels, in the Steel Industry and having run two major trade associations, the most recent being The British Poultry Council.


Closing Address
Richard Coward, CPI President

Paul Freeman
Director, Paul Freeman Enterprises

Terry Stears
Risk Director, Portals Overton


Rachel Suff
Senior Policy Advisor, CIPD

Dr Sarah Hattam
Concilio Health

Mark Ryan
Group Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Logson Group


Andy Binns
Traffic Officer, Highways England

Phillipa Foster Back CBE
Director, Institute of
Business Ethics

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    Philippa Foster Back CBE was appointed in 2001 as Director of the Institute of Business Ethics.

    She began her career at Citibank NA before joining Bowater in their Corporate Treasury Department in 1979, leaving in 1988 as Group Treasurer.  She was Group Finance Director at DG Gardner Group, a training organisation, prior to joining Thorn EMI in 1993 as Group Treasurer until 2000.

    She speaks widely on business ethics issues, encouraging high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. As Director she runs the IBE delivering with the team advisory work, publications, training, and events, all with the purpose of raising awareness and sharing of best practice of business ethics, in line with the IBE’s charitable aim.

    She has a number of external appointments, including at the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment; RAND Europe; Barrier Biotech Ltd and is Chairman of the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee. In 2008 was a member of the Woolf Committee looking at business practices at BAE.

    In 2006 she was awarded the OBE for services to the Ministry of Defence where she was formerly a NED and Chair of the Defence Audit Committee. She won the M&S/BITC Sieff Award in 2008. In January 2014 she was awarded the CBE for services to UK Antarctic Heritage.

David Nicholson
Group HR Director,
James Cropper PLC

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    David is Group HR Director of James Cropper plc with more than 25 years’ experience in HR and Communications roles. He joined James Cropper as HR Manager in 2009, was appointed Head of HR in 2013, and became an Executive Team member the following year. David was appointed Group HR Director in 2016.

    David has significant experience in all areas of HR, especially performance management, learning and development, organisational development, employee relations and communications.

    He has played a key role in growing the James Cropper business in terms of turnover, profit, and number of people employed both in south Cumbria and overseas. David has driven a whole series of positive changes at the Burneside site covering areas such as reward and recognition, employee engagement, employee relations, recruitment and communications.

    He also chairs the annual pay talks for the UK paper industry, and is a founder member of the North West Employee Engagement Group (NWEEG).

Professor Bill Sampson

Janet Marshall
Arjo Wiggins

Dr Adam Read

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    Dr Adam Read has been External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK for almost 2 years where he has been leading the company’s work with the CIWM, ESA and other leading UK trade bodies, and think tanks, including the Aldersgate Group, Broadway Initiative and the Society for the Environment. Adam is currently supporting the ESA in developing a resource sector deal with BEIS and led the SUEZ team supporting DEFRA as they prepared their not so new Resources & Waste Strategy. Adam has supported a number of leading brands in assessing the sustainability of their packaging, and as a consultant for almost 15 years was involved in the development of joint waste partnerships, kerbside collection service design, modelling and evaluation, and in recycling infrastructure procurement. He sits on numerous technical working groups, is a regular speaker and facilitator, a technical report and article author, and a frequent blogger and social media enthusiast. He has been in the sector for almost 25 years specialising in municipal waste management strategy, recycling services, contracts and consultation.

Phil Conran

Kevin Vyse
Director, OPRL

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    Kevin Vyse has worked in the packaging industry for over 30 years, starting his career as a post graduate at Metal Box. From there he went on to work for many brands and retailers such as Tesco and M&S where he was until March this year. He has also had periods where he was a director of a market research agency and a pioneering business doing Virtual Reality modelling for retail sector in the UK. In the last 6 years, as well as being a well establish Packaging Technologist, he has become an ambassador for the circular economy, working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation,  Defra and Prince Charles’s Sustainability Unit. As a director of the On Pack Recycling Label company he represents the whole industry and is working to make recycling labelling of packaging mandatory. In short, there is not much he has not been involved with when it comes to packaging and sustainability. He would admit to packaging being a vocation rather than a job but does also like to spend time out on the water in a sailing boat or a kayak.

Jori Ringman
Deputy Director General, CEPI

Krassi Kazashka
Technical Director, FEFCO

Adam Hardgrave
Head of Food Contact Materials, Food Standards Agency

Tim Chandler
Senior Scientific Officer – Food Contact Materials, Food Standards Agency

Dr Carolyn Yeoman
Highley Yeoman Limited

Bud Hudspith
National H&S Advisor, Unite the Union

Dan Shears
Safety & Environment Director, GMB National Health

Dr Cristina Ruscitto
Senior Researcher, Clockwork Research

Paul Grady
Specialist Mechanical Inspector, HSE

Andy Godbold
Head of Health, Safety and Environment, DS Smith Packaging North Europe

Julie Dracup
Senior Advisor
Environment Agency

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    Julie Dracup has worked at the Environment Agency since 2002, predominantly in water resources. As a water resource specialist, Julie has worked across all aspects of water resource management including abstraction and impoundment licensing, drought management, water company planning and the development of abstraction licensing strategies. Now working as a senior advisor in the national water resources team, her current work is focussed on improving the way we manage water. Julie is leading the work to move the regulation of abstraction and impoundment licensing to the Environmental Permitting Regulations regime.

Spence Seaman
Senior Advisor; Paper, Pulp & Textiles, Environment Agency

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    An Agriculturalist by training and a member of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, most of Spence’s career has been spent in the field of environmental regulation with the EA and its predecessors. Spence has spent some 29 years regulating industrial sectors, ranging from board manufacturers to Paper and Pulp, Textiles and Food & Drink sectors. More recently he worked within the Head Office function advising on their regulatory activities for the 2 sectors he has responsibility for and acting as UK Lead at Technical working groups for both the Pulp & Paper BREF and current Textile BREF review.

Peter Buckley
Senior Fire Advisor – FPPs, Environment Agency

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    Peter retired from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) in May 2018 after 30 years’ service. He carried out all the roles up to and including Group Manager. His last role was Group Manager responsible for Fire Protection, Fire Engineering, Fire Investigation, Fire Safety Regulation, Technical Fire Safety, Petroleum and Explosives Regulation for GMFRS.

    He managed incidents at operational and tactical level and advised at strategic level. Other skills included hazardous materials and environmental protection officer (HMEPO), hazardous materials, fire investigation officer (FIO) and fire safety officer (FSO).

    He joined the EA in May 2018 as Senior Fire Advisor (Fire Prevention Plans) to support industry and permitting officers in assessing FPP as part of the permitting process. He has been working with industry and trade bodies supporting them in developing with their FPP sector specific guidance to help their members in making successful applications.

Angela Coleshill
Competitiveness Director, Food and Drink Federation

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    Angela has worked for the Food and Drink Federation since 2002, prior to joining she worked in a number of leadership roles in the commercial world including Group Four Securitas, Pergammon Press and Greggs. As Competitiveness Director with FDF her roles as a member of the senior Management team leads on the policy area of Competitiveness and Growth covering Industrial Strategy, Exports, Trade, Employment, Innovation and Skills. Angela is a non-exec board member of both the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority.

Jane Bevis
Chair, OPRL Ltd

Isabelle Maddock
Finance Director
James Cropper PLC

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    As Group Finance Director Isabelle is responsible for the financial strategy that enables the continued profitable development of James Cropper PLC, turnover circa £100m. James Cropper is a 6th generation family business and an innovative manufacturing group which comprises of three separate divisions each driven by fibre technologies: The Paper division is renowned globally for its luxury packaging and specialist papers; The Colourform division manufactures recyclable, compostable coloured moulded packaging inserts, The Technical Fibre Products division manufactures advanced nonwovens that are used extensively as part of composite structures in a variety of applications across aerospace, defence, energy, construction and automotive sectors.

    Isabelle believes that strong financial management, robust governance and effective stakeholder management is essential for the long term success of the business. Over the years the company has made considerable investments in R&D, equipment and people which has allowed the Company to build expertise and capability and to expand the Group.

    Isabelle is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with over 25 years of experience in finance across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, software, retail, facilities management and publishing.  Isabelle joined James Cropper PLC in 2006 and joined the board, as Group Finance Director, in 2014.

Julian Freeman
Group Sales and Marketing Director
Rigid Containers Ltd

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    Julian Freeman is Group Sales & Marketing Director for integrated corrugated packaging converter Rigid Containers, part of the leading paper and packaging supplier VPK Packaging.

    With over 25 years experience in the packaging industry, Julian has worked at a variety of leading companies including Chesapeake Pharmaceutical Packaging, Mondi and Boxes and Packaging in strategic sales and general management roles.

    During his time at Rigid, Julian has helped steer Rigid through a period of dramatic evolution, including acquisition and expansion of the Rigid Group across the UK and Ireland. This includes setting up a successful site in Wellington, Somerset and a strategic investment in Limerick, Ireland.

    Julian has a keen interest in the correct representation of the packaging industry to the wider public and the part that corrugated packaging has in enabling a sustainable future.

Paul Nobel
Principal Consultant, Sustainable Energy Use, DNV GL

Arjan Geveke
Assistant Director of Energy Policy, BEIS

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    Arjan Geveke is Assistant Director Energy Policy in the Energy Intensive Industries Team in the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy. He holds a MA in Public Policy and Public Administration from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and an MSc in European Policy and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He joined the Better Regulation Executive, Cabinet Office, in 2007 and moved in to his current role in 2009. His main work areas include energy and climate change policy, the various relief schemes from energy and climate change policy costs for energy intensive industries and delivering the 2050 roadmap action plan for the UK paper industry.

William Hudson
Manager, Policy & Innovation, The Carbon Trust

Ulrika Wising
Head of Solar and Battery Storage, Macquarie Bank

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    Ulrika is head of solar and battery storage at Macquarie Bank, where she is leading the banks initiative in behind the meter battery storage and solar investments. Ulrika is responsible for deal origination, creation, structuring, investment underwriting, execution and asset management.

    Prior to joining Macquarie, Ulrika was leading the department focused on energy efficiency across Europe for DNV GL, providing both government and industry with advisory services with regards to energy efficiency, energy cost reductions, renewable energy, new energy technologies and decarbonisation.

    As an energy expert, she has been involved in different industrial client project, helping the clients reduce their carbon footprint, improve their energy efficiency, change their energy culture or develop strategic plans for the future.

    Ulrika has a PhD in Chemical engineering specialized in Energy Efficiency in industry and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.

Julia Turner
Executive Director, Wood Recyclers Association

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    Julia Turner joined the WRA as Executive Director in October 2016. She has a wealth of experience working alongside the recycling sector, having joined from WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, where she worked for 12 years.

    Her roles at WRAP were varied but latterly she was focused on obtaining significant alternative funding and developing European partnerships in her roles as Senior Business Development Manager and Head of New Programmes. Previously she had specialised in energy from waste and wood as a Sector Advisor and Market Development Manager for the recycling industry. Prior to that Julia worked in the tyre and fleet industry industry as a Head of Marketing.

    Since joining the WRA, she has been working with key waste wood industry stakeholders on two major industry-wide initiatives: Working with the Environment Agency on the collaborative development of waste wood specific guidance on Fire Prevention Plans; and Waste Wood Classification, which is about ensuring that waste wood is properly classified at the front end of recycling and is then processed for the appropriate end uses. This work is also focused on identifying the real scale of hazardous waste wood in the UK.