Opening Keynote Address
Miles Roberts, CEO, DS Smith

Launch of PABIAC Strategy
Martin Temple, Chair, HSE

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

David Nicholson
Group HR Director,
James Cropper PLC

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    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
Senior Packaging Technologist & Circular Economy Lead for the Food Group at Marks & Spencer

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
Operations Director, OCAID Wellbeing

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

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

Iain Wright
Director General, Food and Drink Federation

Jacob Hayler
Executive Director, Environmental Services Association (ESA)

Isabelle Maddock
Finance Director, James Cropper PLC

Alex Manisty
Head of Strategy, DS Smith

Paul Nobel
Principal Consultant, Sustainable Energy Use, DNV GL

Arjan Geveke
Assistant Director of Energy Policy, BEIS

William Hudson
Manager, Policy & Innovation, The Carbon Trust