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Lord Mark Price, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment will bring his years of experience as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership to the podium.

Lord 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 UK's future trade deals. Dubbed ‘one of the nation’s favourite businessmen’ by the Independent, Mark was Managing Director of Waitrose for the preceding 9 years and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership for 3 years.


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Jonathan Warburton (Warburtons) will talk about how to build a long-term sustainable business and how to be the best in your field. 

Jonathan has held the position of Chairman of the family business since 2001 - overseeing the company's transition into a national brand.  Beginning his career outside of Warburtons, Jonathan spent time gaining knowledge of the baking industry, as well as sales and marketing experience during his time with Unilever.  Joining Warburtons at the age of 23, he progressed from National Account Manager to Sales Director and then Marketing Director - overseeing the development of Warburtons iconic TV ad campaign featuring members of the Warburton family.  As a fifth generation Warburton, Jonathan - along with cousins Brett and Ross - assumed control of the business in 1991, following the retirement of their fathers.  In the decade that followed, Jonathan held the role of joint Managing Director and Commercial Director, laying out the three cousins' strategy to take the family business from a Northern brand to a truly national one and setting out their vision to become Britain's Favourite Baker. During his time as Chairman, the business has seen growth of over 60% to a turnover in excess of £550m, with the number of bakery and distribution sites growing by over 40%. Jonathan was a non-Executive Director of Samworth Brothers Limited for 20 years (1997-2017) and also non-Executive Director of AG Barr Plc for 3 years (2010-2013).


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Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, RPC-BPI Group

RPC-BPI Group are the largest manufacturer and recycler of waste polythene films in Europe with a manufacturing and recycling capacity in excess of 400,000 tonnes p.a.  Mike Joined BPI in 1988 and has held senior roles within various BPI businesses including polythene extrusion, converting and recycling. Currently Mike is responsible for all External Affairs representing BPI-RPC at UK and European Government levels plus trade associations including Plastics Recyclers Europe, and the British Plastics Federation Recycling Group. He is also a Director of RPC-BPI Recycled Products.  Mike was appointed in 2016 onto the UK Government Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) representing the UK plastics processing and recycling sector. He is a Board Member/Trustee of the UK charity Recycling of Used Plastics Limited (RECOUP), a member of the BPF Plastics & Packaging Management Committee, and President of the European plastics recycling trade body EuPR.


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Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability - Coca-Cola Enterprises

Nick Brown is Head of Sustainability for Coca-Cola European Partners in the UK, leading the company’s work on Sustainable Packaging, Community Programmes, Water stewardship, Energy & Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture. Nick has had a number of roles in Operational & Commercial functions at CCEP driving change and innovation through the organisation.


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Alexandre Flory, OEM Sales Manager, Schneider Electric Europe

Alexandre has worked in the automation industry for 15 years in different business positions for Schneider Electric in Asia, Middle-East and Europe.  He joined Schneider Electric UK & Ireland in 2014 with the objective of leading the OEM Business Division to offer a unique value proposition to OEM through the entire life cycle of their machines.  This is based on two core pillars using entirely renewable, scalable and flexible automation products, with robust technical support.


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Gail Hunt, Editor, Machinery Update

Gail has been editor of Machinery Update for eight years and has developed the editorial to measure up to readers’ expectations for information that covers all things machinery with an intelligent twist. She has brought a new perspective and a fresh approach to the issues facing machinery professionals today across manufacturing industry. Gail has been a packaging journalist for nearly 30 years but began her career working in marketing for a global packaging company. She became a journalist on UK title Packaging News where she became editor during her seven year stint. After a spell in public relations, she became a freelance journalist working across several trade titles including Food Manufacture, The Grocer, Packaging Magazine and Find Food Digest. She is a member of IPPO, the International Packaging Press Organisation.

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Andrew Manly, Communications Director, Active & Intelligent Packaging

Andrew Manly has over 40 years of involvement with the packaging industry. Twenty of those were as head of the PPMA, as its first General Secretary and founder of the PPMA Show, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Currently he is the Communications Director of the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association, AIPIA, which is at the cutting edge of new technologies for the packaging sector – helping, among other things, to fight food waste, reduce counterfeiting and improve traceability and monitoring in the supply chain. He has travelled extensively representing the industry, visiting more than 70 countries. He still writes for several publications and speaks about packaging trends and technologies at major conferences in Europe, USA and Asia.


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Dr. Andrew Mint – CEO, PPMA Group of Associations

Andrew was appointed the CEO of the PPMA Group in 2016 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations.  He also works with the Group’s board of directors to ensures that strategic change, growth and performance is delivered to maximise value for PPMA members. Before joining the PPMA Group, Andrew held a number of senior and director positions, from SMEs to multinationals, throughout his 16 years in the chemical, FMCG and pharmaceutical sectors. This included Proctor & Gamble’s research and development (R&D) division, where he worked on successfully developing global products, such as Pantene and Olay. Andrew received a skin biochemistry doctorate from Imperial College London.


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Søren Steffensen, Commercial Product Manager, Tetra Pak® High Shear Mixers - Tetra Pak

Søren Steffensen is responsible for driving the commercial agenda for the High Shear Mixers portfolio. This including Portfolio Management, Marketing, Pricing, NPD and Product Management. Søren is new to Tetra Pak and has been working for the company for approx. 9 months.   Søren came from Arla Foods in 2017, where he was positioned as brand/product manager. In his first role at Arla Food he was as a Brand Manager responsible for building the Arla Brand for UHT Milk in China. Over time his role shifted towards Product Management, and before leaving Arla Søren was product and brand responsible for all Milk Powder targeting all Arla’s global markets. – This accounts for more than 20 global brands. In his current role at Tetra Pak Scanima, the main focus is to commercialise our deep knowledge, efficiently drive new product launches, provide lean portfolio & product management.



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Richard Werran, EMEA Director for Food, BSI Group

Richard is well known in the food industry for his broad experience, from food production to brand growth and protection. As EMEA Food Director for The British Standards Institution, Richard has been able to help businesses to discover how to defend themselves from the modern day threats of cybercrime. Richard is versed in speaking about how to utilise new innovations in technology to advance packaging and food production processes. At PPMA 2018 Richard will provide an experts view on how to secure your supply chain against cyber-attacks, whilst protecting and growing your packaging business.

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Matthew Jackson, Sales Director, MULTIVAC UK

Matthew’s background is in Mechanical Engineering, having completed an Apprenticeship in 1985, he has been in the food packaging industry since 1991. Following various positions in the U.K., Europe and Africa Matthew joined Multivac U.K. as Sales Director in 2010. The Multivac product portfolio includes Food Processing, Packaging, Automation and Materials, this varied combination means that Multivac are able to find solutions for the ever-challenging U.K. Market.


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Danny Reed, Education and Skills Manager, PPMA BEST

Danny joined PPMA in 2017, he is responsible for the day to day running of PPMA BEST (Business, Education, Skills and Training). Danny has worked in Education for over 10 years. Initially as a teacher in the FE sector before managing the Apprenticeship Provision across all curriculums for a large FE College. Danny then joined the Engineering Development Trust managing a team delivering Schools programmes. Before joining the education sector Danny served in the British Army for 20 years. Danny is passionate about delivering programmes with BEST that are inclusive and help young people to make informed decisions about their own futures.

Craig Leadley of scientific, technical and advisory services organisation Campden BRI will focus on ‘The Future of Food Manufacturing’.  

National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NFCM), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and Campden BRI presentations will cover robotics and automation, augmented reality and the virtual factory, as well as preservation technologies, food safety management and culture, and conclude with an interactive discussion.

British Plastics Federation (BPF) will also be present to discuss its latest developments in materials and handling technology.