Packaging News Live 2016 :: Speakers

The sector's top experts

Packaging News Live will feature influential speakers from across the packaging supply chain,

Speakers at the conference will include a range of senior packaging and design directors from major retailers and brand owners as well as experts in packaging business, markets and innovation.


Roger Wright
Head of technical packaging
Clothing & Home, M&S

Ian Schofield N
Own label & packaging manager

Antoinette Devine N
Manager packaging: sustainability and innovation

David Tonkin 
Packaging development manager
2 Sisters Food Group

Paul Day N
Packaging technologist
LF Beauty

Haulwen Nicholas N
Packaging development manager
Muller Dairies

Andrew Knowles N
Co-founder and chairman

Simon Oxley N

Packaging technologist - food

Darren Foley N
Managing director

Theodoros Striftompolas N
International packaging engineer
Jaguar Land Rover
Nicholas Mockett N

Head of packaging M&A
Moorgate Capital

Grant Montague Y
Vice President - Europe
Perception Research Services
Andrew Revel N

Commercial manager
The Retail Institute

Toby Coates N

MMR Research Worldwide

Peter Singleton N

Formerly principal scientist/engineer at Procter & Gamble

Joanna Griffiths N

Packaging technical manager
BRC Global Standards

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VP Marketing
Prior to joining Highcon, Eshchar held worldwide responsibility for the Folding Carton Segment at HP Indigo working with leading companies, analysts and brands around the world. He has a passion for new technology and innovation. He served as a law clerk in the Israel Supreme Court and holds  L.L.B and M.B.A degrees both from the Hebrew University.
Business Innovation Manager for Retail, Food & Drink
The Retail Institute - Leeds Beckett University
Stefan is a senior creative, brand marketing and consumer research specialist with 16 years’ Global experience developed working with iconic brands and retailers across the Global Fortune 500. He is an active speaker at leading industry events, contributor to publications with an in-depth insight of the retail, food and drink. Stefan works at The Retail Institute at Leeds Beckett University bridging both academic and commercial expertise for Global businesses, through to smaller entr...more
DS Smith
Tony Foster has been with DS Smith Packaging UK for 15 years, holding senior roles in Operations, Sales & Marketing and more recently, talent development. After many years in corrugated, he enjoys bringing innovation to all aspects of the business and is passionate about the competitive advantage that good packaging can deliver.
Packaging Lead
Nestlé Product Technology Centre, Confectionery
With more than 30 years international experience in the industry, Bruce’s expertise spans the breadth of the Packaging field from end-of-line equipment, materials manufacturing and for the past 15 years, brand owners. Currently based at Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre for in York, Bruce is a member of the Senior Leadership team and is responsible for developing and driving Nestlé’s packaging technology research and development strategy for their globa...more
Sales Director
Lexon Group
Mike has a wealth of experience having worked with Canon and Konica Minolta in the Digital/Inkjet market with unrivalled knowledge in Web to Packaging technology, his experience of packaging and the revolution within the business, gives him the ability to contribute with clients and enable packaging change in the industry. 
Co-Founder and CMO
Andy established the first international Internet agency in 1994, Online Magic/ which was later acquired by Omnicom. He then co-founded the award-winning online community Do The Green Thing in 2007. Andy has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and was recently named among the 20 inaugural inductees of the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jonathan Ive and Dr. Mike Lynch. He's been ...more
UK Head
Virtual Shopper Insights
With more than two decades of experience pioneering actionable business intelligence tools and solutions and successfully deploying them to businesses around the world.  James uses GfK’s extensive digital and virtual solutions to help clients get closer to today’s omnichannel shopper. His experience spans all sectors, including fashion, retail, gaming, gambling, and travel but with a particular focus on FMCG, where every decision matters when it comes to understanding and ...more
Creative Director
Webb deVlam
As Head of Design at Webb deVlam since 2011, JP uses his breadth of knowledge from developing iconic brands across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Australasia, Russia and Africa. He is adept at designing for FMCG, prestige, retail and corporate sectors. His love of design and pursuit of big ideas has translated to award-winning work for renowned global companies such as William Grant & Sons Bacardi, Valspar, Chivas and Kimberly-Clark. 
Packaging Operations Technologist
innocent drinks
Sam qualified as a Food Scientist at the University of Reading and started his career with KRAFT Foods researching coffee pod design and espresso quality. He soon realised a passion and skill for functional packaging design and moved to MARS Drinks to continue designing innovative coffee pods and drink delivery systems, earning himself a patent for his work. In 2013 Sam moved to innocent drinks where he is currently responsible for the innovation delivery, quality and sustainability of all...more
Creative Director
David is creative director at Elmwood, the world’s most effective brand design consultancy. A bold statement, but true. We’ve won more Design Effectiveness Awards than anyone else in the history of the scheme, recognition of our work’s commercial success. Elmwood began as a small, local agency in 1977, and whilst we now have studios in Leeds, London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Melbourne, we’re still very much independent. We work right across the board from ...more
Global Packaging Sustainability Director
Louis first joined Unilever 1999 from L'Oreal. His initial portfolio was Southern Africa, but quickly moved on to head packaging for Africa, Middle East and Turkey. He then moved to Germany as Global Packaging Director for the Savoury Category. After several successful packaging innovations, and a passion for structural design, he moved to the UK to take up the position of Global Design & Sustainability Director. With the announcement of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, Lo...more
Head of Packaging M&A
Moorgate Capital
Nicholas Mockett is a corporate financier and has served the global packaging industry exclusively for over twenty years. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (MBOs/MBIs), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, public company takeovers, public to privates, refinancings and restructurings. He has worked on dozens of deals, around the globe, worth billions of Euros. Throughout the packaging sector, he has been active in every substrate including rigid & flexible plastics, cartons &am...more
Vice President - Europe
Perception Research Services
Grant has over 20 years’ experience in markets research most of which has focused on FMCG brands. He joined PRS IN VIVO in 2011 to head the London office and oversee global packaging and shopper related studies on behalf of European based clients. Throughout his career, Grant has demonstrated his passion for packaging, providing both research learnings and consultancy to clients – across bricks & mortar and e-commerce channels. Furthermore he has written articles for a numb...more
Sustainability manager
innocent drinks
Simon is a sustainability manager working primarily on production and packaging within innocent. Simon is responsible for delivering a number of bits of innocent’s sustainability strategy and enjoys working with different teams internally and suppliers to explore new opportunities for doing business in a more sustainable way. Simon is a Chartered Environmentalist, holds a master’s degree in Environment and Development and has over 10 years of experience in the environmental sec...more
Client business director
Philip has spent the last 20 years managing the creation and redesign of brands across a multitude of different sectors.  From drinks and personal care through to global corporate identity designs. 'Products and services just function, but brands connect emotionally.’ Philip thrives on creating that connection for JDO’s clients.  
International Packaging Engineer
Jaguar Land Rover
Theodoros is a member of the International Currents Packaging team for Jaguar Land Rover. As an International Packaging Engineer, Theodoros is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the protection of quality parts for delivery to the JLR international manufacturing plants. Through benchmarking, expertise and collaboration, Theodoros supports and promotes innovation during the design, implementation and review stages for export packaging. His expertise ranges from metal stillages and ca...more
Sales and Marketing Director
DS Smith
Mick Thornton has been in the corrugated industry for 31 years, many of which have been in senior customer facing roles with DS Smith. He has recently returned from his European Business Development job to take over as Sales & Marketing Director, UK Packaging. Mick is convinced that brand-owners should make more use of packaging for competitive advantage.
Packaging Development Manager
2 Sisters Food Group
David left university with a degree in International Relations and promptly fell in to the packaging industry where he has never looked back.  During a 20 year period he has enjoyed spells at Cardinal Health, Iceland Foods, Dairy Crest, Muller Dairy and is currently group packaging development manager for 2 Sisters Food Group. Along the way he gained an MSc in Packaging Technology from Loughborough University and is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner, which is useful when working at...more
Founder and Manager Director
AVA packagjng solutions Ltd
Alison helps FMCG / CPG Packaging Departments to create value for their companies through a number of key strategies including innovation, cost control, enhanced delivery and quality, robust processes and other outcomes. Through her work with over 100 companies over the last 30 years she has crystallised the 7 key elements that Packaging Departments need to address in order to create and drive value. She is Founder and Managing Director at AVA packaging solutions – an independent par...more
Group Commercial Director
Sun Branding Solutions
Sonia has over 25 years of Retail, Brand and Marketing experience in the UK retail market. With senior roles at Asda, Orange , Lloyds Banking Group and latterly that of Corporate and Own Brand Director at Morrisons plc under her belt, she has now transferred her learnings and experience to her role as Group Commercial Director at Sun Branding Solutions, helping clients bring their brands to market.
Head of Technical Packaging Clothing and Home
With an endless curiosity for great ideas, Roger has over twenty years of experience designing-out waste and designing-in, solutions that work. Working for Marks & Spencer’s Clothing & Home business has given him the opportunity to do just that in an ever evolving retail world. He believes the core values of quality, integrity and innovation are the cornerstones of M&S’s success; one might say the three corners of the A in Plan
Managing Director
Greenwich Design
Simon studied Graphic Design at London College of Printing. Having set up a design studio in Saudi Arabia and agency roles in London, he became Managing Director of Greenwich Design in 1994. Simon has worked on a wide range of projects from global branding work for Shell, to concept and development of start up brands. He has advised many clients on brand strategy, design and new product development. His expertise spans a wide range of disciplines across various design and marketing channel...more