John Pienaar is a Deputy Political Editor and presenter of the weekly Westminster round-up Pienaar’s Politics on Radio 5Live. A seasoned reporter, he sees his job as beating a path through the forest of Government spin. Ever since his original, often controversial, parliamentary sketch for the Independent, he has acted as tour guide and translator of goings-on in the Westminster village. John originally trained at South London Press, covering whatever was occurring on his doorstep – be it street crime, domestic violence, sex, drugs or rock’n’roll. He then became an Old Bailey Correspondent and even wrote an angling column (without ever having held a fishing rod). Instantly recognisable to television news audiences, John has spent hundreds of hours standing in the rain outside 10 Downing Street. He was also invited to take part in a celebrity boxing show, only for it to be cancelled for fear that someone might get hurt. Picking up this theme in his after dinner speech, John imagines what would happen if the public were to vote for MPs by means of a reality TV show.
Founder and Managing Director
Farmer turned sausage maker, has over 20 years experience in the sausage industry and a high success rate in taking a start-up brand to National listings with all of the UK’s retailers. HECK! Founded in in 2013 was the result of selling my former business, and having a desperate time with a brainless Corporate life, the HECK name came about from our family motto “What the HECK”, saying “What the HECK” gives you freedom, freedom brings opportunity and opportunity is your future. HECK from launch in April 2013 is the UK’s premium brand with over 45% of branded sales in the category, with a turnover of £18 m and is on course to be £50 m by 2020 it has also been the second fastest growing company in the UK for the last two years. HECK has just completed a new state of the art factory in Yorkshire and will be opening a visitor centre in 2018. The business employs 85 staff and has a belief in investing in technology to reduce labour costs sourcing all of its machinery from Europe, the business relies heavily on EU labour which whilst amazing does sadly say much about our UK workforce. Married to Debbie for 30 years with four grown-up children all of whom work in the business.
Andrew Jarvis leads the European research, evaluation and advisory services of ICF, a global consultancy that supplies policy support services to the UK Government and European Commission. The firm assesses the potential impact of proposed EU legislation, appraises the effects of existing laws and conducts research to inform the design of policies and programmes, as illustrated by current assignments assessing options for EU action to reduce trans fats intake, and researching on links between date labelling regulation and food waste. Andrew has twenty years’ experience in consultancy working in the UK, China and Brussels and has worked on food policy issues for much of the last 10 years. He has also been a senior civil servant in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and a senior research fellow at Chatham, House, the think-tank. He was educated at Oxford University and University College London.
Archie Gibson is the Executive Director of Agrico UK Ltd, a subsidiary of a Dutch farmers cooperative Agrico BV a leading breeder and merchant of seed potatoes to more than 80 countries throughout the world. Archie has a post graduate diploma in Surveying and Land Management gaining experience in a variety of land agent roles before joining the food industry in 1999. Most recently with Baxters Food Group he undertook a broad spectrum of appointments including key account management with responsibility for Customer brands including Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and an interesting portfolio of export customers from Norway via Italy to Australasia. An active member of the FDF Scotland and current Chairman Archie has recently represented Food & Drink Federation (FDF) and supply chain interests in a far reaching review on food security and resilience led by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure / British Standards Institute (BSI) , to develop a specification ( PAS 96) that was extensively drawn on by businesses and supply chains alike in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012. He also contributes to the Scottish Governments Review of Scottish Agriculture following the BREXIT referendum and is a member of the Scottish National Council of Rural Advisors. Amongst other interests Archie is a keen supporter of skills development in the work force and has been a guest lecture at the University of Aberdeen Marketing and Manufacturing faculty and at the University of Abertay Dundee Department of Life Sciences.
AgriFood Training Partnership
Carol received her DPhil from the University of York in 1999 and is also an alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London. She was appointed as Assistant Professor at University of Reading in January 2007 and promoted to Professor in 2017. She took over the Directorship of the BBSRC Food Advanced Training Partnership in 2012 and has subsequently become the Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership. Carol’s research team works in collaboration with numerous businesses in the agrifood industry and focusses on improving the quality of food, including the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, as well and helping consumers make healthy dietary choices. Carol is Chair of Eucarpia Leafy Vegetables Group and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Food and Agricultural Science and Annual Plant Reviews Online. In 2017 Carol has been working in collaboration with the Food Industry Trailblazer apprenticeship group to develop new degree apprenticeship standards as well as promoting the CPD opportunities offered to industry by the AgriFoood Training Partnership.
Caroline has been running LEAF, the farming and environmental charity since it started in 1991. She graduated in Agriculture and has broad practical agricultural experience from across the globe. Her work focuses on encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building a better public trust and understanding of farming, food and the environment – values that she is personally extremely passionate about. She is actively involved in many industry partnerships and initiatives. In 2009 Caroline was awarded the MBE, she has an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams University, a Nuffield Scholarship and was awarded Honorary Fellowship for the Society of the Environment. In 2017 she was awarded the IAgrE Award For Contribution to the Landbased Sector. Caroline is actively involved with the British Nutrition Foundation, North Wyke, the Agri-tech initiative – CHAP, the IAgrM, and the Science Museum. Caroline is married to a dairy farmer and they have a young daughter.
Partner, Global Regulatory Compliance & Investigations
Dominic Watkins is a Partner and recognised expert on food law, the Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector team as well as being Head of Regulatory in London. His day to day work is focussed on helping household names manage regulatory compliance issues to maximise commercial opportunity and managing crisis situations and defence of regulatory prosecutions. Dominic is passionate about the Food sector and has been seconded to a range of household names including Danone, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's and Tesco during his career. He has been published in all of the leading sector journals and appeared on BBC radio discussing a range of issues. Dominic regularly speaks at conferences throughout the UK as well as in Europe and North America, particularly on food law issues. Follow DWF's Food Team @DWF_Food_Law
Manager Forensic and Counter Fraud Services
Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP
Eoghan is an experienced project manager and has worked with organisations across the private and public sector. His experience includes the delivery of complex and multi-stakeholder projects related to a wide variety of topics. Projects delivered by Eoghan have informed the development of government policy, improved risk assessment and risk management, and strengthened supply chain safety and integrity. Eoghan led the development of a counter fraud good practice guide for the food and drink industry, co-authored with Jim Gee Head of Forensic and Counter Fraud Services at Crowe, published November 2016. He is an Associate at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and has spoken widely on the topic of counter fraud and how business can apply good practice to increase fraud resilience.
Professor of Science Policy
University of Sussex
Erik Millstone is an Emeritus Professor of Science Policy at the University of Sussex. His first degree was in Physics, followed by three in Philosophy. Since 1974 he has been researching into the causes, consequences and regulation of technological change in the food and chemical industries. His research focus has extended over food additives, pesticides and veterinary medicines, as well as BSE, GM foods and obesity. Since 1988 he has been researching the role of scientific experts, evidence and advice in public policy-making. Having conducted comparative studies of food safety policy-making regimes across numerous jurisdictions, he contributed to articulating proposals for the creation of the UK’s Food Standards Agency, and led a study for the European Parliament reviewing the proposal to create the European Food Safety Authority. Much of his current research focuses on the implications of Brexit for food security in the UK.
Consultant Analytical Scientist
John Points Consulting
John Points is an independent consultant on chemical safety and authenticity testing of food; how testing fits into an overall supply chain integrity strategy, where (and where not) testing is appropriate, design of testing plans, choice of test methods and laboratories, interpretation of results. He has audited in the EU, China and India. John’s career has included both managing a food testing laboratory and working in UK retail own-brand supply chain assurance, and he is a past and current advisor to UK and EU food regulators. He has seen food integrity issues from all three sides of the fence. If a fence can have three sides.
Katie Doherty graduated from The London School of Economics in 2011 with a BA degree in International History. Katie joined The International Meat Trade Association in September 2012 as Policy Assistant. IMTA represents importers and exporters of beef, lamb, pork and poultrymeat. Katie was made a director of the IMTA board in March 2017, responsible for establishing and promoting the policy of the association and acting deputy to the CEO. Much of her work has involved working closely with our European trade association UECBV in Brussels. Whilst at IMTA Katie has worked on projects including producing a fraud prevention guide and a policy paper on Brexit for the meat trade. Katie is currently studying towards a Diploma in World Customs Compliance and Regulations with The Institute of Export & International Trade. IMTA has been working hard on analysing the impacts of Brexit for the meat trade including fact-finding visits to The World Trade Organisation. It will be crucial in the coming months that we continue to prepare members for what the future may hold whether that is a hard or soft Brexit…!
Founder and Principal
Click on Logistics Ltd
Kevin is a mechanical engineer who spent the early part of his career with a German manufacturer in mechanised warehousing solutions. A post graduate degree at Cranfield University in Logistics focused his interest in supply chain strategy. He was awarded ‘Best Technological Thesis’ in his cohort. He has been in consultancy for over 30 years, split between a big 4 accounting based firm and his own consulting practice which operates principally in the foodservice and healthcare sectors. His extensive knowledge and practical experience of supply chain operations has helped to deliver solutions to both public sector and large scale private sector clients. Kevin has in-depth experience of international food supply chains from manufacturing through to the complex multi-temperature environment of delivery to High Street restaurant chains, coffee shops and pub chains. He is passionate about end to end supply chain thinking, and the need to take the strategic context of any challenge on board.
Manager- Food FDI Europe
Having spent many years on trade development with Enterprise Ireland, Kevin currently supports international food companies that wish to explore Ireland as potential location for food related R&D and globally focused production opportunities in Ireland
Meurig Raymond farms 3,600 acres in Pembrokeshire in partnership with his twin brother, eldest son and nephew. The farm grows 2,200 acres of combinable crops and 355 acres of potatoes. There are 620 dairy cows, with 300 followers. The farm also has 600 head of beef cattle and around 2,500 store lambs, fattened during winter. Meurig, born in 1952, was elected local branch Chairman of the NFU in 1979 and Pembrokeshire County Chairman in 1989. In 1992 he became the Welsh NFU Treasurer and served as the Pembrokeshire delegate on NFU Council between 1995 and 2004. He served as Vice-Chairman of the NFU's Cereals Committee between 1999 and 2001 and served on the Agricultural Wages Board for six years from 1998. He was elected as Vice President of the NFU in 2004, became Deputy President in 2006 and President in 2014 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. He represents European farmers on the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Supply Chain – working to improve the position of farmers in the food chain across Europe. Meurig represented Wales on the Home Grown Cereals Authority between 1997 and 2004 and he served on the Council of Food from Britain between 1997and 2003. He became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2000 and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2005 for his services to agriculture. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams in 2014. He is married to Hilary and they have three grown up children. His eldest son Paul is involved in the family farming business. Nicola is CEO of South Australia Lucerne Growers in Adelaide, and assistant to the Director Nuffield, Australia, and Jonathan is an investment manager with Quilter Cheviot in London.
Nick Allen is Chief Executive of the British Meat Processors Association BMPA The BMPA is the trade association for meat processing in the UK. It represents members of all sizes, from smaller abattoir businesses supplying local customers to large consumer brand owners. Its members supply branded and retailer own-label meat and meat products across a range of different meat products. The BMPA aims to promote a sustainable, competitive and professional meat processing and manufacturing industry across the UK. Before taking over as Chief Executive of BMPA Nick was Market Development Director at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board AHDB and was responsible for promotion on the home market and the development of exports. Prior to that in AHDB he was the Beef and Lamb sector director responsible for all Beef and Lamb activities. As well as his role with BMPA he also runs a farm in Hampshire.
Food Drink Ireland
Paul Kelly is Director of Food Drink Ireland (FDI) which is part of Ibec, the group that represents Irish business. He started his career in risk management with the Insurance Corporation of Ireland before joining Ibec. He held a number of roles across Ibec before taking up his current position in 2005. FDI is the main trade association for the food and drink industry in Ireland and is committed to ensuring an environment exists that is conducive to the success and further growth of the food and drink industry. FDI provides leadership and direction on a number of key strategic issues, including the economic importance and reputation of the sector, competitiveness, innovation, trade, skills, regulation and general food chain policy. He holds a B Eng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and a Masters Degree in Applied Science from University College Dublin
Director of Audit and Compliance
Peter Whelan qualified as an Environment Health officer in 1982. He worked as an EHO, Senior EHO and Principal EHO in the Eastern Health Board and Dublin Local Authorities before taking up the post of Contracts Manager and then Director of Service Contracts in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Peter then took a 5 year secondment to the post of Executive Chairman of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority. Peter is now Director of Audit and Investigations in the FSAI where he is responsible for the investigation of food fraud. Further studies include a MSc in Food Science, UCD, MSc in Management, Trinity College and a BA Hons degree in Psychotherapy.
Head of Exports
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Peter Hardwick is Head of Exports for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and heads up the team that manages market access, international trade development and marketing in the meat, dairy and crops sectors. Peter has worked in the international meat industry both in meat slaughtering and processing as well as in international trading and exports. He has worked in the industry in UK, South Africa, Brazil and Spain before joining the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) in 1994 where, for 15 years, he was based in Brussels, running the EU office of that organisation covering EU policy and legislation as well as managing the meat sector international trade development work from 1999. The MLC was integrated into the AHDB on its creation in 2008. He returned to UK in 2010 and took up his current role covering export development for all the AHDB sectors in 2016.
Food Fraud Coordinator
Welsh Food Fraud Co-ordination Unit
Rob graduated from University of Wales Institute Cardiff in Environmental Health in 1990. He then worked in Carmarthenshire County Council for 11 years before spending two years on secondment with the Food Standards Agency investigating illegal meat frauds. In August of 2004, Rob was appointed Food Fraud Co-ordinator for the newly formed Welsh Food Fraud Co-ordination Unit. The WFFCU supports the efforts of welsh local authorities and stakeholder agencies, by providing intelligence led capability and coordination role. The Unit also acts as a resource for support and advice including the delivery of training programmes. In 2006 Rob was asked to sit on the Food Standards Agency’s “Food Fraud Task Force” and was a member of the FSA’s former Food Fraud Advisory Unit. Rob also holds the accreditation with the National Crime Agency as a Financial Investigator, and provides a financial investigation capability to support local authorities with their investigation of food fraud and also conduct confiscation proceedings for the recovery of criminal assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. In June 2014 Rob was appointed Training Coordinator for the EU Commission BTSF Program – New Techniques for Investigating Food Fraud Courses.
House of Lords Energy and Environment EU
Robin Teverson chairs the House of Lords Energy and Environment EU select sub-committee which also includes agriculture and fisheries. His committee released their report Brexit and Agriculture in May which also included the food industry and its supply chains. He is a former MEP, spent his first career years in the freight industry, and is currently a board member of the Marine Managment Organisation - the English fisheries regulator. He lives in Cornwall.
Tara McCarthy is the Chief Executive of Bord Bia. She was previously Chief Executive for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency. Tara brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the wider food industry. Tara has operated in overseas markets for 10 years in Germany, France and Belgium and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with an MBS in Marketing from Smurfit Business School. An affiliate of IMD Business School, Switzerland; Tara has been a regular contributor to the Government’s Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025 reports and succeeded in delivering a number of instrumental initiatives for the Irish Food Industry under the ‘Pathways for Growth’ programme. Ms. McCarthy was previously Director of the Food and Beverages Division in Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board and has led a team of Senior Executives on the development of the seafood, dairy, prepared foods; alcohol and small business sectors.
Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute
Terry Marsden is director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute and Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Planning and Geography. He is also Dean of the University Graduate College. With more than 25 years’ experience working in the field of sustainability, Professor Marsden has a broad range of research and policy experience based around the themes of international rural development, sustainability and the rural environment. He is involved in funded projects concerning food networks in rural areas, the multi-level governance of the rural environment, and intermediate labour markets in rural Wales. He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Academician of Social Sciences. Professor Marsden's research expertise is in theoretical and empirical studies in rural development, agro-food studies, sustainable development and planning, policy development and rural governance. In addition to being the author of more than 150 reports, books and articles on these themes, he has acted as an advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government, Defra, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and ESRC on rural research and policy. He is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the ESRC's Rural Economy and Land Use Research Programme.
British Hospitality Association
She studied at the London Metropolitan University, graduating with a BA in Leisure and Tourism management, and graduated with distinction in her MBA from the Open University. Ufi Ibrahim is the chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, the leading authority on Hospitality and Tourism representing 46,000 businesses across the UK. Since joining the BHA, she has spearheaded the establishment of the Tourism Industry Council – a joint government and industry working coalition chaired by the UK Minister for Tourism where Ufi serves as a member, the Agenda 300,000 Jobs by 2020 and The Big Hospitality Conversation (resulting in 67,000 new career starts for under 25s), and The Hospitality & Tourism Summit (the ‘Davos’ of the UK industry). Ufi Ibrahim serves on the Events Industry Board, led by the UK Government with three aims: to help deliver more valuable business visitors to Britain in an ever increasingly global competitive environment; to recognise the role the events sector can play in driving long-term inward investment to the UK by attracting some of the world’s leading business events to the UK; and to use these platforms to boost exports, in line with government growth objectives. Ufi is an Ambassador of Room to Reward, a charity offering short breaks to men and women who care for those who cannot care for themselves. Ufi also serves on the Advisory Council of Hotel Futures, the Advisory Board for the Global Restaurant Investment Forum and is a judge for the Global Restaurant Awards. She became a Visiting Professor of the London Metropolitan University in August 2011 and served as Chairman of Tourism Alliance in 2014 and 2015. Ufi was also a Trustee, Member of the Executive Council, and Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality in 2016 and 2017. Before joining the BHA in 2010, Ufi was Chief Operations Officer of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), where, working with governments and industry across the world, she advised on policymaking and the development of planning frameworks for economic and social prosperity through the long-term success of travel and tourism. As a keen promoter of public and private sector dialogue, she was pivotal in the establishment of the Global Travel & Tourism Summit – the annual meeting of world leaders to discuss and agree key priorities for the industry.