Meet the Speakers
Catherine’s career has spanned both the private and Third Sectors, but always focusing on the interplay of how business interacts with, and supports, the society in which it operates.
Catherine has worked within the field of Corporate Social Responsibility for nearly 20 years, first promoting sustainable tourism before moving closer to home running corporate community involvement programmes.
Before the concepts of zero waste and the circular economy had developed, Catherine could see that there was a problem with the amount of plastic packaging being used in our modern lives. A true innovator, Catherine set-up Unpackaged in 2006 as the world’s first modern zero waste shop, which has since developed into a leading consultancy with clients such as Waitrose, Planet Organic, Lush, Farmdrop, River Cottage and a host of smaller independent brands and retailers.
Not only has Unpackaged created a new, desirable, sustainable category in modern retailing but Catherine’s passion for developing systems to enable refilling, and reuse, within various food sectors has enabled many other businesses to create real and lasting change.
With the issues surrounding single-use packaging pollution now firmly in the public spotlight, Catherine is one of the leading voices in field, often quoted in the press from The Guardian to the BBC and Sky News.
Ian started as a Packaging Technologist/Engineer in the retailer Co-operative Wholesale Society (CO-OP) in Manchester working in 100 manufacturing facilities on cans, glass, plastics, paper and board, before moving into buying and marketing. He went to head up Packaging and Technical at the retailer Iceland in 1984 and started the Iceland brand.
Ian then moved to the other side selling packaging and putting in product launch systems into major brands and retailers selling services into Danone, Estee Lauder, Kraft, Safeway, Wal Mart, Heinz to name a few. This included running design, artwork and pre-press companies.He was a director for Storm Brands and Sun Branding Solutions, which included Parker Williams.
He moved back to the retailer Iceland (1,000 stores selling in 42 countries) in 2013 to head packaging and process as the Own Label Manager reporting into the Managing Director.
In January 2018, Iceland launched on TV as the first retailer to go plastic free by 2023. Ian has also used digital printing extensively and is known for his massive love for packaging and printing.
After six epic years at Iceland, Ian is now semi-retired (trying to improve his golf handicap) and running a consultancy, as well as enjoying non-exec board roles providing various services from digital print to sustainability.
Ian is a Fellow of the Packaging Society as part of the institute of Mining, Minerals and Materials.
Peter Maddox is Director of WRAP UK. He has been with WRAP for 12 years, initially working on developing markets in the UK for recycled materials and working closely with Defra on environmental policy.
He led the development of WRAP’s Resource Revolution 2015-20 business plan and established the Resource London partnership with the London Waste and Recycling Board. He became Director in 2016 and is currently responsible for WRAP’s work on food waste, plastics, clothing and resource management in the UK.
Before WRAP, he spent nearly 20 years working for BP in the chemicals sector in UK and France in research, manufacturing and strategy roles. He has a BA and DPhil in chemistry from the University of Oxford. He is a member of Green Alliance. Outside work, Peter enjoys cycling, reading, walking and real ale.
Steve is CPI Director of Environmental & Energy Affairs. He is also Managing Director of the subsidiary company TMC that manages the sector Climate Change Agreement (CCA) and provides technical support for the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to all UK paper mills.
Steve started voluntary work at an early age, taking part in canal restoration projects.
He volunteered and later worked for, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers working with groups of long-term unemployed people in Manchester and Liverpool doing practical conservation work and leading working holidays in the UK and around Europe. He later joined the environmental charity Groundwork working on landscape restoration and forestry projects in the urban fringe.
Over the following years Steve progressed to Regional Programmes Manager, managing a portfolio of programmes funded by external sponsors.
He then took a role with industry-funded trade body Alupro, to support the development of recycling for aluminium packaging throughout northern UK, working with traditional collectors, community groups and local authorities.
Prior to joining CPI, Steve was employed by Exeter City Council to develop and manage an in-house integrated recycling programme, including kerbside collections for all households in the city with sorting carried out at the City Council owned MRF.