Meet the Speakers
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.
Lucy Siegle is an independent writer and journalist (broadcast and print). She has been telling stories about the Earth, crisis and opportunity for nearly 20 years to a wide and varied audience. In the fashion industry she is known as an authority on the environmental and social footprint of the global fashion industry. Her book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World , published by Fourth Estate London, 2011 was also the basis for hit Netflix documentary, The True Cost, in which Siegle appears and is credited as co-executive producer. In 2014 she co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth. From 2004 to 2018 she wrote a weekly Ethical Living column in the Observer Magazine. As a reporter and presenter on BBC1’s The One Show, she has been reporting on the problem of single use plastic and wider eco issues since the show began in 2007. Her book, Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (and you) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again was published by Trapeze/Orion in August. Lucy is the co-host of a forthcoming podcast on climate and the media in partnership with Frontline Club and Sony Music. She is passionate about securing more airtime for the climate crisis and other biosphere issues.