Environmental Packaging Summit Speakers


Liz Bonnin
Science and Wildlife Presenter

Liz had always been interested in biology and chemistry at school, and she went on to study Biochemistry at University.

Liz's TV career has drawn heavily on her academic expertise. Currently, Liz co-presented Blue Planet Live on BBC One and presented the documentary Drowning in Plastic on BBC One... (read more)

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Alan Magee
Client Services Director
Carlton Packaging

Alan leads the design & development and marketing teams at Carlton Packaging; a leader in design and supply of packaging to online retailers throughout Europe. With a passion for developing smarter packaging to provide the most productive consumer experience, he works closely with retailers to maximise their online delivery packaging. With 15 years’ experience at Carlton Packaging, he has seen the development of many products and process improvements for operations committed to reducing environmental impact, and believes in constant innovation. He implemented the loads smarter® methodology for packaging review and has recently overseen the launch of the new naturally smarter® packaging range, replacing single-use plastic in online fulfilment applications. Alan believes that delivery packaging has a direct impact on consumer re-order and recommendation rates, and is committed to leading a team to develop the most individual, effective and sustainable packaging solutions for every retail brand.

Andy Sweetman
Sales & Marketing Manager

Andy Sweetman, sales & marketing manager EMEA at Futamura and chairman of the Bio-based & Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA). Andy has over 30 years in the packaging industry working with both conventional plastics and bio materials, giving him an educated and balanced view on the functionality, practicalities and implications of both material types. Andy has chaired and participated in a number of expert panel discussions in regards to biodegradable and compostable materials.

Daniel Calleja Crespo
Director General for the Environment
European Commission

As European Commission director general for the environment, Daniel Calleja Crespo most recently oversaw the Circular Economy Action Plan. He recently said: “You can only be competitive if you are sustainable. And the best way to be profitable is to integrate sustainability into your business model.” He has a very broad experience in the Commission having worked in many different areas since 1986. Before joining DG ENV on 1st September 2015, Mr Calleja was Director General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs till 31st August 2015. From 1993 to 2004 he worked in different positions in the cabinets of several Commissioners, including the President of the European Commission, advising on Transport and Competition matters, State Aids and the application of Community Law.

David Baker
Industry Affairs Director

David Baker, RPC Group Industry Affairs Director, has over 35 years’ experience in the plastic packaging industry. He is Chairman of INCPEN (the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment) and PCEP (the Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform), and is also on the Council of the British Plastics Federation and Vice President of EuPC, the European Plastics Converters.

David Tonkin
Project & Portfolio Manager
Muller UK

David left University in 1995 with a degree in politics. A spell in packaging procurement and three years at Iceland followed, before David spent eleven years in the dairy industry working at Dairy Crest and Muller. During that time David completed an MSc in Packaging Technology from Loughborough University. In 2012 David left Muller to join one of the largest food manufacturers in the UK - 2 Sisters Food Group as Group packaging development manager working across ambient, chilled and frozen sectors for both brand and retail. This provided a wide variety of associated packaging materials and processes that can only be described as the packaging equivalent for being a kid in a sweetshop; both an eye-opening and fulfilling experience. In 2017 David returned to Muller in the role of project and portfolio manager for Muller UK & Ireland where his packaging role is customer facing, covering group wide projects, leading the navigation through the plastics debate, and managing the UK brand and private label print teams.

Fred Lill
Lil Packaging

Fred Lill was born into the world of packaging when his father established a packaging company in 1983. At 16, Fred started working in the factory and moved up the ladder, running machines by his late teens. Fred’s inventions have reduced internet retailing consumption in excess of 12,000 tonnes(est) of single-use plastics. • 1999, dedicating Cambridge manufacturing HQ to peel & seal packaging → to eradicate plastic sealing tape. • 2008, Lil envelope → paper-based alternative to Jiffy bags. Chosen by the worlds largest internet retailer. • 2014, Lil Breezebox → a paper voidfill integrated box to eradicate need for polystyrene/plastic voidfill. • 2018, Lil bag → the worlds first kraft-paper alternative to polythene mailbags.

Gareth Lloyd
Marketing Manager
RPC bpi protec

Having held a number of design and marketing roles, Gareth has over 10 years’ experience in the design, plastics and packaging sector and is currently the Marketing Manager for RPC bpi protec. Passionate about delivering innovation and consumer insight, Gareth is responsible for promoting the RPC bpi protec business, providing a real focus on the sustainability of its products and developing a closed loop approach to consumer packaging.

Gary Tee
Sales Director

Gary Tee is the Sales Director UK for TIPA®, a world leader in compostable flexible packaging. He has been involved in the flexible packaging industry for over 30 years working in R&D, innovation, sales, marketing and management. Over that time he has launched many innovative first to market packs including resealable, oven cook and microwave formats. Now using his extensive knowledge, he is helping retailers, brands and converters to make the switch to TIPA®’s compostable flexible packaging and helping to address the growing problem of plastic waste.

Heeran Buhecha
Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit
Henri Colens
PlasticsEurope’s bio-Feedstock Working Group

Henri Colens is Public Affairs Lead for the Circular Economy at Braskem Netherlands B.V., having joined the company in 2014. He collaborates with European stakeholders to promote Braskem’s efforts around recyclable and renewable products, and the development of a resource efficient plastics economy. Henri serves as Chairman of PlasticsEurope’s bio-Feedstock Working Group. Previously, he had worked in the European Parliament for the UK Conservative Party between 2007 and 2014, advising on transport and home affairs matters.

The Braskem group is a petrochemical company with production facilities in South America, North America and Europe. Braskem S.A. is the largest resin producer in Latin America. With the launch of its I’m green™ polyethylene in 2010, Braskem immediately became the largest bio-based plastic producer in the world. The company has opened European headquarters in Frankfurt and Rotterdam.

As one the world leaders in bio-based plastics, Braskem is keen to play a role in increasing the market acceptance of these materials around the world. We believe that renewable sourcing is one of a number of steps the industry has to make in the coming years, in order to increase its commitment to sustainability and decouple production from fossil resources. In 2017, Braskem established its circular economy team, and recently published its Global Commitment, setting out its key priorities towards achieving resource efficient production and circular use.

Iain Ferguson
Environment Manager

Ferguson is an experienced environment manager with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in Food & Beverage, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), and Sustainability. As well as being at the forefront of the supermarket’s pledge to reduce its landfill waste by introducing recyclable packaging, he proposed the UK adopt the French system of taxing supermarkets more for using material not easily recyclable and less for using sustainable and recyclable packaging.

Jane Bevis

Jane is Chair of OPRL Ltd, the not-for-profit celebrating 10 years of giving recycling advice through its award-winning recycling labels for consumer packaging. Over 350 businesses and charities across all parts of the packaging supply chain, brands and retailers, are in membership, representing hundreds of brands. She helped establish the company in 2009 and leads OPRL’s expansion plans, moving consumer recognition to 3 in 4 people and developing new ways to engage consumers. Jane is also on the Remuneration Committee of St Anne’s College, Oxford and is Chair of Governors at Saint Gabriel’s College, Camberwell. Previously Jane held senior roles at the British Retail Consortium and the Association of British Insurers, where she founded sector climate change initiatives. She started her career as an agricultural scientist and later policy and finance lead at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and HM Treasury. Jane has an MA in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from Oxford University.

Jenny Cairns
Innovation & Sustainability Manager
Butterfly Cannon

With over ten year's experience in the design industry Jenny has used her design thinking combined with her love of creative problem solving to provide innovative solutions for clients. Focusing on production, R&D, innovation and sustainability she has worked with a variety of prestigious brands including the likes of Burberry, Jo Loves, Pernod Ricard, Beam Suntory and Bang & Olufsen. In her role as Innovation & Sustainability Manager at Butterfly Cannon who specialise in working for luxury and craft brands, Jenny helps to bring ideas to life, pioneering new ideas with a sustainable first approach.

Justin Kempson
Sales & Innovation Director
Charpak Ltd

Justin Kempson has been involved in the plastics packaging industry for over 20 years, both as a supplier to vacuum forming packaging manufacturers, and for the last 13 years, as Sales and Innovation Director for Charpak Ltd. Responsible for NPD, sales and innovation, he leads the company’s research and development programme driving forward new product packaging that balances creative design with technical requirements and low environmental impact. With his extensive technical background and materials knowledge Justin’s focus is in leading sustainable thermoformed packaging solutions, simultaneously developing the internal expertise and capabilities, and the wider industry collaborative partnerships throughout the vertical supply chain. With a passion for protecting and conserving the environment for future generations, he works closely with clients consulting on the development, design and manufacture of new recyclable packaging using recycled materials across a variety of industry sectors with the circular economy and sustainability at the core.

Lord Deben
Independent Committee

In government, Lord Deben was environment secretary and created the PRN system. Over 20 years on, he’s now helping the packaging industry to reform. MP for Suffolk Coastal from 1979 to 2010, he was minister of agriculture, fisheries and food before landing the environment portfolio in 1993. During his four year stint, Lord Deben was responsible for launching the PRN system. It was a system that,“helped to move Britain from a country where we were hardly recycling anything."

Lubna Edwards
Global Sustainability Director
Klockner Pentaplast

With over twenty years experience in sustainability leadership, Lubna is responsible for driving sustainability within Klöckner Pentaplast; collaborating with the value chain, industry associations, governments, recyclers and other key stakeholders to address global challenges. Sustainability challenges include food waste reduction, resource conservation, carbon mitigation, use of sustainable materials and recycling, and designing for a circular economy. Lubna has held similar roles at the Sealed Air Corporation and Diversey, with a focus on how sustainability can meet societal, environmental and market needs; ultimately working towards a circular economy.

Maddy Haugton-Boakes
Litter Campaigner
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

Maddy is Litter Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). CPRE have been campaigning for evidence based, systemic solutions to the problem of litter in the countryside for over ten years. Successes include: pushing for a carrier bag charge and the expanding of fines for littering from vehicles, as well as spearheading the campaign for deposit return systems. To date, Maddy’s work has involved engaging schools, CPRE members, politicians and local communities across the country around solutions to the litter problem and coordinating with colleagues across the environmental sector on the government’s proposed strategy for resources and waste.

Marcel Arsand
Sustainability Manager
Ball Corporation

With more than ten years experience in the waste management and food and drink sectors, both in the UK and abroad, Marcel has worked with organisations as diverse as Recoup, WRAP, DS Smith and now Ball Corporation. During that time he has developed an extensive knowledge of packaging and recycling, and has taken part in groundbreaking research on methods of separating plastic packaging for recycling, as well as on new technologies that can increase the shelf-life of food products and therefore reduce food waste. He has studied ways of developing new end-markets for recycled material and has developed online tools that encourage the design and manufacture of plastic packaging that is compatible with existing recycling infrastructures. He has also been involved in delivering sustainability strategies for both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Marcel has a background as a bioscientist, with two MScs - in integrated waste management and anaerobic digestion treatment - from Cranfield University in the UK. He is also a chartered member of the Institute of Waste Managers and the Chairman of the Can Makers Committee in the UK.

Mark Dawes
European Market Development Manager
DuPont Teijin

Dr Mark Dawes is the European Market Development Manager for DuPont Teijin Films' packaging business. He has 26 years of technical and scientific experience in PET based flexible packaging and has been involved in many innovative developments ranging from the replacement of aluminium lids to white PET versions in dairy lidding to the development of high temperature ovenable packaging structures. For the past decade he has been instrumental in facilitating the advancement of top seal packaging for produce throughout Europe and is a highly regarded expert in the science of heat seals and recently many packer / fillers will have participated in his heat seal masterclasses aimed at sharing knowledge across the supply chain.

Marlena Hardy
European e-Commerce Category Manager
DS Smith

Marlena Hardy is European e-Commerce Category Manager at DS Smith. She works with a network of e-commerce sales specialists in Europe and plays an active role in raising the team's skills on the e-Commerce market and its challenges. Her work also includes the development of e-Commerce products and business (DS Smith Toolbox). Marlena's experience includes retail and FMCG, having undertaken packaging development and project management roles at Unilever, alongside packaging development positions at Asda Walmart. This unique combination of in-depth understanding of the operational, technical, environmental and economic aspects of packaging in different environments gives unrivalled insight into the specificity of e-Commerce and its key challenges.

Martin Kersh
Foodservice Packaging Association
Matt Simmons
Business Development Manager

A global leader in fulfilment and technology, fulfilmentcrowd is shaking up the status quo as a disrupter at the cutting-edge of eCommerce innovation. Matt focuses on collaboration, by partnering with like-minded organisations to create an expanding fulfilment network and deliver fast, sustainable growth. fuflilmentcrowd’s ‘Lorax Project’ comprises more than 15 measurable and linked sustainability initiatives that span the elimination of plastic waste, reduced energy consumption, renewables, low emission delivery and biodegradable packaging, which together support fuflilmentcrowd’s ambition in becoming the UK’s first fully sustainable order fulfilment provider by 2021.

Peter Maddox

Peter Maddox joined WRAP in 2006 and became Director in 2016. He has worked on the market development of recycled materials, built WRAP’s strategy and planning function, and managed WRAP’s resource efficiency programmes for Defra. He developed WRAP’s new business strategy around a circular economy framework, and in 2015 established the Resource London partnership with the London Waste and Recycling Board. As Director for WRAP UK, he is responsible for WRAP’s work on food, textiles, plastics and recycling in the UK.

Peter Goodwin
Simply Cups

Peter Goodwin runs Closed Loop Environmental Solutions, in the UK, and has pioneered many circular solutions within the hospitality and foodservice sector to recover and recycle single use food and beverage packaging. A sustainability professional with significant commercial experience in the resource management sector, Peter has proven expertise in the design, implementation and management of collaborative programmes, supporting the transition to a circular economy, which has led to long-term organisational and behavioural change. Recognising that no one organisation alone can solve the challenges of achieving a circular economy, Peter and Closed Loop have built a strong partnership of stakeholders, across the entire material life-cycle, including manufacturers, the supply-chain, end-user customers, logistics providers and reprocessors, as well as product designers and manufacturers. In 2014, Peter founded Simply Cups; the UK’s first nationwide service to address the billions of paper cups being sent to landfill or for incineration. With a vision of turning this valuable this resource back into something useful, Simply Cups now offer a wide range of functional products, including travel cups, outdoor furniture, promotional merchandise, stationery and even cup bins – all made from used cups. Simply Cups has since expanded into Australia and is shortly to be rolled out into other international markets.

Ravish Jain
Commercial Director
Recycling Technologies

Ravish Jain, commercial director, leads on securing further investment and funding, overseeing all commercial contracts and ensuring regulatory compliance at Recycling Technologies in Swindon. Ravish joined soon after the company’s foundation and since then he has raised multi-million pounds in government grants. Previously, he spent years at Reliance in business development and financing of multi-billion dollar projects. Ravish has an MBA from Warwick Business School, and a degree in Mining Engineering. Recycling Technologies is a growing feedstock recycling start-up company, deploying modular feedstock recycling units to recycle mixed plastic waste at source, starting in Scotland this year as part of a pioneering Advanced Plastics Recycling Facility; with more projects in the pipeline in the UK, Europe and Indonesia.

Richard Ali
Sustainability Director

Richard Ali is Sustainability Director for Huhtamaki’s foodservice segment. His role is to ensure sustainable development is embedded in this growing business, which serves quick service and fast casual restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, cafeterias and vending operators across Europe, Asia and Oceania. The company manufactures single and double wall paper cups for hot and cold drinks, plates, wraps, bowls and a wide range of food-to-go packaging and accessories. The segment has four manufacturing sites in the UK. Prior to Huhtamaki, Richard has worked in diverse roles and sectors, both within the UK and internationally. He is a graduate and post-graduate of the University of Reading and is an alumnus of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme.

Rick Smith
Sustainability Manager

Rick has over 30 years’ extensive experience working in the retail packaging sector, having previously worked in R&D, sustainability and retail director roles within both plastics and paper packaging industries. As Sustainability Manager for Coveris, Rick has worked strategically with all UK, and several major European retailers to drive sustainable strategy and product innovation and is now responsible for managing the development and delivery of the Pack Positive® Strategy for Coveris and its stakeholders.

Rick Hindley
Executive Director

Rick has spent the past 20 years in a number of different roles in the packaging recycling industry as an aluminium specialist. He joined the Aluminium Can Recycling Association (ACRA) in 1989 as regional manager. He was heavily involved in the launch of the national programme to encourage consumers to recycle aluminium drinks cans. He has also worked for Alcan (now Novelis) and was responsible for the company’s UK used beverage can collection operation. Hindley joined Alupro in 2007 and was involved in setting up the original Every Can Counts programme, he is a member of the European Management Committee.

Sarah Gray
National Account Manager

Sarah Gray is National Account Manager at Vegware, the global specialist in plant-based compostable foodservice packaging. Vegware are the UK's experts on routes to commercial composting, with a full-time Environmental team since 2012 actively driving change and helping clients realise their waste ambitions. Sarah has a wealth of practical experience implementing composting schemes at Vegware clients, from rural events to corporate offices.

Tracy Sutton
Lead Consultant & Founder

Tracy and the Root team work with international and global brands, retailers, raw material suppliers and converters looking to pioneer and integrate responsible packaging design. Root delivers specialist consultancy in the form of packaging analysis, packaging strategy, research and workshops to key stakeholders across the supply chain. Tracy has over 18 years of experience advising clients including Diageo, Starbucks and Pukka on strategic and technical projects to drive innovation into packaging. With a strong background in sustainable design thinking she combines the science of sustainability and realities of recycling into tangible actions for your packaging projects by simplifying complex issues to create powerful strategies.

Trewin Restorick
Chief Executive & Founder

The Hubbub chief executive & founder is a frequent commentator on environmental issues including regular slots in Business Green, Guardian Sustainable Business and Sky News. He has been trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors. Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan, the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity which he set up in 1993. Trewin developed award winning sustainability partnerships with organisations such as BskyB, Barts NHS Trust and EON as well as developing a wide range of successful environmental initiatives in schools and communities. Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound, London’s leading community recycling business.