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.
Paul Davidson has recently joined UKRI as Challenge Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge fund. This £60 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is designed to find ways of cutting waste in the supply chain, to develop new business models, and to create new sustainable recyclable materials. Paul was previously from SABIC where he was responsible for market development in Europe of its flexible packaging resins. As part of this he used his previous experience in plastics sustainability to drive both mechanical and chemical recycling solutions into the plastics packaging market. Prior to joining SABIC, Paul spent 11 years at WRAP running various plastics recycling programmes including the development of food grade HDPE and PP recycling processes. Paul holds a first degree in Materials Science and Technology from Brunel University and a PhD in the processing of PET from Loughborough University.
Thomas Herman is Co-Founder and Marketing Director at creative agency, Path. Passionate about using design to bring about positive changes for people and the planet, Thomas co-founded Path in 2003 at the age of 27, after cutting his teeth as an Industrial Designer at pioneering brand design consultancies, Holmes & Marchant and 1HQ. With experience spanning everyone from startups to established market leaders, Thomas’s ambition at Path is to make brands better in every dimension, by empowering them with transformative strategies and impactful creative solutions, so consumers can live the lives they want, with the utmost responsibility.
Simon Hombersley is CEO of Xampla, a Cambridge University spin-out that has created the world’s first plant protein material for commercial use, pioneering the replacement of fossil fuel plastics with natural alternatives. Xampla’s mission is to replace everyday single-use plastics including sachets, flexible packaging films, edible labels and microplastics used in homecare and personal products. A serial cleantech entrepreneur, Simon is also the Founder and Non-Executive Director of Lontra, an engineering firm developing and commercialising energy saving compressors. Simon previously founded TwentyNinety, Puntios Limited, and was CEO of Oxford Flow.
Having spent the last 20 years leading packaging and procurement for both Asda and McCain Foods, Shane Monkman launched his own consultancy business, One:Ex Consulting Ltd. Shane now works with a number of clients across the FMCG supply chain on projects covering packaging, procurement and environment. Shane combines a deep experience of not just packaging sustainability, but sourcing, procurement and brand execution as well as recycling, waste management and innovative refill systems.
Tim Barbary is a Co-Founder and Company Director at Benchmark a market leading technology and consultancy firm and have provided commercial and CO2e estimating software for producers of packaging and ‘should cost’ modelling consultancy to the buyers of packaging materials. He is also a fellow of IOM3, sitting on the UK board for the Packaging Society and Chairman of the East Midlands Packaging Society. Tim previously worked as a purchasing professional managing a variety of packaging categories for major FMCG companies.
In 2016 Sian Sutherland co-founded A Plastic Planet; is a global campaign organisation with a single goal - to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap. As entrepreneurs, they bring a fresh pro-business solutions-focused approach to environmental issues. A Plastic Planet are highly vocal in the world’s media, working collaboratively with industry, retailers, Governments, legislators and the UN; to accelerate the pace of change at all levels. Recognised in The 2019 Fast Company Awards and winners of International Campaign of the Year, A Plastic Planet created the infamous Plastic Free Aisle campaign, opening this catalyst for supermarket change in Amsterdam early 2018. They also launched the Plastic Free Trust Mark for brands, with over 1000 already certified.
Vincent Mooiji is Director of SUEZ.circpack® within SUEZ, a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. Vincent has over 10-years’ experience in innovation in the recycling industry. He established multiple new recycling propositions and set up partnerships. With an extensive background in marketing, product innovation and sustainability, Vincent combines strong customer focus with a clear understanding of technological challenges. As the director of SUEZ.circpack® he and his team offer consultancy-services to brand owners, retailers and packaging companies with the aim to increase the recyclability of packaging.
Charlotte Briggs is the Policy and Engagement Lead at leading compliance scheme, Clarity Environmental. Charlotte has a key role, keeping on top of changing policy and legislation within the waste and resources sector, supporting our members and communicating internally and externally on all policy matters. Since joining Clarity Environmental she has been immersed in establishing the impacts of changes to The Resources and Waste Strategy and further impacts of the Environment Bill in the waste sector.