2015 Speakers

    • Jonathan Tole - Produce World

      Jonathan Tole – Produce World 

      I am the Business Solutions Director at Produce World Group Ltd. Responsible for systems and information which includes BI, ERP and IT. Produce World is the UK’s largest vegetable growing and packing company, supplying organically and conventionally grown onions, leeks, potatoes, root vegetables and Brassicas.

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    • James Holmes - Greggs

      James Holmes – Greggs 

      James is the programme manager for the Greggs business transformation programme. We plan to invest £25 million over the next five years in process improvement and systems replacement and expect to deliver £38 million of related business benefits over the same period. James will be providing an overview of the journey so far year two of five.

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    • Martin Forsyth - Bidvest 3665

      Martin Forsyth – Bidvest 3665 

      Martin will explain the practical challenges in providing comprehensive ,accurate and up to date food product information to thousands of customers in a foodservice environment. The route to market/the information supply chain and the techniques used to maximise customer satisfaction in a service excellence environment will be covered.

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    • Ian Warne

      Ian Warne 

      Directis Ltd Interim IT / Change Director working in the fmcg but specialising in safely delivering complex projects with sustainable benefits. Excels at building and motivating teams who will drive continuous improvement. Assignments include Iceland Foods, Weetabix, and The Royal Mint. Recently worked in collaboration with eBECS to deliver a major BI project for the RNLI.

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    • JOHN GILES, DIVISIONAL DIRECTOR, PROMAR INTERNATIONAL

      JOHN GILES, DIVISIONAL DIRECTOR, PROMAR INTERNATIONAL 

      Chairman John is a Divisional Director of Promar International – the agri food value chain consulting subsidiary of Genus plc. He graduated from the University College of Swansea in 1981 with a BSc Econ degree. John has now worked extensively throughout the UK and on assignments in some 60 other countries, including all other Continental EU markets, Russia, the FSU and Eastern Europe, Brazil, China, India, Myanmar, New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East, Chile, the Caribbean, East and South Africa, Mexico, the US and Canada. He has worked on a wide range of agricultural, horticultura...

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    • Deepak Kumar

      Deepak Kumar Business Lead – Analytics, Big Data and Information Management in Europe Tata Consultancy Services

      Business Lead – Analytics, Big Data and Information Management in Europe Tata Consultancy Services. Professional career and education Deepak is the TCS business lead in Europe for Analytics, Big Data and Information Man-agement. In this role, he is responsible for driving the new business development of TCS in the areas related to analytics, new approaches to enterprise and external information man-agement, data science, and application integration.

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    • Christopher Brewster

      Christopher Brewster Senior Lecturer

      Dr. Christopher Brewster is a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology in the Operations and Information Management Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham. His main current research focus is linked data and open data in the agrifood supply chain, with a particular interest in how data integration in the supply chain can mitigate against food crises, lack of sustainability and food waste.

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    • David Bartley

      David Bartley Partner at Nutricalc

      Dr. David Bartley, is an Analytical Chemist educated at Imperial College London. He has worked at the Milk Marketing Board and Hazlewood Foods, where he was the manager of a UCAS accredited laboratory for 17 years.

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    • Daniel Barton

      Daniel Barton 

      Founding Partner BluestoneX Dan has over 16 years SAP experience. A former Deloitte business analyst evaluating new software developments against organisations with focus on the food and beverage industry requirements. Dan brings the right mix of consulting with business knowledge (previously running SAP practices and SAP strategy for end user companies).

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    • Steve Hammans

      Steve Hammans Industry Development Manager, Foodservice

      I represent the interests of our members in the foodservice sector. I understand the sectors' business needs and problem areas and demonstrate how GS1 standards and solutions can help to resolve these. Increased adoption of GS1 standards across the sector benefits everyone: the common enemy here is inefficiency. My work has given me a far greater understanding of the sector through my relationships with so many different distributors, manufacturers, ope...

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    • Lonan Byrne, Managing Director Aspera Solutions Ltd

      Lonan Byrne, Managing Director Aspera Solutions Ltd 

      Lonan has always had the ambition to start my own business. I established Aspera Solutions in 1987 and have not looked back since. I have always valued the relationships we have established in business with both our customers and our partners. It is rare in any industry that you get the opportunity to work at every level within customer organisations, from the shop floor to the boardroom. We share our customers’ vision and ambition. Our approach to fixed price and fixed scope projects is unique for the IT industry. We carry the risk for our customers. This demonstrates the faith we have in our...

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    • Fraser Thomson - Cimlogic Limited

      Fraser Thomson – Cimlogic Limited 

      Maximising the ROI of your manufacturing IT systems to drive continuous improvement Adoption of MES/MOM within manufacturing has been very slow and is perhaps a little misunderstood. But when implemented correctly the ROI can be very easily achieved and surpassed. The fact is that technology, no matter how good, will fail, unless correctly implemented and supported by a healthy lean culture of continuous improvements and engagement. Fraser will discuss how you can leverage ICT systems to really drive continuous improvements and gain a real competitive edge in the marketplace, using real lif...

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    • Dr. Ximena C. Schmidt Rivera BSc. and MSc. in chemical engineering, PhD

      Dr. Ximena C. Schmidt Rivera BSc. and MSc. in chemical engineering, PhD 

      Ximena Schmidt is a chemical engineer from Chile who came to Manchester to do a PhD; her research topic was related to the sustainable production and consumption of food in the UK. Currently, She is working in the University of Manchester in the centre for sustainable energy use in food chains (CSEF) as a research associate.

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    • Andrew Griffiths - Sustainability Manager - Nestle

      Andrew Griffiths – Sustainability Manager – Nestle 

      Andrew is responsible for the driving improved sustainability at Nestle. He will present a paper on how data is being captured from all areas of its manufacturing and supply chain operations and how the data is being used to drive out waste and increase efficiencies. He will present a paper on how data is being captured from all areas of its manufacturing and supply chain operations and how the data is being used to drive out waste and increase efficiencies.

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    • Arthur Stone

      Arthur Stone 

      Arthur Stone, CEO & OEE expert has over 30 years’ experience in Senior Engineering, Operations and Technology Management Roles and has an Engineering Degree from University College Cork.  Arthur firmly believes that the key to delivering tangible results from manufacturing improvement initiatives such as Lean and Six Sigma is the availability of accurate and timely information on how the production processes are performing, identifying the real issues and opportunities and driving performance improvement in real-time. OEEsystems International   OEEsystems Int...

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    • Nick Pennell

      Nick Pennell Co-founder and Chairman of Lavery Pennell

      Nick Pennell is a co-founder and Chairman of Lavery Pennell. Nick’s background combines engineering understanding, corporate strategy roles and over 15 years of top-tier strategy consulting experience. He has been working in the areas of low carbon and sustainability for over 15 years, including running Booz & Co.’s low carbon and sustainability business globally. Prior to working for Booz & Co/Booz Allen Hamilton, Nick worked for Shell and Bass Brewers.

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    • Cheryl Robinson

      Cheryl Robinson 

      Cheryl Robinson is the KTP Associate and Sustainability Assistant for Asda Stores Ltd. and the University of Leeds. Her work primarily consists of customer insight and consumer behaviour change. On a quarterly basis she surveys 20,000 of Asda’s customers to gain quality, primary data that help explain how everyday consumers think and act in terms of sustainability. She is also responsible for a joint project between Asda and the University of Leeds which aims to help consumers all across the UK reduce household food waste. This project consists of designing behaviour change interventions, cond...

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    • Mike James

      Mike James President of Manufacturing Operations Management Institute and Chairman and CTO of ATS International B.V.

      Mike is the President of Manufacturing Operations Management Institute and Chairman and CTO of ATS International B.V., a global, independent solution provider of MOM/MES, automation, quality and IT solutions. The Internet of Things, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Smart Manufacturing and the creation of new manufacturing strategies is his current passion.

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    • Andy Green

      Andy Green 

      Andy Green is BM TRADA’s Sustainability Sales Manager and works extensively with clients on sustainability projects. Predominately Andy focuses on the food, home and personal care industries and has been instrumental in supporting the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil.

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    • Dr. Ilias P. Vlachos

      Dr. Ilias P. Vlachos Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management

      Ilias holds a Ph.D. from Cranfield University, UK. Previously, Ilias was a Reader in Logistics & Supply Chain Management at Newcastle Business School and he had also held positions in Liverpool University and Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.

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    • Garry Corbet - Dawn Farm Foods

      Garry Corbet – Dawn Farm Foods Head of Continuous Improvement

      Established in 1985 Dawn Farms employs over 800 people across its three production plants in Ireland and in the UK. Dawn Farms is the preferred cooked ingredient and protein partner to many of the world’s leading grocery and High Street brands in over 40 countries worldwide. Garry joined the company in 2003 and was appointed into a new role as Head of Continuous Improvement in 2011 having previously been Head of Finance. Garry and his team are responsible for implementing the Continuous Improvement Programme using Lean principals across all Dawn Farms Facilities. Garry has recently co...

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