Doug Hutt, Global Packaging Materials Development Consultant
Doug has worked in the packaging and graphics industry for the past 25 years working in the pharmaceuticals sector, for Schering-Plough Animal Health; for Mars Confectionery; leading print development on major global brands such as Mars, Snickers and Starburst. He has also worked in in the retail sector, for Safeway stores, in Packaging procurement, before leading Kimberly-Clark Europe's business-2-business packaging team develop a global strategy on "reduce, reuse, recycle".
Elliott Orlik, R&D Director - Packaging Development
Elliott joined Pepsico with focus on packaging and now additionally leads the foods raw material agenda covering oils, seasonings and ingredients. Key focus included, Sustainable packaging, Advantaged flavour delivery and next generation oils. Prior to PepsiCo Elliott was R&D Manager at Campbell Soups, Packaging Innovation Manager at Bass Brewers and Packaging Technologist at Kraft Jacobs Suchard.
Adam Page, Business Manager, Reports and Consultancy
Adam Page is responsible for market reports and strategic consultancy at Smithers Pira. Adam has more than 10 years experience in project management of international market research projects. A former journalist, Adam is also member of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP).
Josh Brooks, Brand Director
Josh Brooks became editor of Packaging News in 2008 and in that time has developed the brand through initiatives such as this year's PowerBook & Directory and the dedicated monthly Equipment News mini-magazine, which launched last year. Josh joined Packaging News from PrintWeek, where he was deputy editor. He has also worked as a journalist in the property and urban planning sectors, and as an English language trainer in the advertising and media industry in Paris. Josh studied languages and social sciences at University College, London.
Nick Mockett, Corporate Finance
Nicholas Mockett is a corporate financier and has focussed on the packaging industry for 20 years. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (including MBOs/MBIs), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, public company takeovers and public to privates, refinancings and restructurings. He has worked on dozens of deals, around the globe, worth over €5bn, and has been active in every substrate from rigid packaging to flexible to fibre and in consumer and industrial applications ranging from pharmaceutical packaging to food and beverage to bulk chemicals.
Sam Sheppard Fidler, Director, Distribution and Product Testing
Sam has over 15 years' experience in packaging and testing, with a broad knowledge of packaging materials and logistics/distribution processes. He has extensive knowledge of the issues around cost effective shipment of products throughout the supply chain, having conducted numerous projects addressing compliance, shipment damage reduction and cost avoidance for leading global brands. In April 2012 Sam extended his industry activities becoming Vice Chair of the board of ISTA (the International Safe Transit Association). Sam is also Chair of ISTA's European Divisional Board and a member of the Packaging Society in the UK.
We are pleased to announce that the expertise of Smithers Pira and Packaging News will be supported by industry leaders from Moorgate Capital, SABMiller and PepsiCo! More leading packaging companies will also be joining them - watch this space for more to be announced soon!
If you would like to be involved with the 2013 conference programme, contact Hayley Marsden for more information.