Meet your 2019 presenters…
Chief Executive at the Food & Drink Federation
Ian joined FDF in March 2015, after 14 years with Diageo, six of them as a member of the executive committee. He previously worked for Boots The Chemists and Mars Confectionery and had spells in consultancy and politics.
A member of the Government’s Food & Drink Sector Council, he is also a member of the end-user advisory council of Pay UK. He is an active investor/adviser to business start-ups.
Ian is a regular broadcaster and frequently writes for media outlets. He was awarded the CBE for political and public service in August 2015.
Head of Process at Integrated Food Projects
Within food capital project management company, Integrated Food Projects, Ed plays a key role in major food industry projects for large conglomerates around the globe as well as innovative company start-ups. He is responsible for the process and technology aspects of the factory design.
Chris Edwards OBE, TD, MIFST, VR,
Head of Quality with Muller Yogurts and Desserts
Chris has played a lead role in land-based education and training, rural business and regional development, with emphasis on the dairy sector. He has worked as a food supermarket manager, product development technologist, an operations manager with Milk Marque, Warehouse Operations manager, he has lectured in food and dairy technology for 15 years in addition to managing the product development halls at Reaseheath College.
He worked for 4 ½ years with Arla Foods as their Technical Competence Development Manager, 12 months with Tetra Pak UK processing systems concentrating on dairy plant business development. Most recently he developed his own Dairy Technology Training and Consultancy business and now works as Head of Quality with Muller Yogurts and Desserts.
Engineering Technician at Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd, Schweppes Abbey Well
Jordan has worked in a production environment since shortly after his 18th birthday, starting at Procter and Gamble in fine fragrance production and later at Coca-Cola Enterprises (now Coca-Cola European Partners), as an engineering apprentice. At CCEP Jordan has been involved with many projects, including the installation of a new production line, water saving projects, energy saving projects, time saving projects and system changes.
Currently he is working days based in continuous improvement and am working on reducing changeover times, increasing efficiency and reliability even further and acting as a point of contact to operational staff regarding any long-term improvements.
Professor Martin Howarth
Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)
Martin has a PhD in Robotics from Nottingham Trent University and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer. Previously, he was Head of Department of Engineering and Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University where he was responsible for leading the strategic development of Engineering and Mathematics in the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, as well as for overseeing the delivery of excellent education in these disciplines.
Process Engineer at Mondelēz International
Lydia is a Batchelor of Science, Food Science & Nutrition, from the University of Leeds. She started her food industry career at Bournville as a scientist, process innovations and moved on to become global process lead, process innovations. Her current role is as a process engineer with responsibility for generating and leading productivity initiatives and identifying areas for process improvement and optimisation.
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