Appetite for Engineering 2019 – Conference Programme

Programme 2019

8:30 am

Registration, Coffee & Networking

Take the opportunity to visit the booths, network with your peers and talk through your own issues with food industry experts.

9:10 am

Chairperson’s welcome

Chris Buxton, director and CEO, British Fluid Power Associaton (BFPA)

Chris will open the discussion and talk us through the order of the day.


9.15: Keynote presentation:

Ian Wright, chief executive at the Food & Drink Federation will discuss the need for closer partnerships throughout the food production supply chain to help ensure greater productivity along with better and safer products.

9.55: Ed Keenan head of process at Integrated Food Projects will highlight some of the most interesting new and developing engineering technologies and will comment on how they might impact food production in both the short and long term.

10.20:  Chris Edwards, OBE head of quality at Müller UK & Ireland, will discuss the important role of quality engineering in helping avoid the plague of the food industry – product recalls!

10.45 Coffee Break and networking

11.15: Automation panel debate – chaired by Andy MacPherson, food & beverage industry manager at Festo UK.

In the first of our panel debates for the day we will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the use of automation technologies can offer the food production sector as the industry struggles to increase productivity and efficiency in today’s challenging business environment. 

Our panellists include:

Martin Miller, director of engineering & operations development at Allied Bakeries.
Paul Old, director of group capital and process innovation engineering at Samworth Brothers.
Ed Keenan, head of process at Integrated Food Projects.
Mike Wilson, president of the British Automation & Robotics Association (BARA).
Chris Buxton, CEO at BFPA


12.30  Lunch and Networking:



1.45: Jordan Brosnan, engineering technician at Coca Cola European Partners will talk about continuous improvement with the goal of reducing changeover times and increasing plant-wide efficiency and reliability.

2.10: Martin Howarth, professor of Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent University, will talk about the work currently being undertaken by the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE). He will focus on the KoolMill international partnership project which is looking for solutions to improve rice yields through process improvements and to reduce product waste.

2.35: Lydia Cordice, process engineer at Mondelez, will talk about her day-to-day experiences within Mondelez, her route to becoming a process engineer and what she thinks the food industry needs to do to encourage more young people like her into the industry.

3.00 – Coffee and networking


Engineering skills panel debate – chaired by Peter Whitfield, Appetite for Engineering and skills.

Our second panel debate of the day will focus on the issues surrounding engineering skills – how to encourage young people into the food industry and how to keep them there.

Our panellists include:

Chris Edwards OBE, head of quality at Muller UK & Ireland.
Nik Watson, learning and staff development specialist at SMC UK.
Martin Howarth, Professor of Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent University.
Sharon Blyfield, HR Business Partner at Coca-Cola European Partners
Tobias Singh, mechanical line technician at Coca-Cola European Partners.


4:30 pm

Chairpersons Summary & Close

4.30: Chris will summarise the day’s events and thank everyone for their input.

Programme correct at time of print. Content is, however, subject to change at the organisers discretion.


Following the Appetite for Engineering event you could continue the debate by joining us in the evening for the annual Food Processing Awards, which take place at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel, Coventry. Book your table or seat now. Contact Trevor Southerden on 01732 359990 

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