Meet the 2018 Judging Panel

Adrian James
Head of Product Design
Heineken

I am 47 years old and a Brewer by training, born and bred in the brewing town of Burton-on-Trent.  I joined the brewing industry 27 years ago with Bass Brewers in the Quality Assurance team and have held various brewing, quality and NPD roles in that company, now Molson Coors and HEINEKEN.  I have also spent time in soft drinks and cider making (as part of my time in HEINEKEN).

My packaging experience comes from Quality assurance initially then developing through working with new packages in NPD.  My team in HEINEKEN develop new packaging, from primary, secondary and tertiary plus developing artwork on all forms.

I am keen to see how new technologies can be applied to traditional products to improve the consumer experience.  This is a key focus for HEINEKEN.

Amy Wetton

Amy joined Mondelēz International in 2012 with a focus on developing global gifting platforms for the chocolate category. Having spent 3 years in New York in a Marketing role, Amy relocated to the UK to work on multi region launches for Big Bet Innovations for Mondelēz International’s power brands; Milka, Cadbury, Toblerone and Lacta. Amy started her career as a Packaging Designer working with Design Futures Group and Robinson Packaging, working with brands such as Shiseido, Greencore, Bulldog Skincare and Taittinger.

Arno Melchior
Global Packaging Director
ReckittBenckiser

1988 Packaging Project Manager at Merck, Germany 

1991 Packaging Manager, Reckitt & Colman Germany

1997 European Packaging Category Leader, Reckitt & Colman France

1998 Packaging Manager, Benckiser Germany 

ReckittBenckiser:

2000 After the merger of Reckitt & Colman and Benckiser: Global Supply Excellence Project Manager (identifying synergies and harmonise and optimize both product and packaging)

2002 Director Global Supply Excellence 

Since 2004 Global Packaging Director 

Bev Page
Packaging Consultant

Bev Page graduated in Mechanical Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 1956 and became a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in 1961.

In 1973 he was appointed General Manager of the National Can Corporation Skelmersdale (UK) factory which made the first commercial aluminium two-piece drawn and wall ironed (DWI) beverage cans in Europe. Following this, he set up factories for NCC in Germany, Italy and the UK to make two-piece DWI beer and beverage cans and in the Republic of Ireland to make easy-open ends.

In 1979 he joined Mardon Illingworth Ltd (now Ardagh Group) which in 1978 had made the first two-piece tinplate DWI food cans outside the USA.  He was made Operations Director in 1981.  He later became Development Director and retired in 1998 to become an independent packaging consultant.

He was Chairman of the (UK) Metal Packaging Manufacturers’ Association from 1993 – 1995. The first edition of his book entitled “Metal packaging, an introduction” was published by Pira International in 2001, with the second edition being published at the end of 2010. He regularly lectures on metal packaging at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Diploma course in Packaging Technology) and at Campden BRI (Safe Preservation of Heat Processed Foods course).

Brian Stow
Packaging Innovation
Mars Wrigley Confectionery

R&D packaging expert specialised in Front-end Innovation and Design, Graphics and E2E Commercialisation, with career leading R&D packaging teams within major-scale FMCG businesses (e.g. Kraft Foods, Dairy Crest, Cadbury, Mondelēz, Mars Wrigley Confectionery). Experience and passionate about scouting for new capability and technology to unlock scalable growth & value, focused on maximising desirability, balanced with the need to be feasible & viable.

Bruce Funnell
Packaging Lead
Nestlé Product Technology Centre, Confectionery

With more than 30 years international experience in the industry, Bruce’s expertise spans the breadth of the Packaging field from end-of-line equipment, materials manufacturing and for the past 16 years, brand owners.

Currently based at Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre for Confectionery in York, Bruce is a member of the Senior Leadership team. He is responsible for developing and driving Nestlé’s packaging technology research and development strategy for their global Confectionery business. Brands include Nestlé, KitKat, Aero, Milky Bar, Crunch, Rowntrees and many more. 

Bruce is inspired by excellence in consumer centric packaging design that adds true value. Working together with academia, innovation partners and an international team his focus is on science and technology that delivers breakthrough innovation, from idea through to pilot and first launch

e Packaging field from end-of-line equipment, materials manufacturing and for the past 16 years, brand owners.

Currently based at Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre for Confectionery in York, Bruce is a member of the Senior Leadership team. He is responsible for developing and driving Nestlé’s packaging technology research and development strategy for their global Confectionery business. Brands include Nestlé, KitKat, Aero, Milky Bar, Crunch, Rowntrees and many more. 

Bruce is inspired by excellence in consumer centric packaging design that adds true value. Working together with academia, innovation partners and an international team his focus is on science and technology that delivers breakthrough innovation, from idea through to pilot and first launch


David Tonkin
Project & Portfolio Manager UK
Muller UK & Ireland

David left University in 1995 with an degree in Politics which is still serving him well in the packaging industry today.  Just over 23 years ago David started in packaging procurement for a pharmaceutical contract packer in the South East of England.  Rather than pursuing a career in procurement, it was the excitement of packaging that led him to jump at the chance to move to the North West to join the packaging team at Iceland.  Following 3 years at Iceland, David spent the next 11 years in the Dairy industry working at Dairy Crest (3 years) and Muller (8 years).  During that time David completed an MSc in Packaging Technology from Loughborough University.

In 2012 David left Muller to join one of the largest food manufacturers in the UK - 2 Sisters Food Group as Group Packaging Development Manager working across ambient, chilled and frozen sectors for both brand and retail.  This provided a wide variety of associated packaging materials and processes that can only be described as the packaging equivalent for being a kid in a sweetshop.  Both an eye-opening and fulfilling experience. 

In 2017 David returned to Muller in the role of Project and Portfolio Manager for Muller UK & Ireland where his packaging role is customer facing, covering group wide projects, leading the navigation through the plastics debate, and managing the UK brand and private label print teams.

Dick Searle
CEO
The Packaging Federation

Dick Searle has spent the 50+ years of his working life in the Packaging Industry. For over 30 years, before running The Packaging Federation, he had been CEO of a number of packaging groups including two quoted companies. His career has covered most of the material sectors of the industry and he has experience of both large and small companies.

Dick is a passionate believer in the Packaging Industry and the very positive contribution that it has made to society at large – both in terms of its products and its substantial contribution, as a major manufacturing industry, to the UK economy. 

In 2011, Dick received the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award at the Packaging News Awards ceremony. In 2012, he was appointed as one of thirty “Industry Champions” for the Government’s “Make It In Great Britain Campaign”.

He has been Chief Executive of The Packaging Federation since November 2006.


Ian Schofield
Own Label Manager
Iceland Foods

Ian travels the world spreading his 30 years of Packaging knowledge and experience.  His message includes best practise launch methods from product development stage to arrival in store and driving innovation in Packaging.

He started his career in the Co-operative Head Office in Manchester qualifying in packaging development/engineering before moving into buying and marketing roles. 

In the mid 80’s, he joined retailer Iceland as Own Label Manager to develop the Iceland brand.  In his time there, he initiated and managed the launch of over 8,000 lines and was integral to the acquisition of its biggest rival Bejam.  The brand growth increased from GBP 4 million to over GBP 450 million.

Ian then moved to the supplier side, working with a number of companies providing product solutions which included design, packaging technology, project and asset management, vendor management, product development, artwork/pre press services and printing to the largest FMCG brands around the world. 

Ian joined Sun Branding Solutions(was Gilchrist) in 2004 as Sales and Marketing Director and was instrumental in the companies’ product and service development and growth, using his experience and unique perspective to scope and develop bespoke launch solutions for FMCG brands and retailers

In 2013 he re-joined Iceland after the company went private again under the original owner Malcolm Walker. Iceland now turnover £2.8bn.  He looks after all graphics and packaging including the Own Label process

Ian is an active member of the Institute of Packaging and Institute of Marketing.

Laura Fernandez
Senior Packaging technologist
Marks & Spencer

I have worked in M&S for nearly 30 years holding many different roles, first in stores and then in Head Office.   My passion for Europe led me to move to Foods, project managing the development of packaging for the different European countries.  That was my introduction to packaging by default and what became my new passion.

I completed the Diploma in Packaging through IOM3 in 2011 and I have just finished an MSc in Packaging Technology and Management at Brunel University London.  I am a senior packaging technologist in Foods with responsibility for innovation and materials strategy as well as day to day packaging development and hardware sourcing for the group.

Simon Oxley
Packaging Controller
Cranswick

‘Simon Oxley is a Mechanical Engineer by trade and a packaging enthusiast by nature. In his 16 years in the industry his career to date has encompassed roles developing and buying packaging, re-launching big brands, installing production lines and leading teams.  Initially part of the graduate scheme at Britvic Soft Drinks he swapped fizzy pop for fruit smoothies when he moved to innocent Drinks in 2008 to take up the role of Head of Packaging.

A move to Marks & Spencer followed in 2012 where he was responsible for developing a robust supplier governance process and for setting the sourcing strategy for the different packaging raw materials in his position as a Senior Packaging Technologist within the Food Division.  Following 5 years in retail he moved to the supplier side and joined Cranswick plc as Packaging Controller.  In his current role he is responsible for bringing innovation to the fresh, cooked and continental meats market and for developing packaging that is sustainable, cost effective and category leading.’

Tracy Sutton
Director
Root

Root delivers specialist packaging consultancy in the form of packaging analysis, packaging design strategy, specialist research and design workshops to key stakeholders across the supply chain. Root works collaboratively with established brands, retailers, raw material suppliers and converters looking to pioneer and integrate responsible packaging design. 

Tracy has over 15 years of experience working with established and global clients including Starbucks, Innocent and Pukka Herbs on strategic and technical projects to drive innovation into packaging. With a strong background in sustainable design thinking she combines the science of sustainability and realities of recycling into tangible actions for your packaging projects by simplifying complex issues to create powerful strategies. 

Tracy has been on the sustainability advisory board for a number of global brands and has written articles for publications including The Guardian, The Times, Packaging News and Packaging Europe. 

William Boyd
Director and Chief Executive
Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

After completing a Law degree at Trinity College Cambridge, Bill was an Army Officer serving in the UK, Germany and Canada.  On leaving the Army he worked in a variety of positions for British Steel; as well as being a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army.

From 1998 for 11 years he was Managing Director of Afon Tinplate in Swansea, and during this time also completed a Master of Science Degree in Printing and Coating Technology.  In 2009 he moved to Ohio in the USA as General Manager and Global Commercial Director Tata Steel Plating and President and CEO of Thomas Steel Strip Corporation and Apollo Metals.

On his return to the UK in 2016 he became Director and Chief Executive of the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association.  He lives with his wife on the western edge of rural Herefordshire in an area of outstanding natural beauty and spends most his free time enjoying the countryside and attempting to play golf!

Chris Sorsby
Commercial Manager
Glass Technology Services (GTS) Ltd

Chris Sorsby is Commercial Manager for Glass Technology Services (GTS) Ltd – which carries out glass research and analysis as well as providing accredited testing for glass products across glazing, domestic ware and packaging (food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical). 

Chris spent the early part of his career hands-on in container glass manufacturing and filling – getting to know all stages of the process first hand. His various roles at GTS Ltd have seen him work alongside some of Europe’s most highly regarded glass chemists, technologists and product performance experts.

He now oversees the development and planning of GTS Ltd’s testing, research and consultancy business. With a particular focus on the container glass industry – he is continually talking to glass manufactures, equipment suppliers, brand owners and retailers. His works includes product development, process improvement, market analysis and corporate due diligence in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.

This year Chris also became a Director of Virtual Reality Machine Training – which is developing an Oculus Rift virtual reality simulator of a bottle forming machine. This promises to revolutionise training. It will let trainee operators safely get a much deeper understanding of the process, and practice troubleshooting manufacturing issues, without impact on real production.