2018 Speakers 2018-02-08T03:59:59+00:00

N8 AgriFood International Conference 2018: People, Health & Food Systems, 13th-14th June 2018, Liverpool, UK

Speakers

Meet Our Team

Pablo Alarcon Lopez
The University of London
Dr Louise Ander
The British Geological Society
Lucy Antal
The Food Domain
Hibbah Araba Osei-Kwasi
The Food Domain
Paulo Bartolo
University of Manchester
Dr Joe Bennett
University of York
Denice Bentley
First Love Foundation
Alan Bjerga
Bloomberg
Rosina Borrelli
IFSTAL
John Bows
PepsiCo
Prof. Sarah Bridle
University of Manchester
Dr Samantha Caton
University of Sheffield
Dr Paul Christiansen
University of Liverpool
Assistant Prof. Laura Cornelson
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Robbie Davison
Can Cook Kitchen
Prof. K Denby
University of York
Prof. Bob Doherty
University of York
P.Dominguez-Salas
London School of Hygiene
Prof. Louise Dye
The University of Leeds
Susannah Fleiss
University of York
Prof. Les Firbank
University of Leeds
Dr Therese Gondwe
IIITA Zambia
Anna Gregson
Mathys-Squire
Prof. J.C.G. Halford
University of Liverpool
Prof. Sue Hartley
The University of York
Dr Barbara Haesler
Royal Veterinary Collge
Cathryn Higgs
CO-OP
Dr Belinda Howell
Decarbonize Ltd
Prof. Peter Jackson
University of Sheffield
Dr. Jeff Jia
University of Bristol
Dr. Gulbanu Kaptan
University of Leeds
Prof. Louise Kenny
University of Liverpool
Prof. Lenny Koh
University of Sheffield
Prof. Unni Kjaernes
Oslo Metropolitan University
Dr Anna Krzywoszynska
University of Sheffield
Prof. Thomas Krauss
University of York
Dr Ruth Little
University of Sheffield
Prof. Andrew Lyons
University of Liverpool
Dr Peter Martin
The University of Manchester
Wayne Martindale
University of Lincoln
Prof. Emeritus Alan Matthews
Trinity College, Dublin
Dr Lauren McGale
University of Liverpool
Prof. Simon McQueen
University of York
Kathryn Miller
INNOVATE UK
Dr Clare Mills
The University of Manchester
Gavin Milligan
William Jackson Food Group
Tim Mordan
DEFRA
Prof Emeritus Alex Murdock
London South Bank Uni
Prof John O’Brien
Nestle
Dan Parker
Living Loud
Michelle Patel
Food Standards Agency
Hugh Powell
Nestle
Jonathan Rigg
National University of Singapore
Prof. Mariana Ruffino
Lancaster University
Prof. J Rushton
University of Liverpool
Dr Christian Ryenolds
University of Sheffield
Prof Bhavani Shankar
SOAS University of London
Dr Manish Shukla
Durham University
Adam Smith
The Real Junk Food Project
Dr Beccy Smith
Mondelez
Prof. Debbie Smith
The University of York
Prof. Fiona Smith
The University of Leeds
Dr James Stockdale
The University of York
Prof. Carolyn Summerbell
Durham University
Nina Sweet
WRAP
Roger Sykes
IFSTAL
Dr Nick Taylor Buck
University of Sheffield
Prof. Sandy Trees
House of Lords
Jens Thomas
Farm Urban
Dr Aperma Verma
The University of Manchester
Prof Carol Wagstaff
The Agrifood Training Partnership (AFTP)
Dr Chris West
University of York
Alan Wilson
Waitrose
Mark Wong
SIME-DARBY PLC
Dr Iain Young
University of Liverpool
Fiona Graham
Prof. John Gray
The University of Manchester
Summer Allen
Chloe Sutcliffe
Kerry Whiteside
Bradgate Bakery
Daniel O’Brien
The Trussell Trust

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The University of London

Pablo Alarcon Lopez

Pablo is a lecturer in animal health economics at the Royal Veterinary College and also a member of the Leverhulme Center of Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) in London. Graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cordoba, Spain. He later obtained a MSc and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics at the RVC.  His interest lies in understanding the economic drivers and factors associated with the emergence, prevention and control of animal diseases and public health risks across the different livestock food systems; in evaluating the economic burden of animal diseases for the different people in the food chain; and in the development of economic decision support tools for disease control. His past work has led him to investigate the impact and efficacy of control measures for Post-weaning Multi-systemic Wasting Syndrome, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and Schmallenberg. As a post-doctoral research fellow he has investigated the structure, governance and food safety risks practices of the different livestock value chains operating in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2016, he joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as a veterinary epidemiologist, where he provided epidemiological support on the design and analysis of livestock disease surveillance, and for outbreak investigations. In particular, he provided support to the European Union reference laboratory for Avian Influenza and TSEs, and in the development of antimicrobial resistance research projects. In 2017, he started his current position as Lecturer in Animal Health Economics at the RVC.

The British Geological Society

Dr Louise Ander

The Food Domain

Lucy Antal

The Food Domain

Lucy Antal is a sustainable food adviser for The Food Domain, a network partnership enabling new relationships to develop between academics, NGOs, communities, businesses and the public sector.  

She is the NW project manager for Feedback Global’s Regional Food Economy, developing new networks of sustainable food projects and promoting a circular economy approach to food surplus – using it to feed people, animals and the soil, with a particular focus on the North.

Lucy is a research associate at the University of Liverpool, and a member of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. She is an external examiner for food and nutrition students at Liverpool John Moores University, and is involved with several N8 research projects.

 

The Food Domain

Hibbah Araba Osei-Kwasi

Sustainable Food Adviser- The Food Domain

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2013, as a PhD student at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), Section of Public Health.  My PhD project adopted a mixed method research approach to explore the determinants of dietary behaviour among Ghanaians living in Europe. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana. I am currently a Research Associate at ScHARR and work on two projects exploring dietary transition in Ghana and Kenya.

University of Manchester

Paulo Bartolo

Professor Paulo Bartolo
Chair of Advanced Manufacturing Processes

University of York

Dr Joe Bennett

 Senior Technologist, Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)

Joe is a senior technologist at the BDC, responsible for managing a number of projects with a particular focus on adding value to unavoidable food waste. Joe has worked in scientific research for over 10 years and has developed an eclectic skills portfolio working in various research areas including drugs and explosives detection, biofuels and food security.  His technical expertise lies in various areas of biology and biochemistry and he has extensive experience in molecular biology, protein expression/purification and enzymology.

 

First Love Foundation

Denice Bentley

Co-founder & CEO of First Love Foundation, a charity based in Tower Hamlets working to see a world where people are empowered to lead sustainable, independent lives. The charity provides personalised support and advice for people in crisis, as well as emergency food.

In 2013, Denise pioneered the integration of both Welfare Rights and Housing Benefit advice into the Tower Hamlets Foodbank service through partnering with Child Poverty Action Group and the Local Authority, thereby the people referred not only receive food but also advice and advocacy.

First Love Foundation has also been acknowledged by the APPG inquiry on Hunger & Poverty (2014) as most effective in tackling poverty and its causes.

Prior to establishing First Love Foundation in 2010, Denise worked in Banking, Programme Management & Management Consultancy. She lives in Essex with her husband Aerold and two children.

Bloomberg

Alan Bjerga

Alan Bjerga covers U.S. agriculture policy for Bloomberg News, based in Washington, D.C. He also is the author of the book “Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest” and serves as a lecturer at Georgetown University.

Alan is a past president of the (U.S.) National Press Club and has received numerous awards for his writing on hunger and global agriculture. He grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota, raising sheep.

 

 

IFSTAL

Rosina Borrelli

Workplace Engagement Lead for IFSTAL

Rosina Borrelli is the Workplace Engagement Lead for the IFSTAL Programme hosted by the University of Oxford. Her background is in change management consultancy and food education in a variety of areas of the food system including hospitality, manufacturing, retail and FMCG. Her broad experience enables her to manage external engagement for the programme to raise awareness of the value and uniqueness of IFSTAL participants; in conjunction with supporting them on their career journey by providing insights, case studies and skills.

PepsiCo

John Bows

R&D Director, PepsiCo

John Bows graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physics degree, joining Unilever R&D in 1991 to develop process and packaging technology innovations across food categories, specialising in field physics technologies. In 2005, John joined PepsiCo R&D (Leicester), leading snacks process technology projects, where John is currently an R&D Director.

In 2002, John was elected to Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and in 2016 led the creation of the Physics in Food Manufacturing group within the IOP, which he current chairs.

 

University of Manchester

Prof. Sarah Bridle

Professor of Astrophysics University of Manchester

Prof. Sarah Bridle is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester and lead of the new STFC Food Network+, which brings together food research and industry with STFC capabilities from astro, particle and nuclear physics and the UK’s largest science facilities.

University of Sheffield

Dr Samantha Caton

Biological Psychologist

University of Liverpool

Dr Paul Christiansen

Department of Psychological Sciences

Dr Christiansen is an experimental psychologist and statistician who has been researching unhealthy decision making for ten years. His focus is on unconscious cognitive processes and how they drive unhealthy behaviour. He also explores how these process are moderated by underlying personality and motivational constructs as well as situational factors. He has published over fifty-peer reviewed research articles on these subjects. He has received funding for this work UK research councils, charity, and industry. In addition to this he has worked as a statistician on a  range of projects funded by UK (Home Office, National Crime Agency) and US (FBI, CIA) government agencies.

 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Assistant Prof. Laura Cornelson

Assistant Professor in Public Health Economics

I am a health economist interested in economic drivers of food demand and how policies influencing these drivers can be used to improve population health. I have worked across both low- and high-income country settings with more recent work focusing on analysing the role of food prices and health related food policies in the UK.

Can Cook Kitchen

Robbie Davison

Director, Can Cook Kitchen

Robbie has been a social enterprise practitioner in leadership roles for over 25 years.

He has for the past 10 years led Can Cook, a social company dedicated to ‘giving everyone access to good fresh food’

This year, Can Cook started to roll out a model called Good Food Areas, designed to improve food throughout deprived communities and stop food poverty.

Robbie will present the Can Cook journey and how significant change can appear if the food sector works together to try and solve poor diets and hunger.

University of York

Prof. K Denby

N8 Agri Food, University of York

Katherine started her scientific career with a PhD in Plant Science at Oxford University, followed by postdoctoral training at the Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University. At the University of Cape Town, Katherine headed up a research group investigating the regulation of plant defence before moving back to the UK in 2006 to the University of Warwick. Here she began to use interdisciplinary approaches and to apply these in breeding crops with enhanced disease resistance. Katherine was also Director of the Midlands Integrative Bioscience doctoral training programme. She is now a Professor in the Biology Department at the University of York and Academic Director of the N8 Agrifood Resilience Programme.

University of York

Prof. Bob Doherty

Professor of Marketing and Editor of the Social Enterprise Journal, University of York

Bob specialises in research on hybrid organisations namely the marketing and management aspects of fair trade organisations and social enterprises. Recently his research interests have developed to look at resilience in food systems. Bob is a member of the organising committees for both the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) and the International Fair trade Symposium (FTIS) and has chaired and hosted both these conferences in recent times. For the past 8- years he has been editor of the Emerald publishers Social Enterprise Journal and is also editorial board member of the Corporate Responsibility and Environmental management Journal (Wiley Publishers). Bob is also a regular reviewer for the Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Management Reviews and Organization Studies. Prior to moving into academia Bob spent nearly five years as Head of Sales and Marketing at the Fairtrade social enterprise, Divine Chocolate Ltd.

London School of Hygiene

P.Dominguez-Salas

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Assistant Professor Dr Paula Dominguez-Salas, Joint appointment London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)/International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)  Graduated in Veterinary Sciences, and in Food Sciences and Technology. She later obtained an MSc and a PhD in International Public Health Nutrition at LSHTM. She works in nutrition-sensitive livestock, focusing on nutrition epidemiology research and the links between livestock value chains, maternal and child nutrition, food safety and gender in Africa, Latin America and Asia. She has also worked at the Royal Veterinary College of London, and for different European institutions, development NGOs, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Spanish International Co-operation Agency.

 

The University of Leeds

Prof. Louise Dye

N8 AgriFood Improved Consumption and Health Lead, University of Leeds

Louise Dye obtained a BSc in Human Psychology (1985) from the University of Aston in Birmingham followed by a PhD in Human Psychopharmacology from the University of Leeds in 1989. Her PhD examined the effects of benzodiazepines on cognitive function and interactions with the menstrual cycle. Louise has held MRC and Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowships in the UK and Europe and a Marie Curie Professorial Fellowship in Jena, Germany. Professor Dye is a Chartered Health Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society. She spent a sabbatical at the Obesity Unit of Huddinge Hospital, Stockholm, part of the Karolinska Institute and more recently was Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, Sansom Institute, University of South Australia.

University of York

Susannah Fleiss

PhD Student, University of York

University of Leeds

Prof. Les Firbank

Professor of Sustainable Agriculture

Les Firbank is an ecologist at the University of Leeds researching into interactions between farming and the environment, where he focuses on the meaning and measurement of agricultural sustainability. He is increasingly promoting urban food systems at Leeds, through the Leeds Food Partnership which leads the development of the Leeds Food Strategy. He was N8 AgriFood Theme 1 lead 2015-2017, and is Speciality Editor for Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems on Sustainable Intensification and Ecosystem Services.

IIITA Zambia

Dr Therese Gondwe

Dr Therese Gondwe has expertise in Agriculture Extension,developing and managing Food and Nutrition projects and conducting Gender research.  Dr. Therese Gondwe is currently workingat International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as Technology Dissemination specialist. This entails working with end users of a technology to ensure there is an adoption of the promoted agriculture and nutrition related technologies.   She is currently based in Lusaka, Zambia. Prior to working with IITA, Therese worked as project Manager in Malawi with an organisation called Feed The Children International. She obtained both her Masters Degree in Agriculture Extension as well as PhD in Human and Environmental Sciences from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.  Her current research area focuses on Gender analysis on commodity value chains, with focus on cassava, soybean and cowpea. This research area aims at advising policy makers and scientists of the importance of addressing challenges faced by end users of technologies being developed and promoted in relation to agronomic traits and nutritional quality.  She enjoys working with different stakeholders using innovative system approaches that aim at both out scaling and building capacity of partners while building and maintaining existing partnerships.

Mathys-Squire

Anna Gregson

Partner, Mathys-Squire Intellectual Property

Anna is a partner in Mathys & Squire’s Life Sciences team, based in their Manchester office.  Anna has over 10 years’ experience in handling  biochemistry and biotechnology patents, working for a diverse range of clients from university technology transfer organisations to international corporations.  Anna focuses on providing diligent and proactive advice, and works with her clients to achieve creative and commercially-focused solutions.  Anna has particular expertise in the Agri-Tech sector,  including transgenic plants, microoragnisms, stress tolerance and plant variety rights.

 

University of Liverpool

Prof. J.C.G. Halford

Head of Department of Psychological Sciences

Professor Jason Halford is Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, former Chair of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity – ASO (www.aso.org.uk), and Treasurer of the European Association of Obesity (EASO). He is a Chartered Health Psychologist.  His early research focused on anti-obesity drugs and appetite and this has progressed to the behavioural assessment of potential anti-obesity drugs in early clinical development.  Over the past 10 years his research has focused on drug-induced weight gain, the effects of nutrients and fibre on appetite and hormone release, the effects of stress on eating behaviour, the effect of marketing of children, and on lean-obese differences in the expression of appetite.  In 1999 he co-founded the Human Ingestive Behaviour Laboratory at Liverpool and in 2004 he also cofounded the Liverpool Obesity Research Network (LORN). Professor Halford is the co-ordinator of the 8 million Euro EU Framework Seven Satiety Innovation SATIN project (www.satin-satiety.eu) to develop novel foods for appetite control using novel processing technologies to alter food structure.  He is also a leading scientist on the WRAP trial investigating the role of commercial weight management providers in primary care and the lead investigator on a new trial to examine the impact of artificial sweeteners on appetite in the context of active weight management.

The University of York

Prof. Sue Hartley

Director, York Environmental Sustainability Institute, The University of York

Sue is acting academic director of the N8 AgriFood Resilience Programme.

Her research focuses on using natural plant defences as a sustainable means of crop protection. She has a Biochemistry degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Ecology from the University of York. She joined the University of Sussex in 2001, and it was here where her long-standing interest in the use of silicon to increase crop resilience to drought, disease and insect pests began. In 2010 she moved to the University of York to become the founding Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute, an innovative research partnership bringing together leading researchers from a broad range of disciplines to tackle key global challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and threats to food security.

To find out more about Sue’s research on the battle between plants and their pests you can watch her 2009 Royal Institution’s Christmas Lecture – ‘The 300 Million Year War’.

Sue has previously advised both the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission on the ecological effects of genetically modified crops and is currently a member of the BBSRC’s Strategy Advisory Panel on Agriculture and Food Security, Chair of the Sustainable Agriculture Research Innovation Club, and President of the British Ecological Society.

Royal Veterinary Collge

Dr Barbara Haesler

Senior Lecturer in Agrihealth

Barbara Häsler is veterinary researcher and Senior Lecturer in Agrihealth at the Royal Veterinary College, UK, with expertise in animal health economics and food systems. Her main area of interest is the integration of economic, social and epidemiological aspects in animal disease mitigation to inform practical and feasible solutions. She is particularly committed to the development of interdisciplinary approaches that support surveillance and intervention programmes for the control of foodborne and zoonotic diseases in food systems.

CO-OP

Cathryn Higgs

Head of Food Policy, CO-OP

Cathryn provides leadership on all areas of food policy and is responsible for making sure The Co-op takes action on the things that matter most to customers and members, as well as ensuring that ethics and sustainability are at the heart of decision making.

Her role involves setting ethical standards for own brand products and ensuring the business is provided with advice and recommendations on scientific, legal and consumer affairs. Strategically, Cathryn and her team set the direction of travel on amongst other things nutrition, sustainable sourcing, environmental impacts, packaging & recyclability, food waste, ethical trade and Fairtrade.

 

Decarbonize Ltd

Dr Belinda Howell

Retailers’ Palm Oil & Soy representative, Decarbonize Ltd

Belinda is an Executive and Non-Executive Director with extensive international experience in corporate sustainability strategy and sustainable supply chains.

Belinda represents international retailers on the Boards of two oilseed commodity associations – the Roundtables for Sustainable Palm Oil and Responsible Soy – developing sustainable agriculture standards for food and feed. She started her career in scientific research and development in fisheries for the Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute.

University of Sheffield

Prof. Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield where he leads the Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures research group (SheFF). He directed the Leverhulme Trust’s ‘Changing Families, Changing Food’ research programme (2005-8) and the CONANX project on consumer anxieties about food, funded by the European Research Council (2009-13). His recent work includes a study of convenience food, funded the ERA-Net SUSFOOD programme (2014-2017) and an ESRC-funded project on fresh food in the UK and Portugal (2016-2018).

University of Bristol

Dr. Jeff Jia

Reader in Supply Chain Management

Fu Jia, PhD, is an Reader (Professor) in Supply Chain Management at the University of Bristol, England. He is also a visiting professor to several universities including Zhejiang, Fudan, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Dr Jia is director of Business, Nature and Value (BNV) Research Centre at Exeter and currently leads a number of projects funded by Newton Fund, ESRC, EPSRC and industrial sources related to supply chain management and e-commerce both in the UK and in China. His research interests have been in supply chain management represented in several streams: supply relationship management in a cross cultural context, global sourcing, supply chain learning and innovation, agricultural supply chain and cooperatives. He has published extensively in leading international OM/SCM journals such as IJOPM, JCP, JBL, IJPE, SCM, JPSM and IBR among others. Dr. Jia is an Associate Editor to International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and International Food and Agri-business Management Review (IFAMR).

 

University of Leeds

Dr. Gulbanu Kaptan

Lecturer in Behavioural Decision Making, University of Leeds

Dr Gulbanu Kaptan is a Lecturer in Behavioural Decision Making at the Centre for Decision Research in Leeds University Business School. Her research focuses on consumer understanding of food-related risks and benefits, including nutrition, food safety, and food waste; developing risk and benefit communications; social value foundations of risk; and eating behaviour. In relation to these topics, Gulbanu has been involved in interdisciplinary research projects funded by the ESRC, EU and international funding agencies.

University of Liverpool

Prof. Louise Kenny

Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool

From the 1 January 2018 Louise will be the Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool

Prior to joining the University Louise was Professor of Obstetrics and Consultant Obstetrician at Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Louise was the founding Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT www.infantcentre.ie).  Louise has a longstanding clinical and research interest in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.  Her research group is supported by more than €30 million of peer reviewed funding and her work has resulted in >200 peer reviewed original papers, reviews and book chapters. Louise has received numerous awards for her work, most recently the prestigious title of Researcher of the Year by SFI (2015) and 2015 Irish Tatler magazine Woman of the Year Award for STEM.

University of Sheffield

Prof. Lenny Koh

Director of Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre, University of Sheffield

Professor Lenny Koh is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (CEES), Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC), and Logistics & Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at The University of Sheffield. She is an internationally renowned authority on supply chain management related to low carbon and sustainability. Her research is recognised for its scientific novelty and has generated major impacts for society, industry and government. Using interdisciplinary approaches, crossing supply chain management, information systems, energy, engineering, social sciences and science disciplines, her work contributes to the understanding and resolution of complex supply chain problems, which are caused by climate change and uncertainty. She has a high H-index (World number 2) and high research income generation, and has successfully pioneered and led many large scale, complex projects, funded by EPSRC, ESRC, EU, Innovate UK, Leverhulme Trust and other key funding bodies in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Oslo Metropolitan University

Prof. Unni Kjaernes

Professor Consumer Research Norway

Unni Kjærnes (MSc in nutrition and Phd in sociology) is a research professor at Oslo Metropolitan University. Her work has concentrated on consumer perspectives of food policies in Norway, Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, and India. She has questioned how patterns of consumption, public opinions, and trust are influenced by provisioning systems and public policies as well as how people as consumers influence these systems. A range of issues have been addressed; food safety, nutrition, sustainability, animal welfare, and food security.

 

University of Sheffield

Dr Anna Krzywoszynska

Leverhulme Early Career Researcher

Anna is an inter-disciplinary social scientist researching sustainable food production at the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield. Her current Leverhulme Trust funded project focuses on soil, and the role that scientific and farmer knowledges can play in creating sustainable food futures from the field up. She is the founder of the Soil Care Network which bridges disciplinary boundaries to further societally relevant soil research. Anna has a long track record of interdisciplinary work including collaborations with soil scientists, engineers, physicists, and architects.

 

University of York

Prof. Thomas Krauss

Professor of Photonics and Research Theme Champion for Technologies for the Future

Thomas F Krauss has an international reputation based on his work on nanophotonic structures and photonic crystals, an activity which has recently shifted towards biosensing and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. He typically presents 10-15 invited talks at international meetings each year and he is one of the most highly cited researchers in Photonics in the UK. He was recently appointed as Strategy Champion for the “Technologies for the Future” theme at York with the remit to enhance multidisciplinary research university-wide.

University of Sheffield

Dr Ruth Little

Dr Ruth Little is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. Between 2014-2017 she was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leader grant focusing on sustainable agricultural systems. Since 2012, Ruth has d

ivided her time between the University of Sheffield and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working to enhance the role of social science evidence first within the Animal and Plant Health Evidence and Analysis (APHEA) team and now within the Brexit-focused Environmental Land Management policy team.

University of Liverpool

Prof. Andrew Lyons

Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, University of Liverpool

Professor Lyons is Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management, Director of Research for the Marketing and Operations Department and Director of Studies for the MSc programme in Operations & Supply Chain Management. He has expertise in supply chain management and design from research and practice in the automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and food industries. This includes: the design and implementation of vendor-managed inventory systems; the design of supply chain performance measurement systems; the development of supply chain strategy for multi-tier, high-variety environments; outsourcing and make/buy evaluations; bullwhip effect mitigation design and supply chain co-ordination planning; the evaluation and extension of sequenced-supply arrangements; supply chain mapping and modelling; the design of collaborative networks and the facilitation of collaborative innovation. His expertise in operations and process engineering management stems from research and practice in a wide range of automotive vehicle assemblers, component manufacturers and materials providers. This includes operations strategy development, the examination of lean and agile practices, technology management, and mass customisation and variety management strategy development.

The University of Manchester

Dr Peter Martin

Senior Lecturer Chemical Engineering and N8 AgriFood Theme 2 Lead

I am Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and has 20 years’ experience of researching new ways to measure, control and utilise multiphase properties in products and processes. In the food sector this often means uncovering how microstructure is created in processing through a combination of ingredient formulation and processing. Examples include work with Unilever which showed how to account for the effects of viscous heating during the flow of ice cream from freezer to packaging; utilising population balance models to understand bubble creation in bread dough mixing; or work with Mars to characterise extrusion processing of a chocolate crumb paste.

University of Lincoln

Wayne Martindale

Project Director, Food Insights and Sustainability Service, National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln

Wayne directs the Food Insights and Sustainability Service at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln. FISS applies research across the food industry for some of our best known brands. Wayne has been working in sustainability since 1998, after eight years of doctoral research in biochemistry in the UK, Japan and USA. He started his sustainability practice with the BASIS/FACTS leadership team delivering certification programmes for UK agriculture and has held visiting scientist roles at CSIRO Australia and the OECD in Paris.

Trinity College, Dublin

Prof. Emeritus Alan Matthews

 

Author of several reports for the European Parliament on CAP, Brexit etc

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.  His research interests are in the areas of agricultural policy and particularly the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, as well as international trade policy. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and is currently a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council. He is a regular contributor to the blog capreform.eu on issues relating to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.

University of Liverpool

Dr Lauren McGale

Research Associate

Dr McGale is an experimental psychologist with experience in appetite and obesity research. Her recent PhD research has focused on the influence of the food environment on children’s eating behaviours (choice, preference, intake), specifically the types of foods and beverages being promoted (nutrient profiling) and the promotional techniques employed (e.g. marketing, food packaging, health claims). In her current research position, she works on a variety of projects, including a large dietary intervention study funded by the American Beverage Association (SWITCH), and also on the IKnowFood project (food sustainability practices).

University of York

Prof. Simon McQueen

CNAP Director and Chair in Materials Biology

Simon McQueen-Mason left school at 17, and worked in boat yards in Southern California, before returning to the UK as a professional fisherman, eventually owning his own boat. At 26 he returned to education, obtaining a 1st class honours degree in Biological Sciences from Portsmouth Polytechnic. He received a PhD in Plant Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993, and returned to the UK to take up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at The University of York in 1994. In 2001 he became Chair of Material Biology in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), at York, and became CNAP Director in 2014. His research encompasses understanding the biosynthesis and mechanical properties of plant cell walls, understanding and modifying the digestibility of lignocellulosic biomass, and the discovery of enzymes for lignocellulose digestion. He is currently Director of the BBSRC-funded Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet).

INNOVATE UK

Kathryn Miller

Innovation Lead – Food, Dept of Ageing Society, Health and Nutrition

Kathryn is Innovation Lead for Food at Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK fund, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. Kathryn’s role within the AgriFood team is to help manage and influence Innovate UK’s work in the food sector with specific emphasis on the enhancement of food quality, food safety, food technologies, diet, nutrition and health.

Prior to joining Innovate UK in July 2017, Kathryn was Head of Food Policy at Coeliac UK, the UK charity for people with coeliac disease. Her role covered legislative and technical aspects of the gluten free diet and stakeholder engagement across the food industry.

Kathryn has a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Food Policy from City University, London.

The University of Manchester

Dr Clare Mills

Professor of Molecular Allergology, The University of Manchester

Theme 3 Lead

After a short spell in London at the Department of health after I completed my PhD I went to work at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich where I became a head of the Physical Biochemistry Group in 1999. In 2005 I took over the leadership of the food material science research at IFR and working with four other research leaders developed a new programme of research relating food structure to health benefits of foods. This took the largely physical sciences knowledge base derived from food behaviour during food processing in a factory environment and applying it to understanding environmental responsiveness of foods during digestion in the biological-processing environment of the gastrointestinal tract. Specifically the programme sought to gain an understanding the rules governing the assembly of natural and fabricated food structures (including nano-scale structures), their subsequent disassembly during digestion and uptake by the gut epithelium. This has also involved promoting a transdisciplinary approach, linking physical scientists with physiologists, clinicians and psychologists to achieve its overall aims and goals. In my capacity as a BBSRC Institute Strategic Programme Grant leader I was also a member of the IFR Executive Board.

 

In 2011 I moved to the University of Manchester to take up my current position. Based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and working with the Respiratory and Allergy Research team at the University Hospital of South Manchester led by Professor Adnan Custovic, I am now applying my molecular science to understand, better diagnose and treat food allergies. This research stems from work I have done through a series of projects funded across several EU Frame Work Programmes. Through these projects I developed a network of researchers that put forward the expression of interest on food allergy which subsequently the consortium applied for, and won, and came on to become the EuroPrevall project. Spanning 17 countries, including India, China, Russia and Ghana, it had 63 partners spanning clinical science, epidemiology, social science, biochemical and immunological sciences, academia and industry. Successfully completed at the end of 2009 the future challenge will be to realise the knowledge currently locked up in the large amounts of data and biological samples (including DNA) collected through the project activities in the coming years to understand the basis of food allergies and deliver more effective management strategies.  

William Jackson Food Group

Gavin Milligan

Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group

Gavin Milligan holds a PhD from the University of London and worked for 9 years in the chemical industry before moving to the food sector. He has worked for a number of businesses ranging from SMEs to blue chip corporates in supply chain, operations and commercial roles and is currently Group Sustainability Director for the William Jackson Food Group where he is responsible for the company’s social and environmental programmes. He is a former member of the FDF’s sustainability steering group and the steering group of WRAP’s Product Sustainability Forum, is a director of Sedex, sits on the consumer sustainable lifestyles engagement working group at IGD, is a member of the KTN Food Sector Group and committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s agriculture sector group, chairs the Agri-food member interest group at Campden BRI and sits on the Industrial Advisory Board at SHU’s centre for excellence in food engineering.

DEFRA

Tim Mordan

Deputy Director, Agri-Food Chain – Innovation, Productivity & Science

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London South Bank Uni

Prof Emeritus Alex Murdock

Head of Centre of Government and Charity Management, London South Bank University

  • Current Research focus on Social Innovation in responding to food insecurity
  • Research at intersection of NFP/private and public sectors . Published researcher (6 books and numerous papers and book chapters)
  • Extensive professional knowledge and governance experience across both charity and public/ not for profit sectors and national boundaries
  • Organisational consultancy in third sector
  • Successful Board level in social enterprise and social care
  • Successful academic leadership of 4 knowledge transfer partnerships to third sector
  • Senior level management and professional career in social services

 

 

Nestle

Prof John O’Brien

Senior Scientist, Nestle Research, Lausanne

John O’Brien’s experience spans the international food industry with senior leadership positions in Academia, Government and Industry. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, he was until recently a Senior Scientist at Nestlé (in Switzerland) and held senior leadership positions in Groupe Danone (France). He is currently a Board Member of Campden BRI, a member of the Science Council of the Food Standards Agency (UK) and is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University.  He previously served on the Boards of ILSI and IFSH.

Living Loud

Dan Parker

Dan spent 20 years working in the advertising and marketing of food, His clients included CocaCola, McDonalds, Walkers, Cadburys, Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury’s. In 2014 Dan was
diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As he learned to manage his disease, he also learned of the crisis in obesity and the essential role food choice has in both health and happiness. In 2016 Dan closed
his agency and launched Living Loud.
Living Loud is global charitable alliance of medical professionals, digital technologists and the creative industries setting out to transform lifestyle healthcare. It campaigns for reform of junk
food marketing and works to use insight, creativity and technology to inspire people to prevent and overcome illness.

Their recent work includes:
1. Consultants to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation on Sugar Smart, the multi-sectorial campaign to help people understand the danger of consuming too much sugar
2. Advisor to the Centre for Social Justice on policies to improve childhood obesity rates in our most socially deprived communities.
3. Partnering with the Food Foundation on cross-sector collaboration to use marketing to
increase the nations consumption of vegetables
4. Offering our expertise, friendship and support to organisation which share our goals including the Obesity Health Alliance, Food Foundation, Action on Sugar, Cancer Research
and the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

Dan is a regular speaker at All Party Parliamentary Groups and committees on childhood obesity, food and diabetes, conferences such as Food Matters Live, and government and industry
workshops. His 2018 media work includes The Daily Mail, The Guardian, BBC Newsnight and Sky News.

Food Standards Agency

Michelle Patel

Head of Social Science Food Standards Agency

After serving as Director of Communications in the Food Standards Agency and in various senior marketing, insight and communications roles at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Revenue and Customs, Michelle now runs the Social Science function at the FSA, leading the team that ensures that the understanding of human behaviour informs the assessment and management of food risk and safety in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Nestle

Hugh Powell

External Research Manager 

Product Technology Centre Confectionery, Nestle

Hugh has worked for Nestlé for 15 years, holding a number of positions at the company’s global R&D centre for confectionery in York. He currently manages the centre’s external research programme. He has a BSc in Chemical Physics and a PhD in Physics from University of Bristol, and prior to joining the food industry had an academic career with the Universities of Lausanne, Adelaide and Durham.

National University of Singapore

Jonathan Rigg

Jonathan Rigg is Director of the Asia Research Institute and Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore. He works on issues of resilience and vulnerability with regard to disasters, risk, poverty and rural livelihoods, and has undertaken fieldwork in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka. His book Challenging Southeast Asian development: the shadows of success was published by Routledge in 2015 and explores the underside of rapid economic growth and structural change. His latest book, More than rural: textures of Thailand’s agrarian transformation, will be published by Hawaii University Press and draws on three decades of field-based research in Thailand.

 

Lancaster University

Prof. Mariana Ruffino

Professor of Agricultural Systems

Professor Rufino is one of the chairs of the HEFCE-funded N8 Agri-food programme. She has 20 yrs+ work experience conducting research and leading projects and scientific teams. Her aim is to advance the science and the development of new agricultural practices that support innovative and low-carbon farming systems. She conducts interdisciplinary research and works closely with policy makers at different levels to influence agricultural and climate change policies with rigorous science.

University of Liverpool

Prof. J Rushton

Chair and Professor of Animal Health and Food systems Economics, University of Liverpool

I am a biological scientist with an education in economics. Over the last three decades I have specialized in the economics of animal health, livestock production and livestock food systems. This interest was born at an early stage from working on the family dairy farm, milking cows, helping keep records and getting involved in the general health of the cows and the bigger issues of ridding the farm of brucellosis and warble fly.

University of Sheffield

Dr Christian Ryenolds

N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Improved nutrition and consumer behaviour

Dr Reynolds foodfutures.group.sheffield.ac.uk research examines the social, economic and environmental impacts of food consumption. Over the last 5 years Dr Reynolds has worked upon a variety of multi-disciplinary sustainable diet related research projects.  These research projects have ranged from the macro: global food consumption and environmental impact modelling, through to the micro: community and household level dietary and sustainability assessment, or individual food based discrete choice experiments. Within N8 AgriFood,
Dr Reynolds is providing knowledge exchange across Theme 3 (Improved Nutrition and Consumer Behaviour), with particular focus on household food insecurity, healthy sustainable diets and food waste.

SOAS University of London

Prof Bhavani Shankar

Professor of International Agriculture, Food and Health at SOAS

Bhavani is Professor of International Agriculture, Food and Health at SOAS.  He is an applied economist working on research areas at the intersection of agriculture, food, nutrition and health, in developing as well as developed countries. His research interests include the analysis of economic drivers of over and under nutrition, food and nutrition policy evaluation and the role of agriculture and food systems in enabling better nutrition and health. He is currently an academic editor for PLOS One and was Managing Editor of Food Policy during 2011-2015.

Durham University

Dr Manish Shukla

Assistant Professor in Operations Management

Dr Manish Shukla is a Lecturer in Operations Management at Durham University Business School (DUBS). His research interest includes Global Agri-Food Supply Chain Sustainability and Resilience. His research has been published in prestigious international journals and has been recognized by several National and International awards. Dr Shukla has worked with Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Global SCALE Network in Malaysia. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Cornell University. He is a member of The Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport, UK.

 

The Real Junk Food Project

Adam Smith

Founder – The Real Junk Food Project

Adam began the visionary, multi-award-winning, global initiative: The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP). Set up in December 2013, to revolutionise the disposal of avoidable food waste into landfill, the pioneering movement’s manifesto is to: feed bellies, not bins.

A trained chef, Adam still takes every chance he can to get into the kitchen and take on the challenge of whipping something up with whatever’s to hand.

Mondelez

Dr Beccy Smith

Senior Associate Principal Scientist

Dr Beccy Smith leads the Modelling & Simulation group at Mondelez International. She joined the company when it was Cadbury, 17 years ago, following her PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Birmingham. She is a keen promoter of science to children: having started up a company to create science & maths magazines for children, and presented a regular science slot on Blue Peter. Beccy is also very interested in food & sustainability: she lives with her three children & partner in a self-built eco-house on their smallholding with polytunnels, rare-breed sheep and poultry.

The University of York

Prof. Debbie Smith

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research

Deborah Smith trained as a biochemist at the University of Southampton and held post-doctoral fellowships at MRC Mill Hill, NIH Bethesda (USA) and Imperial College London before appointment to the academic staff of the Imperial Biochemistry Department. Following promotion to a Personal Chair and serving as Associate Head of Department and Chair of the Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine, Deborah moved to the University of York in 2004, as a founder member of the Centre for Immunology and Infection, thereby furthering her research interests in neglected tropical diseases.  She has published over 120 research papers to date in this field, working with a range of national and international collaborators.

Deborah served as Head of the York Biology Department from 2010-2013, while also directing the University’s first Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD programme.  She was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research on 1st January 2014.  Externally to York, Deborah chaired the MRC Infections and Immunity Board (2007-2010), was a member of MRC Strategy Board and more recently, Co-Chair of the Wellcome Trust Science Funding Interview Panel (2011-2014).  She has participated in research reviews for international organisations including Genome Canada, the Institut Pasteur Paris, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Copenhagen Research Forum, FCT Portugal and, most recently, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.  Deborah was awarded an OBE for Services to Biomedical Sciences in 2010.

 

 

The University of Leeds

Prof. Fiona Smith

Fiona Smith is Professor of International Economic Law and N8 Chair in Agri-Food at the University of Leeds. She joined the Law School in 2017 having previously held positions at University of Warwick and UCL. She is a Visiting Professor at several law schools in the USA, including University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and Boston College Law School. Her research focuses on international trade law in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), with a specialist interest in international agricultural trade. Fiona has published widely on international agricultural trade, including a monograph, Agriculture and the WTO: Towards a WTO Model for International Agricultural Trade Regulation (2009) Edward Elgar. She has spoken about her research to public and private sector audiences throughout the world. In 2017, Fiona was appointed Specialist Advisor for the House of Lords for its Report on BREXIT and Agriculture. She has given evidence on the impact of BREXIT on agricultural trade to the UK’s House of Commons, International Trade Committee and the Welsh National Assembly, External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee. She was an invited expert for the European Commission, [DG DSANCO], Working Group on EU Food Safety in Nutrition in 2050, the joint DEFRA/UK Treasury, Balance of Competence Review: Agriculture evaluating the relationship between the EU and the UK and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society advising on the Implications of BREXIT for Agriculture in the UK. Fiona is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Economic Law and serves as the journal’s European Book Review Editor.

The University of York

Dr James Stockdale

N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange Fellow

James is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the N8 AgriFood programme, based in The York Management School at the University of York. His primary research interests are in biogeochemical cycling in soils and plants, and on the impacts of climate change and land management on the emission of greenhouse gases.

Passionate about engaging in challenge-led research and increasing the impact of his research, James is working to improve sustainability in the agri-food industry through collaborations with academic researchers from diverse disciplines and with partners from across the farming and food industries.


Key Research Themes:
Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, farmer engagement, agri-tech, sustainable production.

Durham University

Prof. Carolyn Summerbell

Professor of Nutrition at Durham University

Carolyn Summerbell is a Professor of Nutrition at Durham University, England, UK. Her research focuses on 1) the collation of evidence for the prevention of obesity in children and families, and dissemination and translation of this evidence into policy and practice, 2) the development of community-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity, 3) the development of tools to assess dietary intake and physical activity levels at population level. The need to assess and reduce health inequalities underpins this programme of work.

WRAP

Nina Sweet

Special Adviser-WRAP

Nina is a champion for innovation and has extensive experience in waste treatment and nutrient management and, in 2012, was awarded an OBE for her long- standing services to the waste industry.

Nina is currently working with Wrap Cymru on the Welsh Bioeconomy. Previously she has worked closely with the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, providing technical support for resource efficiency and bioeconomy policy development.  She is the technical lead for WRAP’s work to help retailers, brands, farmers and growers realise value from unavoidable food waste, and is leading the Wrap Cymru programme to innovate and deliver relevant technology to the food sector. Nina sits on the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy advisory board for the BBSRC and maintains close links with academic research.

Nina bridges the gap between regulators and regulated industries. For example, she has ensured that changes to biowaste industry regulation have worked for the economy and the environment.

IFSTAL

Roger Sykes

Food Systems Programme Manager, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Roger joined the ECI Food Systems Group in July 2015. The programme contributes to the University of Oxford’s broad view of food systems by increasing two-way interactions between food security and environmental change.  The research and training programme looks at all food system activities from production to consumption, and how these relate to food security and the environmental outcomes of these activities. Roger provides programme support for the IFSTAL teaching programme and the programme on Resilience of the UK Food system in a global context.

University of Sheffield

Dr Nick Taylor Buck

 

R

esearch Fellow ‘Realising Just Cities’ Project, Urban Institute

Nick is a Research Fellow on the ‘Realising Just Cities’ project, helping to coordinate the programme of work and the design, delivery and evaluation of co-production projects across two city-regions in the North of England. He has a PhD in the natural sciences and leads on collaborative research and publications between the faculties of Social Science, Science and Engineering. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with substantial real estate practice experience, where he specialised in sustainable design and assessment. He currently sits on several urban design advisory panels.

House of Lords

Prof. Sandy Trees

Lord Trees qualified as a veterinarian in 1969 and has worked in general practice, industry and, for most of his career, academia. In 1980 he was appointed Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Liverpool based in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He was Professor of Veterinary Parasitology from 1994 and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science from 2001 – 2008. His research embraced livestock disease in both temperate and tropical environments, including a strong interest in One Health and parasitic infections as models of human tropical disease. He retired from the University in 2011.
He was President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009-2010, and is currently Chair of the Moredun Research Institute Board, Veterinary Editor in Chief of the Vet Record, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
In 2012 he was appointed a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. There he has served on the EU Select Committee and its Sub-Committee on Energy and Environment (which included agriculture) and has participated in the production of 20 House of Lords Select Committee Reports published 2015-2017, many on the consequences of Brexit including on Brexit: Agriculture and Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare.

Farm Urban

Jens Thomas

Technical Director- Farm Urban

Jens is the Technical Director of Farm Urban and a post-doctoral researcher in computational biology at the University of Liverpool. After completing a degree in chemistry, Jens worked in publishing and journalism before returning to academia to work on the development of computational chemistry software and provide support for the UK national supercomputer at Daresbury Laboratory. He then completed a PhD in bioinformatics and macromolecular crystallography at The University of Liverpool, where he now works at the Institute of Integrative Biology developing software for the UK crystallographic community. One of the founding partners of Farm Urban, Jens oversees the company’s research and development into innovative and sustainable ways to grow food in urban environments. The findings are used to deliver robust and efficient systems for urban food production, with integrated educational outreach programmes that aim to engage and inspire people to become more aware of the need for a more sustainable approach to food production and consumption.

The University of Manchester

Dr Aperma Verma

Head of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care

Dr Arpana Verma is Head of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care. She is Director of Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health (MUCH) a WHO Collaborating Centre and honorary Consultant in Public Health at PHE. MUCH is based within the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Biology, Medical and Human Sciences. MUCH performs high quality research, teaching and training, in the field of public health and has established links to local, national and international public health organisations (www.manchester.ac.uk/much). MUCH was recently designated the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Health Indicators including working as part of the European Health Information Initiative and the Global Report on Urban Health.

Dr Verma is currently the Programme Director for the Masters in Public Health and MRes in Public Health/Primary Care online/blended distance learning course, which offers an innovative approach to learning, meeting the training needs for health professionals interested in a career in public health or those seeking new skills in this area.

Dr Verma was the principle investigator (PI) of the European Urban Health Indicator System project (EURO-URHIS 2) funded by DG Research under the FP7 programme (http://www.urhis.eu/), and is also the president of the European Public Health Association section on Urban Health.

Dr Verma is also PI on a number of health service research projects, primarily in hepatitis C and blood borne virus prevention, infection control, immunisation including MMR and HPV vaccine. Many of these projects involve data linkage of health indicators, risk factors and the wider determinants of health to help understand the urban challenges to health both within the UK and globally. The most recent EU grant consists of investigating health ageing in cities.

Dr Verma is also an expert for WHO, which has led to several publications (http://www.who.int/kobe_centre/publications/urban_metrics2011/en/index.html  http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/172509/Developing-indicators-for-the-Health-2020-targets-Eng.pdf ). She also runs training events for public health professionals including the Public Health Grand Rounds, International Festival of Public Health and organised the 11th International Conference on Urban Health 2014.

Dr Verma also holds an honorary consultant post at Public Health England.

 

The Agrifood Training Partnership (AFTP)

Prof Carol Wagstaff

Director The Agrifood Training Partnership (AFTP)

Carol received her DPhil from the University of York in 1999 and is also an alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London. She was appointed as Assistant Professor at University of Reading in January 2007 and promoted to Professor in 2017. She took over the Directorship of the BBSRC Food Advanced Training Partnership in 2012 and has subsequently become the Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership (www.aftp.co.uk), which provides high-level skills and training for people working within the agriculture, food and beverage industries. Carol is presently Professor of Crop Quality for Health in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading. Carol leads a research group that focuses on improving the quality of food, including the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, as well as helping consumers make healthy dietary choices. The goal of her group’s research is to enable fresh produce seed breeders, growers, processors and retailers to offer better quality products to the consumer, through the integration of plant chemistry with its genetic regulation in the crop and by quantifying the impact of the growing and postharvest environments on quality parameters.

University of York

Dr Chris West

Senior Research Fellow SEI and N8 AgriFood Resilient Supply Chains Lead

Dr Chris West is a Senior Research Fellow at the York Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute where he leads SEI York’s Sustainable Consumption and Production group.

Chris has a multidisciplinary background encompassing environmental science, ecology, mathematics and economics. He is Co-Investigator on the UK’s Global Food Security-funded IKnowFood project, is responsible for the ‘Markets’ agenda of SEI’s flagship Trase programme, and he sits on the Steering Group of SEI’s Producer to Consumer Sustainability Initiative.

Waitrose

Alan Wilson

Fresh Produce Agriculture Projects, Waitrose

Alan has 43 years’ experience with Waitrose with most of that time spent in a managerial role in buying or technical within fresh produce. He has championed collaborative working with growers and suppliers, introduce several innovations such as The Agronomy Group, professional development, Waitrose approach to pesticide management, integrated crop farming and the wider research needs within fresh produce. In 2016 Waitrose Agronomy Group was awarded a significant BBSRC grant to develop studentships.  He has pioneered the Waitrose engagement in sustainability and organic farming. Alan has written several books on the historical and varietal aspects of the potato. Alan is a Trustee of the John Lewis Natural History group and works closely with local farmers.

Alan has admitted to being a West Ham united supporter, a James Bond fan and keen vegetable grower himself.

 

SIME-DARBY PLC

Mark Wong

Head EU Sustainability Department, SIME-DARBY PLC

Mark is the Head of Downstream Sustainability for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and manages the company’s responsible sourcing programme. Sime Darby Plantation is a globally integrated plantation company and a leading producer of certified sustainable palm oil products.

In previous roles, Mark led the development of the Sime Darby Group’s annual sustainability reports, established targeted stakeholder engagement programmes on sustainability issues, helped define sustainability strategy, and managed the Group’s climate change agenda. He also participated on various multi-stakeholder platforms, including the High Carbon Stock Convergence Process, which defined a unified approach to implementing no-deforestation commitments.

An Environmental Engineer by profession, Mark was previously an Associate Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change practice. He has also worked in the mining, forestry and property industries.

University of Liverpool

Dr Iain Young

 

 

Institute of Integrative Biology

Iain Young gained his PhD in Zoology/Biomechanics from the University of Leeds, then held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA before joining the University of Liverpool in 2002. His research has a focus on the growth and development of fish and other aquatic animals and particularly how the impact of environment, husbandry practices, nutrition and diet on fish yield and quality, to improve sustainability of production, minimise environmental impact and improve welfare.

Iain Young employs cross-disciplinary approaches to address challenges faced by the aquaculture sector; working closely with industry to develop new approaches and new technologies and delivering R&D projects (EU, BBSRC, TSB/Innovate UK) as diverse as novel sensor development for water quality measurement, anaerobic digestion of fish and agriculture waste, new and more sustainable protein sources for fish feed, smart fish monitoring and advanced water treatment technologies. We also use these approaches in work with third sector organisations and social enterprises to promote local food production, urban farming and healthy eating. Iain is a non-executive director of Farm Urban – a social enterprise providing education, skills and technology to bring communities together and encourage sustainable urban living and two other technology spin-out companies developing aquaculture sensor technologies.

 

Fiona Graham

The University of Manchester

Prof. John Gray

Professor of Robotics and Systems Engineering

Summer Allen

Chloe Sutcliffe

Bradgate Bakery

Kerry Whiteside

Innovation Projects Manager,  Bradgate Bakery

The Trussell Trust

Daniel O’Brien

The Trussell Trust, Area Manager-Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Derbyshire

Dan O’Brien is the Trussell Trust’s Area Manager for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Derbyshire. He is responsible for supporting, guiding and training 29 foodbanks that last year provided 135,595 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

Prior to his role as Area Manager, Dan was the Project Manager of the Manchester Central Foodbank, the first student-led foodbank in the Trussell Trust network.