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Responsible Retailing Forum 2021

25th May 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm
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ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum will explore two big strategic policy issues:

  • new regulations on high fat, salt sugar products
  • the introduction of new environmental regulations such as deposit return schemes and extended producer responsibility

This virtual event will give you the chance to discuss with us and some of the Government contacts and others most closely involved.

The Responsible Retailing Forum will be followed by breakout sessions for you to discuss upcoming issues with people who are close to them, including tobacco trace & trace, digital ID and more.

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Event Speakers

Kevin Lowe, Head of Store Implementation, ScotMid

Jo Hall, HMRC Policy Manager, Tobacco Track and Trace

David Gell, Policy Lead for Deposit Return Schemes at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

David has worked in Defra’s Resources and Waste division since 2018 and is currently the policy lead for introducing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers.

Katherine Walters, Proof of Age Standards Scheme

Circularity Scotland

Ian Taylor, Retail Director, SPAR UK

Amy Glass, Policy Manager, Food and Drink Federation

James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS

James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006. He has led ACS on political and policy representation, driven a unique research programme that informs ACS’ policy work, launched an industry-leading assured advice scheme in partnership with Surrey County Council, created a new and unique events programme, and increased membership and engagement from all parts of the industry. He has been recognised for his work with outstanding achievement awards from HIM, Palmer & Harvey, YIGA, and the Retail Industry Awards. James is a member of ministerial advisory groups including the National Retail Crime Steering Group and the Retail Sector Council. He also sits on the boards of Community Alcohol Partnerships, the London Food Board and the High Streets Task Force. James joined ACS in 1997. He has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.

Edward Woodall, Government Relations Director, ACS

Ed joined ACS in September 2009 having graduated from Roehampton University in 2007. As Government Relations Director Ed is responsible for communicating ACS’ policy positions across Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved nations with civil servants, parliamentarians and external stakeholders. Ed consults with ACS members through ACS’ Policy Committee and Expert Policy Groups to develop policy positions and the organisation's public affairs strategy.

Ed has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees in Westminster and devolved nations and contributes to policy developments across a range of government working groups including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.

Ed completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma in Public Relations in 2013. Ed is currently studying for his MBA at Surrey Business School.

Lydia Hamilton-Rimmer, Public Affairs Executive, ACS

Lydia joined ACS in June 2020 after working in the political consultancy sector alongside gaining a degree in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. Lydia leads on Environment & Energy, Obesity, Food regulation, Fuel and Product Policy as well as over-seeing Covid-19 and EU Exit developments.