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Responsible Retailing Forum 2022

8th February 2022
Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading
10:00am - 2:30pm
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The day will involve three sessions on; the Delivery of a Deposit Returns Scheme, the Future of Responsible Retailing and the implementation of the Government's promotion and location restrictions on High Fat Salt Sugar products. Each session will bring together industry experts, policy makers and retail professionals who will explore and provide insights on each topic through a series of presentations and panel sessions.

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Event Speakers

Kate Winstanley, Director, Community Alcohol Partnerships

Kate took up the post of Director of CAP in 2014. She has over 25 years’ experience working within senior management roles on alcohol harm reduction projects in the UK. Previous roles include Head of Policy and Information at The Portman Group, Director of Campaigns at Drinkaware and Director of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS).

Iain Corby, Executive Director, Age Verification Providers Association

Iain has been Executive Director of the Age Verification Providers Association for 3 years.  It is the global trade body for suppliers of age assurance technology.  Previously, he was deputy CEO of the charity GambleAware, ran a research team in Parliament and was a management consultant with Deloitte.  He has a degree in PPE from Oxford and an MBA from UCLA.

David Pickering, Regulation Team Manager, Surrey and Buckinghamshire County Council

David is the Regulation Team Manager at Surrey and Buckinghamshire County Council. He qualified as a Trading Standards Officer in 1989. David has managed food and animal health regulation for many years and continues to actively promote the role Trading Standards can play in the public health arena. Previously, David was a joint Lead Officer for food and nutrition for the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Spencer Roberts, Managing Director, Envipco UK

Spencer Roberts is the Managing Director of Envipco UK, a global leading manufacturer of Reverse Vending Machines (RVM’s) for over 40 years.

Spencer is an expert in Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) and has been working closely with Zero Waste Scotland and Circularity Scotland over the past 2 years, consulting on the design of the Scottish DRS. He is also regularly involved with DEFRA and Deloitte in the design of the UK wide DRS. Spencer has a good working knowledge of other DRS from around the world and can advise on best practice and lessons learnt.

Spencer holds an MBA and has been involved with Grocery Retail for over 30 years, managing many large equipment rollout projects as well as being responsible for Service Support across the whole UK and internationally.

Mark Brill, VP Sales and Marketing, TOMRA Collection, UK & Ireland

Mark Brill joined TOMRA  in September 2018 and has now seen DRS in action across a number of European markets. His background is in consumer goods firstly with Jacob’s Biscuits and then with Wella Haircare.  In 2004 Mark moved to Singapore to work on the Procter & Gamble retail haircare launches across Asia in Sales and Trade Marketing. He returned to the UK in 2012 as Sales Director for P&G’s UK & Ireland Salon Professional business.  He is married with two grown up children and lives in Fleet in Hampshire.

Ric Exley, Head of Partnerships, PolyTag

Ric Exley is Head of Partnerships, at pioneering RecTec (Recycling Technology) start up Polytag. He has spent over 25 years in various senior FMCG roles, working both in the UK and internationally, within global organisations, SMEs and philanthropic businesses.

It was Ric’s passion for reducing our impact on the planet, that led him to Polytag, a company that develops game-changing Describe, Tag and Trace technology solutions, which contribute to solving the climate emergency. His role focuses on promoting the opportunities that a Digital Deposit Return Scheme (DDRS) can offer to retailers, suppliers and consumers, as well as benefitting the environment.

Will Williams, Proposition Strategy Controller, AF Blakemore

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.

Chris Noice, Communications Director, ACS

Chris joined ACS in October 2009 having graduated from York University with a degree in English and Linguistics. As Communications Director, Chris is responsible for all ACS external and internal communications, media relations and a growing research portfolio which includes the industry leading Local Shop Report.

Chris is an official spokesperson for ACS, appearing frequently on national and regional radio and television including BBC News, Sky News, BBC Breakfast and the Daily Politics show. 

Chris completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma in 2013 and the CIM Strategic Marketing Masterclass in 2017.