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Responsible Retailing Seminar

1st March 2023
National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
9:30am - 2:00pm
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The Responsible Retailing Seminar is a great opportunity to gain insight on new regulatory compliance challenges and hear from experts on responsible retailing initiatives happening across the sector.

The event will explore high priority areas for the convenience sector including deposit return schemes (DRS) and public health regulations.

As part of the Seminar we will be hosting three fast-paced and insightful breakout sessions covering hot topics for 2023 including:  

  • The future of digital age verification
  • Challenges in the vaping market
  • Reducing energy bills

The Seminar will conclude with a retailer only session where you will have the opportunity to engage with other retailers and ACS’ public affairs team on any regulatory or responsibility issues you would like to discuss.

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Event Speakers

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.

Andrew Farndell, Head of Trading and Format, Southern Co-op

Andrew is Head of Trading and Format at Southern Co-op, an independent co-operative operating over 200 convenience food stores across the south of England. He's currently responsible for all the commercial functions of the food retail business and leads the Trading and Merchandising, Buying and Services, Home Delivery, Price and Promotion, Space and Range Planning, Commercial Revenue, Format Development, Retail Implementation and Availability, Supply Chain and Logistics teams. Working in the retail industry for 27 years, in roles across store operations, merchandising and buying. He joined Southern Co-op 14 years ago, moving into the central support functions a year later, where he worked in a variety of commercial roles across multiple disciplines culminating in his current appointment.

Matthew Hunt, Director, Filco Supermarkets

Raymond Gianotten, Director, Statiegeld Nederland

Ian Lovie, Licensing and Compliance Manager, ScotMid

Linda Williams, Independent Retailer, Broadway Premier

Scott Butler, Executive Director, Material Focus

Mohammed Rajak, Director, Buywell

Neil Millett, Retailer, Jos. Richardson & Son

Rosie Wiggins, Research Manager, ACS

Rosie joined ACS in February 2021, after graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of Portsmouth. Before joining ACS, Rosie worked as a freelance researcher for several non-profit organisations. She is responsible for assisting the communications and public affairs team with research and analysis, used to support policy developments and keep ACS members informed.


Willem van de Ven, Public Affairs Executive, ACS

Willem joined ACS in January 2022 after graduating with a master’s degree in the History of War from King’s College London. Previously, Willem worked in administration for the NHS and as a part-time journalist. He is a member of the public affairs team and leads on crime, environmental and fuel policy.

Daniel Askew, Public Affairs Executive, ACS

Daniel joined ACS in February 2022, after graduating with a master’s degree in International Relations from Newcastle University. Before joining ACS, Daniel worked as a research assistant at Newcastle University, working on projects associated with the UN’S Sustainable Development Goals. As Public Affairs Executive, his key policy areas are obesity, alcohol and tobacco. Daniel is responsible for consulting members on key policy developments and responding to government consultations.