The line-up confirmed to date include:

Andy Pye
Business Development Manager
Seymour Powell

Andy Pye heads up the international growth and partnerships program at leading Design & Innovation Agency Seymourpowell, based in London. His work takes him around the world liaising with both private and public sector organisations to develop innovative solutions to the complex problems that exist between the worlds of design, technology and business.

Charlie Leaver
Brand Manager (Innovation)
Global Brands

Charlie Leaver has worked within the drinks industry for over a decade, starting out behind the bar before moving into marketing. Currently working for Global Brands Ltd, Charlie has managed various brands from Global’s extensive portfolio, leading on complete brand overhauls and large-scale brand activations. With a strong intrinsic knowledge for what makes a brand really sing, and a keen eye for beautiful design as well as functionality, Charlie led the development team for Crooked Beverage Co Alcoholic Soda, which is a completely new and unique RTD proposition. She currently manages Crooked through its nascent stages of product life whilst also working on other innovation projects for Global. Her passion is for creative, out-of-the-box thinking, and well managed inclusive projects that see concept through to successful execution.

David Peters
Creative Development Manager
API Group

A chemist by training, David has worked in the packaging industry for over 30 years. The majority of this time has been spent with API where David has occupied a number of different technical roles within API’s European Laminates business (formerly Henry & Leigh Slater) before assuming Group-wide responsibility for API’s technical and new product development activities. He has had direct involvement in many of the ground-breaking developments that API has delivered such as print registered laminates and Transmet - plastic free laminated board.

David Williamson
Vice President Technology & Product Development
API Group

A chemist by training, David has worked in the packaging industry for over 30 years. The majority of this time has been spent with API where David has occupied a number of different technical roles within API’s European Laminates business (formerly Henry & Leigh Slater) before assuming Group-wide responsibility for API’s technical and new product development activities. He has had direct involvement in many of the ground-breaking developments that API has delivered such as print registered laminates and Transmet - plastic free laminated board.

Derek Scott
Brands Director, Malts, Cognac & Black Bottle
Distell Group

Born and bred in Scotland, Derek has been involved in the drinks business since the 2001 where he joined Jim Beam Brands (now Beam Suntory). He has worked in a variety of commercial and marketing roles for some of the finest prestige drinks brands, including Jim Beam, Laphroaig, Makers Mark, Canadian Club, Courvoisier, Deanston, Tobermory, Scottish Leader, Black Bottle and Bunnahabhain, Hine & Bisquit. A passionate advocate of Scotch, Derek is responsible for the strategic direction of Distell’s Malt whisky portfolio and also leads the brand home teams at all three of Distell's distilleries in Scotland.

A champion of crafted whiskies that epitomise the exquisite nature of Scotch whisky, Derek’s goal is to help tell the story of Distell’s amazing brands and the places where they are made. 

Lee Walker-Quinn
Director Global Business Development
UPM Raflatac

Lee has 18 years experience, 13 years in Alcoholic Beverages working predominantly in brown spirits covering bourbon, single malts, blended Scotch, Irish and more. Lee worked for Maxxium UK for 9 yrs – distributor for Edrington & Beam Suntory before moving to Germany to work in  The Beam Suntory International team.  Now in UPM Raflatac, a leading global supplier of self  adhesive labelling solutions, responsible for developing and driving added value, particularly within the global spirits & craft beverage segments,  amongst brand owners and designers. Local and Global Classic Brand Marketing & Strategy Development. Design, Packaging and New Product development .Trade Marketing & Commercial Analysis.  The purpose of the presentation is to tell UPM Raflatac’s story behind the label – just like the spirits within, the best labels are born of a passion for creating experiences that live long in the memory!

Mike Rose
Director of Brands Packaging

Mike has worked in the Scotch whisky industry for his entire career, and so long as the industry continues to innovate, develop and grow, he has never seen the need to move outside. It is also one of the few industries whose manufacturing base (largely) cannot be exported to foreign countries. With a strong background in quality and in production he has gained an intimate understanding of packaging design, manufacturing, and performance criteria.  Inevitably he has gravitated towards Packaging Development, and now leads a team that has responsibility for packaging development, change management, value engineering and pack performance throughout the supply chain.

As Scotch whisky has moved into new areas of the global market, the role of premium packaging has grown to become a critical element of the portfolio, and luxurious and extravagant product design has created new and exciting challenges.

Nick Gilmore
Chief Executive Officer
Creative Edge Software

With more than 30 years’ experience gained in senior management for leading graphics technology companies, Nick has specialised in nurturing enterprises that develop disruptive software applications for new commercial opportunity. Focusing on process efficiencies, versatility and ROI, his activities have contributed to transformations in colour reproduction, print production workflow and 3D virtual packaging. Nick co-founded Creative Edge Software in 2012 with an experienced 3D development team and a mission to create the first truly all-in-one software application for real-time packaging design and photo-realistic visualisation for web and print: iC3D. 

Paul Foulkes-Allerano
Packaging Advisor
A Plastic Planet

With almost three decades’ experience in the packaging design industry, Paul Foulkes-Arellano became Head of Client Programmes at London outfit Precipice Design in 2016. Paul has worked in markets across the world, enjoying spells in Central America and mainland Europe. A keen linguist, he is fluent in French and Spanish.

After studying modern languages at Cambridge, Paul began his career in the late eighties. His first post was at PI Global where he spent several years touring Europe. The nineties saw Paul up sticks and move to Mexico. In 1998, he returned to London and enjoyed stints at Design Bridge, Wren & Rowe and Seymourpowell. Paul has worked extensively with global beers and spirit brands from start ups such as Silent Pool Distillers right through to Diageo & Pernod Ricard.  His favourite work assignment was a 2-day sustainability workshop at Havana Club’s distillery in Cuba.

 Paul is determined to do something about the devastating effects of plastic pollution, and in 2017 joined forces with international campaign group A Plastic Planet as their Packaging Advisor. The London-based group campaigned for a Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets, and is now in implementation phase with a number of retailers in the UK and farther afield. Paul has been on a mission to identify alternatives to plastic packaging, sourcing new suppliers and helping retailers and brands to transition.

Paul is also founder of the Sustainable Design Alliance.

To find out more about A Plastic Planet, visit aplasticplanet.com or follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook

Rob Hollands
Managing Director
Anthem Worldwide

Rob previously founded award winning digital agency Untitled and since its acquisition by global brand design agency Anthem, he’s been focused on bridging the gap between the physical pack and the connected world. He now leads Anthem UK with the ambition to make it ‘The World’s Most Connected Design Business’. He’s a regular speaker on the subject of Connected Packaging and is passionate about helping brands to understand and innovate in the ‘Internet of Packs’ space.

Ron Creagan
Endangered Species

Born in Dublin Ron has over 25 years’ experience across the advertising, design, integrated communications, and marketing industry. Ron joined Sedley Place as business director in early 2014. His professional career started as creative director of Design House working with primarily with ASDA Wallmart. In 1994 he founded the through-the-line agency Integrator, and developed successful brand strategies and campaigns for Pfizer, Arm & Hammer, and Harley Davidson. Ron sold Integrator to WPP in 2003. Following a three-year stint at the Cossette agency Identica, working on the Diageo brand portfolio, Universal Studios, Nike, and the launch of Russian Standard, Ron then worked at Navyblue.

Scott Jost

As Vice President of Innovation & Design at Berlin Packaging, Scott Jost leads Berlin Packaging’s Studio One Eleven– an internationally recognized team of over 30 industrial designers, brand designers, engineers, market researchers and brand strategists. The business models and practice management principles he developed and instituted have earned the team ISO 9001 certification and nearly 100 design and utility patents.

Scott’s thousands of engagements span categories from premium spirits to medical devices and includes such notable firms as Beam Suntory, Procter & Gamble, The Boeing Company, AB InBev, The Coca-Cola Company, Medtronic, Nestlé, Henkel, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.

Scott has degrees in Technical Illustration from St. Louis College, Industrial Design from Purdue University and a dual-MBA in Marketing Management and Corporate Strategy from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a named inventor on multiple foreign and domestic utility and design patents and is a member of the Industrial Design Society of America, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the American Marketing Association.

Berlin Packaging is a global supplier of packaging products and services. It has revenues exceeding $1.3 billion and offices across North America and Europe. Bruni Glass and Bruni Erben, each with substantial experience in the spirits and drinks markets, are both parts of the Berlin Packaging enterprise.”

Simon Gore
Group Strategy Director
Sun Branding Solutions

A highly effective brand marketer with over 30 years’ experience in marketing and design, with a special love of alcoholic drinks brands. With a potent combination of strategic rigour and creative verve, Simon has expertise in brand strategy, innovation, design and packaging.

He grew up in Scotland, not far from the Oban whisky distillery (a favourite dram), but since moving to London, has developed a love of mixology, small batch gins, the full range of Fever-Tree tonics and premium sipping rums from around the world.

Simon sits on the board of Sun Branding Solutions as Group Strategy Director and oversees Parker Williams, the group’s strategic design arm, with creative studios in London, Yorkshire and Cincinnati.

Steve Moss
Group Sales and Marketing Director

Cepac’s Group sales and marketing director since 2015, Steve Moss has 37 years’ experience in manufacturing and the packaging industry. Cepac is the UK’s leading independent provider of corrugated packaging and display, focusing on custom solutions, innovation and collaborative working with customers. Steve is part of the core team, focusing upon Cepac’s strategic growth and future development.

Tom Hearn
Nude Brand Creation

Tom has over fifteen years of experience within the brand design industry, working for three leading agencies before joining Nude Brand Creation, where he is a Director. Working at Nude, Tom and the team specialise in premium and luxury branding within the alcoholic spirits sector. His experience includes work for, amongst others, The Glenlivet, Martell Cognac, Olmeca Tequila, Chivas Regal and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. He also works with entrepreneurs and start-ups, partnering with them to create new brands and products. Tom’s expertise lies in brand strategy and packaging design and he believes in working closely with clients with an open and honest relationship.