Roseanna Cunningham MSP

CABINET SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAND REFORM
Biography
Roseanna was born in Glasgow in 1951; when she was still a child her family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, where she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia. She returned to Scotland in 1977, where she began working as a researcher.

In 1980 Roseanna returned to university and then qualified as a solicitor. She worked with several Local Authorities in Scotland as well as private firms before being called to the Scottish Bar as an Advocate in 1990.

Roseanna was elected as the MP for Perth & Kinross in 1995. In 1999, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament and has continued as the MSP in that constituency, which is now known as Perthshire South & Kinross-shire.

Mark Shayler

FOUNDER, APE
Biography

Mark Shayler changes the way businesses think and work. He’s been working on sustainability, innovation, packaging, developing better products, and improving business for over 25 years.

In this time he has worked with Nike, Coca Cola, Unilever, Samsung, Amazon, Mars, P&G, Dorset Cereals, and hundreds of little companies who are proving disruptive (including Ugly Drinks, Hiut Denim, Propercorn, and nomnom).

Mark is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and Greenlabs. He firmly believes in enterprise as a way of solving problems of equality, sustainability, and poverty. He is a STEM Ambassador, a Design Council Design Associate and a Virgo. He keeps ducks, chickens and children (but not against their will).

Ian Schofield

OWN LABEL AND PACKAGING MANAGER, ICELAND FOODS
Biography

Ian travels the world spreading his 30 years of Packaging knowledge and experience. His job includes best practise launch methods from product development stage to arrival in store and driving innovation in Packaging.

He is now leading the way turning down the tap of plastic used in Food Packaging. This year Iceland declared first it would remove all plastic from it’s Own Label products by 2023. This was the catalyst to change government, consumer and industry thinking on the use of single use plastics. The rest is now history.

He started his career in the Co-operative Head Office in Manchester qualifying in packaging development/engineering before moving into buying and marketing roles.

In the mid 80’s, he joined retailer Iceland(for the first time) as Own Label Manager to develop the Iceland brand. In his time there, he initiated and managed the launch of over 8,000 lines and was integral to the acquisition of its biggest rival Bejam. The brand growth increased from GBP 4 million to over GBP 450 million.

Ian then moved to the supplier side, working with a number of companies providing product solutions which included design, packaging technology, project and asset management, vendor management, product development, artwork/pre press services and printing to the largest FMCG brands around the world.

Ian joined Sun Branding Solutions(was Gilchrist) in 2004 as Sales and Marketing Director and was instrumental in the companies’ product and service development and growth, using his experience and unique perspective to scope and develop bespoke launch solutions for FMCG brands and retailers

In 2013 he re-joined Iceland after the company went private again under the original owner Malcolm Walker. Iceland now turnover £3bn with 900 stores and sell in 40 countries. He looks after all graphics and packaging including the Own Label process. He works directly for Nigel Broadhurst the MD and is now the most prominent packaging leader in UK retailing.(All other Packaging people work several layers down in other retailers)

Ian is an active member of the Institute of Packaging and Institute of Marketing.

Iain Gulland

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ZERO WASTE SCOTLAND
Biography

Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy.Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors. He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups including the Economy and Environment Leaders Group, the Board of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges.He was voted the ‘most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector’ in 2014 by Resource Magazine, and he was granted Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in 2016.

Terry A’Hearn

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SEPA
Biography
Terry has over 20 years’ experience in the environment profession, having held senior roles in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian state of Victoria, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and, most recently, in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before he joined SEPA.

In all this work, Terry has strongly focussed on bringing environmental and economic aims together, supporting business and social innovation and getting tougher with the worst environmental performers. Terry is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Footprint Network and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors.

John Kenny

CHIEF OFFICER CIRCULAR ECONOMY, SEPA
Biography
John joined SEPA in 1996 as an Environment Protection Officer in the Perth team, having worked for Perth & Kinross Council as a Waste Regulation Officer. John worked as a SEPO Senior Officer and Unit Manager in the Perth team.

During this time John completed an MSc in Waste Water Management before undertaking a number of National roles including managing SEPAs Water Unit, Central Regulatory Unit and the Waste and Enforcement function. John was Head of National Operations from 2012 to 2017 before taking up his role as Chief Officer, Circular Economy. John has been a full member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management for more years than he can remember.

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