Principal Research Fellow, Materials and Engineering Research Institute
Sheffield Hallam University
Prior to joining the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University in 2013, Andy was Director of the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, Head of Sciences and Professor of Materials Physics at the University of Bolton. He has also worked in the Nuclear industry (BNFL), held Directorships with two companies, and played leading roles with industry-facing collaborative research centres, consortia and networks. He has served on 9 EPSRC panels (includin...more
A supremely motivated professional with strong vision, enthusiasm and an unquenchable thirst for success.
Mark in his role as General Manager, is giving direction to the company on every level. His vision has included clear corporate strategy creation, innovative ideas and leading the processes involved. Demonstrated mastery of project management, change management, team motivation and leadership. Focusing and developing sales and customer service personnel to exceed customer exp...more
External Affiars Director
British Polythene Industries Pic (BPI) are the largest manufacturer and recycler of waste polythene films in the UK, one of the largest in Europe with a UK manufacturing capacity in excess of 350,000 tonnes.Mike joined BPI in 1988 and has held senior roles within various BPI businesses including polythene extrusion, printing, convertion and recycling.Currently he is responsible for all External Affairs representing BPI at UK and European Governmental levels plus trade associations in...more
Jane is Chair of OPRL Ltd, the not-for-profit which puts the award-winning recycling label on consumer packaging. Jane helped establish and launch the company in 2009 while Director of Business Environment at the British Retail Consortium. With the label now used by 500 brands on hundreds of thousands product lines she is leading OPRL’s expansion plans, moving consumer recognition beyond the current 62 per cent level.
Jane is also Independent Chair at the Cheque &...more
I was elected as chair of LARAC in 2014, having previously worked as their policy Support Officer and Vice Chair.
I initially trained as an Industrial Designer, and after graduating fell into the world of waste management, that was nearly 30 years’ ago.I am a Chartered Waste Manager, with an in-depth knowledge of waste disposal, waste and recycling collection services and material reprocessing, and street cleaning.
My Current role in Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council is Re...more
General Manager - R&D & Design
Nifco - UK
Paul completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University with sponsorship from Jaguar. He then came to Teesside to study Industrial Design. He joined Nifco UK (then called Elta plastics) in 1992 as their first design engineer. Nifco is an automotive supplier of technical injection moulded plastic parts, which has since grown to be one of Teesside’s most prominent employers. Paul now leads a design team responsible for looking after the needs of customer projects ...more
SP Global Platts
Daved Chohan joined Platts in June, 2013 as an editor for European petrochemicals. He specializes in the ethylene and polyethylene markets, and previously covered the propylene, polypropylene, and acrylonitrile markets. Daved has a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester, England.
ACP Advisory Committee on Packaging
Warwick Manufacturing Group
Scott has 20 years’ experience of taking Digital Technology solutions to market for various SMEs, including running his own micro-enterprise. Most recently, he was responsible for the delivery of combined social media, cloud computing and smartphone App projects for telecommunication and energy companies across Europe.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1995, Laurent moved to Germany to work in the plastic industry. Laurent has over twenty years’ experience working in various R&D positions in the plastic industry (BASF, Lucobit, RPC-Promens).
Laurent joined Merck KGaA Headquarters in Darmstadt in January 2016 as Lab Manager for effect pigments in plastic applications in Europe.
Perro Design and Communications
Andy has over 15 years’ experience working in the design and marketing industry. He graduated from Northumbria University in 1999, before founding brand, design and communications consultancy Perro in 2003.
He currently works with a broad range of clients including start up, sme and larger organisations in both public and private sectors. Throughout his career Andy has worked for a range of high profile clients including Electrolux Group, Great Run, Newcastle University, One Butt...more
Patrick has worked for over 20 years as a product designer, in areas such as medical devices, FMCG and business electronics.
Maddison solve complex usability and technical problems to deliver cost-effective device solutions and user interfaces.Developing products such as: Disposable diagnostics, wearable sensors, consumer products and electronic instruments.
Rotational Moulding Expert
Dr Nick Henwood is well known to rotomolders, through his numerous contributions to international conferences, technical seminars and magazine articles. He has 20 years-plus experience in rotomolding, specialising in the fields of materials development and process control.Nick operates as a consultant, researcher and educator through his own company, Rotomotive Limited. He also holds the position of Senior Technical Consultant at Broadway Colours Limited, a UK-based supplier of...more
Graeme Herlihy is the Managing Director of Engel UK – British subsidiary of the Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer.A graduate, and Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Graeme has worked in the injection moulding machinery industry for more than 25 years and at Engel for 13 years.During Graeme’s watch, Engel has become the largest machine supplier in the UK in terms of both the number and the value of machines delivered.
Anne has a BA (Hons) in Business Management and is a highly experienced project manager. In her role with RECOUP Anne, has delivered consumer behaviour change projects as well as Recycling on the Go and education initiatives working in collaboration with leading household brands. Anne also has responsibility for the smooth running of the RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference and UK Best Recycled Plastic Product awards. Anne also works in a facilitation roll on closed...more
Dan joined Plastribution Limited in 2002 and has had several roles in the business. Since 2012 Dan has been Technical Manager and has overseen both the technical and regulatory offering across the entire sales force and heads up the technical team within Plastribution. While studying Polymer Science and Engineering at University, he spent time working in polymer R&D, the compounding and masterbatch industry, and the packaging industry. Dan is very much customer facing, but equally acts...more
former Business Development & Commercial Manager
Founder and Managing Director
Robin has been involved with polymer processing since 1971 and has worked as Technical Director for several of the major plastics processing and window systems companies in UK and Europe. He has published over 400 technical and management papers on plastics and windows and 6 books on plastics processing. He is recognised as the leading authority on energy management in plastics processing and has carried out energy surveys and assessments on over 450 companies throughout the world. His typ...more
Trading Sales Manager (Plastics)
Viridor Waste Management
Stuart is a Plastics Recycling Specialist with over 26 years’ experience in the sector. During this time he has held a variety of Managerial positions from Operations to Commercial as well as a period of Consultancy. A large part of his career has been spent working in the field of Post-Consumer plastic recycling.Currently Viridor’s Trading Sales Manager for plastics he is responsible for the sale of all non-Weee plastics. These include baled wastes and reprocessed ...more
A Commercial Director experienced in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors2010 – To-date Boddingtons Plastics Ltd: Commercial Director.Providing marketing and customer interface regarding a complete plastics medical device service, from tooling production, design for manufacture, injection moulding and assembly, within a regulated environment.2003 – 2010 Bespak Europe Ltd: Commercial Manager.Identifying European medical device business opportunities and converting into ...more
Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Dr Jason Leadbitter received an Honours Degree in Materials Science and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry (Bradford University) as well as an Advanced Diploma in Sustainability from the University of Cambridge. He is an honorary lecturer at several European Universities and Business Schools and is passionate about the importance of student education. In 2013 he was awarded a gold medal from the BPF for services to the industry. He is also a Chartered Environmentalist.
European Patent, Trade Mark and Design Attorney and Patent Director
Jason is a Patent Director at HGF, a leading European firm that delivers world class intellectual property (IP) services to its global client base. He helps his clients secure, develop and exploit their IP and extract value from their IP portfolio. Jason has a unique background, having spent over 5 years in design, project engineering and sales at a global supplier of plastic injection moulding equipment. This experience, coupled with his legal qualifications as a European patent, trade ma...more
Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
University of Warwick
National Board Director
British Industrial Design Association
Steve May-Russell is a leading Industrial Design and Innovation Consultant and the Managing Director of the renowned product design and innovation consultancy Smallfry, based in Coventry, England. He is a well-respected regular speaker at international conferences and is employed as an innovation coach and designer to many global high street brands, working with senior managers to help invigorate and develop new and fresh product and service offerings.
Director of Consulting
Andrew McCaffery is Director of Consulting at Valpak. With over 25 years’ experience as a consultant in environmental and business strategy, he has worked extensively for both Government funded departments and private companies. Andrew manages a team at Valpak that has carried out numerous Life Cycle Assessments focussed on packaging, waste, and Producer Responsibility. He also manages Valpak’s Data Solutions service that provides packaging information to the majorit...more
Steve is a PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner that has worked on or managed delivery for both UK and EU plastic recycling projects. In his role as Technical Manager, his experience has included engagement with all UK Local Authorities to research, data analyse and write the annual RECOUP UK Household Plastics Collection Survey. Steve co-ordinates the Pledge 4 Plastics consumer behaviour change initiative and a community recycling and schools education scheme for a leading ...more
Head of Communications and Advocacy
Team Manager Technology Consulting-Plastic Freeforming
Martin started with ARBURG in 1996 as a Project Engineer, responsible for the project management of complete automated production cells, where he worked for over 7 years
From October 2003 until June 2007 he worked in the international technical support department as a technical consultant for the ARBURG international sales organisation with a focus in the Asia pacific area.
In July 2007 he joined ARBURG, Inc. as Project and Engineering Manager where he was responsible for the US en...more
Senior Research Scientist, Chemical
Dow Performance Plastics
MacDermid Autotype Ltd
Dr Keith Parsons is Research and Development Manager for MacDermid Autotype Ltd. He has 29 years’ experience with research and development of coated film products, from magnetic recording media and photographic films through to hard coated nanostructured films and products for Film Insert Moulding. He has 17 years’ experience in the R&D department at MacDermid Autotype and before that worked for both 3M and Imation. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Imperial College, London....more
Operations and Technical Director
Aldo is the Technical Director for Matrix Polymers. Aldo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cassino University in Italy. After the University, in 1999 Aldo won a European scholarship called “Leonardo” and moved to UK to work as Scientist at the former British Rubber Producers’ Research Association for 2 years. Since then Aldo covered several roles in the plastic industry until he joined Matrix Polymers in 2004 as Laboratory Supervisor, Aldo has gained further r...more
Vice President - Strategic Consulting
Dr Phil Reeves is the Vice President of Strategic Consulting within Stratasys and leads Stratasys Strategic Consulting. Phil has worked in the field of Additive Manufacturing & 3D printing for over 20-years, having gained a PhD in the subject from Nottingham University in the mid 1990’s. Since this time, Phil has worked in a number of AM/3DP related roles including R&D, business development and corporate strategy. In 2003 Phil founded leading AM/3DP consulting firm Econolyst ...more
Helix Polymer Technology Ltd.
Shaun Ruck is Director of Helix Polymer Technology and has a Master of Science in Polymer Science & Engineering. He has over 25-years’ experience in the plastics industry and has worked in a range of business sectors developing and industrialising complex, high volume plastic products for medical, optical, electronics and safety related devices.
His expertise focuses on ensuring efficient design development to achieve the most reliable and cost effective plastic part manufact...more
Packaging Programme Manager
Claire has over 20 years' experience of working in the environmental field. She has managed a number of government programmes that promote both environmental improvements and cost benefits to industry. Claire has been with WRAP for over five years and during that time has been responsible for a range of packaging work including GlassRite Wine, development of a recycled food grade PP process, development of visible black packaging, support for metal initiatives includin...more
Paul has been working in the tooling manufacture sector for the last 25 years.Beginning as an Injection Mould Tool Designer, being responsible for product development, Tooling Design & Project Management.Paul is currently working for Vero Software who produces CAD/Cam solutions for the Tooling Manufacturing sector as a product specialist. This role has seen him travel the world, providing Presentations & Training, coving the use of CAD in the dev...more
Group Head of Consumables and Waste & Recycling Procurement
Leslie Stokes is a founder of leading industrial design and product development consultancy LA Design. He has over thirty five years’ experience, working with multinationals and entrepreneurial start-ups, integrating innovation and design with business development strategies.Les has received numerous awards, including; a British Design Award, Design Effectiveness Awards, International A’ design awards and Industry awards. He is also a national director for the British Industria...more
Colin Tirel started his career in the plastics industry in 1978 through an apprenticeship at Daniels Engineering Ltd in Stroud. In 1986 he moved within the John Brown group into a sales role for Negri Bossi before joining ARBURG Ltd in 1998 as Sales Manager. He replaced Frank Davis on his retirement as Managing Director of ARBURG Ltd in 2005.