Delivering against inflated consumer demand and in uniquely challenging circumstances for the supply chain, the Covid-19 crisis has put the food industry front and centre in public awareness. This new-found focus on the sector offers a timely springboard to rejuvenate awareness of its rewarding and varied careers opportunities.

To benefit from this and future-proof the industry, it is vital that we come together to showcase the myriad of different careers in the sector whilst building a sustainable future for food, health and nutrition.

Food Matters Careers’ virtual event creates a unique opportunity to do just that, bringing together industry, academia and government from the UK and beyond to discuss the challenges faced and establish cross-sector, cross-border solutions.

It also offers invaluable 1-2-1 virtual networking meetings, forging connections between industry, academia and potential new recruits, and inspiring case study-led sessions showcasing personal stories of individual careers in industry.

Register now to enjoy all the benefits of attending the Food Matters Careers virtual event in October.


Join the Food Matters Careers community for 12 months and gain access to three virtual Food Matters Careers events, bespoke content and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Industry - £750 + VAT (individual pass), £3,250 (company pass, 5 users)

Academia - £650 + VAT (individual pass), £2,750 (company pass, 5 users)

Students - free registration on the portal, £20 + VAT/ virtual event

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If you are not a member of the Food Matters Careers community and you would like to purchase a ticket for the Food Matters Careers virtual event, please register below.

Industry and academia: £400 + VAT/ virtual event

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Virtual Event Programme

Inspiring the Future of Food and Nutrition

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Chair:
Dr Anne Coufopoulos, Associate Dean (Enterprise & Innovation), Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University

Time Session Speakers
09.00 – 10.00
Attracting and retaining talent:
why a multi-stakeholder approach matters

What are the barriers faced by the food and drink industry when it comes to getting the right people in the right roles? What strategies and approaches are being developed across industry and academia to overcome those hurdles and how can we work together to deliver them? Join leading figures forging a way forward across disciplines to attract new talent to a vibrant career path in food and drink and give the industry an essential competitive edge.

Jacinta George
Managing Director, Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL)

Emma Weston
Associate Professor and Admissions Tutor, Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nottingham

Kate Brosnan
Vice President of HR, EMEA, Kerry

Student perspective:
Holly White, newly qualified graduate in Natural Sciences, Cambridge University

10.15 – 11.45
Virtual 1-2-1 networking meetings

Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to industry, academia and candidates

10.30 - 11.15
Personal industry case studies: my career at…

An opportunity for those looking for a role in the food industry to hear from individuals in industry about the paths their careers have taken in a series of personal accounts.

12.00 – 13.00
Personality and profile: the evolving image of the next generation of food and drink industry leaders

With innovation and sustainable food production becoming ever more central to operations, what does the workforce of the future look like?Beyond the technical knowledge, what skills and attributes do new recruits need in order to be able to flourish in this fast paced, demanding and innovative environment? And what can be done to attract the right people in practice?

Moira Howie
Partner & Manager, Nutrition & Health, Waitrose & Partners

Professor Sharon Green
Professor of Vocational Education and Skills Development, National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln

Cian Short
Group Apprentice Manager, Bakkavor

13.00 – 14.15
Virtual 1-2-1 networking meetings

Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to industry, academia and candidates

14.00 - 14.45
Personal industry case studies: my career at…

An opportunity for those looking for a role in the food industry to hear from individuals in industry about the paths their careers have taken in a series of personal accounts.

14.00 – 15.00
Careers in focus: diversity in the food and drink industry

With international events bringing diversity into increasingly sharp focus, there has never been a more crucial time to address issues of inclusion and social mobility across the food industry. What is being done across leading brands and universities and how can we pull together to keep this important topic high on the industry agenda?

Catherine Gillespie
HR Director, Coca Cola European Partners

Grace Roper
Head of Digital Operations, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Nicole Zube
Senior HR Director, European Supply Chain, Kellogg Company

Fiona Miller
Director of People Programmes, IGD

15.15 – 16.15
Creating a first class global food and drink industry

How does the approach and attitude to careers in the food and drink sector in the UK compare to other countries’? How can international connections be strengthened to support synergies between industry and academia? This panel will address the challenges and opportunities of cross-border working and the impact that it could have on the global industry.

Rajni Aneja
Managing Director, Cornell Institute for Food Systems Industry
Partnership Program (CIFS-IPP), Cornell University, USA

Ralf Hartemink
Programme Director, Food Programmes, Wageningen University & Research

Lucy Crowther
Director of BRC Learning, British Retail Consortium (BRC)

Penny Willson
Head of Product Innovation, Britvic plc

16.30 – 17.30
Virtual 1-2-1 networking meetings

Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to industry, academia and candidates