FareShare Surplus Food Summit Speakers

We have over 15 speakers from across the UK food industry joining us at the FareShare Surplus Food Summit. They will be exploring and sharing best practice on how food businesses can deliver social impact from their surplus.


David Bellamy, Environment Policy Manager, FDF

David has worked at FDF on environment and sustainability issues for several years. After spending 15 years in the Federation’s Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Division, working both on environment and food safety issues, he joined the Sustainability Division when this was created in 2006. There he has been working on initiatives aimed at delivering improvements in resource efficiency both within members own operations and up and down the supply chain.  A particular focus has been the work to reduce food waste as part of the implementation of FDF’s Five- Fold Environmental Ambition launched in October 2007.


Mike Coupe, CEO, Sainsbury’s

Appointed Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s on 9 July 2014, Mike has been a member of the Operating Board since October 2004 and an Executive Director since 1 August 2007. He joined Sainsbury’s from Big Food Group where he was a Board Director of Big Food Group plc and Managing Director of Iceland Food Stores. He previously worked for both ASDA and Tesco, where he served in a variety of senior management roles. Mike was appointed to the board of directors of I2C at its inception and he is also a Non-Executive Director at Greene King plc.
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Paul Crewe, Head of sustainability, energy and engineering, Sainsbury’s 

Paul leads the business unit that is accountable for the “Sustainability, Energy, Environmental and Engineering” strategic and operational agenda for Sainsbury’s. This includes the built environment (existing and new properties) incorporating both embodied and operational carbon through design and selection of construction and engineering solutions through to waste/energy management, recycling and setting energy and carbon reduction targets to 2030.

He is a member of Sainsbury’s Climate Change Board and a member of numerous external bodies relating to sustainability, carbon and climate change including: CBI, BRC, BITC Environmental Leadership and Imperial College/Grantham Institute Carbon reduction partnership. In addition, he works in partnership with Sainsbury’s Corporate Affairs Division in support of driving improvements in Environmental, Sustainability and Carbon legislation, working collaboratively with key Government departments and NGOs.

Paul is also a non-executive Board Director of Tamar Energy.

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Bruce Learner, Senior Manager CSR and Partnerships, Kellogg Europe

Bruce joined Kelloggs from the UK National Lottery Charities Board in 2000. He currently manages ‘Breakfasts for Better Days’ in Europe; the company’s signature cause which aims to provide 1 billion servings of cereal and snacks to children and families in need in the communities in which Kellogg operates.

Working with food redistribution charities is one of two ways through which Breakfasts for Better Days is delivered; the other being the creation of community based breakfast programmes.

Over the last 6 years Bruce has supported the development of Food charity partnerships in all of Kellogg’s major European markets, and has visited food banks in 15 countries including; the USA, Egypt, Poland, the UK & Ireland.

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Chris Mack, Chairman, Fresca Group Limited

A graduate of Wye College, Chris worked for an apple grower before joining M&W Mack Ltd in 1978. The fourth generation of his family to join the business, Chris worked in the company’s wholesale division and all around their fast-growing supermarket supply business before he became managing director in 1988. Under his leadership parent company Fresca Group was formed in 2005, allowing the business to undertake a programme of acquisitions and strategic joint ventures.

Still privately-owned, the thirteen companies in the Group now handle fresh produce sales of more than £500m. Fresca has ventured into growing too – most notably through the high profile Thanet Earth greenhouse development in Kent; a £120m investment in British horticulture.

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Caroline Mason CBE, Chief Executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Charity Bank. Caroline was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies. Before joining the social sector, Caroline had an eighteen-year track record of creative and innovative product development in the financial services sector.

With Reuters, she managed the global development of real-time news and television services and then pioneered the introduction of web technology products.  She also had her own consulting company, working with several financial institutions to develop new business and products including an electronic brokering service and a global wealth management business for a private bank. Caroline is a Board Member of Social Enterprise UK and of Ethex.  She is also a trustee of CAADA, Impetus-PEF, and is on the advisory board of Big Society Capital.

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Susie McIntyre, Managing Director, Kettle Produce Limited

Before joining this farming business on a permanent basis Susie had already gained valuable experience growing up and working on a soft fruit farm.  She began working at Kettle Produce as a student during summer holidays.  Her first full time role within the business was as Transport Manager, she then moved on to broaden her experience with spells in various disciplines throughout the business before being appointed Managing Director in April 2000.


Frank Robinson, Group Sales & Marketing Director, Produce World Group

Frank joined Produce World in January 2014, and has over 20 years commercial experience in the Food industry. He has previously worked in sales at Kraft Foods, Geest and Unigate, before holding Director level roles with Arla Foods and Tulip. He achieved an Executive MBA through ECR Europe’s Progressive Management Programme whilst at Arla Foods. Frank is currently focused on delivering a step-change in the customer agenda and organisational change in line with Produce World’s strategy, and is incredibly proud of the Group’s association with FareShare. He lives in Scarborough with his wife, Amanda, and children, Lily and Alice.

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David Saint, Managing Director, Refresco Gerber UK Ltd

Educated in Southern Africa, David Saint qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991.  Following a short spell as Finance Manager for Rennies Group, he joined Tetra Pak in 1993, working as Finance Manager for a juice and juice concentrate factory in Lipetsk, Central Russia.

In 1996 he joined Gerber Foods Holdings as Group Financial Controller and was appointed Finance Director of Gerber Foods Soft Drinks in 2000.  He became Managing Director of Gerber Juice Company Limited in 2006, just as the business opened its state-of-the-art juice manufacturing facility in Bridgwater, Somerset.

In November 2013, Gerber Juice Company and Refresco BV merged to form Refresco Gerber, one of the largest soft drinks manufacturers in Europe.  David was appointed Managing Director of Refresco Gerber UK.  Refresco Gerber listed on the Euronext in Amsterdam in March this year.

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Andrew Shaw, Head of Demand and Supply Planning, Nestle UK and Ireland

Andrew has been with Nestle for the last 23 years working in a number of operational roles across 7 food categories. He has worked in Factory roles, UK business units, European Business units and has also spent 3 years at the Nestle Head Office in Switzerland heading up the European inter-market supply team. He is currently heading up Demand & Supply Planning for the Confectionery, Food and Beverage categories in the UK.

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Matt Simister, Commercial Director – Fresh Food & Commodities, Tesco

Following his graduation from Sheffield University and a short spell working for a London marketing agency, Matt started working for Tesco in 1995.

He spent his first 10 years working in the UK, in corporate marketing, health and beauty, household, dairy and meat, before his appointment to Category Director for Meat, Fish and Poultry in 2002.  After a brief spell as Category Director for Household, Cookshop and DIY, Matt then set up the International Buying Office, which developed and bought a regional range of grocery products for Central Europe whilst also initiating our Business Unit relationships with multinational suppliers across the Group.

In 2007 Matt was promoted to Commercial Director for our Czech and Slovak business where he spent 3 years living with his family in Prague, before returning in 2010 to develop and set up our Group approach to sourcing, regional procurement and inbound supply chain management for fresh food and own label products.  He is delighted to take up his new role as Commercial Director for Fresh Foods and Commodities to fully integrate this capability into the business.

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Andy Weston-Webb, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Birds Eye Ltd

Andy is currently a Board member of the Iglo Group as Managing Director of Birdseye UK & Ireland. His career reflects choices that stem from a conviction that great brands matter and marketing must always have a seat at the Board in any consumer facing company.

Previously at Mars, he was latterly President of Chocolate Europe responsible for 3500 associates and 5 factories as well as some of Europe’s favourite chocolate brands. He sat on the Mars Group Marketing Board and was responsible for the Twix brand worldwide. Prior to this he’d held similar positions running Australia and New Zealand and as VP of Food in Europe with brands like Uncle Bens and Dolmio.

Andy’s earlier career involved time at United Biscuits as General Manager of first Belgium then France and a much longer spell at Colgate Palmolive in marketing management, culminating in his first Marketing Director position in Spain in the early 90’s. He started his career at Reckitt and Colman as a Graduate Marketing Trainee.

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Matt Wood, Senior Director – Supply, Asda