FDF Event

Brexit Essentials - event cancelled



PLEASE BE ADVISED THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Due to the ongoing political uncertainty we’ve decided to postpone our Brexit Essentials event on the 22nd March until after the withdrawal date. A new date will be announced shortly, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Keynote speaker: Sally Warren, Director EU Exit Preparedness and Response, DEFRA.

With Brexit most options (currently) open, we will be looking at the practicalities that you need to consider for your business under different scenarios or, if there is clarity, what to do next. There will be a number of key votes during March and this will be an opportunity to clarify for businesses the way forward or preparations still to make.

FDF has been at the fore-front of liaison with Government throughout the process and has developed second-to-none expertise in key areas including regulation; immigration and customs and tarrifs.

Join us for this event – places are limited and early booking is advised.

Topics covered include:

  • Customs and tariffs
  • Exports and moving products across borders
  • Workforce and immigration
  • Pricing
  • Working capital
  • Labelling and regulation 

Keynote speaker will be DEFRA’s Director of EU Exit Preparedness and Response Sally Warren. Also speaking will be FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright. Ian is an acknowledged expert on Brexit and the political situation. He chairs the roundtable of food and drink industry bodies liaising with Government and is also an in-demand Brexit commentator, appearing on news channels and at events.

We also welcome our confirmed expert speakers including David Thomson, CEO, FDF Scotland; Peter Ward, Chief Executive, UK Warehousing Association; Dominic Goudie, Policy Manager (Exports, Trade and Supply Chain), FDF; Ged Futter, Director, GSCOP Ltd; Mark Harrison, Policy Manager (Employment & Access to Labour), FDF; and Alex Turtle, Food Law, Labelling and Enforcement Manager, FDF.

Follow us on twitter for live updates @foodanddrinkfed #FDFBrexitEssentials.

Speaker information

Ian Wright, Chief Executive, FDF

Ian Wright is Chief Executive of the Food & Drink Federation. FDF is the representative voice of the companies and trade associations which make up the UK's largest manufacturing sector. He joined in March 2015. Before then he spent 14 years with Diageo plc - the world's largest drinks business. He was the executive committee member responsible for its reputation as it became one of the world's most trusted and respected companies. Earlier, he worked for Boots The Chemist, Mars Confectionery and Pillsbury and had spells in consultancy and politics.

He received a CBE for political and public service in August 2015.

David Thomson, Chief Executive, FDF Scotland

David is responsible for the overall strategy and management of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland and is part of the senior FDF management team. He liaises with government, regulators and other external organisations to identify and act on issues that impact on food and drink manufacturers. FDF Scotland works in partnership with related bodies to help contribute to the growth of the sector. David sits on Scotland Food & Drink's Partnership Board and is the innovation champion.

David previously worked at the Scottish Government, including five years as Head of Food, Drink and Rural Communities and two as Head of Primary Care.

Dominic Goudie, Policy Manager (Exports, Trade and Supply Chain), FDF

Dominic Goudie is a Policy Manager at FDF and leads on trade policy, export growth and supply chain issues, including industry's response to the proposed merger of Sainsbury's and Asda. He is a member of Defra's Brexit trade policy advisory group the Agri Food Chain Forum. He joined FDF from the BBC in 2008 with an initial focus on EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, ethical trading and sugar market reform. He led activities around the EU referendum, producing FDF's Brexit manifesto and setting up the Food and Drink Industry Roundtable which brings together the heads of 60 industry trade associations to speak with one voice.

Sally Warren, Director of EU Exit Preparedness and Response, DEFRA

Sally has extensive experience leading policy and delivery of health and social care reform and improvement in central and local government, and in independent regulators. These roles have included the Director of Social Care Policy at the Department of Health, the Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care at the sector regulator the Care Quality Commission and Director of the Cabinet Office's adult social care project for Budget 2017.

Sally was Director of the Agri-Food Chain in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2017 to 2018, responsible for the industry from farm to fork. Since October 2018, Sally has been Director of EU Exit Preparedness and Response, with responsibility for readiness of Defra sectors should the UK exit from the EU without a deal.

Ged Futter, Director, GSCOP Ltd

Ged Futter is a Director at GSCOP Ltd. With over 26 years in the retail industry, Ged has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. Ged gained a valuable insight into retail with a number of well-known retailers before moving to work at Asda in 2000. Whilst working as a Senior Buying Manager in a number of categories he dealt with most of the major FMCG manufacturers managing categories with a turnover in excess of £500m per year.

Since leaving Asda Ged has been working as a consultant, advising and training suppliers on how best to work with UK retailers, including how to successfully implement a cost price increase. He regularly commentates on industry issues & has recently been on ITV News at 10 & 5Live Wake up to Money discussing the impacts of Brexit on Suppliers.

Alex Turtle, Food Law, Labelling and Enforcement Manager, FDF

Alex Turtle is Food Law, Labelling and Enforcement Manager at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). Alex runs several of FDF's technical committees and is responsible for a variety of food law policy areas: general food labelling, nutrition and health claims, allergen labelling and allergen management.

With a science background, Alex held regulatory advisory roles within both Leatherhead Food Research and CampdenBRI before joining FDF. Alex utilises his technical and regulatory expertise to advise on legislative interpretations, and through stakeholder engagement keeps member's up to date on regulatory developments.

Organiser: Felipe Fernandes, (0) 20 7420 7149, felipe.fernandes@fdf.org.uk