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*POSTPONED* Managing Risk in the Food and Drink Industry – Keeping your Products on the Shelves


As a result of the latest government advice on COVID-19 we will be postponing our Managing Risk in the Food and Drink Industry event until later in the year. More details will be provided once a date has been confirmed for this event.


Unexpected situations can affect any business, with some already citing the current coronavirus outbreak as potentially business critical. FDF has been looking in depth at business risk since the CO2 shortage of 2018 affected the sector. Using the learnings from that work we are running an event to help you plan your risk strategy for a range of eventualities.

Keynote speech from Stephen Adams, Senior Director, Global Counsel.

Please note we will be live streaming this event and offering the option to join remotely.

Risk areas covered include:

Global and external risks

  • Political risks - presented by Alex Dawson, Global Counsel
  • Regulatory / legal risks - presented by Rob Coleridge, Senior Associate, Irwin Mitchell
  • Insurance - presented by Graham Wedgebury, Account Executive, Lycetts

Within your business

  • Technology and cyber crime – presented by Brian Warszona, Cyber and Technology Specialist, Marsh Limited
  • Trends within the factory design process aimed at improving culture and wellbeing – presented by James Kemp, Managing Director, Pentadel
  • Reputational - presented by Amy Au, Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell 
  • Supply chain - presented by Elizabeth Beall, Practice Lead, Global Counsel
  • Case study: Product recalls - Andy Weston-Webb, Non-executive director, CafePod and former Chief Commercial Officer of Nomad Foods (Birdseye Iglo)

Speaker profiles:

Elizabeth Beall
Practice Lead, Global Counsel

Beall Elizabeth leads Global Counsel’s work on climate and sustainability. She has more than a decade of experience advising corporates, investors, governments and NGOs on areas including supply chain risk in agriculture, forestry and food supply chains, climate finance, ESG screening and reporting, waste and resource management. She has served as an advisor to the United Nations Committee on World Food Security and to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Prior to joining the UN system, Elizabeth held a range of roles working in private consulting, development finance, and environmental advocacy throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia focused on climate change and sustainability in global supply chains. At Global Counsel, Elizabeth leads teams advising corporates, investors, foundations, and small businesses on navigating climate and sustainability policy, assisting clients with understanding both the risks and opportunities.

Andy Weston-Webb
Non-executive director, CafePod and former Chief Commercial Officer of Nomad Foods (Birdseye Iglo)

WebbAndy is a veteran of the food industry, currently as an investor in exciting emergent brands , such as Cafepod a premium coffee supplier where he is a non executive director.

Prior to this he was a member of the Executive team and Chief Commercial Officer of Nomad Foods (Birdseye Iglo). He held a variety of senior positions at Mars including Regional President of Chocolate in Western Europe, President of Australia and New Zealand and European VP of Food. He has worked in the UK, Spain, Belgium and France and Australia. He unfortunately feels he has had more than his fair share of crisis management experiences, most notably 'horse gate' In Europe and a major extortion event whilst he was in Australia, from which he learnt a great deal but lost a good deal of sleep!

Graham Wedgbury
ACII, Account Executive, Lycetts

WedgburyGraham is an approachable and experienced Insurance Account Executive with over 30 years' experience working with a wide range of clients, providing advice and assisting in the arrangement of insurance and risk management for companies and individuals. He is passionate about ensuring his clients' exposures are addressed and managed.

Insurance is one tool in our armoury and risk prevention and management always a focus when considering the best way forward. Lycetts has nearly 60 years experience of providing a comprehensive range of insurance and financial services solutions to rural, commercial and personal clients. They provide highly personalised professional advice and service.

Brian Warszona
FINPRO Cyber, Media & Technology Practice, Marsh JLT Specialty

Brian WarszonaBrian Warszona from Marsh Ltd - Cyber, Media & Technology Practice has extensive cyber industry and business operations knowledge after 12+ years of experience in client service handling large and complex organisations. Prior to his current role he led a team of cyber broker specialists in the USA which involved creating specialist cyber wordings and the development of other specialist cyber products. Brian has also worked as a senior underwriter for Chubb in Chicago working across all professional risk coverages.

As a cyber expert, he is regularly asked to speak on panels, at law school seminars and at conferences. Brian was recognised as one of ACE's Top 5 Underwriters in New Business in 2014 and was nominated for a Business Insurance Power Broker in 2016.

Stephen Adams
Senior Director, Global Counsel

Stephen AdamsStephen is a Senior Director of Global Counsel. Stephen has more than 15 years of experience in European and British public policy and regulation, chiefly in the field of international economic policy, trade policy, cross-border financial services policy and European integration.

He has advised senior politicians and policymakers in roles in the European Parliament, European Commission and Whitehall on a range of business policy and trade issues, generally with a focus on cross-border issues. He has also been an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, based in London.

At Global Counsel, Stephen leads teams advising Global Counsel clients navigating EU and UK policymaking and politics, anticipating and adapting to political and policy change. He has advised clients across a wide range on policy areas and strategic challenges, generally with a cross-border dimension, from banks adapting to a diverging landscape of financial services regulation to global manufacturers anticipating the challenges of a UK exit from the EU single market.

James Kemp
Managing Director, Pentadel

James KempJames has two decades' experience designing and managing the build of industrial facilities, such as food factories, energy facilities and modern logistics hubs, for brands including Hello Fresh!, Charlie Bighams, Montana Bakery, BSkyB, Tyrrells and Tata Steel. As such, he's able to share invaluable insights into the risks and challenges faced by food and drink manufacturers looking to expand or update their operations.

Prior to founding Pentadel, James was Head of Engineering at Yum! (KFC); he has also held a range of roles at renowned project management and design consultancies. As MD at Pentadel, he leads a company of architects, engineers and project managers, determined to offer clients a fairer, more dynamic service than is available elsewhere in the market - Pentadel is proud to work in true partnership with its clients, supporting them with the creation of beautiful, functional industrial facilities with minimal fuss and at a realistic price point. With a current portfolio of projects ranging from £0.5m to £30m, the Pentadel team has a strong track record of servicing both blue chip and fast growth food and drink brands throughout the UK and globally.

Rob Coleridge
Senior Associate solicitor, Irwin Mitchell

<img alt="Rob Coleridge" src=" 150.jpg" align="right" />Rob is a Senior Associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, a top 20 national law Firm. Rob leads Irwin Mitchell's Food & Drink and wider Consumer Markets teams, and he specialises in advising clients on commercial and regulatory risk, including product safety. Rob also has strong legal expertise relating to technology and considerable commercial litigation experience. In that guise, he has advised global manufacturers on the resolution of major threats to their business. Rob sits on the national advisory board of the Web Science Institute.

Away from the office, Rob can usually be found in the great outdoors (in the mountains, if possible, but his garden will do), even if it's raining!

Amy Au
Associate solicitor, Irwin Mitchell

Amy AuAmy Au is an intellectual property and reputation management associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell. Amy has an active role in the Food & Drink and wider Consumer Markets teams, advising clients in those sectors on how best to protect, manage and exploit their intellectual property and reputation. Amy understands that managing a business' reputation is difficult especially these days when opinions and stories (true or false) can be published very quickly and have the potential to harm a business' reputation, quickly. Amy's advice is pragmatic and commercial and because of this, she is able to helps her clients resolve reputation management issues efficiently and cost effectively.

Outside of the office, Amy is very active and can be found running and cycling, pretty much everywhere. She would however substitute her running trainers and bike for a pair of skis if there was enough snow in Yorkshire!

Alex Dawson
Practice Lead for UK Politics & Policy, Global Counsel

Alex DawsonAlex is Practice Lead for UK Politics & Policy. Alex has spent over a decade advising British prime ministers and politicians on strategy, research and messaging. Before working as one of Theresa May's most senior advisers, he ran the Conservative Party's research operation and briefed David Cameron for Prime Minister's Questions, covering the whole range of government policy. At Global Counsel, Alex leads the UK politics and policy practice, supporting clients on political and policy developments in sectors affecting financial services, fast-moving consumer goods and data.

Organiser: Craig Hannington, 02074207126,