Speaker List 2020

: Energy, Environment and Sustainability Team Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team

Energy, Environment and Sustainability Team Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team

Jessie is an Advisor on the Behavioural Insights Team's energy, environment and sustainability team. She is working on projects encouraging sustainable food consumption as well as on building the team’s conservation portfolio. With a PhD in behavioural ecology, Jessie has held research fellowships at Aarhus University in Denmark and at the University of Arizona, where she studied the evolution of prosocial behaviour in humans and other animals.
The Behavioural Insights Team generates and applies behavioural insights to inform policy, improve public services and deliver positive results for people and communities. Formerly known as the Nudge Unit, part of the Cabinet Office in the UK government, it is now a social purpose company, partly owned by the Cabinet Office, employees and Nesta.

: Global Director of Restaurants and Strategic Partnerships, Just Eat

Global Director of Restaurants and Strategic Partnerships, Just Eat

Ben joined the business in 2016 as UK Marketing Director and was appointed Global Director of Restaurants and Strategic Partnerships at the end of last year.

As Marketing Director for the UK Ben was instrumental in driving Just Eat’s brand and business growth, overseeing countless initiatives to help the UK business break records and become the national favourite when it comes to choosing a takeaway.

Ben became Managing Director for Menulog in Australia and New Zealand in June 2019 on a short- term basis. He was responsible for returning the business back to positive year-on-year growth through the rapid scaling of delivery, as well as supercharging the brand to reach even more customers across the ANZ market.

In the newly created  role of Global Director of Restaurants and Strategic Partnerships, he is charged with developing and delivering on Just Eat Group’s strategy and vision for our 112,000 restaurant partners, globally ensuring we deepen our partnership with them and help them grow their businesses exponentially. He is also responsible for owning, developing and delivering on our commercial partnership strategy with Global Consumer brands.

Prior to joining Just Eat, Ben had an impressive track record, building impactful marketing strategies and driving the success of some of the UK’s fastest growing digital brands, including Betfair and Notonthehighstreet.com where he established the brand as a lynchpin of the online retail landscape.

In addition to his role at Just Eat, Ben is the Chair of The Lily Foundation (a charity committed to finding a cure for Mitochondrial Disease) and a board member of Women in Football.

: Food Surplus & Waste Champion, Defra

Food Surplus & Waste Champion, Defra

Ben is the co-founder of Hawthorn and co-founder of Quintessentially, the luxury lifestyle group and 24-hour global concierge service, which he started in London in December 2000. As the founder and chairman of the Quintessentially Foundation, it has raised in excess of £13m for charitable causes since 2008. Working with different charities, its mission is to improve the health, education and welfare of disadvantaged people, predominantly in the UK. To date, the Quintessentially Foundation has helped 10,000 school children in Enfield and Croydon through Place2Be, put funding towards a new cancer centre in London through Maggie's and assisted vital projects in Syria through War Child.
In December 2018, Ben was appointed by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as the Government’s first Food Surplus and Waste Champion. In July 2019, Ben was appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Alongside this work, Ben is a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum, a Chairman of the Philanthropy Board of the Royal Albert Hall and a trustee of The Eranda Rothschild Foundation, a charitable trust founded by the Rothschild family which makes donations to registered charities working in the fields of medical research, education and the arts. Ben is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS).
Ben was educated at Eton College and graduated with a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol. He is married with two children and lives in West London. He is passionate about London, cricket and Dorset.


: Professor of Value Chain Management, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

Professor of Value Chain Management, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

Andrew Fearne is Professor of Value Chain Management and Head of the Innovation Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) group at Norwich Business School. His main areas of research are consumer behaviour, inter-organisational relationships and value chain analysis. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Supply Chain Management (the No.1 ranked journal in the discipline), author of over 150 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers and the son of a Kentish pig farmer!
His innovative approach to the funding and application of applied research has resulted in an impressive record of business engagement, with organisations large and small, from around the world, and at all stages of the food chain. Prominent amongst existing partners are dunnhumby and Tesco, with whom he has been working for over a decade, mining the purchasing data of 1.9 million loyalty card holders on behalf of over 700 small food and drink producers, to support their business planning and marketing decision-making.
His work in the area of organisational justice and supplier relationships includes an innovative application in the context of sustainable sourcing from developing countries, in partnership with Unilever, Oxfam and the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED).
His multi-disciplinary and cross-functional approach to value chain management is a distinguishing feature of his novel approach to sustainable value chain analysis (SVCA), which combines value stream mapping with life cycle analysis and was developed in partnership with Yalumba (the oldest family-owned winemaker in Australia) and the Department of Primary Industries in the Government of South Australia during his appointment as the 14th Adelaide Thinker in Residence.
: Director for Regulatory Compliance, People and NI, Food Standards Agency

Director for Regulatory Compliance, People and NI, Food Standards Agency

Maria obtained an Honours Degree in Environmental Health from the University of Ulster in 1990 and has worked for nearly thirty years in the NI public sector, much of it in the area of food control.  She worked in a number of District Councils enforcing food hygiene and standards legislation in a range of retail, catering and manufacturing premises.  She completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Health in 1998.
Since joining the team at the FSA in NI in 2001, Maria has been responsible for developing legislation and policy in relation to food safety, food standards, imported food control, food fraud and nutrition and dietary health.  Her career within the Food Standards Agency has included leading on Dietary Health, managing several major food and feed safety incidents and leading on large corporate programmes.
In 2014 Maria was elected as a Fellow (Chartered) of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. 
Maria is a member of the FSA’s Executive Management Team with responsibility for the NI office, People and Organisational Change.  In 2017 she led a major cultural change programme in the FSA, putting in place a new People Strategy and delivered the ‘Our Ways of Working’ Programme.  The overall outcome was to enable and support each member of staff to do their best work and contribute effectively to delivery of FSA outcomes, irrespective of how and where they choose to work. 
In October 2018, Maria was given the exciting opportunity to lead the FSA’s Regulatory Compliance Division and the Regulating our Future Programme.
Daisy McAndrew: TV Presenter, Reporter and Writer
Daisy McAndrew

TV Presenter, Reporter and Writer

Daisy is an accomplished corporate facilitator and host, having hosted countless awards and moderated many conferences for a wide variety of clients – including many large multinationals, trade bodies and charities.

Daisy was ITV News' most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent. As Economics Editor she reported on the credit crunch and recession from all over the UK as well as in-depth reports on the German and French economy. She also presented ITV's Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV's Moral of the Story. Prior to that she had a successful journalistic career with the BBC's Daily Politics and as BBC Breakfast News' Political Correspondent, as well as presenting on LBC, Channel 4 and Radio 5Live.

Daisy spent a decade in Westminster as a researcher and reporter.

Daisy's interests include all aspects of business and political life, parliament, social affairs, the economy and business. However, she also has a wide range of other interests which she writes about and comments on ranging from all aspects of family life and children's issues to penal reform, dogs and horses, motorbikes, interior design, party and planning and juggling life as a busy, working mum.

: Global Strategy Partner, Edelman

Global Strategy Partner, Edelman

Michele O'Neill is Global Strategy Partner at Edelman, the world's largest independent communications company. She is a thirty-year veteran in global communications, helping brands and business connect with consumers in ways that drive engagement and trust. She also recently took on the role of Professor in Practice with Boston University, teaching their London based Communications programme.

: Independent Economic Analyst

Independent Economic Analyst

Sean has enjoyed a 45-year career as an economist centred on food and agriculture. In 1987 he was appointed the NFU's chief economist. In 1995 he joined the Cranfield School of Management as an academic specialising in business economics and director of its flagship MBA programme. While at Cranfield he was an academic adviser to Defra on farming and rural matters. Having retired from Cranfield in 2012 he now runs a consultancy business, Sean Rickard Ltd, specialising in the economics of food and farming. Sean also has a number of extra-curricular roles: notably he is Chair of First Milk Members' Council and a non-executive director on the NFU Sugar Board.

Email: sean@seanrickardltd.co.uk   Web: www.seanrickard.co.uk


: Founder and Managing Partner, AretéWork

Founder and Managing Partner, AretéWork

Once described as, “the grit in the oyster that creates the pearl”, Ruth is making a difference in the world by changing attitudes and practices relating to ethics and compliance. Following a varied international legal career, Ruth Steinholtz founded AretéWork in 2011. Areté is the Greek concept of excellence and virtue ethics – being the best one can be. AretéWork assists organisations globally to manage risk and improve results by fostering effective ethical cultures based upon values.
Ruth’s in-house corporate career began at Cadbury Schweppes plc where she combined legal work and a developing expertise in incident management. As General Counsel and Head of Ethics at Borealis AG, Ruth developed a values-based approach to ethics and compliance – employing ethics ambassadors throughout the company. This approach has been adopted globally, publicised through Ruth’s Good Practice Guide to Ethics Ambassadors written for the IBE
and many speaking engagements.
Ruth continues to advocate change through her co-authorship, with Professor Chris Hodges, of Ethical Business Practice and Regulation: A Behavioural and Values-Based Approach to Compliance and Enforcement (Hart Publishing, December 2017). Through her consulting work, Ruth helps organisations consciously develop effective ethical cultures, based upon values. Ruth is fully certified in the use of the Barrett Values Centre’s Cultural Transformation Tools; is a member of the expert panel that developed the UNODC E4J University Modules on Integrity
& Ethics.
Follow Ruth @ruthsteinholtz, connect with her on LinkedIn and find her blog at aretework.com