The Brexit Challenge

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The Brexit Challenge


14.45 Registration and Networking

15.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Aidan Cotter, CEO Bord Bia

15.10 Considerations for Food and Drink Suppliers in UK

Ian Wright CBE – Director General, The Food and Drink Federation

15.30 Implications for the UK grocery market

James Walton – Chief Economist, IGD

15.50 Macroeconomic outlook for the UK Economy

Paul Hollingsworth – UK Economist, Capital Economics

16.10 Panel Discussion

  • Ian Wright CBE – Director General, The Food and Drink Federation
  • Peter Jackson – Managing Director, Aryzta Ireland
  • Jon Copestake – Editor and Chief Retail & Consumer Goods Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit

16.50 Closing Remarks - Aidan Cotter

17.00 Buses to the Trade Reception

Speaker Profiles

Brian O’Connell, MC

Brian O’Connell was London Editor with Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE until it closed its Westminster news bureau in 2012. He has also worked as Special Projects Manager for Concern Worldwide and as a Consultant Director for the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of Irish4Europe which campaigned in Britain’s Irish community for a Remain vote during this year’s referendum on UK membership of the EU. For over two decades with RTE at Westminster, Brian covered British politics during the premierships of John Major, Tony Blair and David Cameron. He reported on the IRA’s bombing campaign in Britain, the British foot and mouth outbreak, the Queen’s 2011 state visit to Ireland, the 2012 London Olympics and the British economy as it has affected Ireland and Irish business.

Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia

Aidan Cotter was appointed Chief Executive of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, in July 2004 and brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and experience in food marketing. Mr. Cotter previously served in Bord Bia as Director of Operations for a number of years, and earlier gained extensive experience in the marketplace as the organisation’s European Director, based in its London office, and prior to that in Dusseldorf. Mr. Cotter holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK and has Masters degrees in Economic Science and Agricultural Economics from University College Dublin (UCD). In September 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law from UCD.

Ian Wright CBE, Director General, The Food and Drink Federation

Ian Wright is the Director-General of the Food & Drink Federation, the representative voice of the UK's largest manufacturing sector. Before joining FDF in Spring 2015, he spent 14 years responsible for the management of Diageo's reputation as it became one of the world's most trusted and respected companies. He has also worked for Mars Confectionery, Pillsbury and Burger King, as well as spells in consultancy and politics. Ian Wright is an investor/advisor to a number of start-up businesses including The Work Crowd and a trustee of both The WAVE Trust and Children on the Edge.

Jason Walton, Chief Economist, IGD

James’ role at IGD is to help businesses anticipate and cope with strategic events, including: economic pressures, geo-political change, social developments and environmental stress. James is well known for speaking at both UK and international events and provides interviews for TV, radio and the press. He also creates original reports and articles for IGD.

James has worked with clients across the entire grocery industry as well as with non-industry groups such as government departments, financial businesses and NGOs. James joined IGD in April 1999 and has served in several roles, becoming Chief Economist in 2004. Prior to joining IGD, he worked for Hillsdown Holdings, Northern Foods and Rank-Xerox.

IGD are a research and training charity that helps the food and grocery industry deliver the needs of the public, through Insight and leadership, growing capability and delivering a better future

They have an in-depth understanding of shoppers, retailing and supply chains supported by their knowledge of broader topics affecting the industry – health, nutrition, sustainability and economics among them.

Paul Hollingsworth, UK Economist, Capital Economics

Paul is a UK economist on Capital Economics’ award-winning UK team. He joined the firm in 2012 and has spent time analysing Asian and European markets, as well as global financial markets. Aside from producing regular reports on the latest data and topical economic issues for clients, Paul frequently appears on national radio and news TV discussing the UK economy, and writes a monthly column for Retail Week magazine. Paul holds a degree in Economics from the University of Sheffield and MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He has previously worked at HM Treasury in the Macroeconomic Analysis team.

Peter Jackson, Managing Director, Aryzta Ireland

Peter is currently the managing Director of Aryzta Ireland. He has been with Aryzta for over three years covering several roles in his time including Managing Director for Aryzta Food Solutions Ireland and Business Development Director for Aryzta Food Solutions Europe. His current role encompasses three business units, Aryzta Bakeries Ireland, Aryzta Food solutions and La Rousse Foods, as well as this he retains some business development responsibilities for Aryzta Food Solutions Europe.

Prior to this, Peter led the branded division of the Kepak Group. During his 12 years with Kepak, he held senior roles in Finance & Operations with the last five years spent as Chief executive of Kepak Convenience Foods. He was also a member of the Kepak Group Board.

Jon Copestake, Chief Retail & Consumer Goods Analyst, The Economist

Jon Copestake is the Economist Intelligence Unit's Chief Retail & Consumer Goods analyst and is also the Editor of the Worldwide Cost of Living and Liveability surveys. As Chief Retail & Consumer Goods analyst Jon guides the global the retail and consumer goods products by writing a regular global outlook, checking individual country output and writing or contributing to special reports that affect the sectors. Jon also acts as a spokesperson for The Economist Intelligence Unit at trade speaking events and produces regular byline articles for the trade press as well as analysis for the media on breaking news in the retail and consumer goods industry.

Jon has worked on the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey since 1999 and manages the biannual city-to-city tool as well as an annual ranking on which cities in the world are the most expensive, or the cheapest. Jon also manages the biannual liveability ranking which benchmarks 140 cities globally to assess which are the best, and worst, places to live. He also oversees a number of custom projects related to his industrial sectors as well as liveability and pricing. The high visibility of the liveability and cost of living rankings mean that Jon is frequently interviewed by the media when the latest rankings are released. He is also regularly quoted on events affecting the retail and consumer goods sectors.

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Speaker Presentations 

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