Conference Facilitator

Simon Jack is the BBC’s Business Editor, taking on a role previously held by Robert Peston, Kamal Ahmed and Jeff Randall.

Popular for his approachable, easy style, Simon formerly covered the day’s business headlines for Radio 4’s Today and BBC Breakfast News.

After time spent as a corporate and investment banker in London, New York and Bermuda, Simon joined the BBC’s Business and Economics unit. He reported for the Today programme and 5 Live's Wake up to Money. He also presented business and financial podcasts for the Daily Telegraph.

Simon became familiar to TV viewers when he covered the 2008 financial crisis for BBC News, the BBC News Channel and Working Lunch. He then replaced Declan Curry as the regular BBC Breakfast business news reporter, and has co-hosted the show as a stand in for Bill Turnbull.

Having interviewed some of the biggest names in UK and international commerce, covered the key events in business and the markets, and analysed the implications of policy and government, Simon has an insight few can rival. His down-to-earth style, humour, and occasional irreverence, make him perfect for explaining the complexities of economics and industry to both the expert and the layperson alike.

Strategic Affairs Director, UKHospitality

Tony is Strategic Affairs Director for UKHospitality, a sector-wide trade association formed in early 2018 by the merger of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and British Hospitality Association.

He has been a Director at leading public affairs consultancies, as well as having worked for more than eight years in Parliament and a year on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. He worked in Parliament for a number of backbench MPs and was political adviser to Rt Hon John Prescott MP in both opposition and government.


Paul Dickinson
Director of Food, Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Paul joined Fullers in 2011 as Head of Food for Managed Pubs and Hotels having developed his career through some of the best kitchens in the UK. He also spent a lot of time travelling to gain world cooking experience.

Paul has shaped his cooking style and depth of knowledge as a pupil of some of the most influential leaders in the culinary profession including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Michel Roux Jr and Darren Velvick. Paul draws his innovation for new dishes from the culinary expertise of his predecessors who have also ignited his passion for developing others.

Paul has been instrumental in the development of Fullers chefs with a mission to make Fullers as famous for its food as they are for their beers. The Fullers Chefs Guild was launched in Spring 2015, a framework to give chefs the technical skills and competencies to progress through the seven levels within their kitchens. Since 2017, 527 chefs have been through the programme and the Fuller’s Chefs Guild is being widely recognised by others in the industry as a great example of best practice and in 2016 saw the launch of the Fuller’s Guild Chef of the Year competition.

Under his leadership, Fuller’s has restricted its portfolio of suppliers, sourcing the finest British seasonal ingredients.


Group Chief Executive, Nisbets PLC

At the beginning of his career in distribution Klaus worked in various sales and marketing roles at Würth Group, the world market leader in assembly and fastening technology with an annual turnover of €12.7bn, for 10 years from 1991 – 2001.

From there he worked for 16 years at RS Components, the leasing global multi-channel distributor for electronics and maintenance engineers, where he joined as General Manager for Product and Supplier Management. He was then quickly promoted to Managing Director for their UK mother company - a position he held for almost 6 years. He then became Managing Director for EMEA in 2008, then Global Sales Director in 2012 also responsible for the US business of the Group In 2015 he was made President of RS Components worldwide. RS Components sales are ca. £1.7bn worldwide, with over 1 million customers in 80 countries.

 In September 2017, Klaus was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer at Nisbets PLC, a rapidly growing international multi-channel business for catering equipment, and market leader in the UK. Throughout his career Klaus has been a champion for a people focused strategy, a keen supporter of e-commerce and innovation, and strong believer in delivering a great customer experience.

CEO, PT Holdings

Steve joined Parts Town in 2004, which at the time, had five employees and $3 million annual revenue. Under Steve’s leadership, Parts Town has achieved compound annual organic growth of 35% over the 14-year period ending 2017. With ten acquisitions since 2015, Parts Town, the global leader in foodservice equipment parts distribution, is now over $550 million annual revenue with over 1,500 team members.

Prior to Parts Town, Steve spent ten years with Newark Electronics, a global leader in electronic component distribution, and held several leadership roles.

Steve has an MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern and a Bachelor’s in Finance from Miami University in Ohio.  Personally, Steve most enjoys spending time with his family, which includes wife Jocelyn and 4 children ranging in age from 13 to 20. Steve and Jocelyn are also foster parents to two children and lead a not-for-profit organization with a mission to enable children with special needs to participate in sports.  An enthusiastic athlete himself, Steve has completed three Ironman distance triathlons and several marathons.

CEO of Professional Products and Executvie Vice President of AB Electrolux

Albert has a University degree in Electronic Engineering with Business Administration and has been employed by the Electrolux Group since 1989 and part of the senior management team since 2009. 

Previous Senior management positions in Electrolux include Head of Professional Products in North America and other Senior Management positions in Professional products.


Head of UK Business Development, Kantar Worldpanel

Chris Hayward has spent almost 20 years in market research, specialising in FMCG and Out of Home consumer behaviour. Chris is also a spokesman for Kantar Worldpanel and is regularly seen and heard across print, radio and TV.

Chris presents to trade and government bodies, as well as retailers and manufacturers on topics as diverse as premiumisation, shopper coping strategies, the discount channel and driving growth.

Chris’s core passion is in helping manufacturers and retailers to increase sales and profitability.


Managing Director, Caterlyst Ltd

Stewart has over 30 years’ experience in foodservice sales, marketing and PR. He founded and built Caterlyst to become the leading database and market insights business in the foodservice and convenience retail market, working with some of the top FMCG brands, equipment manufacturers and distributors. He works with businesses to identify and exploit the use of database information, digital marketing and business intelligence to create winning, results-driven contact and communications strategies.


Managing Director, Victor Manufacturing

After initially training as a Royal Marines Commando and seeing active service in the Falklands conflict, Phil joined Seals Packing and Gaskets as a Quality Assurance Manager in 1983.

In 1993, Phil moved to Askern UK, rising through the ranks from Group Quality Assurance Manager to UK Operations Manager in 2000 with responsibility for over 400 staff across multiple sites in the UK.

Phil joined Victor Manufacturing as Operations Director in 2000, becoming Managing Director in 2016, where he has been instrumental in Improving operational responsiveness to support customer needs and demands ensuring the Company becomes more highly customer focussed, undertaken a management re-structuring programme to support the strategic longer term aims of the business, substantially increasing turnover and profit and seen a phased implementation of new technology processes, to successfully increase manufacturing output and improve operational efficiency.

Phil has an Executive MBA from Bradford University School of Management and is an elected CESA Council Member, Phil is also Vice President for EFCEM, the European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers where he also represents CESA and the UK Catering Industry interests.


Director, CESA

Keith has been CESA director since 2001 and has represented the association in many government consultations on key issues affecting the sector.  

Since the referendum CESA was a founder member of EURIS - the EU Representation and Industrial Strategy group. This provides the interface with government to advise on the issues relating to UK withdrawal.

Keith will provide an update on the latest developments as well as giving an overview of what companies can be doing to prepare in the face of the likely outcomes over the coming months.




Hospitality Portfolio Director, Fresh Montgomery

As Hospitality Portfolio Director at Fresh Montgomery, Ross is responsible for HRC (formerly Hotelympia) and the new Professional Kitchen Show and Foodservice Show events at the NEC in January 2019, as well as ScotHot and IFEX in Belfast.

Ross’s background is in food and drink and he has worked both within the industry and managing and deliver industry events for the last 17 years.


Truly a ‘Renaissance Man’, Lord (Robert) Winston is a doctor, scientist, politician and television presenter.

Widely regarded as our pre-eminent expert in reproductive medicine, Lord Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College. He runs a gene transplant research programme in the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, where the team have achieved significant advances, particularly in endocrinology, IVF and genetics.

Lord Winston has been Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University and Chairman of the Council of the Royal College of Music. In the field of politics, he sits on the Labour benches and speaks regularly in the House of Lords, particularly on science, education, medical ethics and the arts. He is chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.

A seasoned and popular television presenter, Lord Winston wrote and presented Superhuman, The Secret Life of Twins, Child of Our Time and the BAFTA Award winning The Human Body. He presented five series of Your Life in Their Hands for the BBC. In addition to his science-based programmes, Lord Winston displayed his musical abilities in Play It Again, where he learned to play a saxophone, from scratch, in five months. He has even appeared in an episode of The Archers, as a fertility expert.

A regular contributor to Any Questions, Question Time and the Today programme, Lord Winston has also appeared on Have I Got News For You, Start The Week and Desert Island Discs. He has contributed articles to all the national newspapers and to journals ranging from The Spectator to Good Housekeeping.

Much in demand as a conference speaker, Lord Winston explains how the human mind is expanding exponentially and advocates greater trust in scientists, in everything from food scares to climate prediction. As an after dinner speaker, he is thought provoking and engaging covering his career, his views and his wide interests with a terrific sense of humour.