The Packaging Society Board Member profiles

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Chris Waterhouse - Chairman

Chris Waterhouse is an experienced Packaging and Project Manager specialising in the integration of manufacturing and supply chain operations with packaging technology.  Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Packaging and Chairman of the Packaging Society.

Having qualified as a Marine Engineer initially Chris moved into the Food Industry.  From there a number of years within the lubricants business of Chevron/Gulf Oil gave him the responsibility for managing a high throughput and complex lubricant blending plant.  Recruited into Zeneca in 1998 (and from there into AstraZeneca and then Syngenta working in the Global Technology and Project Management area) he grew his knowledge of complex data and process management. 

As a consummate Problem Solver he has always worked where swift results and a focus on added value and cost effective solutions are valued.  He is currently Managing Director of iDi Pac Limited, a niche Packaging and Supply Chain consultancy serving largely regulated industries; Healthcare, Pharma and Chemicals although there is a strong element of FMCG, cosmetics industry work also.  Within iDi Pac his expertise is used extensively across Packaging, Process, Manufacturing and increasingly complex Project Management roles.


Ian Davis - Vice Chairman

Ian has been a member of the Packaging Society (previously the IOP) for over thirty years. He is one of the few members who joined the society due to his involvement as a paperboard manufacturer. He worked for the Stora group in the UK for 25 years, rising to the position of Mill Manager. For the past 18 years he has run his own companies covering consultancy and extensive lecturing in packaging and papermaking. His most recent company in his portfolio is as a training provider for Corrugating Apprenticeships, delivering the Technical Certificate courses. He has a BSc degree in Paper Technology, is a Fellow of the Institute and Chairman of the Scottish Packaging Society. 


Mark Caul

Mark Caul is the Technical Manager for Food Packaging at Tesco.  With 16 years of retail experience he is experienced in the wants and needs of consumers as well as balancing those needs with government and non-government views on the world of packaging.  Although a Technical Role, Mark works closely with the Tesco Packaging buying community as well as direct suppliers to Tesco to ensure that Packaging meets commercial needs and therefore encompass true sustainable credentials for packaging.

A Materials Engineer by training, he has previously spent time in diverse industries such as Forestry, Nuclear Energy, and Civil Engineering before settling into a packaging career, with over ten years at M&S before his recent move to Tesco.

Mark also is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials and sits on the board of the Packaging Society. 

Safety and Customer remains at the core of his work, and Mark would like to think he is known for this passion within the packaging industry.

Outside of his career, Mark enjoys reading and the company of his cats, Jim and Harry.  He also has a soft spot for American Golden Age comics and is a die-hard Doctor Who fan.


Alison Vincent

Alison Vincent is Managing Director at AVA packaging solutions – an independent partner to retailers, brand owners, packer/fillers and design agencies that helps clients with specialist innovation, design and development together with material and cost reductions plus packaging and sourcing strategies. 

In addition Alison offers leadership and guidance for packaging departments, ensuring they have optimal strategy, resources, structure, roles and responsibilities and processes to effectively deliver the packaging requirements of clients.

Alison has focused for over 26 years within the packaged consumer goods industry.  Prior to founding AVA in 2002, Alison was Head of Packaging at Sara Lee working on global projects and leading the Packaging Department.  At Safeway Stores she was key in establishing the packaging department as well as delivering significant cost savings and complexity reduction and innovations.  Prior to Safeway Alison was at Procter & Gamble delivering many global innovations and processes and before that she invented the reel-fed plastic labelling technology at Coca-Cola & Schweppes, now the industry standard globally.  Alison’s early career was at Lyons Tetley and Mothercare.  Alison holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA.

Alison and AVA packaging solutions, bring a unique innovative focus to clients: a blend of technical, creative, commercial and environmental areas to drive innovation and packaging projects through to fruition.


Keith Barnes 

Keith has been involved in the world of packaging for more than fifty years. Management roles within Ilford and Boots have led on to a career in consultancy. Mintel is a major client, and Keith helped to organise their GNPD packaging section. Keith is a Fellow of the Institute, a past chairman of Council of the former IOP and a Trustee of the Institute. A Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist, he is also on the main Council of IOM3.

Keith organised the Packaging Section of Materials congress 2005 and is on the Institute's ITP Board, the Surface Engineering committee, Energy Materials Group, Sustainability Group and is involved with Smart Materials (KTN). He has provided numerous articles on packaging and acts as the co-ordinator for the Packaging Summer School held annually in the UK for Michigan State University.


David Harding-Brown

Hugely experienced Creative Services professional with a solid background in delivering brand implementation on a global scale.  David has over 40 years’ experience in FMCG packaging, Advertising, 3D product and 2D graphic design, and all aspects of printing and production across multiple media.  Now Technical Director & Head of Sustainability at 1HQ, a multi-national Brand Agency, David directly manages the Innovation and Sustainability agendas, and all Implementation, Commercial and Operations areas.

  • FIMMM
  • APkgPrf 
  • CSR-P
  • PIABC Diploma in Packaging Technology examination marker
  • ‘Sustainable Brands’ conference external staff writer
  • Starpack Judge
  • Packaging Society Training & Education board member
  • IOM3 Sustainable Development Group member

Liam Barbary

Liam joined Amcor Flexibles on their commercial graduate scheme from university, following which he spent 8 years working as the sales responsible for the UK dairy market. Looking to seek out new challenges, He joined Suedpack with a brief to setup a global key account programme. During this time Liam enjoyed two fascinating years working and living in Germany for one of the most innovative privately owned companies in our industry. Having identified a gap in the packaging market for a tool which could estimate accurately and manage large complex tenders efficiently, himself and two business partners setup Benchmark Consulting, a truly unique web based cost model for all major material groups.

Outside of Liam’s main vocation, he has recently accepted the position of Chairman of the East Midlands Packaging Society and hope to grow my network and knowledge through the institute.


Gregor Anderson

Gregor Anderson is Device and Packaging Design Director at GSK:  based at Ware, UK. He has a B.Sc. in Industrial Design and a M.Sc. in Polymer Science and Engineering.

After completing a Postgraduate in Marketing for Heriot Watt University in 1986 he worked for Smiths Industries Medical Systems as device designer. This position involved him partnering closely with surgeons and anesthetists to develop products such as specialist tracheotomy systems and single use surgical equipment. In 1989 he joined the Device Development Unit, Inhaled Products, Glaxo R&D, as Senior Designer. He worked on the design and development of various device platforms including: Diskus, auto-injectors and dose counters. In 2009 Greg moved to Global Manufacturing to head up the Technical Packaging Group. More recently he has focused on supporting the launches of the Ellipta Inhaler, respiratory training devices and also researching and preparing GSK’s respiratory and packaging strategy for Emerging Markets including Sub Sahara Africa.  He holds over 40 patents and has expertise in patient centric design and has presented papers on this topic globally. 


Kevin Laughton

Kevin is currently a Director at Sharp Iris and is responsible for strategy, direction, head count and P&L, They are a Creative Digital Solutions Company specialising and providing services such as creative design, digital platform build, digital workflows and digital printing, along with Kevin’s ability in consulting throughout the packaging supply chain.

Kevin provides effective direction for these services across all types of print processes for many brands and retail clients. These are all aligned with creative thinking and a desire to make a difference in an ever changing environment. Having worked for some of the largest and high profile service providers globally, Kevin's intention is to emulate entire positive and stand out learning’s from these companies, ensuring that Kevin and Sharp Iris, deliver simple but effective solutions within packaging supply chains. Kevin joined the society over 10 years ago and is now Chairman of the North of England Packaging Society since 2014 and has been in the Packaging industry for 36 years and still highly passionate! One of his main motivators is ‘change’ and how the industry adapts to ensuring ‘best practice’ is achieved seamlessly. 


Richard Bull

Having begun a career in the electronics industry in 1960, Richard then progressed into the induction and corona discharge treating sectors.  As a senior service engineer he travelled the world carrying out Induction Melting System Installations and Application Diagnostics further developing his knowledge of the industry.  During the early eighties, the natural progression was to begin his own business and Enercon Industries Ltd working was born.

For over 35 years, Richard has worked tirelessly within the packaging industry to innovate and has established Enercon Industries Ltd as the European leader in their field, and together with Enercon Industries Corporation of the USA, Enercon Industries are now the global leaders and the largest induction cap sealer and corona discharge treater suppliers.

Richard brings with him a wealth of packaging knowledge and solutions for both progression and sustainability within the industry.


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