Obituary - Dr Mark Caul CEng CEnv FIMMM APkgPrf

Fellows' Lounge
2 May 2019

Dr Mark Caul CEng Env FIMMM APkgPrf 1968-2018

Dr Mark Caul passed away on 24 March, due to illness, and left behind a great legacy in his professional life. He will be sadly missed by those in working in retail, food manufacturing and the packaging industry in the UK and beyond.

Mark studied for eight years at the University of Swansea, gaining an honours degree in Materials Engineering, an MSc and finally a doctorate in 1998. Mark continued in his learning beyond university and throughout his career, achieving his Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist status.

Mark started his career at the Magnox British Nuclear Fuel facility in Somerset, working there for several years before joining the Marks & Spencer food business in 2001 as a packaging technologist. He spent 12 years at Marks & Spencer, developing an industry leading expertise on food packaging in retail. During this time, he covered the globe from Indonesia and China to Europe and North America, working across multiple materials from ceramics, glass, metals, polymers and pulp-based materials.

Mark was very creative and highly adept, taking complex issues and breaking them down to find a solution that was easy to communicate to non-technical stakeholders within the business, and also to consumers and others outside of the industry. He was an innovator and ahead of his time. Back in 2004, Mark worked tirelessly to put recycled materials back into food plastic packaging, creating a closed loop infrastructure and even trying to find a way for chemical recycling to solve the problems on plastic waste and litter.

Mark continued in his work on sustainability and packaging materials when he moved to Tesco, as a packaging manager. At Tesco, Mark delivered a very clear strategy on sustainable packaging that was both comprehensive and inspirational, challenging enough to create real change within the UK’s largest retailer. After 18 years of working in retail, Mark had recently moved into the role of Technical Manager for Rapid Action Packaging, based outside of London. Taking his market knowledge of food retail with him, he thoroughly enjoyed being part of the packaging industry.

During his time in retail, Mark was an inspiration and a mentor to many other packaging technologists in the industry, who he helped nurture and develop during various stages of their career. He was always so generous with his time and knowledge. He was passionate about recruiting new talent into the industry and helping to develop people.

Mark always remained a very active member of IOM3, from being part of the Younger Members’ Committee as a student, to a member of the Packaging Society board, and was awarded a Fellowship early on in his career.

He developed many close working relationships and friendships over the years across retail, food manufacturing and the packaging industry as can be attested by the number of people who travelled far and wide to pay their respects at his funeral. He would have been both proud and humbled. Mark left behind a loving family.

Dr Helene Robert