Anne Emblem becomes first woman to win WPO Lifetime Achievement Award

14 Feb 2017

Anne Emblem has become the first woman in its 49 year history to win the World Packaging Organisation Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognises individuals who have made a significant and recognisable contribution to the packaging industry, nationally or internationally, over a prolonged period of time.

Anne’s packaging career began in 1972, when she was appointed Product Development Manager for Alcan Foils Limited. She achieved the Institute of Packaging Diploma in Packaging Technology in 1974 and was then frequently invited to speak at events throughout the UK. This nurtured her interest and enthusiasm for packaging education. 

Over time, Anne has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as Packaging Buyer at Merck, Sharp & Dohme Limited; the cosmetics industry as Packaging Development Manager, Avon Overseas Limited and the food industry as Packaging Development Manager, British Sugar plc. She has gone from strength to strength helping develop packaging courses for industry and academia. 

Anne has sat on various committees and Chaired the Institute Of Packaging Board of Examiners, where she implemented a robust assessment system based on clear marking briefs, peer-marking and external verification. She chaired the IOP Education Committee from 1984 to 2001, during which time she developed and delivered courses on a range of topics and steered the redevelopment of the Diploma course syllabus, updating and organizing it into a modular format with clear learning outcomes and assessment methods.  

In 1995, she co-edited the first UK text of Walter Soroka’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, providing an invaluable resource for students and practitioners throughout the UK. Anne went on to develop the Certificate in Packaging in 2001 for those seeking an overview, rather than the detailed packaging technology of the Diploma. She has most recently been appointed Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at University of the Arts London, a testament to her contribution to packaging education. Anne has contributed significantly to course development, always ensuring the curriculum remains firmly rooted in industry.

Anne commented, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected to be one of the first recipients of the World Packaging Organisation’s Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award.

Packaging Technology has been an important focus throughout my entire career. Since gaining the Institute of Packaging’s Diploma in Packaging Technology in 1974, I have never stopped learning about this fascinating discipline. I have been fortunate to work on the development of a wide range of products across the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries, ensuring that packs meet their functional and aesthetic demands.”

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