The Packaging Society Board Member profiles
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Ian Davis - 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.
Kevin Laughton - Vice Chairman
Kevin is Founder and Consultant at I-CON INTERNATIONAL an independent packaging consultancy focused on digitally printed, integrated packaging.
Kevin provides effective direction for packaging 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 delivers simple but effective solutions within packaging supply chains. Kevin joined the society over 10 years ago and is now Vice Chairman of The Packaging Society. He has been in the Packaging industry for 40 years thi year! and still highly passionate! One of his main motivators is ‘change’ and how the industry adapts to ensuring ‘best practice’ is achieved seamlessly epecially in the digital age.
…a fellow of the institute of packaging and self-confessed packaging nerd. Emma’s career in packaging spans nearly 25 years, from rigid boxes, luxury cartons, injection-moulding, blow-moulding, tool-making, litho printing and more latterly vacuum forming in her current role as Sales & Marketing Manager for Bebo UK (thermoforming arm of RPC Group). She has worked for the crème da crème of market leaders and is a regular speaker at industry events, helping to educate and inspire students and brand owners
Keith has been involved in the world of packaging for over 50 years. Management roles within Ilford Ltd ( Photographic) and Boots led on to a career in Consultancy. Mintel was a major client where Keith helped to organize their GNPD packaging section. Keith is a Fellow of the old Institute of Packaging, a past Chairman and Trustee. He is also a past Chairman of the Packaging Society, a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of the RSA.
Keith organized the Packaging section of Materials Congress 2005 and is part of the Surface Engineering Committee, Energy materials Group, Sustainability Development Group and is involved with Innovate UK. He has provided numerous articles and presentations on packaging and acts as the coordinator for the Packaging Summer School held annually in the UK for Michigan State University. He is highly motivated by Packaging Education, Innovations, Waste & Recycling and the current plastics problems.
Keith Damarell is Vice President of Packaging Innovations for the HAVI Group. He is a packaging expert with over 40 years of leading edge experience with a focus on sustainable packaging solutions. Prior to Havi he was VP Business and Product Development at Stora Enso responsible for product development and marketing for their specialty papers group based in the US and Finland. Previously held positions included Operations Director responsible for manufacturing operations in the UK for Stora Enso and Technical Operations Director at Sappi and Director R&D for Arjo Wiggins Teape.
Keith has a BSc Chemistry, MBA and is a Fellow and Board member of the Packaging Society.
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 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.
Managing Director of Leonard Little & Associates Ltd. (Est 1976)
Packaging Consultant, Trainer and Agent for Macarbox a Spanish corrugate machinery manufacturer (Corrugators, Flexo Folder Gluers, Digital Presses and Laser Cutting).David has over 30 years’ experience in the Packaging Industry. David is a Print Technologist (DIT) and a Packaging Technologist (IOP). He is a Fellow of IOM3 - The Packaging Society, Chair of the Irish Packaging Society and Member of the UK Packaging Society board. David is a lecturer in Packaging Technology, in Ireland and the UK.
Experienced in: Corrugate, flexible film, cartons, labels, rigid plastics, pre-press / repro and print production equipment. He has extensive print experience, across all processes.We support your, new product packaging development, new business plans, supplier audits, SOP’s, QC problem solving, brand management, press passes & packaging training.
~ Driving packaging change, cost savings and NPD speed-to-market ~
With degrees in Physics and Polymer Science from the University of Sheffield, Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in the plastics and packaging industries. She has held technical positions at BP Performance Films, Asda, Fox’s Biscuits, Mars and SunBranding Solutions.
She now works as a freelance sustainable packaging and plastics consultant working with companies from start-ups to blue chips on all aspects of innovation, specification and problem solving.
Sarah is delighted to be an advisor to Garçon Wines whose flat wine bottle has won multiple awards including the UK Packaging Awards Innovation of the Year 2018.
She is a board member of The Packaging Society, a division of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, chairs the North of England Packaging Society and enjoys being part of the grass roots music scene in Yorkshire.
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