To ensure continual relevant innovation, Pro2Pac 2019 has announced a collaboration with five industry experts to support the creation of forward-thinking content, products and solutions being showcased at the biennial event.

The ‘ambassadors’ will work with organiser, Fresh Montgomery, to identify trends, build insights and share industry knowledge, which will shape the event and ensure visitors – whether Quality or Packaging Managers, Technologists or Engineers – are given an unrivalled experience.

The Pro2Pac 2019 ambassadors are:

  • Natalia Agathou, Business Advice Manager, Advance London
  • David Harding-Brown, Packaging, Branding & Sustainability Consultant
  • Philip Chadwick, Editor, Packaging News
  • Sanjay Patel, Founding Partner, The Packaging Collective
  • Ian Crosby, Business Development Director, March Foods

Charlotte Brown, Event Manager for Pro2Pac, said: “We are proud that Pro2Pac is seen as a thought-leading event within the food & drink processing & packaging sector. However, we are deeply aware that we must continue to drive innovation to make sure suppliers, solutions providers, packaging managers and engineers alike feel it is an invaluable experience both in 2019 and onwards.

“We’re working closely with our ambassadors to strive for relevant developments to ensure the event continues to develop and evolve appropriately.”

Natalia Agathou, said: “Pro2Pac is a strong networking event that bridges the gap between the food and packaging industry. As a visitor, apart from the delicacies you get to try while browsing around, you get to witness the latest sector trends and explore new innovations.”

Pro2Pac 2019 is returning to ExCeL London 18–20 March 2019. Taking place alongside IFE (The International Food & Drink Event), Pro2Pac is the meeting place for everyone in the food & drink supply chain - an influential biennial gathering of producers, manufacturers, technologists and design specialists.

About the Pro2Pac 2019 Ambassadors

Natalia Agathou, Business Advice Manager, Advance London
Natalia has set-up and manages the Advance London Advisory programme for SMEs for the London Waste and Recycling Board since 2017 and is currently managing a team of six advisors working with 120 London based SMEs to promote circularity and new business models. Previously she worked for 8 years as an Environmental Advisor, specialising in sustainable businesses and green finance in emerging economies.

David Harding-Brown, Packaging, Branding & Sustainability Consultant
David is a hugely experienced Brand & Packaging professional with over 40 years' experience in delivering brand implementation on a global scale. Recently Technical Director & Head of Sustainability at 1HQ Global, a multi-national Packaging Consultancy, directly managing the Innovation and Sustainability agendas. Now Founder and Technical Director of Pack Dynamics, a multi-disciplinary consultancy focusing on sustainability, innovation and global packaging development for the circular economy, and Founder Partner of the Packaging Collective, an innovative trade association for Packaging professionals.

Philip Chadwick, Editor, Packaging News
Philip Chadwick has held the role since 2014. He joined the title in 2010 and has overseen many developments including a revamped features section, daily online news bulletins and extensions to the Packaging News brand. He has also helped develop the UK Packaging Awards, The Spirits Packaging Summit and the Luxury Packaging Awards. Prior to joining Packaging News, Philip spent six years working on the news and features desks at PrintWeek. He began his career as a reporter on Event magazine.

Sanjay Patel, Founding Partner, The Packaging Collective
A seasoned cross-category innovation specialist, his refreshing approach doesn’t suffer stereotypes and he is quite willing to challenge convention. A definite ‘do-er’ (a term he created encouraging people to 'get on with it' in life with a positive approach), his positive energy and enigmatic style encourages ideation and creative thinking. He specialises in being able to identify the correct question to answer, immerse the group laterally in the problem, bringing to life the solution with a business ready focus for adoption and scale.

Ian Crosby, Business Development Director, March Foods
A highly motivated food manufacturing professional, finding and offering either bespoke or main stream manufacturing and packing solutions for start-up enterprises through to global blue-chip companies. Ian has worked in the food industry for the last 21 years across several sectors including fresh short shelf-life products, ready meals, canning and shelf stable ambient products. In the last 14 years he has worked with several brands as a supply partner at March Foods on high profile launches.