On Wednesday 7 March 2018, North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will run its fourth North London Waste Prevention Exchange at Inmarsat Conference Centre, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX. As with previous years, the conference will consist of a morning session with presentations and an afternoon workshop. The focus will be food waste prevention and will examine the different approaches and how to secure long term behaviour change.
The morning session will be chaired by Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA and Deputy Leader of London Borough of Waltham Forest who will invite speakers from across the UK and Europe to share their experiences and expertise.
The conference will include a UK perspective on approaches towards food waste behaviour change from Resource London, and an European perspective from Brussels Environment and Wageningen University. There will be representatives from a range of sectors, including academics, retailers and the third sector. With a focus on consumer engagement, representatives from East of England Co-op will discuss the role of supermarkets in reducing household food waste, whilst representatives from Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund will make links between food waste prevention and surplus food redistribution in the UK.
The afternoon workshop, open to all delegates, will aim to put learning from the morning session into practice by exploring priorities when devising a waste prevention programme.
There will be plenty of opportunities for delegates to network, and attend the information stalls during breaks. Lunch will be provided with recipes taken from our own North London Food Lovers' Cookbook.
Speakers' short biographies are below:
Antony Buchan, Head of Programme at Resource London. He will be presenting at the morning session on the TRIFOCAL programme, explaining the approach and including any initial findings or outcomes. He leads the Resource London programme, supporting London waste authorities to deliver significant savings and improve performance. He is a waste management professional with 17+ years’ experience in local, regional and national government and the commercial sector. A member of the negotiating team that created LWARB, Antony has been working for LWARB since its establishment.
- Joséphine Henrion, Head of Food and Consumption Unit at Brussels Environment. She will be presenting at the morning session on the topic of the Brussels Good Food Strategy; its background, scope, challenges and achievements. She is working on the implementation of the Good Food Regional Strategy (5-year action plan - 2016-2020) which aims to reduce the environmental impact of the Brussels food system. An economist by training, she is in charge of food distribution projects, the catering trade, and food waste prevention projects and has been working for Brussels Environment since 2011.
Roger Grosvenor, Joint Chief Executive at the East of England Co-op. He will be presenting at the morning session on the role of supermarket in reducing household food waste. Born in Worcestershire living in the shadow of the Malvern Hills. He has spent 46 years in Retail covering many disciplines. Initially working with CRS (Co-operative Retail Services), a product of the Co-operative College. He moved to East Anglia in the early 80's to the Independent Co-op sector. He sits as a Director for the Federal Retail Trading Services Board, also on the council of the Association of Convenience Stores. He is a non Executive Director of two local organisations, The Raedwald Trust and The Recovery Hub Ipswich.
David Cohen, Investigations and Campaigns Editor at the London Evening Standard. He will be presenting at the morning session on the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and the challenges and opportunities for surplus food redistribution in the UK. Since 2010, he has conceived and launched seven ground-breaking campaigns, starting with The Dispossessed and Get London Reading and including Food for London in 2016. He won the 2013 Paul Foot Award for investigative campaigning journalism for his Frontline London investigation into street gangs and has twice won the Cudlipp Award at the 2014 and 2011 British Press Awards. He was also awarded the Edgar Wallace Trophy for reporting and writing of the highest quality at the London Press Club. David was a 1997 Harkness Fellow, an Oxford graduate (PPE) and is the author of three books: Chasing the Red, White and Blue (Picador USA, 2001), People Who Have Stolen From Me (Picador USA, 2004), and Calling London (2011).
The team at Ricardo Energy and Environment will be facilitating the afternoon workshop, which is on Planning a food waste prevention programme. Sarahjane Widdowson will be leading the session, supported by colleagues John Woodruff, Anastasia Sousanoglou and Chidubem Nwabufo. The team has many years of experience implementing and advising on food waste prevention initiatives for Local Authorities and Businesses and will bring this insight to the session.
From the left: John Woodruff, Anastasia Sousanoglou, Sarahjane Widdowson and Chidubem Nwabufo