02 June 2021
11:00 - 12:30
Food and drink is one of the country's strengths as a source of business prosperity and economic growth, a provider of vital local jobs and an environmental asset. As the voice of UK business, the CBI is therefore keen to make sure our food and drink members are represented at the heart of our policy priorities.
The CBI Food Supply Chain Forum exists to ensure we champion the issues that matter most to the sector, as we lobby and speak out in the media and take forward the pillars of our UK Prosperity Agenda.
The Forum brings together regional food and drink industry leaders to help shape the business voice on key issues and challenges for the sector; such as the impact of COVID-19, continued frictionless trade of ingredients and goods post-Brexit, the Apprenticeship Levy reform, immigration and shaping an R&D system that fosters innovation.
The Forum is unique. It engages CEOs, CFOs and Directors representing firms from the full farm to fork supply chain – farmers and manufacturers, through to packaging, hospitality and logistics firms.
It will provide an opportunity for you to join CBI policy experts and peers from across your industry to discuss and inform the government’s strategies on areas including:
Joining the forum to share his unique insights on the current political, economic and business landscape will be HSBC Head of Agri-food Allan Wilkinson.
Allan, a dairy farmer’s son, was born and raised in the North East of England and has been involved with farming and the food industry throughout his career. A graduate in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University in 1985, he spent 3 years in the MMB (Milk Marketing Board) as a Farm Management Consultant before joining Midland Bank in 1988 as a Regional Agriculture Manager. In 2015 he was appointed Head of Agrifoods, with specific reference to lead HSBC’s sector specialism for the whole food chain in the UK and increasingly beyond.
Allan is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Farmers and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2016.
He has been appointed as a Trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, where he also chairs the industry steering group for The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, launched in July 2016. He is involved in a number of other initiatives, more latterly the Food & Drink Sector Council’s Export Group.
This event is exclusive to CBI Members. This event will be of particular interest to senior executives working within the food and drink sector, including agricultural productivity, nutrition, exports, workforce and skills, innovation, logistics and packaging.
Please note invites are transferable, but we ask those joining the calls to be senior or executive level and have an overview of the organisation's thinking in this space. Numbers are limited so please book ASAP to confirm your place.