Packaging Best Practice Forum


The IMRG – Woodway Packaging Best Practice Forum 2017 is designed to help online retailers address the conflicting challenges and increasing opportunities presented by packaging.

  • Providing adequate product protection AND protecting the environment
  • Optimising cost and preserving efficiency in packing operations
  • Offsetting packaging cost against brand benefit

The forum will address these themes and more using the IMRG – Woodway Packaging Best Practice Review 2017 and advice from expert speakers and practitioners.

09:30 – Welcome and Context – the opportunity – IMRG
09:40 – Overview of best practice review – Jason Inwood
09:55 – Ben Farrell MBE, John Lewis
10:25 – Ed Roberts, Regional Sustainability Director EMEA, Sealed Air
10:45 – Facilitated discussion and Q&A
11:05 – Networking break
11:30 – Roger Wright, M&S
11:50 – Facilitated discussion and Q&A
12:20 – Wrap up – IMRG and Jason
12:30 – Close

Who Should Attend?

This is a retailer only invitation event – those who will benefit from attending the Forum will be responsible for packaging procurement, supply chain, packing line, dispatch and returns operations

Keynote Speakers

Over the course of the forum we will hear from these great speakers, and you will have ample time discuss your current issues. 

  • Ben Farrell MBE,

    Ben Farrell MBE,

    Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis

    In February 2014 Ben took up his current role as Head of Central Operations and Transport for John Lewis. He has a wide and varied array of responsibilities across John Lewis’ daily and future operations and loves the fast pace and challenges of the job! He joined the John Lewis Partnership as Group Head of Operational Risk Management in 2011 and was responsible for developing the John Lewis Partnership’s resilience and awareness of future risks to successful trading. Commissioned into the Irish Guards, Ben Farrell held commands during the invasion of Iraq, in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. He was awarded an MBE for his service in Kosovo. He commanded The Irish Guards between 2008-2010. He then held a variety of strategy roles in the Ministry of Defence for a number of years and led the team responsible for the day to day running of the British military operation in Iraq for two and a half years. He has a Master's degree from Cranfield University.

  • Roger Wright,

    Roger Wright,

    Technical Packaging Lead – Clothing & Home, Marks and Spencer

    Roger is a packaging technologist with over 20 years’ experience designing out waste and designing in, solutions that work. He’s fortunate enough to work for a global retailer with the same beliefs and where quality, integrity and innovation are the corner stones of their shared success; one might say the three corners of the A in Plan. Roger’s inspired by a future where the ‘activity’ of packaging is understood more holistically and can evolve within the context of an effective circular economy. He also believes that when packaging is integral to building a successful brand, costing only a tenth of the goods it protects and promotes but with a net positive impact on the world, we should all “Love the Last 10%!”

  • Ed Roberts

    Ed Roberts

    Regional Sustainability Director EMEA

    In his position as Regional Sustainability Director, Ed Roberts is responsible for Sealed Air’s company-wide sustainable business practices in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. In this regional role, Ed works to advance sustainability initiatives across all of Sealed Air’s customers and divisions. His primary focus is ensuring alignment of customer needs, manufacturing platforms, business plans and technologies to improve sustainability of products, processes and services in support of the customers’ and Sealed Air’s sustainability goals. Ed represents Sealed Air on a number of NGO committees including EUROPEN Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs Committee, EUROPEN Task Force on Food Waste, EUROPEN Task Force on Circular Economy, and AISE Packaging Taskforce. Ed has bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and Environment, Health & Safety. He has over 38 years of commercial experience in technology and business development encompassing roles in R&D, sales and marketing as well as EH&S and sustainability. He has been employed by Sealed Air for the last 30 years and currently resides in Rugby, UK.

This forum, and linked report is supported by Woodway. 

Where Is It?

This forum will be hosted at BMA House. 

BMA House

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP

Event Date 5th Sep 2017 to 5th Sep 2017
Event Time 09:30 to 12:30
Location BMA House, Tavistock Square, London