Student LaunchPad 2020

This year at the Student Launchpad virtual career event we aim to bring you an energizing, interactive and vibrant virtual experience. Don’t miss out on a chance to hear about the different career journeys from our mentors and speakers. You will be able to:

  • Ask your burning questions to our mentors
  • Learn about the different career options in the food sector
  • Meet experienced food industry professionals
  • Listen to panel discussions on what the food sector has to offer 

 

Watch our video below to find out why you should take part:

*Please note: All photos and videos featured on this webpage were taken at our 2019 launchpads, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year, we are bringing you two key events: Launchpad Career Catalysts and Launchpad Career Consultations which have been designed to help you launch your career.

Launchpad Career Catalysts:

Our panellists, who bring a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience, will answer questions from you, the student audience in a one-hour (panel session) exciting exchange exploring careers paths in the food sector.

Launchpad Career Consultations:

Our career consultations provide the chance to interact in small groups with industry professionals who like you have studied a food-related degree and who now have diverse job roles in the food sector ranging from retail to regulation, analysis to technical.

We ask students to book one Launchpad Career Consultation session. Please check all the available dates as places are limited.
This event is free to attend and is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students at UK universities. 
Launchpad Career Catalyst - Panel Sessions
Wednesday 4 November 14.00-15.00
Tuesday 10 November 14.00-15.00
Thursday 12 November 14.00-15.00
Launchpad Career Consultations - Week 1
Monday 16 November 10.00-11.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Jude Mason, Director, Succour, Food Regulation
  • Katarzyna Neidzwiedzka, Development Chemist, Eurofins, Analysis
  • Vanessa Fursden, Senior Food Technologist, Marks & Spencer, Retail
  • Ben Dodridge, Category Technical Manager, Tesco, Retail
Tuesday 17 November 14.00-15.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Sam Jennings, Director, Berry Ottaway & Associates, Food Regulation
  • Nic Sharman, Nic Sharman Consultancy, Food Safety
  • Marie Kettlewell, Specifications Technologist, Hain Daniels Group, Large Manufacturer
  • Rebecca Howard, Technical Operations Manager, Innocent, Large Manufacturer
Wednesday 18 November 10.00-11.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Danny Bayliss, New Technology Research Manager, Campden BRI, Research
  • Charlotte Foxton, Technical Manager, Sainsbury's, Retail
  • Marie Kettlewell, Specification Technologist, Hain Daniels Group, Large Manufacturer
  • Anita Kinsey, Senior Technical & Safety Manager, Pret a Manger, Food Safety
Thursday 19 November 14.00-15.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Danny Bayliss, New Technology Research Manager, Campden BRI, Research
  • Liz Ward, Director, Global Quality Systems & Food Safety, McCormick,  Large Manufacturer
  • Katy McWilliams, Food Technologist, Marks & Spencer, Retail
  • Keneth Chinyama, Senior Technical and Regulatory Executive, Food and Drink Federation, Regulation
Friday 20 November 10.00-11.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Zoe Shuttlewood, EMEA Food Safety & Quality Systems Lead, McCormick, Large Manufacturer 
  • Susan Arkley, Consultant, Food Development and Innovation 
  • Nemanja Vukanic, Marks & Spencer, Retail
  • Bronzie Kee, The Lunch Box, Small Manufacturer
Launchpad Career Consultations - Week 2
Monday 23 November 14.00-15.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Liz Ward, Director, Global Quality Systems & Food Safety, McCormick, Large Manufacturer
  • Jean Feord Marshall, Technical Policy Manager, Waitrose & Partners, Food Regulation
  • Rachael Dawes, Food Technologist, Marks & Spencer, Retail
  • Chris Wells, Consultant, Integrated Food Management, Research
Tuesday 24 November 10.00-11.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Anita Kinsey, Senior Technical & Safety Manager, Pret a Manger, Food Safety
  • Katarzyna Niedzwiedzka, Development Chemist, Eurofins, Analysis
  • Rebecca Howard, Technical Operations Manager, Innocent, Large Manufacturer
  • Chris Wells, Consultant, Integrated Food Management, Research
Wednesday 25 November 14.00-15.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Jean Feord Marshall, Technical Policy Manager, Waitrose & Partners, Food Regulation
  • Charlotte Foxton, Technical Manager, Sainsbury's, Retail
  • Jennifer Arthur, Head of Nutrition, Leatherhead Food Research, Research
  • Bronzie Kee, The Lunch Box, Small Manufacturer
Thursday 26 November 10.00-11.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Danny Bayliss, New Technology Research Manager, Research
  • Nic Sharman, Nic Sharman Consultancy, Food Safety
  • Susan Arkley, Consultant, Food Development and Innovation 
  • Duncan Graham, Technical Manager, Tesco, Retail
Friday 27 November 14.00-15.30
Name, Role, Company, Field
  • Jude Mason, Director, Succour, Food Safety
  • Zoe Shuttlewood, EMEA Food Safety & Quality Systems Lead, McCormick, Large Manufacturer
  • Caroline Hunt, Waitrose & Partners, Retail 
  • Eleanor Poole, Packaging Technologist, Innocent, Large Manufacturer
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