Martin Abell is a recent graduate of agricultural engineering at Harper Adams University with a farming and technology background.
He was employed by Precision Decisions specifically for the project as a mechatronics researcher. Previous projects have included research into the effects of tillage and traffic systems upon soil and the development of an autonomous sprayer demonstration vehicle for the university.
He is an advocate of precision farming and the benefits it can bring to both farmers and consumers throughout the world and is typically found on the family farm when away from the lab, maintaining a hands-on link with agriculture. He is driven to show the potential for automated systems within agriculture with the Hands Free Hectare providing a platform to do so.
A full-time professional speaker and coach since 2008, Simon helps
high-performing leaders to connect, influence and inspire through the spoken
word. Clients include General Electric, BP, Shell, CIMA, Cambridge University,
Oxford University’s Said Business School and Blavatnik School of Government and
the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Simon’s career spans corporate executive headhunting, brand consulting in the
FMCG sector plus a stint as Head of Office for a senior parliamentarian in the
House of Commons.
Simon is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and the Royal
Society for the Arts. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2013.
As the founding creative director of one of the UK’s most successful independent marketing agencies, Shelford spent over 20 years working with famous
FMCG and retail brands; Vodafone, Nestle, Mars, McDonald’s and Carlsberg to name a few. Now, as a creative consultant, he spends most of his time helping organisations unlock and liberate the creative potential of their own people. He believes in:
- INNATE CREATIVE ABILITY - That everyone has the ability to be creative. That creativity can be demystified and 'trained' to arm individuals with the skills and confidence to realise their creative potential.
- COLLABORATION AND CO-CREATION - That group creativity (involving not just the usual suspects!) Can be motivating, empowering and inspire fresh thinking and innovative ideas.
Victor Delgado is an R&D Engineer, a 3D Chef, and one of the first members to join Natural Machines - makers of the Foodini, 3D food printer - a new generation kitchen appliance that combines technology, food, art and design.
Haidee has worked in the food and grocery industry for over 10 years with
companies such as Unilever, Kerry Foods, Britvic and Heinz, to name but a few.
She has been with IGD since 2012 and heads up the Learning & Development
department, which offers free online and face to face learning opportunities,
plus an annual open workshop programme.
Haidee is passionate about training that makes a difference and motivates
individuals to achieve their potential.
Jonathan Gill is a qualified robotic engineer with ten years of experience specialising in mechatronic systems. Jonathan diversified into remotely operated vehicle operation for over six years with the sole purpose of completing tasks remotely by mechatronic actuation.
The past four years he has been focusing on the operation, design, and programming of aerial drone systems and their associated control systems and role within agriculture while In the past two years he has been working in the role of agricultural mechatronic engineer on two successful
innovative UK-backed collaborative projects as part of the research team at HAU's National Centre for Precision Farming.
Sir Lenny Henry
Sir Lenny Henry is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best-known and most beloved performers.
First finding fame as a comedy impressionist on 70’s TV talent show New Faces, Lenny is best known for his appearances on TISWAS, Three of a Kind, The Lenny Henry Show, Hope & Glory, Lenny Henry in Pieces and Chef!
He has completed many sell-out live stand-up tours in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; worked for three years as a DJ on BBC Radio 1 and has also worked extensively for Radio 4, starring in the comedy Rudy’s Rare Records and presenting the series Lenny and Will.
He made his West End acting debut in the role of Othello in the Northern Broadsides production at the Trafalgar Studios. His portrayal won him critical acclaim and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer. Lenny returned to the stage in 2017, playing the lead in an adaptation of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui and his acting credentials also include a key role in the third series of the hit ITV show Broadchurch.
Alongside this fantastic and varied career, Lenny has also made time to study. He graduated in English Literature, (BA Hons), with the Open University in 2007 before going on to study for an MA in screenwriting for television and film at Royal Holloway, where he received a distinction and where he is now studying for a PhD in screenwriting.
Vanessa joined IGD in October 2009. Since then, Vanessa has been involved in many of IGD’s leading shopper research projects covering a variety of themes.
She now has responsibility for all of IGD’s shopper research on digital engagement and online grocery shopping.
Vanessa is an experienced presenter, regularly delivering shopper insights to audiences at bespoke briefings to large conferences.
She also provides regular commentary in interviews for TV, radio and press.
Tim Jones is a chef with over 30 years of experience having spent 16 of those years as our Chef at IGD, creating a range of healthy and appetising dishes to delight our colleagues and visitors.
Tim is passionate about health and wellbeing and combines his culinary art with a keen interest in fitness, acting as a personal trainer and sports therapist in his spare time.
JJ Lynch is a highly experienced trainer, facilitator, coach and motivational
speaker, having worked in the field of leadership and management for the past
JJ has trained, coached and consulted across a wide range of sectors
including retail and customer service, as well as various government bodies in
the public sector. He has worked with all levels of delegates from CEO to
supervisory level and has a wide experience of working with different cultures,
including the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Pere Obrador is the Chief Technologist at Natural Machines in the area of computer
vision. He has had a long career in research and innovation, both as an individual contributor, as well as a manager, at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and Telefonica Research and Innovation. He was recently the Digital Food Lab Manager, an
open innovation initiative between elBulliLab and Telefonica, in the area of digital
technologies applied to the
Bullipedia, brainchild of Chef Ferran Adria. He was also
product manager for
big data based application that recommends ingredients in the gastronomy creative process. He holds over 40 patents.
Nikki Owen has studied charisma for thirty years, and believes that it cannot
be taught using conventional development tools and processes.
NNikki has a series of accolades to her name, including runner up of Speaker
of the Year 2014 Academy for Chief Executives, and holds a number of positions,
including: Positivity Advisor for Expotel Group, Charisma Coach on Sky’s Kitchen
Sink to Catwalk series and fellow at the Professional Speaking Association.
Toby Pickard is IGD’s senior analyst specialising in innovations and trends, and the impact they could have on retailers, suppliers and shoppers. Toby supports IGD’s channel events, research and training programmes.
His work focuses on innovations, digital insights, sustainability strategies and macro trends within the food and grocery sector to create strategic insights for industry. He has been commissioned to deliver presentations and training to major companies within the sector, and he has developed and project managed a number of conferences for IGD and the industry.
Toby joined IGD in 2007 and he holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Leeds, UK.
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