The Glass Focus 2016 programme brought together speakers and delegates in straightforward conversations to create insight and real-world application.

Industry experts shared their experience and lead exchanges on topics including:

  • anticipating tomorrow’s demands from designers, manufacturers and customers
  • decoupling growth, energy use and emissions
  • working across supply and value chains to adapt successfully.

You can see the full programme here.

Our speakers included:

Find out more about all our speakers below.

More about Glass Focus 2016 speakers

As Head of Packaging Mergers and Acquisitions at Moorgate Capital, corporate financier Nicholas Mockett is well-placed to know which way the wind is blowing for glass. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (including MBOs/MBIs);  mergers, acquisitions and disposals; public company takeovers; refinancings; and restructurings. He’ll be sharing his analysis of the general economic outlook, market trends and identifying issues on the global stage that the glass industry should be paying attention to.


Kenny Dalgarno is Sir James Woodeson Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Newcastle University. He’s collaborated with industry throughout his academic career, working on product and process development with companies in the automotive, aerospace, materials processing, and medical device industries. Rapid prototyping / manufacturing, polymer engineering and additive manufacture are among his areas of specialism and he is currently involved in research on biofabrication and the use of bioglasses. 


Will Dawson is Head of Energy at Forum for the Future, leading their work to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy system – locally, nationally and internationally. He was a key deliverer of the award-winning Sustainable Shipping Initiative – which has brought tangible benefits to a sector facing changing markets, aging fleet, unpredictable fuel costs, customers under pressure to address sustainability concerns and challenges in global governance. Will created a new financing retrofit facility for shipping called Save As You Sail with leading companies including Maersk Line, ABN AMRO and Deloitte.  He’s also facilitating carbon reduction plans with energy intensive industries – including glass – for the UK government.  He’ll be sharing practical examples of how big industry can achieve whole-sector collaboration to lever finance, close materials loops and bring sustainable retrofit technologies closer to market.

​As Vice President of Science and Technology for Guardian Industries Glass Group, Sheldon Davis, is responsible for product development. Based in Detroit, his work includes creating Guardian’s next-generation, high value-added and specialty float products.

Passionate about the impact good architecture and design can have on health, wellbeing, society and the environment, he’s exploring how the glass industry – as a full supply chain – can deliver the aesthetic and performance requirements of the future. And we’re excited to be part of that conversation with him at Glass Focus 2016.

Vicky Panayiotou is Diageo’s Global Procurement Director, Glass and PET Packaging - responsible for a global portfolio in excess of £400m. She’s led this team since 2014 and sees a great deal of growth potential for the glass industry.

She’s a creative negotiator – passionate about challenging intelligently and working collaboratively across supply chains to achieve transparency and excellence.

Vicky has previously worked for Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Biffa Waste Services, before moving to her long-admired Diageo, and been responsible for procuring goods, equipment and services. Throughout these roles she’s driven value, saving millions of pounds contributing and to bottom line profit by improving efficiency and standards.

Recognised as part of Management Today’s ’35 women under 35’ awards in 2014, you can see Vicky talk about her job and career within Diageo here.


Gilli Hobbs is Strategy Director for the Building Futures Group at BRE –  the world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre – and oversees research and development covering lean construction processes and products, measurement and energy efficiency, resource efficiency and smart monitoring. 

With more than 20 years’ experience of leading resource efficiency projects on construction and demolition waste, development of waste benchmarking and reuse and recycling – Gilli has been involved with many aspects of creating a circular economy in the built environment. This includes leading BRE’s involvement in a recently launched Horizon 2020 project called Buildings as Material Banks (BAMB). 

Dr Simon Elmer leads Procter and Gamble's Luxury Fragrance Package Development R&D group. With a career in P&G Beauty Package Development spanning 22 years, he’s spent the last 12 years specialising in fragrances. He’s led the development of brand packages such as Hugo Boss and Lacoste, and more recently the luxury brands Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.  

When it comes to glass, Simon focuses on prestige decoration and bringing innovation to market, ensuring they’re relevant to the consumer and build unique brand equity. He’s interested in the cross-over of concepts and solutions between different types of luxury goods and forging new ways for designers and manufacturers to collaborate and get the best from materials.


As part of the Energy 2050 initiative at the University of Sheffield, Dr Bruce Adderley translates excellence in energy-related research into technical solutions for industry.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in research and development, and prior to joining academe Bruce was Manager of Environment and Climate Change Strategy at Tata Steel Europe where he worked on decarbonisation roadmaps for both Tata and the wider European steel industry.

In previous roles Bruce has also managed teams responsible for emissions monitoring, reporting and trading, as well as improvements in manufacturing energy efficiency. As part of his role with Energy 2050 he manages the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre.


Lisa Rammig – a Senior Facade Engineer at Eckersley O’Callaghan with background in both architecture and facade engineering – loves to develop creative design solutions. The fascination with glass has always driven her work. She currently leads EOC’s R&D efforts, focusing on innovative glass designs and technology.

Since joining EOC in 2013 Lisa’s developed and managed many challenging facade and glass technology projects. She’s previously worked at Inhabit Group on in projects in Europe, the Middle East and China, particularly on the environmental analysis and thermal optimisation of envelopes and facade systems. She’s also pursuing her PhD at TU Delft and her research in heat bonded glass connections has been published in several papers and proceedings. 

As Director of Sales and Marketing at Valpak Ltd, Duncan Simpson has acute commercial insight into all aspects of sorting and reprocessing glass for re-melt and other end markets. 

In 18 years with Valpak – the leading UK provider of environmental compliance, recycling and sustainability solutions – he has assessed export markets, evaluated sorting technologies and worked alongside large grocery retailers and brands to help them meet their packaging portfolios’ producer responsibility obligations. He was also involved in the GlassFlow project - analysing the amount of glass for recycling being placed on the UK market for DEFRA.

Having started his career in council recycling, Duncan’s knowledge of the full cullet supply chain stretches from managing glass bring sites and assessing kerbside collections to large scale commercial programmes and helping high street brands achieve international compliance.


A chartered engineer with over 25 years’ experience, Steve Barker heads Siemens’ Energy Efficiency and Environmental Care programme. His team’s sophisticated approach identifies the best strategies and technologies to save clients money, energy and other key resources – often without the need for capital investment. With a raft of proven programmes under his belt – across a range of manufacturing clients, including with NSG Pilkington and others in the glass sector – he knows how to deliver the changes that make a positive impact on a business’ bottom line.



As Circular Economy Programme Manager at Zero Waste Scotland, Maurice Golden leads a team that is making sustainable thinking and practice central to Scottish business - with a particular focus on the design, food and drink, construction and energy sectors.

His work explores the business models, design and procurement that will  help Scottish businesses realise the economic opportunities of reducing dependence on natural resources and keeping materials flowing through the economy at as high a value as possible, for as long as possible. 

Maurice is a Chartered Waste Manager and approved CIWM Waste Smart Trainer for the UK.

Martyn Marshall is Principal Glass Technologist at GTS Ltd - one of the UK’s leading experts in glass chemistry and formulating novel glasses for hi-tech applications, his recent work includes phosphate lasers, using glass to extend the life of oilfields, 3D printing of glass for biomimetics,  reformulating and improving glass for water filtration and developing compact melting facilities with the potential to revolutionise glass manufacture.

He directs the technical focus of several major European / Innovate Uk funded /Biomaterials projects exploring  specialist glasses for joint coatings, silicate free glass for fibres in for resorbable wound healing fabrics and new glasses that may offer new routes for regenerative medicine using new glass ceramic materials


Kevin Arthur was the lead consultant for the glass sector on the DECC/BIS Decarbonistaion Roadmap 2050 action plans. Along with British Glass, he was part of the team helping industry to work with government on innovation, energy efficiency and recycling to reduce emissions and improve manufacturing efficiency.

He’s previously worked closely with the flat glass manufacturers as the co-founder and CEO of Oxford PV, an Oxford University photovoltaic spin-out company where he led work to commercialise perovskite solar cells for building integrated and utility-scale applications, developing electricity generating functional coatings for architectural glazing used in the facades of large buildings.

Kevin was also the founding CEO of advanced solar cell company QuantaSol and has held senior leadership roles with several high-growth technology companies including Mitel, SiTel, Si-Light, TRW LSI Products and Raytheon.

Harald Gavin is the UK agent for German screen printing machine manufacturer ISIMAT – having originally joined the company as Sales and Marketing Director in 2007. During his time with ISMAT he has championed innovation and new ideas – including development of a new process for foil printing metallised images onto hollowware: the process is now used in glass decoration commercially and is a unique selling point for ISIMAT.

Harald has previously worked for Baker Perkins (UK manufacturer of web-offset printing presses) and AUCOTEC (a German software company for which he established the North American sales division).  He has a BSc in Electronics and Mathematics the University of Hamburg and an MSc in Control Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology

Sara Brittain and Kevin Webster are part of the team at Romag – a bespoke glass solutions provider manufacturing high quality products in the UK to meet exacting international standards for solar PV, architectural, security and transport glass for worldwide partners and customers.

Sara provides glass solutions that give outstanding performance and protection as well as meeting aesthetic needs. She’s worked in the industry for thirteen years specialising in fire resistance and security glass  – during which time she’s seen growth and development in this market and increased flexibility in the products' application.   

Kevin works directly with Romag customers, and supports the sales team, with technical testing and detailed specification. From building integrated PV, to testing rail windscreens and producing a range of Fused Quartz rod and tube – he’s got in-depth knowledge of both the supply chain and industry. 

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