Safe and Sustainable Packaging Conference

Sustainability, innovation and business drivers in the packaging industry

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Dr Eli Gray-Stuart

Lecturer in Packaging Technology

Massey University

Eli is a Lecturer in Packaging Technology at Massey University where he teaches food packaging in the Bachelor of Food Technology program. His research has been focused on the development of mathematical models for heat and mass transfer in packaging systems and using modelling to inform packaging design. He enjoys working with food companies and helping them optimise packaging systems to improve their core functions of product protection and quality preservation whilst achieving more sustainable outcomes. He also has a keen interest in how consumers interact with packaging; specifically, how functional packaging design can add value and enhance the consumer experience.
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Dr Benjamin Punchard

Global Packaging Insights Director


Dr. Benjamin Punchard has been with Mintel since 2012. In his current role as Global Packaging Insights Director, he is responsible for creating and delivering Mintel’s packaging content. Benjamin also leads the delivery of bespoke packaging insights, focusing on the specific packaging needs of Mintel’s clients.

Edward Whitehead

Co-Founder + Managing Director


20 years’ experience in the flexible packaging sector in UK, Europe. My primary focus in the last 5 years has been to develop mono-material packaging solutions, practical, technical packaging, designed for recycling with minimal compromise to mechanical performance whilst remaining commercially viable. We need to use less materials, by weight and type, make it easier to capture, sort and recycle. Once we have clear sight of what we have captured, we can develop secondary applications, which in turn will stimulate the value chain required to drive circular mindset and economy, these simple principles are at the core of my process. We need to produce 50% more food globally by 2050, whilst currently wasting 30% of what it produced today. We waste 1.3 billion tons annually representing 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, we have to do better, packaging has a key role to play!

Chris Foley

Head of Energy & Environment

Kmart Group

Chris is Head of Energy & Environment for Kmart Group where he leads their climate and environmental policy, strategy and programs impacting the products, packaging and operations of ~460 Kmart Australia/New Zealand and Target Australia department stores, online retailer and sourcing business across Asia. One of his programs is focussed on resetting the sustainability of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging on over 150,000 product lines for the Group. Chris is also a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisations (APCO).

Michael Grima

Founder and Chief Cat Herder

qDesign Enterprises

Michael Grima is a packaging design & innovation specialist with 29 year’s industry experience covering Senior Design and innovation roles for Kambrook, Cryovac Sealedair, Outerspace Design and Mondelez. He is the founder of qDesign Enterprises – a Packaging Design and Innovation firm – and also runs a second start-up – The Pack Collective – who provide Customer and User Experience solutions for Service based industries. In both forms the “Human Experience” is central to their thinking. Michael and his team have won +50 local and international design awards in the packaging and design fields including 9x WPO WordStar awards starting with the Golden Circle Juice Bottle – Australia’s inaugural winner – back in 2012. A keen life learner, runner, cross-fitter, traveller and photographer, Michael’s other packaging involvements include past National President of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), a half day trainer for “Design for Accessibility” and Senior judge for the past PCA, Packaging Design Awards. He is currently the Course curator and Senior lecturer of the Design Elective for the University of Melbourne’s “Master of Food and Packaging Innovation” course.

Meredith Epp

Sustainable Programs Officer

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd

Meredith Epp is an experienced sustainability and communications professional with a speciality in marine plastics and the circular economy. In her role as Sustainable Programs Officer at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), Meredith drives collaboration between industry, governments, and community groups to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. She is the executive lead for the Australia New Zealand Pacific Islands (ANZPAC) Plastics Pact, the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) Program and APCO’s Member Services Program, which represents a collective of over 2,200 organisations across the region. Meredith is the chair of the ANZPAC Collective Action Group, the previous chair of the ARL Marketing Advisory Committee and chair of the APCO Recycled Content Reference Group. In her free time, Meredith can be found surfing, swimming, diving, bushwalking, hosting beach clean ups or travelling.
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