London Seminar 2024 Seminar

4 Jul 2024 09:30–17:00 London

The seminar is our annual event where we bring the publishing community and our stakeholders together from across book supply chains to discuss the hot issues, be inspired by the latest innovations, and make new connections. The event will be attended by staff from the 28 publishers that participate in the Book Chain Project, as well as representatives from the pulp & paper mills, printers, certification bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders who we engage with.

The Seminar will be a full day of activities, guest speaker presentations and opportunities for networking and catching up. The theme we will be exploring is “Lifting the Cover: The Age of Transparency and Supply Chain Collaboration”, highlighting how regulation and other drivers are pushing for increased transparency, necessitating further and deeper collaboration across supply chains.

Attendance is limited, please register below and we will confirm your place.
Please email us if you have any dietary requirements.

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Guest Speakers
4 Jul 2024 10:00–17:00 London

Anna Wickes
Recommerce Lead, Dr. Martens

Anna looks after Recommerce for Dr. Martens, having launched resale for the brand in the UK and most recently the US. With 13 years experience within sustainability, consulting, and strategy, Anna also brings her academic experience within mathematics, economics and finance to the retail sector, aiming to transform the industry to be more circular and sustainable. Currently based in the UK, Anna has worked across the US and Asia-Pacific to build new business models, and her passion in sustainability led to her founding two businesses, including a zero-waste milk alternative company.

Oliver Cupit
Head of Sustainable Business & Finance, Zoological Society of London

Oliver Cupit is ZSL’s Head of Sustainable Business & Finance. He has 12 years experience working on responsible sourcing of forest-risk commodities, including provision of advice to companies on how to meet the EU Timber Regulation, forthcoming EU Deforestation Regulation, FSC certification requirements and various national regulations in Congo Basin and South East Asia. At ZSL, Oliver oversees the SPOTT ESG data project, ZSL’s consultancy service offering to the private sector and Nature-based Solutions portfolio of projects. Oliver has field auditing experience of timber product manufacturers, developing and delivering training courses on responsible sourcing, and has delivered services and training in the Solomon Islands, China, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as across Europe. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry from Copenhagen and Padova Universities.

Robert Williams
Procurement Director, AstraZeneca

Robert Williams is the Procurement Director in AstraZeneca. As the Director of Sustainability in AstraZeneca’s Global Procurement team, he is working with the global supply chain to deliver AZ Sustainability goals. He leads on reducing Scope 3 emissions towards Net Zero, driving Responsible Supply Chain and supporting the Power of Diversity to inspire innovation. His main focus is on developing high performing supply chains to deliver truly sustainable business growth.

Robert is also the Vice Chair of PSCI Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative; lecturer in energy procurement for the Energy Institute; member of Durham University’s Energy & Industry Board (DEI)

Tim Coles
Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), rePLANET

Tim has spent his entire career working in biodiversity monitoring or management. He started his career in the forerunner of the Environment Agency as a Fisheries and Conservation Scientist where he developed the largest river biodiversity programme in the UK with fish, breeding birds and higher plants quantified along every river in Lincolnshire. He left this to found what is now the Institute of Environmental Assessment (IEMA) and after that to found and manage Operation Wallacea. Opwall is a sustainable way of funding biodiversity research and international research teams comprising 200+ academics and supported by paying students have produced 650 papers in peer reviewed journals. During the pandemic when expeditions were not possible then Tim developed a method with a large international consultation group for quantifying how a unit of biodiversity gain could be defined. Tim is currently CEO of rePLANET an organization that funds ecosystem restoration and protection using carbon and biodiversity credit funding at 25 sites around the world.