Bookings are now open for our fourth Leadership Symposium which takes place on November 8th 2018 at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Confirmed speakers so far this year include:

  • Piers Morgan (Journalist and TV presenter)
  • Dave Lewis (CEO at Tesco)
  • Debbie Robinson (MD at Spar)
  • Christine Tacon ( Groceries Code Adjudicator)
  • Kris Gibbon-Walsh (Fareshare UK)
  • Rob Kelly (Founder of Thrive)
  • Andy Hawes (Founder of Newton)


This promises to be an interesting and lively event attended by many senior individuals from the food, drink and grocery industry. We also invite students from the sixth form colleges we work with to attend, providing a great opportunity for them to network and hear what’s going on in the industry.

The event also includes a panel discussion with the winners of The Grocer’s Top New Talent awards and a session on discussing start-up and challenger brands.

The Symposium is relevant to the management of any level or discipline as a learning and networking forum and attendees will include suppliers and senior commercial management from key retailers in our sector.

Leendert den Hollander, Vice President & General Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners:

“There are three very clear reasons as to why we support the Leadership Symposium. Firstly, the dialogue and interaction on key leadership issues is second to none, just look at the speakers! Secondly, there is a real opportunity to learn from others. And ultimately, all the while we are supporting two great causes.”

Giles Turrell, CEO at Weetabix:

“The Leadership Symposium is a fantastic event to hear from experienced leaders across the industry. With the many joint issues we face, from the economy, day to day trading, to Brexit, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear from such a distinguished line-up.”


Profit from this event is shared between Working Options in Education and the charity Grocery Aid.


© Steve Pope – Fotowales

© Steve Pope – Fotowales

© Steve Pope – Fotowales

© Steve Pope – Fotowales