• 9.00am Registration Opens & Morning Refreshments
  • 10.00am Official Welcome & Panel Discussion
    • The day will start with a welcome note and panel discussion around the necessity for prioritising diversity, inclusion and shared experiences in the grocery industry. Our panel of industry experts will explore thoughts on ‘Why are we here’ and ‘Why is diversity and inclusion important for our industry?’


      Louise Stigant, UK Managing Director, Mondelēz International

      Alessandra Bellini, Chief Customer Officer, Tesco


      Kari Daniels, CEO, Tesco Ireland

      Ranya Shamoon, Vice President Babycare Europe, Procter & Gamble

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

      Mary Barnard, Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Mondelēz International

      Jill Standish, Senior Managing Director, Retail, Accenture

  • 12.00pm Breakout
    • To maximise connection and learning outcomes, delegates will be designated into ‘breakout rotation groups’. Each group will enjoy a delicious lunch, a Speed Networking cycle and multiple Learning Sessions throughout the rotations.


    • >Building self-belief


      As Henry Ford said "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you’re right".

      Self-confidence is so often what holds us back either as individuals or in building inclusive teams around us. How do you actually believe in yourself and encourage those around you to do the same?

      >Building self-belief

      See brilliance in
      your resilience

      Being resilient helps you take on new challenges, conquer problems, and bounce back when things don’t go as you hoped.

      Whether it’s staying upbeat or being confident in what you do, work is far more enjoyable when you’re at your best. Join this session to explore practical ways to build your resilience and bring out the brilliance in you.

      >Building self-belief

      Creating culture for
      D&I transformation

      Getting to equal: moving from words to action. Named as the #1 company on the 2018 Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index, Accenture’s commitment to an inclusive and diverse ‘culture of cultures’ is a powerful source of innovation, creativity and sense of belonging in the workplace.

      Join this session to learn about practical ways of creating a working culture where everyone feels free to be their best every day.

      >Building self-belief

      diverse teams

      To get the best from everyone and create accelerated performance in teams, diversity alone is not enough, Inclusivity is key. We need a different level of leadership and team engagement; Building the right team construct and identifying unconscious bias that gets in the way, creating an environment where everyone can give their best, and fostering a culture where different views and challenges are positively encouraged.

      >Building self-belief

      Being at
      my best

      When we are at our best, we feel confident and resourceful, powerful, inspired or even relaxed and calm.

      We are also at our most effective when we are accessing our core strengths. The ‘Being At My Best’ tools and practices help build greater self-awareness and the ability to notice your current state in order to remain more personally resourceful as well as positively impacting those around you.


      Getting to equal: creating a culture where everyone can thrive hosted by Accenture

      Learning, development and cross industry mentoring hosted by Bakkavor

      Making flexible working flourish in a manufacturing environment hosted by British Pepper & Spice

      Creating an inclusive culture at CCEP hosted by Coca-Cola European Partners

      Making better business decisions by being aware of your unconscious bias hosted by Colgate Palmolive

      Championing inclusivity: How Smirnoff demonstrates commitment to inclusion hosted by Diageo GB

      The D&I Toolkit: What we learned from Year 1 hosted by Dunnhumby

      Together stopping women dying of embarrassment #KnowYourBody hosted by Eve Appeal

      The Greencore Way: Our recipe for success in achieving D&I hosted by Greencore

      Welfare support for all industry colleagues hosted by GroceryAid

      Diversity & Inclusion is everyone’s business: How to bring everyone on the journey hosted by Heineken

      Project CAST: Casting Aside Stereotypes Today hosted by Johnson & Johnson

      Unconscious Bias hosted by KP Snacks

      Women in leadership: Is that enough? hosted by KraftHeinz

      Employee-centricity on mental health hosted by L’Oreal

      Inspiring and engaging our women leaders of tomorrow hosted by Mars Inc

      Boosting your wellbeing hosted by Mondelēz

      Driving inclusion through mental wellbeing hosted by Nestlé

      25 years of LGBT inclusion: How we began hosted by Procter & Gamble

      Making the world more accessible for people with disabilities hosted by Procter & Gamble

      We treat people how they want to be treated hosted by Tesco

      All of us: fearlessly building the future we deserve hosted by Verizon

      Gender diversity and addressing the pay gap hosted by Weetabix

  • 3.10pm Final Plenary and Keynote by Karren Brady
    • Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE is recognised as the UK’s most high-profile business woman. This, together with her natural wit, honest and down-to-earth approach, witnessed by millions through her starring role on ‘The Apprentice’, has made her one of the world’s most sought-after motivational business speakers.

  • 4.30pm Networking Drinks
    • Delegates can ease-out of the day’s conference through networking drinks held in Wembley’s famous Lioness Bar before the day ends at 7pm.


Caroline Cater

Karren Brady

Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE

Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE is one of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK.

Voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world, she is passionate about business and the promotion of women in business in the UK.

Karren is CEO of West Ham United Football Club, one of the leading London Premier League football clubs and currently valued at £800,000,000. She has also previously been a key consultant for Syco Entertainment, a company jointly owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.

Lady Brady was made a life peer by the Prime Minister, entering the House of Lords in 2014 and received a CBE from the Queen for her services to business, entrepreneurship and women in business.

Karren’s wealth of experience and passion for supporting entrepreneurs led to her appointment as the Government’s Business Ambassador by the Prime Minister in 2013.

In December 2013, she was awarded a CBE for services to women in business and entrepreneurship; the following August, she was elevated to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister, taking the title Baroness Karren Brady of Knightsbridge CBE.

Alessandra Bellini

Alessandra Bellini


Chief Customer Officer

Alessandra joined the Executive Committee on 1 March 2017. As Chief Customer Officer, Alessandra is responsible for building the Tesco brand globally and putting the customer at the heart of everything that we do.

Prior to Tesco, Alessandra worked at Unilever for over 21 years, latterly as Vice President for the Food Category in North America and Food General Manager for the USA. Prior to joining Unilever, she had a 12-year career in advertising, working both in Italy and the UK. An international executive, Alessandra has held roles in North America, UK, Italy and Central and Eastern Europe.

Barbara Harvey

Barbara Harvey

Accenture Research

Managing Director

Barbara Harvey is a managing director in Accenture Research and is the lead for Accenture’s research on workplace equality. Barbara joined Accenture in 1997 to establish an advanced research capability. That team is now a global, end-to-end research capability of 300 people. The research team has experts in every industry and all aspects of business (digital, AI, future workforce, etc) and has technical experts who provide expertise in, for example, statistics, economic modelling and data science.

Barbara has a BSc in Geography from Exeter University and over 25 years of experience in research, spanning quantitative techniques and statistical methods, qualitative research, ethnographics and business research. Barbara is the co-founder of executive sponsor for Accenture UKI’s award-winning Mental Health programme. She is a ‘Straight Ally’ for our LGBT community and actively promotes Accenture’s Inclusion.

Caroline Cater

Caroline Cater

Coca-Cola European Partners

European Director, Portfolio & Innovation

Caroline leads the agenda at CCEP for portfolio expansion, bringing new initiatives to market across Western Europe in close collaboration with the Franchise Partners in the Coca-Cola system. Her career spans over 30 years across three major FMCG businesses in the Commercial sphere. Formally working at Cadbury and Britvic Soft Drinks, Caroline joined CCEP in 2010 where she led the Central Sales region during the London Olympics.

After four years leading the GB Marketing team in 2017, she moved to head up the European Marketing team at CCEP. At the same time in 2010, Caroline’s passion for diversity was sparked by a Global Women’s forum in Deauville, she then set up the GB Women’s Network and has been instrumental in building the Leadership agenda around Inclusivity. She is a founder member of The Diversity in Grocery Partnership, and believes that nurturing confidence and boldness in the formative career years is one of the most fundamental and lasting legacies of a leader.

Catherine Gillespie

Catherine Gillespie

Coca-Cola European Partners

GB HR Director

Catherine has over 18 years’ experience in HR with Coca-Cola European Partners. Working across the business as an HR partner, Catherine has also led the creation of the in-house talent acquisition function for GB, Sweden and Norway and has lots of experience in building organisation capability. Catherine is hugely passionate about inclusion and strongly believes that creating an inclusive culture where people have a sense of belonging, can bring their full self to work and be valued for their unique contribution, will lead to their best performance. Catherine is especially driven to work for gender equality and has facilitated the Women’s Network for the last 5 years and continues to lead the Inclusion & Diversity strategy for GB. In her current role, she leads the HR team for commercial in GB and works closely with the leadership team to build a strong focus on culture and capability.

Charlotte Hughes

Charlotte Hughes

Tesco plc

Leadership Learning Partner

Charlotte joined Tesco in September 1996 on the Graduate Programme. She has had a diverse career with Tesco, spending 16 years working in stores in a variety of roles including as a Personnel Manager, Trading Manager and Store Manager. In 2012, she moved into Tesco Head Office and specialised in Learning and Development. Charlotte brings leadership learning and development to life, from coaching individual leaders to working with large groups to help them develop and hone their own personal style.

By using the latest thinking on leadership from inside and outside Tesco, colleagues develop new skills and techniques through her approach and importantly – the confidence to put this learning into action.

Daisy Gray

Daisy Gray

Procter & Gamble

Sales Director Tesco

Daisy has worked for P&G for 18 years and currently leads P&G’s business with Tesco. She has worked in various commercial roles across her career at P&G, including a 4 year stint in Russia. Daisy is passionate in helping to develop women in the grocery sector, using her experience and networks to help drive an inclusive environment which enables everyone to flourish. She lives in London and also has a passion for travel.

Kari Daniels

Kari Daniels

Tesco Ireland


Kari has had a career spanning over 25 years in FMCG manufacturing and retail in both commercial and marketing roles. In September 2018, Kari was appointed as CEO of Tesco Ireland. Kari joined Tesco from Superdrug in 2002 as a Category Director in health and beauty and has held a number of senior commercial and marketing roles in the UK and Europe including Director of Brand in Tesco UK’s customer team.

Prior to Superdrug, she spent 6 years in FMCG brand marketing on the supplier side at Wella and S C Johnson, having started her career in clothing at Burton Retail (Arcadia Group) in merchandise planning. Kari leads Tesco’s Women at Tesco Network and is passionate about promoting diversity, specifically women, and inclusion in the workplace.

Leendert den Hollander

Leendert den Hollander

Coca-Cola European Partners

General Manager

Leendert den Hollander has served as Vice President and General Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners, Great Britain, since May 2014. Leendert joined from Young’s Seafood Ltd, where he had been Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Previously, he was UK Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer of its parent company Findus group.

Earlier in his career, Leendert spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble in senior marketing positions including leading their Global Household Cleaners business. He was a former President of IGD and he is the President of The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and was elected by DEFRA as a member of the newly established Food & Drinks Sector Council.

Daniele Fiandaca

Daniele Fiandaca


Co-Founder, Utopia

Daniele is on a mission to deliver business change by harnessing the power of creative thinking. As the co-founder of Utopia he is doing exactly that - Utopia ‘Re-wires Business for the Age of Creativity’ and drives culture change through the lenses of purpose, inclusion, and entrepreneurial thinking. Daniele co-founded and nurtured a number of global communities, including Brand Social and Innovation Social, which are focused on accelerating creative and innovative thinking. He is also a leader in the diversity space and co-founded Token Man, an initiative to get men into the gender diversity discussion and was listed by Management Today as one of the Top 30 Male Agents of Change. Previously, Daniele has helped build two highly successful creative businesses: Profero, one of the agencies that defined digital advertising and Cheil, which was the second most awarded UK agency in 2013, where as Head of Innovation, he won a Gold Cannes Lion.

Jill (Puleri) Standish

Jill (Puleri) Standish


Senior Managing Director, Retail, Accenture

Jill Standish is the Senior Managing Director for Accenture’s Global Retail Consulting Practice. In this role, she is responsible for the overall vision, thought leadership, and strategy. Jill has over 20 years of experience with leadership positions in sales, marketing and consulting. Prior to joining Accenture, she was Senior VP and General Manager for the Retail Business Unit at Oracle. Before that, Jill spent much of her career at IBM in various leadership positions.

In 2017, Jill was named by Retail Leader as one of the industries’ “Women to Watch in Retail”. She was honoured by Women’s Wear Daily as being among the 2017 Women Leaders in Business and also named by Consulting Magazine as one of their Top 25 Consultants in the retail industry. Jill has been quoted and regularly publishes in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chain Store Age, and Stores Magazine. Jill serves on the Board of Directors for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Advisory Board for CFDA’s Retail Lab in New York City. She previously served on the board of directors for the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury; a non-profit organisation supporting women and teens.

Louise Stigant

Louise Stigant 

Mondelēz International

Managing Director UK

As Managing Director of the UK business at Mondelēz International, Louise Stigant leads a team of 4,000 people across the UK and is responsible for growing iconic brands including Cadbury, Maynards Bassetts, Belvita, Trebor and Ritz. Louise started her career on the Waitrose graduate scheme and spent five years with the retailer before joining Kraft, where she held roles in account management and category development.

She’s held a number of leadership positions throughout her career, including Managing Director of Mondelēz Ireland and more recently she was Managing Director of the Meals category for Northern Europe. Louise is passionate about creating a workplace where everyone can be themselves and where everyone’s differences are valued. She is committed to further developing a culture where people can grow their careers, by empowering teams and creating a more fulfilling environment for everyone. Louise is a Trustee of the Cadbury Foundation and Member of GroceryAid’s Board of Trustees.

Mary Barnard

Mary Barnard 

Mondelēz International

SVP, Special Projects

Mary is currently leading a number of Global Strategic Growth initiatives, reporting to the CEO of Mondelēz International. Prior to this role, she was the President of the European Chocolate category, the global snacking powerhouse and home of iconic brands such as Cadbury, Milka, Côte d’Or and Toblerone. She is responsible for a $5BN+ P&L, operating in over 40 markets, with 20+ manufacturing plants.

Mary joined Mondelēz International in March 2014, initially leading the Nordic markets as Managing Director, before taking on the role of Area President, Northern Europe (UK, Ireland, Nordics). As leader of the largest European region, Mary was directly responsible for all sales activities and drove a series of strategic change initiatives across multiple functions.

Prior to joining Mondelēz International, Mary spent 16 years with PepsiCo Inc, where she held a broad range of Sales/Marketing & General Management positions in the UK, North America and globally.

Mary was SVP/GM, Pepsi-Lipton Partnership, a Global JV between PepsiCo and Unilever, which generated $4.5BN Retail Sales. Mary is currently President, CAOBISCO, Brussels based, European Confectionery, Biscuits Trade Association.

Nadya Powell

Nadya Powell



Nadya is on a mission to deliver business change by harnessing the power of creativity. As the co-founder of Utopia, she is doing exactly that - Utopia ‘Re-wires Business for the Age of Creativity’ and drives culture change through the lenses of purpose, inclusion, and entrepreneurial thinking.

Nadya co-founded two Diversity networks and initiatives:, which seeks to drive diversity in communications;, which drives global media attention to the lack of diverse imagery in communications. She also co-founded Innovation Social, a global network of innovation leaders from brand, platform and start-up worlds who believe that innovation will disrupt business for the better.

Nadya is on the Executive Committee of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) as the chair of their Diversity Committee and Awards Group, on the Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has judged Cannes Lions, Dubai Lynx and Campaign Technology Awards and has written for a plethora of publications.

Ranya Shamoon

Ranya Shamoon

Procter & Gamble

Vice President Baby Care Europe

Ranya is Vice President for P&G’s Baby Care business, leading the European region as well as programs designed to empower both women and families across the globe.  She has dedicated her 25-year career at P&G to leading global, regional and local assignments, and making a positive impact to the lives of consumers in multiple categories, including Fabric, Home, Baby and Feminine Care. Ranya is from Middle Eastern origins, but was born in London and grew up in a number of countries, including the UK, France and Greece. She is married and has two children.

Charlotte Hughes

Sophie Ireland

Bridge Partnership

Managing Director – Europe, Africa & Middle East

“My purpose is to enable leaders to become more conscious, true to who they really are and, in simple terms, more human. I believe leading in this way, integrating and accepting all our qualities, can create organisations that are liberating and extraordinary places to be a part of.”

Sophie’s commercial background enables her to bring business and organisational acumen to her personal approach. As a relationship builder and an extrovert at heart, by staying true to her personality during work, she is able to open up channels of discussion and exploration in a natural and honest way.

Sophie’s 15-year corporate career was developed in International HR. She spent her formative years with General Electric Company and in 2000, joined the UK’s no. 1 food brand, Walkers Snacks Ltd, progressing to becoming the Commercial HR Director. In 2008, Sophie was appointed Director of Talent Management. During her HR career, she gained experience and developed a strong reputation as a commercially focused business partner with talents for group facilitation and executive coaching.