Food and Drink Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Network - April 2023

19 April 2023

The focus of this event is to understand how having strong ED&I policies and initiatives can help with the attraction, retention and progression of talent within a business.

As part of that discussion, we will find out how employers and employees can make workplaces inclusive for all.

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This will be a great opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with peers from across UK food and drink manufacturing as we continue our journey to improving equality, diversity and inclusivity in our sector.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Carol Robert, Chief Operating Officer, Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I

A Focus on Inclusive Workplaces:

  • Mo Koheeallee, QESH Trainee and GC This Ability Ambassador, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
  • Grant Neems, Director of Employer Services, Ingeus

Sponsor address:

  • Kate Field, Global Head of Health Safety and Wellbeing, BSI

Speakers Profiles:

Carol Robert, Chief Operating Officer, Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I

Born and raised in Glasgow as part of a working-class family of 4.  I studied business and languages at Strathclyde university and was lucky enough to be able to spend time in France and Spain as part of my studies. My biggest achievement is taking my first GM role at age 35.  Becoming the first female COO in the company 4 years ago. Staying true to my authentic self whilst growing and developing in parallel.  Helping other people reach their fullest potential through feedback and coaching.  From early in my career I stretched my learning through breadth moves ie marketing, sales,  category management, RGM, shopper marketing…and also different geographies (Spain/Belgium/Netherlands) and cultures.  As a  leader, I favoured learning over advancement and ultimately was able to grow myself and my career in parallel. I seek full enjoyment from both life and career and don’t compromise on either!!


Grant Neems, Director of Employer Services, Ingeus

Grant Neems is Director of Employer Services for Ingeus UK and leads on the Disability Confident activity for the Ingeus group. Ingeus are the “go to” provider for DWP for the Disability Confident movement and this year alone has supported in excess of 100 employers through the Disability Confident scheme including 41 validations to leader status. Grant is a renowned figure in the UK Disability Employment Services arena and sits on the DWP Professional Advisory Group which sets policy and strategy for the Disability Confident Scheme. Having spent time unemployed due to disability, Grant is passionate about the scheme and inclusive recruitment and employment and is dedicated to supporting businesses to become disability confident and reap the benefits of creating positive working environments for all staff.

Mo Koheeallee is Quality, Environment, Safety and Health (QESH) Trainee and GC This Ability Ambassador, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP). Mo is a wheelchair user who has been instrumental in CCEP’s accessibility and disability plans. He will be speaking to bring a personal perspective as a This-Ability employee at CCEP.


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