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The food and drink sector: Brexit and Beyond

Our Food & Drink focussed Brexit & Beyond panel discussion will be chaired by Ciara Cullen, Head of Food & Drink at RPC.

Duration: 1 hour

Event type: Webinar

Provided by: RPC

Our panellists include key industry experts who will share their insight into the most pressing issues that the Food & Drink sector is facing, including:
  • How the sector has been impacted by Brexit/COVID-19
  • What companies can do now to help prepare for Brexit
  • How Brexit will affect supply chain and what can be done to minimise disruption
  • What companies can do in terms of lobbying 
  • How those operating in the Food &Drink sector can help each other/establish best practice
  • What are the technical barriers to trade
  • The upcoming changes in legislation/regulation that Food & Drink companies need to be aware of



Ciara Cullen, Head of Food & Drink, RPC
Ciara is a partner in RPC's IP and Technology team and is head of the firm's Food & Drink Group having acted for several well-known global brands in the sector for the past 15 years. Ciara has a special interest in Brexit and its impact on the sector and is keen to facilitate industry collaboration and knowledge sharing on this important issue.

Rebekah Kendrick, Head of Brexit & EU Affairs, Wine & Spirit Trade Association
Rebekah leads the WSTA’s response on the future relationship between the UK and EU, supporting the WSTA’s member companies and working with Government to reach the best deal for the industry. Prior to this, she worked in the beer and pub industry and the House of Commons for an MP. Her degree is in British Politics and Legislative Studies.

Sally Jones, UK Trade Strategy and Brexit Leader
Sally leads EY’s Trade Strategy and Brexit team. She is a leading specialist in trade policy from both a global and Brexit (UK/EU) perspective.Prior to joining EY, Sally was Director for International Trade Policy and Global Brexit Insights at a professional services firm. She advised organisations across multiple industries including FTSE 100, Fortune 500, privately-owned companies, and trade associations. She also has frequent contact with the UK Government and the EU Commission.

Nicola Hetherington, Senior Policy Advisor, Brexit, Confederation of British Industry
Nicola is a Senior Policy Adviser in the CBI’s EU Negotiations team and leads on Brexit and the movement of goods, customs and supply chains. She has been at the CBI for five years, previously leading on Industrial Strategy and manufacturing policy. Before then she has worked in the House of Commons and the MP’s expenses body.

James Martin, Director of Policy, British Chambers of Commerce
James is Director of Policy for the British Chambers of Commerce, with responsibility for the BCC’s policy and analytical output.Prior to joining the BCC, James worked major retailers focusing on a range of policy areas, including cyber-crime and resilience, and, before that, in Whitehall, where he lead on policy and strategy work ranging from reforming how people are able to bring legal challenges of government action to the long-term future of the prison system and improving prisoner working and reparation.

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