Reimagine, redesign: future thinking

Thursday 4th December 2014

5:30-8:30 p.m

Floor 24, Bruntwood, City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT


Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainability at Nestlé UK & Ireland

Paul Flanagan, External Relations Director at First Milk

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Inder is currently the Head of Sustainability for Nestlé UK & Ireland, leading the company’s work in the area of creating shared value in the field of Sustainability. He has worked internationally for several years pioneering sustainability and change management strategies, creating holistic programmes that integrate the organisation, stakeholders and systems in reducing environmental and social impact. He successfully implemented Safety and Environment ISO standards for over 100 factories worldwide. He is currently leading a holistic strategy for sustainable manufacturing along the supply chain from source to consumers; notable successes have included zero waste to landfill, reduction in energy and water, and creating butterfly meadows.


Paul is External Relations Director at dairy farmer co-operative First Milk. He has been with the business for 8 years and has lead responsibility for communication, sustainability and all the company’s farmer-facing activities.

Prior to First Milk, he spent 12 years at Diageo working in corporate relations areas in a number of locations throughout the UK. In these roles he worked on several leading UK and international drinks brands.


The format for the evening will be as follows:

17:30 – 18:00 Registration and welcome with a light buffet
18:00 – 18:15 Welcome

18:15 – 18:45 Guest speakers
18:45 – 19:15 Q&A
19:15 – 19:45 Roundtable discussions
19:45 – 20:30 Networking with wine and nibbles

A light buffet will be provided to keep you going through the event after a day at work. The caterer is GoodMoodFood, a local social enterprise that provides support for adults with mental health problems, helping them into volunteering and work. GoodMoodFood also sources ingredients locally – some as local as their own allotment! The refreshments are made possible by sponsorship, so if you or your company are interested in sponsoring an NWSBQ please get in touch!



The roundtable format has changed slightly. Roundtables will now be on different topics at each NWSBQ. These topics will be decided by the guest speakers and will be directly related to the talks they will have given earlier in the evening.

You will choose your table on the evening:

  • How do you inspire the right type of thinking for future sustainability success?
  • What supporting infrastructure do companies (particularly SMEs) need to prepare for a sustainable future?
  • Are companies ready to reimagine and redesign? If not, what stands in their way?
  • Which is the more successful method: making one product/service more sustainable at a time, or a complete business overhaul?
  • What are the financial challenges for businesses who think innovatively?