Keynote Speakers

Our speakers will share the latest findings in consumer and medical research to provide a clear picture of the current situation before being joined by  our panellists to answer questions from the audience and debate each of the topics under discussion, chaired by the broadcaster and former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull.

Bill Turnbull


Bill Turnbull has been a broadcaster for 40 years, and currently presents a weekend show on Classic FM. For 15 years he anchored BBC Breakfast, helping it to take the No 1 spot in the ratings. Earlier, as a BBC news correspondent, Bill reported from more than 30 countries, including a four year stint in Washington. In 2005, Bill was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, managing to survive with a torn ligament until week seven. Bill now lives with his wife in Theberton in Suffolk and enjoys the company (and honey) of several hives of bees.

Professor Andrew Fearne

"We are what we eat. The relationship between intentions and behaviour. The challenges of behavioural change"

Andrew Fearne is professor of value chain management (tracking the increased value of goods throughout the food chain from field to store) at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. His research is focused on the co-ordination of value chains, from field to fork. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Supply Chain Management, author of over 100 articles, the 14 th Adelaide Thinker in Residence and son of a Kentish pig farmer! His innovative approach to the funding and application of applied research has resulted in an impressive record of business engagement, with organisations large and small, from around the world, and at all stages of the food chain. Prominent amongst existing partners are dunnhumby and Tesco, with whom he has been working for over a decade, mining the purchasing data of 1.9 million loyalty card holders on behalf of over 700 small food and drink producers, to support their business planning and marketing decision-making.

Doug Field

"Adapting to changing consumer habits - the East of England Co-op way"

Doug Field is Joint Chief Executive of the East of England Co-op, the largest independent retailer in East Anglia, and in 2017 was appointed as Chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Champions of local food, over the past decade, the East of England Co-op's multi-award-winning Sourced Locally initiative has grown significantly over the past ten years, ploughing millions of pounds back into the local economy, whilst educating consumers about food provenance.

In 2018, celebrating their 150th Anniversary, the East of England Co-op are continuing to lead the way with bold new initiatives, tackling food waste, food poverty and plastics. The first major retailer to sell food beyond its Best Before date, their ‘Co-op Guide to Dating’ campaign gained international recognition, as well as winning a Grocer Gold Award.

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Professor Alastair Forbes

"We are what we eat. The relationship between diet and disease"

Alastair Forbes is Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Research at the Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia. He holds a parallel consultant appointment with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he is Chief of Research and Innovation. Alastair will also direct the Clinical Research Facility at the multimillion pound Quadram Institute shortly opening on the Norwich Research Park. This will extend the focus on food and health and develop the interface with the gut microbiome, pointing us towards better prevention and treatment of disease.

Previously professor of gastroenterology and nutrition at UCL in London, and before that a consultant at St. Mark's Hospital in London, Alastair has been Education Director for the European Society for Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and Chairman of BAPEN, the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Alastair is committed to the need to help people understand how dietary choices affect health outcomes.

Bee Wilson

"The Food Paradox: how life is getting better yet food is getting worse."

Bee Wilson is a food writer, broadcaster and historian who writes for a wide range of publications including The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal.

Her books include First Bite: How We Learn to Eat and Consider the Fork.

She is the chair of a new charity, Flavour School, aimed at giving children sensory education in food and helping them to build a healthier relationship with food and a wider range of tastes.

Oliver Paul

"Quantifying the value of a short supply chain"

Oliver Paul, co-founder of Suffolk Food Hall, which is part of several farm diversification businesses. The Food Hall has become into an exemplar for regional and local food with retail, food service, events, commercial kitchens and more on its site overlooking the Orwell Estuary. After a Masters in Environmental Geochemistry, Oliver joined a business consultancy for several years before turning to new ventures on the family farm.

Martin Collison

"Can Shorter Food Chains Help?"

Martin Collison, Collison and Associates Limited, is a consultant, academic and farmer who has worked on agrifood policy for over 30 years. He is a partner in an EU Thematic Network focused on identifying and disseminating best practice in short food chains to farmers and small food companies. The SKIN network focuses on Short Food Chains (SFCs), which in EU terminology are not 'short' in the sense of geography, but in terms of the number of steps in the chain from farmer/primary food producer to consumer. The aim is to ensure more traceability and provenance for food and drink, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that more of the value in the chain gets back to the primary producer.

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