Global event

Public Lecture 2018

Thursday, 6 December, 6:00 PM

Hosted at SOAS, University of London in the Brunei Gallery and simultaneously live-streamed to local events in Warwick, Oxford and Reading. A festive drinks reception will follow in each location. 

More information on the Events Page.

Thursday 6th December 2018 at 6pm 

Guest speaker: Judith Batchelar

Title: Collaboration for Impact

Overview: The grand challenges facing our Food and Drink system are huge and varied.  In addition to this the interdependencies are complex and evolving. The very nature of these challenges means that they require collective action including standards, interventions and reporting at both a global and local level.  This presentation explores some of the more interesting case studies in this area. 

Speaker biography: 

Judith Batchelar is a member of the government's Food and Drink Sector Council, and Director of Sainsbury's Brand, where she is responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer, from Policy formation on aspects such as Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing, through to Product Technology, Development, Safety, and Packaging along with Corporate Responsibility, sustainability and Public Affairs. She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to Farming and the Food Industry. Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for over 35 years and is a biochemist and registered nutritionist. Prior to Sainsbury's, she held prominent roles in food manufacturing and retail, with Safeway, Marks & Spencer and Mars. Batchelar has a particular interest and expertise in building resilient and sustainable farming and food systems. In addition to her industry roles, she sits on the executive board of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, the Board of Trustees for Farm Africa and The Matt Hampson Foundation, is a Fellow of both the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers (RSA). For the last 5 years she has Co-Chaired the Government’s AgriFoodTech Council.

Registration and local venues: 

London ONLY - book your place at 

Details coming soon for Reading, Oxford and Warwick.