Packaging Best Practice Forum


The IMRG – Woodway Packaging Best Practice Forum 2017 is designed to help online retailers address the conflicting challenges and increasing opportunities presented by packaging.

  • Providing adequate product protection AND protecting the environment
  • Optimising cost and preserving efficiency in packing operations
  • Offsetting packaging cost against brand benefit

The forum will address these themes and more using the IMRG – Woodway Packaging Best Practice Review 2017 and advice from expert speakers and practitioners. 

  • 09:00 – 09:30 arrive – teas and coffees
  • 09:30 – 09:40 – Welcome and Context – the opportunity - Andrew Starkey, Head of e-Logistics, IMRG
  • 09:40 – 10:00 – Overview of best practice review – Jason Inwood, Managing Director, Woodway UK
  • 10:00 – 10:20 – Roger Wright, M&S
  • 10:20 – 10:40 – Ron Cotterman, VP, Sealed Air
  • 10:40 – 11:00 – Facilitated discussion and Q&A
  • 10:00 – 11:30 – Networking break
  • 11:30 – 11:50 – Ben Farrell, John Lewis
  • 11:50 – 12:20 – Facilitated discussion and Q&A
  • 12:20 – 12:30 Wrap up – IMRG and Jason

Who Should Attend?

This is a retailer only invitation event – those who will benefit from attending the Forum will be responsible for packaging procurement, supply chain, packing line, dispatch and returns operations

Keynote Speakers

Over the course of the forum we will hear from these great speakers, and you will have ample time discuss your current issues. 

  • Dr. Ronald Cotterman,

    Dr. Ronald Cotterman,

    Vice President, Sustainability – Sealed Air Corporation

    In his position as Vice President, Sustainability, Ron Cotterman is responsible for Sealed Air’s company-wide sustainability strategy. In this global role, Ron leads initiatives in operational excellence, delivering customer value, and partnering across the value chain. He is driving progress toward 2020 Sustainability Goals that demonstrate Sealed Air’s vision to create a better way for life. Ron actively collaborates with a range of organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Doctors without Borders, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Ameripen, and Europen. He is a lecturer at Furman University and a member of the advisory board of Michigan State University. Ron has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 30 years of industrial experience in technology innovation, business development and sustainability. He has been employed with Sealed Air for the last 18 years.

  • Roger Wright,

    Roger Wright,

    Technical Packaging Lead – Clothing & Home, Marks and Spencer

    Roger is a packaging technologist with over 20 years’ experience designing out waste and designing in, solutions that work. He’s fortunate enough to work for a global retailer with the same beliefs and where quality, integrity and innovation are the corner stones of their shared success; one might say the three corners of the A in Plan. Roger’s inspired by a future where the ‘activity’ of packaging is understood more holistically and can evolve within the context of an effective circular economy. He also believes that when packaging is integral to building a successful brand, costing only a tenth of the goods it protects and promotes but with a net positive impact on the world, we should all “Love the Last 10%!”

  • Ben Farrell MBE,

    Ben Farrell MBE,

    Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis

    In February 2014 Ben took up his current role as Head of Central Operations and Transport for John Lewis. He has a wide and varied array of responsibilities across John Lewis’ daily and future operations and loves the fast pace and challenges of the job! He joined the John Lewis Partnership as Group Head of Operational Risk Management in 2011 and was responsible for developing the John Lewis Partnership’s resilience and awareness of future risks to successful trading. Commissioned into the Irish Guards, Ben Farrell held commands during the invasion of Iraq, in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. He was awarded an MBE for his service in Kosovo. He commanded The Irish Guards between 2008-2010. He then held a variety of strategy roles in the Ministry of Defence for a number of years and led the team responsible for the day to day running of the British military operation in Iraq for two and a half years. He has a Master's degree from Cranfield University.


This forum, and linked report is supported by Woodway. 

Headline Sponsor



Woodway was founded in 1978 in Northampton by Norman and Liz Inwood as Woodway Packaging. Run today by their sons, Jason and Martin Inwood, Woodway UK boasts one of the most extensive stock and bespoke packaging ranges in the UK.

Since Woodway started, the market place has changed enormously and today customers have an eye on the materials that they are using, how much packaging they are using and how it can be disposed of. Woodway now concentrate on key areas of packaging for their customers – brand presence, environmental impact, process efficiencies and protection of products.

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Where Is It?

This forum will be hosted at BMA House. 

BMA House

BMA House,
Tavistock Square,

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