Food for Thought : Meet Your Host & Speakers

Event Host

Caroline Kenyon

Caroline Kenyon

Caroline Kenyon moved to Lincolnshire from London 25 years ago with her husband and five-day old son. A journalist who’d originally trained as a lawyer, she left a job she’d loved in London, editing a travel magazine, and arrived in the county knowing just one friend in the area. She determined to make friends and to find something to do.

It was through her friendship group – mainly farmers – that she had the idea for her first business, a public relations agency specialising in the promotion of British food. Over 12 years, it gathered national clients and several awards.

In 2012, she launched The Food Awards Company, with the backing of Luke Johnson, one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs. With her team, she created and runs Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, the world’s leading awards for food photography, and the Tiptree World Bread Awards UK and USA. Just over a year ago, she set up FoodFM, the first global internet radio station all about food.

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Innovation

Martin Collison

BSc (Hons), FRSA, FCIEA, FRAgS, MIAgrM

Martin has been an agrifood consultant since 2000, a lecturer in agrifood development since 1987 and has owned businesses and been a partner and company director of three businesses in the food chain since 1990, including supplying supermarkets, imports and exports as well as UK production of arable, glasshouse and livestock enterprises.  He has been agrifood advisor to Greater Lincolnshire LEP since 2014 and also lectures on food market trends and policy at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) and the Lincoln Institute for AgriFood Technology (LIAT).  Martin is helping lead the development of the UK Food Valley programme, which is focused on delivering industry led investment and the promotion of Greater Lincolnshire’s agrifood sector.

He helped government develop the UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies and has reviewed agrifood programme delivery for BEIS, DEFRA and the EU.  He evaluated 2 regional food innovation programmes in 2020, one funded by ERDF and the other by Research England, which were targeted at innovation in SMEs in the food chain.  He is a UKRI assessor for agrifood projects.  At European level he served on 2 EU Focus Groups on the Food Chain and Water and Agriculture, wrote two successful H2020 bids on livestock technology and was a partner in two H2020 projects on the food chain and the use of food by-products in the bio-economy.  He was part of the team which reviewed EIP Agri for the Commission in 2016 and the EU Agricultural (food) Export Programme in 2020.

Martin chairs the Norfolk Rural Strategy Group and the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER group and sits on the Agriculture and Land Use committee of the CLA, the AgriSciences group at SCI, New Anglia AgriFood Industry Council, the Greater Lincolnshire Food Board and the Greater Lincolnshire Innovation Council.

Martin Collinson