2023 Conference Programme

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th November 2023
Please be aware this is the current conference programme running order, but it is subject to change with further amendments to be made throughout the year.

Sunday 5th November 2023


18:30 - 19:30 - Pre-Conference Drinks Reception

Sponsored by Aviagen


19:30 for 19:45 - Pre-Conference Informal Carvery

MC – Martin Troop – Chairman BPC

Monday 6th November 2023

EPIC 2023 Conference Theme:
‘Food Security – Poultry’s Place in a Sustainable Supply Chain’

Morning Session


09:00 - 09:15 - Conference Opening

Welcome – Jerry Glover – Chairman, EPIC Organising Committee. Read Biog
Introduction – Patrick Hook – PD Hook (Hatcheries) Ltd. Read Biog

09:15 - 09:45 - Minette Batters

President National Farmers Union. Read Bio.

09:45 - 10:15 - The Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP

Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Read Bio.

10:15 - 10:45 - Prof. Christine Middlemiss

Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Read Bio.


10:45 - 11:10 - Morning Coffee

IWS - International Water Solutions

Sponsored by Hubbard

11:10 - 11:40 - James Walton

Chief Economist, IGD. Read Bio.

11:40 - 12:10 - Q&A Panel Discussion

Christine Middlemiss, Mark Spencer, Minette Batters and James Walton


12:10 - 13:20 - Lunch

Afternoon Session

13:20 - 13:50 - Mark Williams

Chief Executive BEIC. Read Bio.

13:50 - 14:20 - Sarah Dean

Chair Noble Foods. Read Bio.

14:20 - 15:20: Young Guns Session

Sponsored by ABN

Speaker Turkeys – Toby Kelly, KellyBronze
Speaker Meat – Will Raw, Independent Broiler Grower
Speaker Ducks – Liz Warner, Tenanted Farmer. Read Bio.

15 minutes each plus 15 minutes Q&A
A 60 minute session


15:20 - 15:40 - Afternoon Tea

IWS - International Water Solutions

Sponsored by Hubbard

15:40 - 16:10 - Prof. Louise Manning

Professor of Sustainable Agri Food Systems, University of Lincoln. Read Bio.

16.10 – 16.40 - Henry Dimbleby MBE

Co-founder of Leon, Food campaigner, Speaker, Mentor and Non-Executive Director. Read Bio.

Evening Events


18:30 - 19:30 - Pre Banquet Drinks Reception

Sponsored by ABN


19:45 - Banquet & Awards

MC Martin Troop – Chairman BPC. Bio to come.


After Dinner Speaker

Elanco Sponsored by:

Debra Searle MVO MBEEntertainment:
Debra Searle MVO, MBE

Has won Gold World Championship medals for Great Britain, presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, became the youngest ever trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and successfully rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Full bio to come.

Wish to Become an EPIC Sponsor?

If you’re interested in sponsoring EPIC, please get in touch, we would love for you to be involved. We have plenty of exciting opportunities, whatever your company size or budget. Let us know if you’d like more details, or have a sponsorship idea you’d like to share with us.


EPIC is most grateful for the continuing generous support all our sponsors.

PD Hook (Hatcheries) Ltd

A division of AB Agri Ltd
T: 01733 422161
W: abn.co.uk

64 Innovation Way, Peterborough Business Park, Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6FL

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Alltech UK Ltd
CID Lines N.V.
Elanco Animal Health

T:+44 1359 27 30 41
E: thomas.welham

W: forfarmers.co.uk

Tucks Mill, Burston, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4TJ

Hipra UK & Ireland Ltd
International Water Solutions Ltd
Livetec Systems Limited

Email: Contact
Web: livetecsystems.co.uk

Unit 47A, Wrest Park, Silsoem, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HS, UK

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Poultry Business

Editor: Chloe Ryan
01473 834487
Sales Director: Martin Goult
01825 983124
W: poultrynews.co.uk

Suite A, Arun House, Office Village, River Way, Uckfield TN22 1SL

Marel Poultry
Moy Park Ltd
MSD Animal Health
Noble Foods

T: 01522 778366
W: noblefoods.co.uk

Waterfront, Kingsbury Crescent, Staines-upon-Thames , TW18 3BA

Premier Nutrition
Trouw Nutrition GB

T: 01335 341102
E: antony.taylor

W: trouwnutrition.co.uk

Blenheim House, Blenheim Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1HA

Zoetis UK Ltd