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Do you know a Rising Star?

Although our 2024 Rising Stars have already received their awards, we're always on the look out for  young people who have shown exceptional promise and talent in their respective fields within the foodservice packaging industry.

This Award acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and commitment to their work – and who have already achieved noteworthy successes early in their careers.

Do you know somebody that fits this description? If so, we'd love to hear from you when next year's Awards open for entry.

Bethan Williams


Despite having only two years of experience in foodservice packaging, Beth’s impact has been impressive, having been promoted from regional sales manager to national account manager, before being appointed head of national accounts. Within this role she has been instrumental in helping customers switch to compliant packaging options in advance of the single-use plastics ban, and helping the company achieve a 60% increase in web sales for its ban-compliant products.

Erika Martin


Erika joined NCCO as an internal sales executive, but having developed excellent relationships with the company’s customers was quickly promoted to sales executive for northern and eastern Europe. Within this role she constantly impresses her colleagues with her focused, organised and determined work ethic, coupled with an inquiring approach and an appetite to challenge the norm to improve results.

harley Penn


Harley’s work ethic across multiple apartments during his apprenticeship has given him invaluable insights into the company’s operations in addition to the inherent understanding he gained from a 30-year family heritage within the food packaging industry. As sales representative Harley’s professionalism ensures the seamless integration of products across the food packaging, vending, water cooling and coffee sectors.

Abigail Jones (3)


Abigail started at i2r as an apprentice and since then has spearheaded the creation of a multi-stage training path for new employees and helped improve system efficiency by automating a manual packing station. She also created a preventative maintenance programme to schedule presses and machines for regular servicing – reducing the risk of failure. Her hard work and dedication saw her shortlisted for SME Apprentice of the year by the Lloyds Banking Group. 

Faith henderson


On joining the company within a newly reformed team Faith took ownership of disposables across the Bidfood network of 26 depots – growing the sales team and evolving the team structure. Since taking on hygiene and equipment sales, Faith’s tireless efforts and outstanding customer service have resulted in a personal sales contribution of £10.7 million and a 10% growth forecast at the end of this financial year.

Josh Wood


Josh has emerged as a trailblazer at Cromwell and was nominated for his holistic approach to the business, spanning brand development, sales strategy and a strong commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility. His innovative approach enabled him to create compelling brands and products and position them strategically in response to consumer dynamics and industry trends.

george rebello


Known for his ‘IT genius, humility, and exceptional communication skills’, since joining GoPak as business transformation coordinator George’s contributions are described as having ‘fundamentally reshaped the company’s landscape’. He has emerged as a role model – spearheading vital technology modernisation projects, optimising back-end processes, and enhancing customer digital interfaces – regularly handling up to eight significant projects at any one time.

Adrienne Wheeler


Having initially joined the company as a part-time graphic designer, Adrienne’s creativity and flair quickly led to a full-time marketing role. Since then she has enriched all Go-Pak’s marketing collateral, single-handedly managing the development of exhibition stands, refreshing all photography, and enhancing marketing campaigns, resulting in significantly increased customer engagement both online and offline.

Nick Mathers


Nick’s role as asset care manager sees him overseeing all machinery and managing upgrades and transitions – from sourcing solutions through to installation. His drive and commitment to a project designed to convert an annual production of 700 million EPS trays to a version that can be widely recycled at kerbside was pivotal – helping to save a site employing over 200 people from potential closure

Our 2023 Rising Star

Talia was nominated for driving change at Colpac and taking on an increasing amount of responsibility within the business. Starting as the company's CSER Officer, before progressing to Sustainability Lead, Talia was instrumental in identifying the need for a broader ESG Manager role to unify and strengthen Colpac's ESG proposition.

Since starting the role in January 2022, Talia has been delivering some ground-breaking projects for Colpac that advance the company’s position as a sustainable packaging market leader and bring about real change.

This included creating Colpac’s first consolidated ESG plan and enabling the business to calculate its carbon footprint for the first time, all with the aim of delivering a net zero strategy by the end of 2023.

Talia Goldman | Colpac

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Our 2022 Rising Star

Jenny Briggs of Bidfood and the FPA's 2022 Rising Star Award winner

Our 2022 Rising Star Award winner was Jenny Briggs of Bidfood.

Our 2020 Rising Star

Jack Lennox - Cropped

Our 2020 Rising Star Award winner was Jack Lennox of Klöckner Pentaplast.