"The CBA Big Debate’ - daily feature panel sessions (hosted by the Chemical Business Association ) Theme: 'What the future might hold for the chemical supply chain?’

Time & Location

Wednesday: 13.00 to 14.00, Stage 1

Guest panellist:

Alastair GardnerTrade Specialist, Chemicals Export & Investment Team - Department for International Trade

About this Session

What the future might hold for the chemical supply chain

‘The CBA Big Debate’ – daily CBA-hosted panels

Founded nearly 100 years ago, the Chemical Business Association has grown to be the voice of the chemical supply chain, working closely with its members and Government alike in navigating and finding solutions to the many challenges facing the industry. After several years of unprecedented challenges, our first Big Debate on Day One will bring together a panel of industry experts to consider the current situation and what the future might hold?

Hosted by: Elaine McGavin, Regulatory Affairs Specialist · Chemical Business Association

Speaker Bio

Alastair trained as a chemist and worked in various R&D and product development roles with DuPont, specialising in the formulation and application of light sensitive thin film coatings for lithographic printing plates, before exporting his skills to China, where he commissioned and ran the production and QC functions for a Chinese printing plate manufacturing company. A chartered member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he is passionate about the industry and its benefits to society.

Alastair has worked in International Trade Promotion for nearly 20 years, initially with China-Britain Business Council, then with the Department for International Trade, when the Department was known as UK Trade & Investment. Working as an international trade adviser in the Yorkshire & Humber region, he led on the chemicals and related sectors in the region, maintaining close links with the sector team in London, colleagues overseas and external stakeholders while working with companies to help maintain and grow exports. In his role as DIT Trade Specialist for the Chemicals sector, Alastair  promotes and supports the UK’s world class chemicals supply chain on a global stage.