Our Keynote Speaker
Liam Condon has been a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President Crop Science Division, headquartered in Monheim, Germany, since January 1, 2016. He is also responsible for the regions Latin America and Africa.
Condon was born in Dublin, Ireland, on February 27, 1968. He studied international marketing and languages at Dublin City University and at the Technical University of Berlin. As well as English and German, he also speaks Gaelic, French, Japanese and Mandarin (Chinese).
Following Bayer’s acquisition of Schering, Condon was named Vice President of Bayer HealthCare China in November 2006. Between 2007 and 2009, he was Managing Director of Bayer HealthCare and General Manager of Bayer Pharma in China. In January 2010, Liam Condon was appointed Managing Director of Bayer HealthCare in Germany and country representative for Bayer Schering Pharma in Germany. From December 1, 2012, until his appointment to the Board of Management of Bayer AG, Condon was Chairman of the Bayer CropScience Executive Committee.
Since 2016 Condon is a member of the Governor’s Panel for Consumer Industries at the World Economic Forum and since September 2017, Condon is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CropLife International, the R&D based agricultural industry association.
He is married and has two sons.
The Panel Chair
Charlotte Smith is a freelance journalist and broadcaster specialising in food, farming and rural affairs. She is a presenter on
BBC 1’s Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today.
Following the lecture, there will be an interactive Question-and-Answer session with a panel of food industry specialists: Richard Clothier – Managing Director of Wyke Farms. Frazer McKevit – Head of Retail & Consumer Insight at Kantar World Panel.Kate Nicholls, CEO for UKHospitality. (UKH) – the authoritative voice for over 730 companies operating around 85,000 venues in a sector that employed 3.2 million people prior to COVID. Charlotte Smith is our panel chair – she is well known for her role as presenter on BBC1’s Countryfile and on Radio 4’s Farming Today.
Rich Clothier, Wyke Farms
Frazer McKevit Head of Retail & Consumer Insight at Kantar World Pane
Kate Nicholls, CEO for UKHospitality (UKH)
Rich Clothier represents the third-generation of the Clothiers, a family who have been making cheddar on their Somerset farm since 1861. Under Rich’s leadership as Managing Director, the Wyke Farms brand has grown both in the UK and through export markets and is now available in 160 countries worldwide.
Rich is passionate about farming, the environment and branding. Wyke Farms have developed a ground-breaking environmental strategy and a 100% Green mission enabled the company to be the first UK grocery brand to be 100% self-sufficient in green energy. The company is now recognized as one of the leading privately-owned UK food businesses and employs 250 people directly across three sites and works with 1500 other businesses across the region and nationally
the authoritative voice for over 730 companies operating around 85,000 venues in a sector that employed 3.2 million people prior to COVID.