I am Associate Professor of Digitalisation and Food Processing at the National Centre For Food Manufacturing, part of the University of Lincoln. My industry experience spans over 27 years working across a number of different roles from Factory Manager to Head of Operations and in manufacturing sectors that include produce, salads, dips and dressings, ready meals, soups, sauces and dairy. As a member of a busy manufacturing team I have led and delivered many projects from new machines to new packaging and even new factories. I have extensive supply chain experience including planning, procurement, forecasting, supply chain management, warehousing and distribution and have worked as a business implant to develop supermarket and category performance. My industry experience helps me to ensure that my academic teachings reflect the reality of life in industry and equips students to be ready for the challenges they may face in their workplace. Through the University I offer technical support and consultancy services to the food and drink industry and lead the emerging technology and digitalisation agenda.