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One of the biggest issues facing the packaging industry is training; how can you bring in the next generation of talent and prepare them for a rewarding career? Haulwen Nicholas, the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement has worked tirelessly to make this happen – and her work isn’t done yet.
Nicholas has been able to bring together a raft of senior packaging experience from many household names to push for a post-graduate course in packaging technology at UK universities. With the support of major names including Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer, Nicholas hasn’t given up on convincing higher education providers the merits of running courses that will encourage students to pursue a career in packaging.
Having studied environmental biology at university (therefore being well qualified to comment on the current debate on the impact of plastic packaging in sea), Nicholas has worked at a range of organisations ranging from Dairy Crest and Wipak to WRAP and Muller Dairies, where she was head of packaging.
Currently working as a consultant, Nicholas remains driven to improve and broaden packaging education across the UK. That commitment to unearthing the next generation of packaging talent is why the judges awarded her the Outstanding Achievement award.
“Haulwen’s exceptional work over the years makes her a well-deserved recipient of this prestigious award,” said one judge. “The Postgraduate Certificate in Advances in Food and Beverage Packaging qualification owes much to Haulwen’s hard work and support and is an indication of how she has been instrumental in the promotion of education and training in packaging. This alongside her excellent work as a packaging technologist and ongoing work nurturing organisations makes Haulwen an important figure in our industry.”