We are delighted to introduce our IFE ambassadors; our friends from the food and drink industry that help us to shape the event and make it as meaningful and inspiring as possible. 

Christopher Faulkner 

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Founder and Director, The Food Service Expert

Christopher Faulkner set up The Food Service Expert in 2017 following 30 years' in the foodservice sector. During this time, Christopher ran the food operation for a pub group and a restaurant division within Allied Domecq before moving to the supply side where he has worked for Booker Fitch (now Bidfood), Universe Foodservice, Hays Logistics (now Kuehne & Nagel) and Brakes.

He has extensive experience in Delivered Wholesale Supply and Central Distribution (Food Logistics). Christopher was also responsible for Brakes Creative Foods, creating/designing new ready meals and desserts for Brakes and numerous foodservice operators.

Sandra Sullivan MBE 

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Director, The Food & Drink Exporters Association 

Sandra has 30 years’ experience working with UK food and drink companies in export markets. She is Director of the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA), a not-for-profit trade association that offers its members export opportunities, advice and events to build their export contacts and knowledge. She is also a co-founder of PS8 Ltd, the global exhibitions and events specialists in food and drink. PS8 organise the UK presence at many of the world's leading international food and drink trade shows and work with food and drink companies of all sizes to build their export presence.

Tony Kitous 

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Founder & Creative Director, The Comptoir Group 

At the age of 18 Tony arrived in London from Algeria with £70 in his pocket and a passion to have his own restaurant within four years. He worked hard, achieving his dream with Levant, in central London. He’s built up a 33-strong restaurant group which includes Comptoir, Kenza, Shawa and Yalla Yalla.

Tony’s dream has always been to share his love of Middle Eastern culture and food and his biggest goal is to make it as popular as Italian food in the UK. He’s the author of three cookery books. The latest, Feasts from the Middle East (HQ), features many of his favourite recipes from his mum plus other classics he’s picked up along the way.

Milena Lazarevska 

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Head of Origination, Future Brands, Sainsbury's

Milena leads Origination for the Sainsbury’s Future Brands team, looking for exciting new brands that Sainsbury’s shoppers will love.

A scientist by training, Milena started her career as a strategy consultant at Bain and Company. Her passion for food and drink led her to Sainsbury’s in 2014, where she held senior roles in Strategy and Trading, including leading the buying function for canned goods, food enhancers (sauces, stock, gravy), hot beverages, and homebaking, with sales of over £1B.

Kate Houssaye

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Quality Manager, New York Bakery Company Ltd.

Kate is a fluent French speaking professional in the food industry, with over 20 years in technical manager roles in the UK and Europe.

Kate’s current role involves high levels of communications across all functions, from junior to senior levels, and problem solving and trouble shooting day-to-day challenges in a fast moving, high pressure environment. She has regular contact with major retailers and food services, ensuring that all customer codes of practice are complied with.