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Speaker Interview: Simon Reid

Get to know the thought leaders sharing their insights at the Future Food Systems event (25-26 January, Online | 2 March, London) in our dedicated speaker interview series.


Independent Forums: What is your favorite food?

Simon Reid: Pizza all the way!

Independent Forums: Who or what has inspired you this year and why?

Simon Reid: Hearing a young climate activist called Clover Hogan speaking about climate grief & anxiety. Hearing her talk helped me unpack some of my own issues in the space and was a good shot of inspiration.

Independent Forums: What is your biggest source of motivation?

Simon Reid: The team at innocent. Without exception everyone in the business wants us to go faster on sustainability. Trying to live up to their expectations is a constant source of motivation.

Independent Forums: How would you describe a typical day?

Simon Reid: Go for a swim, drop my girls off to school then either get back to the desk at home or head to the office. Generally, quite a few meetings or calls dealing with the hot topics of the day, generally around climate change, packaging, agriculture or human rights. Dinner with the family, read a few stories and then flop for the evening.

Independent Forums: What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Simon Reid: I sit on our Fairness in Gender affinity group at innocent. This year I feel I’ve learnt a lot about how as a society we discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexuality & ability. I’m also learning a lot about my own inherent biases and how I can be more inclusive in my thinking.

Independent Forums: What’s one thing about your organization that you wish more people knew?

Simon Reid: That we never add sugar to our drinks. We’ve been saying it for years, but it is just fruit and vegetables in a bottle.

Independent Forums: Where do you see the biggest opportunity for transformation within the food system?

Simon Reid: We need farmers to have more secure livelihoods. We won’t tackle systemic issues like climate change or biodiversity loss if farmers can’t afford to put food on their own tables.

Independent Forums: What are you most looking forward to at Future Food Systems 2022?

Simon Reid: Learning and getting energized by lots of people looking to drive positive change.


Simon will be speaking in the 'Accelerating Race to Zero Commitments' session on 25 January 2022.

Register here to join the conversation.


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