Create a Winning Workforce – Make Innovation Happen Webinar Invitation


This webinar is aimed at food and drink businesses and, with follow up support from Make Innovation Happen, is a unique opportunity to hear from experts who will inspire and motivate you to act on a range of possibilities for workforce innovation.

“Workforce Innovation” is high on the agenda of those outward looking businesses with a focus on growth and is key to addressing the evolving market environment in which the food and drink sector operates. It’s more than just Human Resource (HR) it’s about the workplace, its operation and the challenge of inspiring the workforce of the future. Whether you are the business owner, one of the HR team or a manufacturing team leader this webinar is for you.

Our three speakers, including a case study from Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd, will guide participants through available resources and use case studies to highlight the opportunities out there for workforce innovation. Participants will be able to direct questions to each speaker during the webinar and will have access to follow up support. This webinar provides a unique opportunity and is easily accessible from your workplace.

The webinar is just 45 minutes long so why not join us and bring along your colleagues and managers too. It’s easy to register, through this link and we’ll keep you up to date with reminders

Book at Webinar ID 851-436-619


Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland

Moira manages FDF Scotland’s skills initiative – A Future in Food – which is funded by Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink. A Future in Food helps a wide range of parties to better understand the career opportunities available in Scotland’s food and drink industry. This is done in a variety of ways and includes highlighting key skills required by employers and the progression routes and pathways available to achieve these.  Moira works closely with a wide range of stakeholders and partners from both industry and community. She actively engages with both sectors to develop and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.

She is a member of the Scotland Food & Drink Skills Board and will give a comprehensive presentation on skill toolkits and resources that are available to support workplace innovation.

Jane McCusker, HR Department, Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd

Jane will present a case study highlighting examples of good practice and will look at how industry is addressing skills shortages / gaps through workforce innovation.  She will explain how Dawnfresh has engaged with its local community to look at local need and has undertaken, for example, a flexible approach to shift patterns and other innovative workforce solutions.

Rachel Mirfattahi, Sector Engagement Executive at Interface

A graduate from Reading University, Rachel worked for several years as a Food Technologist working in development for Jus-Rol and Grampian Country Foods. She then directed her knowledge of the industry to join Oracle, where she spent 15 years delivery training and consultancy on their specification and recipe management system “Creations”.  Rachel then joined the Scotland Food and Drink Skills Academy working with food and drink SMEs on training and skills development before joining Interface as Sector Engagement Executive. She is a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Rachel will provide examples of how food and drink enterprises can benefit from expertise available within our Scottish universities to drive forward innovative thinking around their workforce management.


‘Having participated in the last MIH webinar as a speaker, we started to speak to businesses who wanted to develop innovative digital solutions. Our own expectations from the webinar were certainly exceeded and I would highly recommend companies to register for these events – there is nothing to lose and everything to gain’. Richard Millar, AFRC Inchinnan

‘I was a speaker at the last event and am a business owner too and I would recommend taking the time out to register and attend the next MIH event. They are relevant, to the point and deliver real issue support and learning.’ Sara Roberts, CEO, Healthy Nibbles

Event Programme

From 11am delegates will join on line using the link provided on registration

11.15 – Welcome  – Helen Glass, SAOS

11.20 –Toolkits and Resources to Support Workforce Innovation  – Moira Stalker, FDFS

Industry Case Study from Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd – Jane McCusker, Dawnfresh

11.35 –Making Workforce Innovation Happen with Scottish Academic Expertise as your Partner – Rachel Mirfattahi, Interface

11.50 – Q&A