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Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Sustainable Manufacturing: from Good to Great

Join us for this Vital Topics event where our panel of industry experts and academics will discuss the improvement of sustainable manufacturing.

Event Time
17 Apr 17:30 - 17 Apr 19:00
Event Location
Alliance Manchester Business School (online also available)
Event Type

Hear from industry experts and academics in the field as they discuss innovative ways of working to support and advance sustainable manufacturing, the circular economy, and how businesses can go from good to great.


Fiacre O’Donnell - Sustainability Director, Encirc

Fiacre O'Donnell

Fiacre joined Encirc 1998. Having held various roles in planning, sales, marketing and sustainability, he was appointed Sustainability Director in 2020.

An alumni of the Timoney Institute, he holds an MBA from the Ulster Business school, and a PG Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). 

He is a past winner of the Drink Business ‘Green personality of the year’ for the work undertaken to decarbonise the UK beverage industry and the George Dawson award for services to the environment in Northern Ireland. He is a member of both the Business In The Community NI environmental leadership and climate champions teams, and is a board member of the NI Chamber of Commerce.

Galo Alvarez Goicoechea - Corporate Sustainability Director, Vidrala

Galo Alvarez is Corporate Sustainability Director at Vidrala and a member of the Executive Committee. With a focus on sustainable profitability and risk management, he brings a passion for incorporating sustainability into corporate strategy. 

Galo’s career trajectory includes executive roles in private equity, complemented by substantial board experience and strategy execution across multiple sectors. 

Galo is an MBA graduate from Universidad Comercial de Deusto, where he has also served as Strategy Professor for years.

Claudia Henninger -Research Lead Creative MCR, Creative Industry and Innovation, Resourceful Futures Challenge Lead

Claudia Henninger

Dr Claudia E Henninger is a Reader in Fashion Marketing Management and teaches a number of units at BSc and MSc level in the Department of Materials relating to fashion marketing, online marketing, consumer behaviour, and sustainability. 

Claudia gained her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2015, which focused on ‘Corporate Identity in the Context of the UK’s Green Slow-Fashion Industry and Micro-Organisations’. 

Her research interest focuses on sustainability in fashion, and more specifically the circular economy, and end-of-life treatment of garments (e.g., recycling, upcycling).  Her work has been published in the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Fashion Marketing & Management, and the International Journal of Management Review, and she has edited a variety of books on sustainable fashion, including “Sustainability in Fashion – A Cradle to Upcycle Approach”. Claudia is an Executive Board Member of the Sustainable Fashion Consumption Network.

Facilitator: Chris Smith - Senior Lecturer in Critical Systems, Operations and Supply Chains, AMBS

Chris Smith

Dr Chris M. Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Systems and Supply Chains at Alliance Manchester Business School. His research interests concern how decision makers take complex decisions through facilitation and model building. He applies these methods to contexts including operations and supply chain strategy. Particularly how technology can improve social and environmental sustainability across the whole supply chain. Dr Smith was awarded his PhD in Operational Research from Warwick University in 2015.

Dr Smith teaches across the entire portfolio at AMBS, Undergraduate, Masters, MBA, Executive Education and supervises Doctoral Students. His teaching covers both facilitated decision making, and advances in operations and supply chain strategy and project management. The morning of this Vital Topics lecture Dr Smith will have been working with managers from Vidrala looking at operations and supply chain strategy in a changing environment.

Dr Smith is the Business Engagement Lead for AMBS, he works with a wide range of organisations across the whole portfolio of activity within AMBS. His role is to facilitate mutual value for organisations staff and students with AMBS across Research, Teaching, Social Responsibility and Impact.

There will be refreshments served with the opportunity for networking before the lecture for those attending in person at Alliance MBS.

Vital Topics is Alliance MBS' series of prestigious business lectures, bringing powerful ideas and original thinking to audiences from the Manchester city-region and beyond.

Find out more about Vital Topics here.