Future Trailblazer Awards

Could you be Packaging’s first Future Trailblazer? We want to celebrate you!

IOM3 Packaging Group & Mercury Search & Selection Presents: Future Trailblazer 

In partnership with IOM3 and Mercury Search & Selection. This feature aims to recognise talented individuals, going above and beyond, to shape the future of packaging. By looking at both the biggest contributions to change in the industry, and the potential individuals may hold, our judges will be awarding recognition to those who are driving forces in making a wider change in industries beyond packaging.  

Applications: Who should apply to be a Future Trailblazer?

This feature aims to kick off the search for talented individuals, going above and beyond, to shape the future of packaging. Our judges will be presenting the feature and all that it represents, and what they are going to be looking for in candidates.

By looking at both the biggest contributions to change in the industry, and the potential individuals may hold, our judges will be awarding recognition to those who are driving forces in making a wider change in industries beyond packaging.

Enter the details for THE APPLICANT and NOMINATED PERSON here, with any important information in the ‘tell us more’ section. Good luck! 

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Meet the Judges

Introducing the experts searching for the first Packaging Future Trailblazer

Jude Allan, Packaging Group Chair, IOM3 

Ian Roe, Director, Mercury Search & Select

Dani Novick, Mercury Search & Select

Our 2024 winners

Introducing the first Packaging Future Trailblazers

Lucy Bosten, Carlton Packaging

"By pushing boundaries and leading transformative projects within my organisation, I gained recognition for my contributions, whether by spearheading initiatives, introducing new technologies, or fostering a culture of innovation. This recognition reflects not only my efforts but also the collaborative spirit and steadfast support of my colleagues and mentors. Being selected as a 'Future Trailblazer' is both a tremendous honour and a significant responsibility, and I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to make a meaningful impact in shaping the future of our industry".

Abigail Sawyer-Parker, ProAmpac

"In 2021, I shifted careers from scientific research and publishing to the packaging industry, leveraging a unique skill set. At ProAmpac, I assumed a leadership role in paper-based product development, growing alongside our projects. Being recognised as a Future Trailblazer affirmed that passion and a commitment to learning can drive success in unexpected ways. I hope my journey inspires others to pursue new paths, regardless of their starting point".

Chris Yapp, TRI-LOCKER

"My background is not packaging, but the approach I take to innovation and design with-in packaging is why I was chosen as a future trailblazer. A lot is changing in the packaging sector and true innovation sometimes needs a different prospective, my background in hospitality and catering certainly does that. I look at packaging with food in mind and not with the attitude of it's been done this way forever, so why change. Embrace change and don't be afraid to show it".
“…. We want to recognise the people who are relatively new to the sector but who are already starting to show their trailblazer potential.”
Jude Allan
IOM3 Packaging Group Chair

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