In our complex, connected world, the boundaries between work, leisure, health and consumerism are becoming increasingly blurred. GS1 standards are helping to transform the way we work and live by:

  • Enabling standardised information between trading partners, to patients and consumers
  • Providing a foundation for innovation through a common language of business
  • Facilitating stronger connection between retailers, brands and their customers and hospitals and their patients

During the General Assembly you’ll understand more about the global community of GS1, and how we all play a vital role in providing information, delivering innovation and making connections.

And of course you'll get the chance to enjoy yourself too – networking with your colleagues from other GS1 Member Organisations, global industry leaders and everyone from GS1 UK.


08:00 - 10:30

Board Committee for Standards (BCS)

Attendees: Board Committee for Standards (BCS)

Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Harvest Suite

    12:00 - 13:00


    • For BCS Members

      Attendees: BCS member or by invitation

      Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Wellington Ballroom & Harvest Suite

    • For GS1 Management Board & GS1 UK Board

      Attendees: GS1 Management Board member or by invitation

      Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Wellington Ballroom & Harvest Suite

    13:15 - 18:00

    Joint GS1 and GS1 UK Management Board meeting

    Attendees: GS1 Management Board and GS1 UK Supervisory Board members or by invitation

    Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Grand Ballroom

      18:00 - 20:00

      Welcome reception

      Attendees: All GS1 delegates, GS1 UK and GS1 board members or by invitation only. Accompanying guests may also attend (maximum of 2). Entry is complimentary

      Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Wellington Ballroom & Harvest Suite

        20:00 - 23:00

        Joint GS1 and GS1 UK Management Boards dinner

        Attendees: GS1 and GS1 UK Management Boards, partners, spouses, accompanying guests or by invitation only

        Location: Winston Churchill's Bunker & Museum, Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A 2AQ

        Transportation: Departing from London Hilton, Park Lane at 19:30

        Dress code: Business/Smart casual

          08:00 - 09:15

          GS1 Management Boards nominees panel, with breakfast

          Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates or by invitation

          Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Grand Ballroom

            09:30 - 16:05

            GS1 UK industry conference: Supporting vital transformation in healthcare and retail

            Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates and invited GS1 UK members

            Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Grand Ballroom

              16:30 - 18:00

              GS1 MO Presidents and CEOs session

              Attendees: GS1 Presidents and CEOs only

              Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Grand Ballroom

                18:30 - 19:00

                Travel to the gala dinner

                Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates, partners and spouses

                Location: Departing from London Hilton, Park Lane, Reception

                Transportation: London Route Master buses to and from the venue departing from London Hilton Park Lane from 18:30-19:00

                  19:30 - 23:00

                  Gala dinner (sponsored by Stibo Systems)

                  Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates, partners and spouses (one accompanying guest per delegate). Extra guests can attend at a cost of £100 for adults and for children £75 (under 17 years) - SOLD OUT 

                  Dress code: Black tie/Evening dress (long or short)

                  Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, Raphael Gallery, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

                  Transportation: London Route Master buses will be departing from the Gala dinner to London Hilton Park Lane from 22:30

                    08:30 - 13:00

                    GS1 General Assembly

                    Attendees: GS1 GA delegates or by invitation

                    Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Grand Ballroom

                      13:00 - 14:00


                      Attendees: GS1 GA delegates or by invitation

                      Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Wellington Ballroom & Harvest Suite

                        14:00 - 16:00

                        GS1 MO awards and closing plenary, with inspirational speaker Tim Farr

                        Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates

                        Location: London Hilton, Park Lane, Grand Ballroom

                          18:30 – 19:00

                          Travel to the networking evening

                          Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates, partners and spouses

                          Location: Departing from London Hilton, Park Lane, Reception

                            19:30 - 23:00

                            Networking evening with James Bond (sponsored by SATO)

                            Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates, partners and spouses

                            Dress code: Casual

                            Location: James Bond Exhibition at the London Film Museum, 45 Wellington St, Covent Garden WC2E 7BN

                              08:15 - 17:30

                              Hampton Court Palace tour

                              Attendees: All GS1 delegates, partners and spouses

                              Location: Hampton Court Palace by Thames boat



                                Special Guest


                                The Princess Royal

                                Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be addressing the GS1 General Assembly. HRH The Princess Royal is a passionate supporter of logistics and is the patron of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. She was also involved in the creation of Transaid, which aims to transform lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport.

                                Dave Lewis

                                Dave Lewis

                                Chief Executive


                                Dave Lewis became Group Chief Executive of Tesco on Monday 1 September 2014.

                                He joined Unilever in 1987 after completing a BA (Hons) in Business Studies at Trent Business School, Nottingham.

                                Over nearly 28 years Dave worked in a variety of roles with Unilever, which took him across greater Europe, Asia and the Americas. His last three roles were Chairman for Unilever in the UK and Ireland, President for the Americas and Global President, Personal Care.

                                During his career, Dave has been responsible for a number of business turnarounds, such as Home and Personal Care Central and Eastern Europe, and Unilever UK/Ireland.

                                Dame Fiona Kendrick

                                Chairman and CEO

                                Nestlé UK & Ireland

                                Fiona Kendrick became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé UK and Ireland in 2012, having joined Nestlé UK in 1980 in the commercial area. Before joining Nestlé, Fiona started her career in teaching.

                                In her role as Chairman and CEO, Fiona heads up the UK and Ireland business which has a turnover of £ 2.4 billion and employs 8000 people across 20 sites.

                                Prior to taking this role Fiona has held key strategic roles within the business in the UK and globally. Most recently Fiona was responsible for the global strategic direction of Nestlé’s Coffee and Beverage brands based in Nestlé headquarters in Switzerland.

                                Fiona has a personal passion for youth employment and the skills agenda. She is helping to transform the Nestlé UK & Ireland business’ recruitment practices through the Nestlé Academy. The Academy brings together graduate and apprenticeship programmes, direct entry schemes and vocational training in order to deliver more flexible entry points and alternative routes to higher education for people. Fiona was appointed a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills in September 2013.

                                In January 2015 Fiona was appointed President of the Food & Drink Federation, the association that represents the UK food and drink manufacturing industry. She previously led the organisation’s skills and competitiveness agenda and Co-Chaired the UK Food & Drink Export Forum.

                                In the 2015 New Year’s Honour’s list Fiona was created Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to the food industry and support for skills and opportunities for young people.

                                In January 2016 Fiona was appointed a Living Wage Commissioner.


                                Dino Rocos

                                Operations Director

                                John Lewis

                                Dino Rocos joined the John Lewis Partnership forty one years ago spending his first ten years in the selling environment and two years in Production before moving into the Supply Chain.

                                As Operations Director and member of the John Lewis Management Board, Dino Rocos has overall responsibility for the John Lewis primary and secondary Supply Chain including in house and third party National Distribution Centres, national and international E-fulfilment, in house and third party home delivery and Contact Centres. Additionally he holds responsibility for defining the strategic direction of Supply Chain development in response to the continuing development of the broader retail proposition and changing expectations of the new omni channel retail customer. This includes the extensive redevelopment of existing Supply Chain capability including the development of semi-automated NDC's, National home delivery service and supplier direct fulfilment capability.

                                In 2017 following a Management Board restructure, in addition to his responsibility for the end to end supply chain, Dino is now charged with the John Lewis shop estate comprising 47 branches: 29 Full Line Department Stores, 13 At Home Stores, 3 Flexible Format Stores and 2 Travel Format stores.

                                Dino Rocos is also a member of The John Lewis Foundation Board. The Foundation was established in 2007 to support projects in communities where John Lewis products are produced.

                                Terry von Bibra

                                General Manager Europe

                                Alibaba Group

                                Terry von Bibra was appointed Alibaba Group General Manager Europe in October 2016. He is also Managing Director of Alibaba Group Germany, a position he has held since November 2015.

                                Terry is responsible for helping businesses and consumers across key European markets access the best of the Alibaba ecosystem. and brings a wealth of experience in global Omnichannel Retail, eCommerce and Marketing to the role.

                                Prior to joining Alibaba, Terry was Chief Retail Officer Omnichannel for German department store chain Karstadt from 2013 to 2015. Between 2005 and 2013, he held multiple roles within Yahoo!, including Managing Director of Yahoo! Germany, Vice President of Central Europe and Vice President Marketplaces for Yahoo! EMEA. Terry previously played a pivotal role in establishing Amazon in Europe, where he led online marketing and business development for more than five years.

                                Professor Sue Hill OBE

                                Chief Scientific Officer

                                NHS England

                                Professor Sue Hill OBE PhD DSc CBiol FSB Hon FRCP Hon FRCPath is the Chief Scientific Officer for England and the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 50 separate scientific specialisms. She is a respiratory scientist by background with an international academic and clinical research reputation.

                                Professor Hill has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities across NHS England and the wider NHS and provides professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the whole health and care system. In particular, Sue is the Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics in NHS England has established NHS Genomic Medicine Centres and is now leading the NHS England Personalised Medicine strategy.

                                A significant part of her role involves working across government, with the Department of Health, with the NHS, Public Health and Health Education England and other external stakeholders to inform policy, influence legislation, deliver strategic change and to introduce new and innovative ways of working.


                                The RT Hon Lord Philip Hunt PC OBE


                                GS1 UK

                                The Rt Hon Lord Philip Hunt PC OBE is a member of the House of Lords and Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

                                He is President of the Royal Society of Public Health. He also serves as Chair of the All Party Group on Primary Care and Public Health. He is Treasurer of the Associate Parliamentary Health Group; Secretary of the All-Party Group on the Constitution and Vice Chair of the All Party Group for Energy Studies.

                                He served for 10 years in the 1997-2010 Labour Government. He was Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2008-2010. He also served in the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.

                                Sophie Andrews

                                Chief Executive

                                The Silver Line

                                Sophie Andrews is the Chief Executive of The Silver Line, GS1 UK’s nominated charity. The Silver Line new UK charity, launched in 2013, that aims to support older people with the effects of loneliness. More than half of all 75 year olds and above in the UK live alone and one in ten suffers “intense” loneliness but is reluctant to ask for help. The Silver Line offers a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK to phone for information, advice or just to have a chat. GS1 UK staff have helped raised over £8,000 for the charity during the last year.

                                For more than 25 years Sophie has been employed in senior management positions within the private sector, the public sector and voluntary agencies. Alongside her professional career, Sophie has been a Samaritan volunteer for over 25 years and was elected as National Chair of the charity for 2008 to 2011. She was awarded Voluntary Sector Achiever of the Year at the Women in Public Life Awards in 2011, and is also a published author.

                                Kevin Downs

                                Director of Finance and Performance

                                Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

                                Kevin was appointed as the Director of Finance and Performance in April 2015 and spent the previous three years at the Trust as Deputy Director of Finance. Previously to this he worked at other NHS Acute providers including Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire Healthcare and Hull, mainly in operational roles. Prior to joining the NHS over 4 years ago the majority of Kevin’s career was spent in the commercial sector at Finance Director level.

                                He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University.


                                Keith Jones

                                Clinical Director of Surgery, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

                                Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

                                Keith has been a Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon for over 20 years and is based at the Royal Derby Hospital. As Clinical Director of Surgery, he manages approximately 65 consultant surgeons in a business unit with a turnover of £72m. He is the Chair of the Performance and Productivity group within the Trust and has pioneered the introduction of extended day working within the Trust.

                                He has been at the forefront of the introduction of barcode scanning in theatres over the past 2 years and has spearheaded the clinical engagement of the project.

                                Tim Farr

                                Guest motivational speaker

                                Back Up and Access Adventures

                                In March 2004, at the age of 21, Tim’s life changed in a second when he had a catastrophic spinal injury. While skiing on the university ski trip he over shot a landing on a jump shattering his lumber 1 vertebrae and was left paralysed in an instant.

                                Rather than let this affect him, Tim excelled in the face of adversity. After adapting to life in a wheelchair, and within a year of breaking his back, incredibly Tim was skiing again thanks to the support of the charity Back Up. He finished university, and went on to compete with the British Disabled Ski Team for 9 years at the highest level around the world, including competing at the Vancouver 2010 winter Paralympics. Injuries forced his retirement in 2014 just before the Sochi Paralympics.

                                He now works full time for Back Up, the charity that first supported him, and has founded Access Adventures to allow other people with physical disabilities to share his passion for extreme sports.

                                Ulrike Kreysa

                                Vice-President, Healthcare

                                GS1 Global Office

                                Ulrike Kreysa is responsible for the Healthcare sector at the GS1 Global Office in Brussels and works with her local colleagues and those in 112 countries across the world to develop and implement GS1 standards in the healthcare industry.

                                She manages GS1 Healthcare, the global GS1 user group, formed by the stakeholders in the healthcare supply chain, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, wholesalers/distributors, group purchasing organizations, hospitals, pharmacies, logistic providers, and governmental and regulatory bodies and associations, which has the mission to lead the Healthcare sector to the successful development and implementation of global standards. Worldwide patient safety and supply chain efficiencies will be enhanced worldwide through standards for AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture), global data synchronisation, and traceability.

                                Before joining GS1 in October 2004, Mrs. Kreysa worked for three years at GHX Europe, where she held the position of Managing Director for Benelux and France. Having started her career as a pharmacist, she worked for multiple years in public pharmacies and for more than eleven years in the German University hospital of Aachen, where she held the post of Head of Supplies and coordination of group purchasing for NordRhine-Westfalen university hospitals in Germany.


                                Jo Malone MBE

                                Founder & Creative Director

                                Jo Loves

                                Jo Malone has been described as an 'English scent maverick' and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances.

                                Having left the brand eponymous with her name, Jo’s entrepreneurial spirit teamed with her passion for the beauty industry lead her to launch a second fragrance business ‘Jo Loves’ which bottles her undeniable desire to create beautiful and unexpected fragrances, innovative new products and entertaining experiences.

                                During this session, Jo will share her brand building journey, the highs and lows of starting all over again, her entrepreneurial insights and finally how she intends to change the way we wear fragrance…for a second time!