Chaired by: Neil Fletcher
General Counsel, Food

Neil is currently the Global General Counsel for Foods at Unilever. In this role he has responsibility for all legal matters concerning Unilever’s Food and Spreads portfolios around the world. Together with his team he works to bring new products to market and works with major brands in the Spreads, Dressings and Savoury categories. He is also part of the Food and Spreads Leadership Teams.  Neil has also previously worked with Unilever’s Ice Cream and Tea portfolios and previous to his latest role was the General Counsel for Unilever in the UK and Ireland.

Neil joined Unilever in 2007, firstly in the UK and Ireland Business where he was General Counsel for 3 years, moving to this current role in late 2013.  Prior to this, he started his legal career at SJ Berwin where he trained and specialized in all forms of commercial contracts and the exploitation of Intellectual Property.  He worked there for 6 years and worked for many famous brands, including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Hilton Hotels and Christian Dior.  He also gained experience in E-Commerce, Data Protection and Competition Law.  Neil has also worked for Syngenta and run his own business.

In all Neil has been practicing as a Solicitor for over 16 years and has a BA(Law) and a BA(Social Studies) from Exeter University and also has a Diploma in Legal Practice.  Out of work Neil is married with a young family and dreams of having more time to dedicate to choral singing, cooking, baking and classic cars.