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Our consultants

We specialise in supporting our members so they maximise the benefit of GS1 standards

We engage with industry to address specific issues, often in conjunction with other trade bodies or groups. We also work on funded assignments on behalf of individual member businesses. Our experts also speak at industry events and host member workshops. We are experienced professionals, drawn from across the industry, with a wealth of knowledge in areas such as data quality and integrating our standards with systems and technologies.  

Paul Reid GS1 UKPaul Reid

Head of Standards & Consulting

I‘m Head of Standards and Consulting and I’m responsible for ensuring our consultants are always ready to help our members get the most out of GS1 standards. We also work with groups of members in particular industries and with other GS1 country organisations to ensure that GS1 standards are developed and maintained to meet the business needs of our members.

I have over 25 years of retail experience working across many roles in stores, procurement, trading and IT.

Email: | LinkedIn | Telephone: 020 7092 3593

Neil Gray Neil Gray

Solution Consultant

I’m a senior consultant and project manager, specialising in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and master data management. I support our members in managing their product data – making it simpler to capture and share accurate product information throughout their supply chains. 

I’m pleased to be a leading representative for UK industry to the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP), helping to develop new standards to reflect a changing business environment.

I have over 12 years’ experience working with GS1 standards. This has included running a hosted data transformation service with Peregrine Systems, one of the world’s largest providers of ecommerce software. Before that, I managed the Texas Instruments European EDI programme for many years, helping businesses to introduce a standardised format for sharing electronic product data.

Email: | LinkedIn | Telephone: 020 7092 3524

John Papadopoulos John Papadopoulos

Solution Consultant

I joined GS1 UK in September 2012 as a Solutions Consultant to support our members while implementing GS1 standards and create new services for them. Currently, I am working on the Perfect Order project – To deliver a robust retail standard with a clear focus on ‘right first time’ that is adopted as industry best practise, removing significant avoidable cost from the supply chain and delivering benefit to the consumer. This will help businesses build strong, trusted reputations with retailers.

Before joining GS1 UK, I was working for GS1 Australia for over seven years.

Outside of GS1 UK my hobbies include playing guitar, supporting Chelsea FC and playing football (occasionally).

Email: | LinkedIn | Telephone: 020 7092 3525

Neil Piper Neil Piper

Solution Consultant

I joined GS1 UK in September 2007. My main focus is to work with the healthcare sector to support the NHS to adopt GS1 standards – enabling it to make substantial savings and improve patient safety by accurately identifying patients, medicines and medical equipment.

Before joining GS1 UK, I was the Sales Support Manager for Avery Dennison, heading up a development team.

I’ve contributed to three pieces of work that are now required standards for the NHS.

Email: | LinkedIn | Mobile: +44 7799 661939

Dave Weatherby David Weatherby

Business Consultant

I joined GS1 UK in 2004 where I work with our members to help them understand how GS1 standards can lead to real benefits for themselves and their trading partners. I’m currently focusing on healthcare, working with the Department of Health, HSCIC and NHS Trusts to support them to implement GS1 standards – which are now a mandatory requirement.

Before joining GS1 UK, I gained over 25 years’ experience in operational research. I also managed the development, support and marketing of computer-based information and communications products and services, for companies including Reuters and Cadburys.

I’m proud to have led the introduction of GS1 standards for RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to the UK and Europe as Manager of the EPC Global European Adoption Programme.

Email: | LinkedIn | Telephone: 020 7092 3558

Marlon Chedumbrum Marlon Chedumbrum

Business Consultant

I have been working at GS1 UK since 2015. I liaise with NHS Trusts to help understand and implement GS1 standards as mandated by the Department of Health. It is a large implementation for Trusts to undertake; through consultation we work together to create a strategy for exploiting GS1 standards to improve patient safety and patient care.

Prior to working at GS1 UK I worked in various Trusts across London and Hertfordshire as a Senior Manager, defining strategy, managing departments, implementing change management and building commercial awareness.

Outside of the NHS, I have worked in the US and Europe as Principal Consultant for a variety of consultancies across Financial, Construction, Private and Public sectors. When not at work I spend a lot time with my 3 year old Akita. He is super smart and equally stubborn and difficult to train. Great to see that he’s adopted 50% of my traits!

Email: | LinkedIn | Mobile: +44 7469 152136

Sarah Torrance


As a Consultant for GS1 I work on a variety of projects in both the public and private sectors. The focus of all my work is to help our members implement and utilise GS1 standards in a real-world setting. This can involve helping NHS Trusts to meet the requirements set by the DH or working with FMCG suppliers and retailers to agree a standard way of displaying product images.

I joined GS1 in 2017 after several years working for a small commercial property consultancy company dealing mainly with joint public and private projects.

Email: | LinkedIn | Mobile: +44 7551 155 423

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