Christine is an experienced director in Food, Farming and the Environment across both the commercial and public sector. She is a strategist who has delivered business turnaround and award-winning Corporate Social Responsibility. She is a strong communicator who acts as a bridge to bring the community together and is using these skills in a portfolio career. A Chartered Engineer with 12 years’ experience in sales and marketing (Mars, Anchor, Vodafone), Christine ran the Co-operative Group’s farming business, the largest in the UK, for 11 years. She was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.
Christine has been appointed the first Groceries Code Adjudicator to oversee the implementation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice between retailers and their direct suppliers. She is a Public Member of Network Rail, a Non-Executive Director of Anglia Farmers, a member of DEFRA’s Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel, a Governor of Harper Adams University and she is on the Business Advisory Board of Living with Environmental Change, a partnership of the Research Councils. She chairs the BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee and the Food and Drink Engineering Forum. She is also a member of the UKTI Environment and Water Sector Advisory Group.