Christine is a strategist who has delivered business turnaround: her strengths are vision, change management and communication in both a commercial and a regulatory environment. 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 was appointed the first Groceries Code Adjudicator in 2013 to oversee the implementation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice between the 10 large grocery retailers and their direct suppliers (3 days/week). Using her experience in fmcg, farming and retailing, she is working in a collaborative way, yet has the tools available to investigate and fine retailers for non-compliance. The role was reported in the press as “an impossible job but if anyone can do it Christine can”, she has made a good start and can demonstrate improvements in behaviour already.
She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Met Office and Anglia Farmers (a £250m farm-purchasing co-operative), a Public Member of Network Rail, a member of both the Natural Environment Research Council and DEFRA’s Regulatory Challenge Panel and a Governor of Harper Adams University. She is involved in start-up businesses related to the agricultural sector.