I am an experienced executive and non-executive director and a government regulator. I combine strategic leadership with a good, practical understanding of both private and public sectors. I have a strong commercial background in fast moving consumer goods, food, farming, retailing and the environment. I am a driver of change and have extensive communications and media experience.
I am coming to the end of my second term of office as the UK’s first Groceries Code Adjudicator, overseeing the implementation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice by designated retailers with their direct suppliers and will leave the role at the end of 2020. I improved compliance in all retailers which I demonstrated, and encouraged, through annual surveys; I pioneered working in a collaborative way as a regulator and used my statutory powers conducting two investigations and a number of arbitrations.
Two independent, statutory reviews during my term of office concluded that the GCA was an “exemplary modern regulator with an international reputation” and the GCA was “highly effective”.
I chair MDS, a training provider of graduates to the food and produce industry; I am a Non-Executive Director of the AF Group a £250m farmer-controlled purchasing organisation and I chair the BBC Rural Advisory Committee, which is a group of representatives of rural interests which meets to inform producers and researchers so that rural programmes remain topical and accurate.
A Chartered Engineer with 12 years’ experience in sales and marketing (Mars, Anchor, Vodafone), I ran the Co-operative Group’s farming business, the largest in the UK, for 11 years. I was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.