About Christine

Presentations, speeches and reports

ESRC Seminar Series: "Food and Corporations" - City University London 30 March 2015

ESRC Seminar Series:
ESRC Seminar Series: “Food and Corporations” – see session 11

Working for fairness in the groceries supply chain

Working for fairness in the groceries supply chain
Working for fairness in the groceries supply chain.

One Woman's Career - RBS Focused Women presentation


Presentation at a Focused Women event (attended by men as well as women) in Manchester to RBS and its guests. See also Recommendations.

The Groceries Code Adjudicator


Presentation explaining the role of the Groceries Code Code Adjudicator.

Stargrazing: technology and its potential impact on water in agriculture


Presentation at Pinsent Masons to city investors.

What does the future hold for the UK agricultural sector? - January 2013

Christine was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, speaking on the topic ‘What does the future hold for the UK agricultural sector?’.

A summary of the talk is included in the ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Group News

The future of satellites in agriculture - December 2012

Christine Tacon - European Space Solutions - thumbnailPresentation by Christine (keynote speaker) at European Space Solutions agriculture session. Details on the ESS conference website.

Notes on Food Security - May 2011

Notes on Food Security (PDF 232KB, new window)Prepared by Christine in response to Professor Sir John Beddington’s Foresight Report into the Future of Food and Farming.

Lincoln Food Lecture

Shaping Up (PDF 1.5MB, new window)

Address by Christine to the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society Annual spring lecture.

Report of the Fruit and Vegetables Task Force - August 2010

Report of the Fruit and Vegetables Task Force (PDF 474KB, new window)Final report as prepared by DEFRA and agreed by the Taskforce of which Christine was a sub-group chair.

The Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy, Three Years On - Reflections on progress - 2006

Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy  (PDF 75KB, new window)
Report by Lord Curry, Chair of the Implementation Group, of which Christine was a member.

Articles written for the press


September 2011 – Trying to make a difference

Recommendations arising from Defra’s fruit and vegetables task force review (Christine chaired the supply-chain subgroup).

February 2011 – Investing in farming’s future

A response to the Future of Farming, a three-year study headed by Professor Sir John Beddington

December 2010 – Byte-sized glad tidings to you

The advantages and disadvantages of technology in farming

October 2010 – Some time off for farmers

A comment on the long hours culture in farming

July 2010 – We are in a risky business

Managing risk in a high risk industry

May 2010 – The spirit of co-operation

The UK is competitively disadvantaged as a result of poor co-operation

March 2010 – Giving credit where it’s due

Engaging employees and getting their feedback

January 2010 – Getting the message right

Tailoring the message, for example on the issues of bovine TB, to the audience

December 2009 – Capturing the imagination

Enticing the next generation into farming

October 2009 – Leaving nothing to chance

Weather and the volatility of farming

August 2009 – Creating a lasting brand

Branding farming produce

June 2009 – Hive activity shapes future

Looking after the bees

April 2009 – There are no easy fixes

Good old fashioned soil management vs. off the shelf solutions