Chris has a globally recognised pedigree in the consumer goods industry, as a result of his careers at Mars and Nestlé. During his time at Nestlé, he held a wide range of executive supply chain roles concluding his time there as Senior VP and Global Supply Chain Head. He had an extensive track record of participation with GS1, before joining GS1 UK as chair in December 2018. He is committed to ensuring the team demonstrates the consumer and patient benefits of solving industry challenges through collaboration.
In March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chris was asked to by the UK Government to chair the Food Resilience Industry Forum (FRIF) bringing together all parts of the Agrifood supply chain including retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and growers to ensure that food security and consumer needs were proactively addressed. This work is a perfect example of how collaboration can resolve industry challenges at pace in order to protect consumers. The forum continues to provide industry intelligence both nationally and globally to the DEFRA leadership and has now increased its scope to include the challenges of Brexit. In January 2021 he was awarded an OBE for services to the food supply chain and more recently at COP26, Chris provided insights on how interoperable data can act as a foundation for delivering on the UK’s Agri-food sustainability goals. More recently, Chris co-chairs the Food Data Transparency Partnership steering group.
Chris continues to sit on a number of boards, advising on supply chains, sustainability and recycling as well as being involved with several universities on the development of supply chain education.