Christine Cross is an Independent Director, Business Advisor and Mentor.
She holds Non-Executive Directorships with Coca Cola European Partners plc; Hilton food group plc; Clipper Logistics Plc and Zooplus AG and acts as Advisor to the Board of a number of plc, private equity and private companies. She has served as NED on the Board of Next plc; Woolworths Limited (Australia); Sobeys (Ca) plc; Plantasgen (Nor); Sonae plc (Portugal); Brambles plc (Australia); Kathmandu plc (New Zealand); Fenwick Ltd (UK): Fairmont Hotels Group; Premier Foods and Taylor Wimpey. She was Chief Retail Advisor to PWC for 5 years.
She particularly enjoys working with small growth businesses too and Chairs Oddbox, a sustainable produce business growing fast in the Uk; acts as Advisor to My First Years; plus devotes time to being a Fellow at the RAU Enterprise Unit. Prior to ‘going plural’ Chris had a 15 year Executive career at Tesco having carried out a number of roles at Director Level. Latterly, as Group Business Development Director, she was involved in a programme of acquisitions.
Prior to this her primary focus at Tesco was the establishment of a global direct sourcing operation and the leadership of Tesco’s UK and International clothing business. She was also instrumental in developing and launching the Tesco private label product range.
Recruitment to Tesco was from a successful career in academia as Principal Lecturer and Course Director at Bath and Edinburgh Universities.
Chris holds a B.Ed and M.Sc. in Food Science, and a Diploma in Management. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Agricultural University.